Reviving a lost art: the silent scenario

Eye on the Oscars: The Writer

While there are a handful of veterans of the silent movie era lingering past their 100th birthday, the knowledge of how to write a movie scenario in that style is mostly lost. So Michel Hazanavicius had to reinvent the writing technique for “The Artist.”

“Technically what’s really changing the making of this movie was the writing of the script, not the shooting and not the editing,” he says.

He watched many, many silent films “to understand the rules of the game: what you can do, what you can do, what are the limits, but also what is freeing about making a silent movie.”

Once he had the story in his head, he was very careful with presentation, creating a square script on “nice paper” with special type and photos. “And the letters were a little bit bigger, so that you turn the pages often. That means the movie is not so boring because you think that thing are going faster.”

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