Mark Spragg described to me how much care he takes with describing the action, consciously filling the frame as he writes. In a scene in his screenplay Blue Wind, his main character, Frank, reencounters his step-daughter, Jolee, in a bar. It's been fifteen years since he's seen her.
I wanted to show big-time contrast, shabby versus pearlbutton cowboy sitting next to him. Contrast. She wears short sleeves. Show her strong arms. She owns her own landscaping biz. Minimalism, but within it, I use words like 'cacophony.' I use metaphors. I say a scene has the color spectrum of a Rembrandt. I make it beautiful. And I never pissed off a director by doing this.
When he talks about composing a 16 mm frame, Andy Ruben tells students, "It's a square. Make it pretty."
Good screenwriters tell their stories this way. Visually. They fill the frame. They make it beautiful, pretty. They use it to help tell their story.
3. The name of the character speaking tells who's talking:
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