Drafts and Changes

The scripts we have considered above are final narration scripts and have to be looked at with a certain amount of care. They look good, but they may have gone through enormous changes since the first draft. Another point to bear in mind is that whereas a text such as that of Kee's on Ireland could largely be written before production, the link narration of a film such as Heroes is definitely postproduction. The draft outline of Heroes probably only hinted at how it should begin; it may have appeared as follows: We open with a statement about Vietnam veterans living alone in the forests, surviving on skills learned in the war. Then, we cut to a comment by one of the veterans describing that life and showing us how he lives.

Scripts also change enormously from first to last draft, and the tentative beginnings change with them as the scriptwriter searches for the perfect opening. My own film, Out of the Ashes, is a good illustration of that process. When I was working with scriptwriter Brian Winston on the film, we faced one tremendous difficulty. Though its subject, the Nazi occupation of Europe and the destruction of European Jewry, was tremendously important, some people regarded it as tired, wornout. People had seen film after film on the subject; how could we interest them in yet another? We discussed various strategies that were eventually incorporated into the film, but one thing was clear: Above all else we had to have an opening that was powerful and different.

It was Brian who had the inspiration: Use something from Kafka, whose writings explored the evils of bureaucratic power, all the dark, shadowed corners that characterized the years 1920 to 1945. I thought the idea was brilliant. However, the chosen passages and the narration that followed changed quite a few times. I have set out below the first draft of the opening and then the revised text as it appears in the film.

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