Hello shiny, happy people. I do hope the new year has started well for you already.
I have been doing loads of research and reading a lot of stuff over the festive period and I have a question for you all out there - yes, you! Whoever you are: a pro, semi-pro or a beginner, it doesn't matter where you are in the world, whether you have written one or ten thousand screenplays for film or TV, I would really appreciate as many answers as possible. Here goes:
Q: When you are writing screenplays, to what extent do you visualize the scenes before, during and after the writing process?
As the specific camera angles, colour palettes, music, location/set info, lighting, sound etc would never be written into the body of the text unless, for instance, they were crucial aspects of the story (i.e. music), I would be interested to hear "what you see" when writing - if anything, of course!
Perhaps you just 'feel' the characters, their environment, dialogue and drama and would never even consider what a particular scene would look like on screen? Perhaps you visualize the opening sequence and that then sets the tone for the whole piece? Or maybe you tick every box on an imaginary pre-production list as you write?
Answers in the comments section please - and just remember there is no right or wrong answer here, just your preference.
I look forward to hearing from you all, as this will be really interesting for me. Thanks in advance!
The answers I have received so far are brilliant so I'll keep this post open until early next week to allow as many contributions as possible. Thank you! x