I dare to say, every writer has that great movie in his/her head. (Btw: Let me know, if there's another method!) My first go transferring a brain movie to paper ends up with something between 6 and 40 pages. Which is okay until I judge one story could have the potential of a full grown 400 pages book. I regularly panic then! How could I ever reach that number, when my whole plot is already told in 10% of the needed pages? From where should I only get the other 90%? Of course I know better, those few pages are just a very, very basic plot line.
In the following time I consider myself as a director, only my two media are exchanged. And I use the very same aspects a screenplay has:
- Act & scene
- Action: description of what the viewer sees.
- Camera: instructions for the camera.
- Cut: instructions for cutting.
- Sound/music: noises and music instructions.
- Character: name of the person, who's going to speak.
- Dialogue: spoken text of the character.
- Additional information for the character, of how to speak the text.
- Costumes, hair and make-up to emphasize the character's personality.
- Props, used by the characters.
- Set design, how does the set improve, influence, give atmosphere during the scene.
P.S. That 1% exception, where the movie is better than the book, I have to grand Mr. Peter Jackson. What he did with 'Lord of the Rings' was simply outstanding!