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Relationship between the Script writter and Director on set (2 replies)

simon m
2 months ago
simon m 2 months ago

Hello Roger,

I very much enjoyed the recent podcast with Krysty Wilson Cairns. I would love to hear your observations of script writers working with directors on set. Do they still collaborate on set, or by the time production starts, has the director usually assumed all creative choice making?

Thanks so much.

 

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

That really depends on the director and the state of the script at the time production begins. Sometimes a writer will be on set and make adjustments as the actors rehears. But, in my experience, the writer is either the director or is at the end of a phone line rather than not on set.

simon m
2 months ago
simon m 2 months ago

Ah ok. In your experience where the writer is not the director, does the director consult with or collaborate with the writer about the type of shot they're envisioning for a given sequence, or is that understood as the purview of the director only?

I'm asking because I'm working with a writer, and trying to understand the best way to work together.

Thank you.

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