Test your scenarios with your mobile phone © Benoît Labourdette.

A very simple use of the mobile phone can speed up the scriptwriting work.In many fields prototypes are made, which can also be called drafts, diagrams, wireframes, mockups... The prototype makes it possible to partially simulate the (...)

MA Scène nationale Montbéliard: “Joseph”, a travelling film by Joseph Morder © Benoît Labourdette.

A film designed to be screened on the city walls on a travelling basis.Yannick Marzin, director of the Scène nationale de Montbéliard, proposed to the filmmaker Joseph Morder and myself to design together a travelling film: based on a visit to (...)

The voice-over: friend or foe of the scenario? © Benoît Labourdette.

Voice-over is often discouraged in academic scriptwriting textbooks, which focus on the dramatic situation rather than on an interiority considered potentially boring. And yet, many films, and even “mainstream products”, successfully use (...)

Orally present his film to a commission © Benoît Labourdette.

I am very regular member commission to award financial aid to film production. In my experience, what are the best practices and pitfalls ? Why oral presentationAll commissions do not offer the ability to project to make an oral presentation. (...)

I exist © Benoît Labourdette.

Collective film (4’42s, 2016).

Exist? In time, in space, in poetry... in the image?

Foie gras © Benoît Labourdette.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (3’36s, 2019).

An inaccessible child’s dream, in a lost house in the woods.

“Scrivener” to write a script © Benoît Labourdette.

Scrivener is probably today the best software to write a script. Synthetic discovery of this tool. Why a specific software to write a screenplay?Why would we need specific software to write a script? Don’t we just need a pen or a word (...)

Mind mapping to build a script © Benoît Labourdette.

One of the first difficulties of writing the script is the macroscopic structure, ie the general sense of the narrative. Forget Syd FieldThere are, of course, the famous “three-act structure,” dear to Syd Field (see his famous book Screenplay), (...)

Movie Marathon Evry 2013 - Films made © Benoît Labourdette.

List of films made at the Movie Marathon Evry 2013 (France) Hush (Louisa Gaillard) The dream of Lyndi (Boulay Leander) 3’14 Fear (MOHAMMAD Usman) 3’34 Super condom (Faleme Dimitri) - 1’22 (without generic) M.D.R (Pavlovsky Cassandra) 3’11 (...)

Screenwriters' Festival 2018 © Benoît Labourdette.

Itinerant projection at night in Valencia, as part of the International Festival of Screenwriters, on the theme of the evolution of audiovisual writing according to technologies.The festival closes on 7 April 2018 with a screening of short (...)

ESAV Toulouse : Pocket Films Workshop © Benoît Labourdette.

Twenty-six films made in three days.Since 2006, barely a year after the appearance of cameras in mobile phones, I teach at the School of Cinema ESAV Toulouse for students in their final year of implementation, offering a “Pocket Films (...)

Dare, dare, dare... © Benoît Labourdette.
Voiceover. © Benoît Labourdette.

No longer say the interiority of the characters, but say images. In this way, the voice-over will show other images and will really enlarge the space (like superimpositions). When you tell the psychology of the characters, you don’t enlarge the (...)

Do not hesitate to build narratives, based on images already shot. © Benoît Labourdette.

I have the right to systematize the principle a bit. Of course, there have been the few explicit shorts, where you do it as a game, which is anecdotal, like the one where the director tells people what to do.But what is recurrent, in almost (...)

The “truth” of a script © Benoît Labourdette.

Creativity method.

Truth“is not realism or verisimilitude. The”truth“is a perception of the spectator, which can be very powerful: it is the sign of an anchoring of the film in oneself, of the meaning that a work takes in our life, of the deep enrichment that it (...)

Film art and drones © Benoît Labourdette.

Article by Benoît Labourdette.

Filming with a drone singularly changes the way we look at the world, and perhaps the way we write film, in both political and sensitive dimensions. The drone’s gazeRecently, drones equipped with cameras have become accessible to the general (...)

Writing the script of a documentary © Benoît Labourdette.

Initially questions What is literature ? A look at the real ? A meeting between a filmmaker and a reality ? What is the value of a documentary ? In the quality of spontaneity, the truth of this meeting ? Spontaneity and truth are they two (...)

City of Niort : Realization of a film with drone by teenagers © Benoît Labourdette.

Creation, writing, production, interpretation of a film entirely shot with a drone, piloted by teenagers.On two successive Saturdays in January 2017, the city of Niort, in partnership with the FRMJC of Poitou Charentes and within the framework (...)

“By my window” © Benoît Labourdette.

Travelling screening as part of the Valence Script Festival

Travelling projection in the old town of Valence of a selection of films “By my window”.The International Festival of Valence - Scriptwriters and Composers could not take place in April 2020 due to the confinement. A partnership has been (...)

Screenwriting © Benoît Labourdette.

Tools and techniques of screenwriting and film project building.

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