I’ve to write a script today for a show on fashion and like I mentioned in my post yesterday, the task is not half as simple as it seems. We all have grown up on a steady appetite of night-time TV and carbohydrates and even the occasional treats of binging on addictive TV series.
And as the idiot-box may have it, one rarely ventures out of the boxed up experience to think about how these shows are created.
Right from conceptualising the show, there are a ton of activities that make audios and visuals come together on your screen. There’s production – sets, design, costume, art, lights; direction, performances, post-production, editing and so much more. Monumental effort goes in creating even the smallest, most ‘boring’ shows that we switch without a second glance.
The script of course is a key piece in all of this, that ties things together and gives a flow to the story. And writing this is proving to be very different from writing a blog or for the web.
Because visual storytelling demands brevity of words, carefully sprinkled in places where the images don’t talk as much.
And as all crafts, it needs practice to nail it perfectly. So as part of that practice session, here’s a short script of the trailer for my morning today:
A woman slams shut her alarm, and wakes up. Last night’s kohl caked up in her eyes. Her eyes are still closed but she’s woken up and sniffs in. A sweet, but unpleasant odour enters her nose. She opens her eyes and sees her baby’s bum sticking in her nose, with the diaper clearly soaked in poop. The bum moves and the baby smiles at her, 4 tiny teeth peeking through his open mouth.
Woman to Baby: Good Morning, Good Good Morning!
Baby to Woman: Ta ta ta ba ba ba
After this eloquent exchange of words, the woman drags herself and baby out of bed. Man up already and sweaty after his run. A group hug happens. Man takes the baby and the diaper changing process begins. With the baby squirming and turning around as the woman and man try to entertain the baby and change him at the same time. As soon as the diaper is off, the baby poops once more, with sound effects. Woman’s hands swoop in to catch the droppings and baby turns to her with another big toothy smile.
VO: “Welcome to parenthood! If you thought having a baby meant that you have enough on your hands, then look again.”
Would you care to watch more of this show?