Thursday, March 15, 2007
It’s 1973. Almost dinner time. I'm having hoops.
You can now download Matthew Graham's shooting script for the first episode of Life on Mars from the BBC's wonderful writersroom website. It makes for fascinating reading, particularly seeing what material didn't get on screen. Most of the cuts are from the initial 2006 scenes, an understandable decision to get Sam [and the audience] back to 1973 as soon as possible. The script also tackles a question I'd been debating lately: when writing a spec script scene set inside a car as it travels along a road, is the scene labelled INT for Interior because we're inside the car with the characters? Or should it be EXT for exterior because the scene takes place outside, not inside a studio or location? Graham opts for I/E, indicating the scene mixes interior and exterior shots. Any TV script writers, editors or readers out there want to offer their answers to the question?