There’s a number of different ways to work. Depends on the situation as to how you’re gonna handle it, and absolutely there are times when you want something fully scripted, there are other times when scripts just go out the window. If you’ve been working with the same team for quite some time, you don’t necessarily need to write a script.
I’ve never gone out with less than just a framework. So I know that we’re gonna do A B C D and E. And you link them together somehow, there’s five elements, and we’ll make it work on the day. And we just essentially make it up within those individual elements, make it up as we go.
Because, for example, in a magazine style program you’re going to interview a chef, and you know he’s going to talk about Hollandaise sauce, if I’m so focused on, you know, the structure of making Hollandaise sauce and that’s what we do with him, we miss that little where he talks about the secret element. You know how he always puts his stainless steel bowls in the fridge because the cold bowl helps with, you know, blah blah blah blah. For example, I just made that up, but you know.
If you’re too set in your structure and it’s too scripted, then you lose a chance for spontaneity.
I’ve been in a situation on both sides of the camera. We’ve gone into an environment fully scripted, and on another occasion gone in without any scripting, and the results from that same scenario; chalk and cheese. Talking the same story, same place, same people, chalk and cheese. Because that’s what was scripted and that’s what you wanted to hear, and that was improvised, off the cuff, real, honest.
Not that the scripting was dishonest, but it was just, it was that much honesty. Whereas we got all of that. It narrows your field if you’re fully scripting.