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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

More on hyphens

Hyphens can be good. And not just in above example. But in your own career.

^^^ Look at this crazy spilling out picture. Not sure what has happened. But you get the gist.

Back in the early days of the blog we had a big discussion about hyphens. About how being a writer-director is better than being 'just' a writer as it gives you a greater chance of the film you want to see being the one that is actually made. What? That's terrible English. In other words - the film would achieve your vision. Another hyphen benefit is it makes you easier to market (by either yourself or your agent) as directors are more highly regarded. Rubbish I know, but its true.

Not all writers are good directors though! So we looked at the role of writer-producer. But perhaps the best, and I don't know of many at all, is a writer-editor.

Now that's two jobs that are undervalued combined! So its not so great for making your name known. But it is the position of chief storyteller. Both of these phases of the film have the biggest impact on the final story. Most editors are storytellers as they must craft a pace and a tone in much more detail than writers do. What does the director do? Pah - just the bit in the middle.

The new tool for writers - Final Cut Pro.


OnMeJack said...

So is the answer double hyphens? Writer-Producer-Editor.

Though is there a fine line between keeping control and the vision and making a vanity project as Writer-Star-Director-Producer?

Would a treble hyphen be too much...

Tim Clague said...

See also a post from Dom:

OnMeJack said...

In my experience when it comes to Hyphens the emphasis is on the second word
For example Docu-Drama; is a drama shot like a documentary
Drama-Doc; is a documentary which uses drama.

So its interesting that in the Hypens its not Director-Writer.

Tim Clague said...

Genius. I will use this from now on