SCENE: MID-MORNING. THE PROFESSOR SITS ON A COUCH BY THE WINDOW. COOL LIGHT AND SNOW VISIBLE THROUGH THE WINDOW. SHE IS BAREFOOT AND IN FLANNEL PAJAMAS. NOTE THE ABSENCE OF COFFEE BY HER SIDE.
Scripts begin with the scene. It provides context, locates you in space and time and sometimes, with addition of a few details…mood. This is important. If one doesn’t know where they are, how do they know where to go?
There are many ways to define our place in the world:
- by our progression in time
- by geographic location
- by where we are in a process
- by our relative position among the people that matter to us
- by our relations in general
Each of these suggest different continuum, categories and possible interrelations.
Nailing the visual is a juicy problem. To visualize something with two components – say time and location is easy enough to plot. X,Y ain’t but a thang. We throw in a third dimension and that sexy Z, and it still is comprehensible though a bit of a challenge to show in this flat land of the two dimensional screen. We add to this metaphor, mood, more axis of meaning and a narrative arc to boot.
No answers. Just considerations.