Inevitably, if you or your production company are getting into the business of working with clients, you will run into an issue with language. The language of filmmaking is dense and, whether those of us in the field choose to admit it or not, not at all user friendly. Even a script, what we consider the simplest method for communicating a story, can be a scary document for a client who has never seen it before.
At Perplexity we’ve run into this issue several times. Musicians don’t know anything about scripts. Why should they? They come from a different background and have much more pressing things on their plate than learning film lingo. And it becomes incredibly difficult to communicate the narrative of a project with our most basic tool snatched from underneath us. How can we communicate visuals, story structure, shot concepts, and overall feeling and mood without the magical wonder of the script?
We’ve learned, as is often the case, the simplest solution is the best. And what could be more simple than two-columns.
For music videos, the concept is easy enough: one column for lyrics and the other for what is happening while those lyrics are being sung. But for any project that includes a client or someone not familiar with filmmaking, this technique is something we have found indispensable. For instance, one column could be the story (written in the form of a short story) and the other could be what the audience is seeing (shots and visuals) during each part of the story. Below is a snapshot of one example from the Do Me Like That video that we did with Bop Skizzum.
Check it out. Let us know what works best for you.