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date: 08 July 2020

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Screendance artist Maya Deren places emphasis on the importance of the preproduction phase, stating that both the filming and editing rests upon the initial conception and planning. To date, minimal critical discussion investigates the preproduction period of a screendance work and the contribution it makes to the creative growth of the artwork—in particular, the role of the script. Scriptwriting and development significantly contribute to the creation of a narrative film by holding both the creative and organizational elements inherent in filmmaking in hand. But the use of a narrative script model in screendance lacks the intricate detailing of the dance—the use of energy, weight, and intention. While questioning the narrative filmmaking script paradigm, this chapter serves to restructure the creation of script, drawing on Maya Deren’s theory of vertical cinema, so that it involves a dancing/thinking/writing/camera process in order to create avenues for an articulation of movement emphasis, weight, and energy.

Keywords: scriptwriting, screendance, camera, Maya Deren, preproduction, vertical cinema

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