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Old 07-03-2011, 08:28 AM   #1
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Filmmaking without a Script

So a group of us got together and just filmed a short (then submitted it to the local film festival) sans-script where everything was generated on the spot. Some scenes took a few takes (each take being different than the last) but it ended up being quite good.

Just wondering who else may shot semi-improv shorts/feature films as we are interested in knowing if such a method would be expandable to a longer feature (first is 13 minutes long)?
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:16 PM   #2
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I made a nature film with no script and it turned out pretty nice. 88 min.
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:51 PM   #3
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I wrote my first short film just making it up as I went. No script. Just brainstormed ideas shot it and then later tried to edit it together. Then came up with tie ins or an ending. But part of the problem with this style is trying to make it flow together and not knowing when you are done filming because there is more ideas all the time to shoot. But some great ideas do happen on the fly. I just kept on shooting scenes tell I felt I had enough to make it work and the scenes fit better. Then scraped the stuff that did not work. The editing process is probably a lot harder when you have so many options.
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The short I'm going to shoot around the 1st of August has no script. I have a series of shots I want to get and thats about it. I think it will be fun.
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:13 PM   #5
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Many years ago, a friend did a TV show like that in Houston.
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:31 PM   #6
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Your question is, who has ever made a film without a script, and the answer is, many, because it's not an uncommon experiment in the very early stages, and certainly a productive one. *spontaneous thoughts in film* bring you closer to the medium.

Your next question could be, has a film made with no script ever had a theatrical release, and the answer is, no.
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:39 PM   #7
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If memory serves, much of "Naked" was David Thewlis ad libbing on the streets of London. So an overall story script, but actual dialogue done by the actor. I think Harmony Korine's films (particularly "Gummo" and "Julian Donkey Boy") were done that way.

So, yeah, it certainly can be done with FANTASTIC results. But it does rely on having absolute top-notch people to work with. And an overall structure to focus the actors.
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:59 PM   #8
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Your next question could be, has a film made with no script ever had a theatrical release, and the answer is, no.
Not quite true. All of the Christopher Guest and company films were improvised, although they had a story structure. So in that sense, there is no script.

Mike Leigh's films all begin as improvised scenes which are then turned into a shooting script.

And of course, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is improv built on a tight structure.

There are numerous fake docs which have been improvised; "Man Bites Dog" comes to mind.

Plenty of theatrical releases in this bunch and few actual scripts. Just scene outlines. It can be done, with care, but you're going to burn lots of video.
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:41 PM   #9
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I did a short film without using a script. There were specific plot points I wanted to happen and that drove the story forward. The diolog was improvised but the overall story was undertood before shooting. Some shots were made up just for fun. My short was a fake doc so it seemed to work without a script.

I think there is a way to shoot a movie without a written script for the actors. Tell them what is going to happen in the scene and let the actors improvise to that point. Kind of like the game show Who's Line is it Anyway?

Then again, a stong script is always good.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:25 AM   #10
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I film my webshow, FPS with a VERY loose script. I basically write out 5 pages of the plot, and I let the actors do their thing. Some of my actors are very talented at improv and it's hilarious, so yes, I film about once a week with little to no script.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:29 AM   #11
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Too cool everyone, we are filming another such film in two weeks. Will let you know how it goes!
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Sounds fun. Make a movie on the fly!
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:29 AM   #13
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~sighs~ With my actors, I sometimes feel like I'm filming without one even when I do have one haha. Oh well, it's still amazing to do!
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:05 AM   #14
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This was something my buddy Matt and I threw together for the hell of it.
http://www.flickerpictures.com/issues.htm
Really stupid stuff, but it got us laughing, was fun to do and cost nothing.

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Flicker, I enjoyed your David Lunch vids. Silly and fun!
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