tamsyn o'connor photography
I've come to realise that everything I write about in my scripts I've somehow already experienced in real life, either directly or second hand. Then I basically twist and turn those experiences into a narrative that has the best impact and thus becomes memorable. Sometimes pleasant memories and other times unpleasant - it depends on the context. It might be a long lost tale someone has told me about, a conversation I've overheard, or a place I've been fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to have visited. As much as I'd like to simply rely on the mind's eye and my memory to recount them, I do find that photography helps to evoke those moments of experience in my story-telling. It's incredibly useful to be able to go back to specific locations, to a sound, a person, what they were wearing, what they were looking at, and the major impact it was having on them right at that moment when you took the picture. For me, the best stories and the greatest films have an undeniable ability to pull you deep into the world they are portraying. It's important where your story happens. I often find that the main locations of my film help to instigate what the story is truly about. Where does your central character like to be, loathe to be, hope to be, secretly want to be, dreading they one day will be? I adore creating the locations in my scripts. I'd say it's definitely one my favourite parts of the process of scriptwriting.
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