A picture’s worth a thousand words.

The pics below were provided courtesy of Aden Priest Photography, of Scunthorpe, UK. They’re from the set of “Trick”, a short film by Shooting Incident Productions (UK and Germany), based on an original screenplay by Des Nnochiri.

“Trick” is… well. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.


A dark and disturbing tale...

Of boy meets girl...

And a journey into the night.

A night of brewing lust...

Dangerous attraction...

And a liaison that...

Sorry. You’ll have to see the movie.

If you’ve read the screenplay (“Neat Little Trick, Pt. 1: Ideas, to Cloud, to Paper), you’ll have some idea of where this is going.
If you haven’t, here’s your link to the pdf script (http://www.desnnochiri.co.cc/Trick.pdf).

Incidentally, the photographs above have been presented to you in the manner of a storyboard – which is basically the comic book version of a movie.
A sequence of image panels (with descriptive notes, speech balloons, etc.), laying out the story of the film.

Storyboards can set a movie up, camera shot by camera shot, or provide a scene-by-scene layout.

They can be as simple as a set of rectangular panels with stick figures representing your characters – blocks and wavy lines, as scenery.
Or they can be elaborate photo collages, and detailed drawings.
It all depends on your level of commitment and / or artistic skill.

We’re in the digital age, so there’s software to help you do this.

Final Draft (http://www.finaldraft.com/downloads) is the screenwriter’s equivalent to MS Word; the product everyone feels they ought to have. Mainly because its FDR file format has been the industry standard, for so many years.

These days, scripts are also being moved around in Portable Document Format (PDF), so Final Draft has more competition.

Still, Final Draft does have a fine set of Storyboard tools – which you’ll have to pay the going rate for.

CeltX (http://celtx.com/#email-free) is pretty much the free alternative to Final Draft. A big program, with a big set-up file. Around 25 megabytes, actually. To download.
So, if you don’t have broadband, expect to make (and possibly drink, with sandwiches) a cup of tea, while you’re waiting.

And then, there’s Quadrigital (http://www.desnnochiri.co.cc/Quadrigital.htm), which is also free – but small. It doesn’t do screenwriting; Quadrigital is just a storyboard editor. But you can use it to make your own comic books / graphic novels, which is pretty cool.

What? Didn’t think I’d let you out of here without learning something, did you? Of course not.

“Educate and entertain”, that’s my motto.

See you in a few, for the next instalment in this series.

Be good. But if you can’t; be careful.