What is the best way to tell a story? Pt 3

Firstly I shall be looking at scripts and storyboards as they are two very vital components to the first word, and the word I shall be focusing on most: Videography.

Scripts & Storyboards
Scripts are basically lines to be read out or acted out according to the directors choice. The most common use of scripts in the modern age is for movies where actors and actresses will read their lines and perform actions according to said script. Scripts are also used across all kinds of performances from Chinese Shadow puppets to ballet, opera, comedy shows, plays, audio books and much, much more. I chose to look into this topic because I feel scripts are the ‘in-between’ that allows any form of creative writing or idea to be transferred over into a movie or a play – it is the very thing that brings any idea to life in whichever form they are planning to portray the story.
Storyboards are either the stage before, during or after a script when it comes to directing for a movie etc, this is entirely dependent on what is being created and, of course, the creators preference of working. For example when I created a short comic book for a project, the first thing I did was brainstorm ideas in my own, very messy and sometimes considered ‘wrong’ way. Secondly I jumped straight into the storyboard and created the script along the way… but as I mentioned, that is just my preference. People like Hayao Miyazaki are famous for creating the story as they go along (I’m kinda guilty of this haha…) whereas the ‘proper’ way is to go in stages.
Looking at both of these as the person who has not created them can be interesting because they are neither a finished product nor a beginning stage – their story may not be clear to the reader because you are virtually looking at the inner workings of somebody’s creative process. This is the interesting part though – seeing a work in progress leaves more open to interpretation, therefore the story is subject to change depending on who is reading it and what stage the script/storyboard is at.

Newspaper & Magazines:
Newspapers are very literal, they are told mainly to inform whilst still making the story interesting – essentially making them more ‘boring’ than a book for example which goes into great detail. The pros of a Newspaper are that they can spread the word fast and they are straight to the point – no fancy language, meaning almost anyone who can read is able to figure out what they are trying to get across. Their headlines, although often misleading, are also to be congratulated as they can attract the attention of passers to the stories inside with such a short ammount of text.

Magazines are similar to Newspapers, apart from the fact they are generally less about factual news stories and more about gossip. Not only is the language used less formal and leaning more towards keeping people intrigued, but the content itself is not necessarily factual. Also there are many different types of magazines that are truthful and informative, less story based such as health magazines but still, they always rely on people wanting something (ie gossip, glamour secrets, weight loss) to reel people in, using the same ‘WOW!’ kind of language that isn’t realistically seen anywhere else in storytelling. The other issue is that both magazines and newspapers can’t stray too far from the truth, only stretch it slightly or quote speculations. This limits the storytelling potential further.

Comic Books
There are many different types of ‘comic books’ and graphic novels on the market today. Some popular ones are The Walking Dead, The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, Death Note, Bleach etc.
Comic books are, in my opinion, sometimes better at portraying stories than a lot of books. The reason I say this is because they are a hybrid of both visual and verbal, containing (depending on the book in question, of course) written sound effects, character dialogue, a great storyline all accompanied by visuals which in my humble opinion, create a better representation of the story than a book alone. The only reason I still regard books to be better than comic books and graphic novels is because for a graphic novel, everything is handed to you (the scenes acted out, the character’s appearances, etc) whereas a book leaves much more to the imagination.

Thank you for reading!
Part 4 shall focus on the two main candidates for the best way to tell a story: Videography and Books.

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