Your Script Sucks…
And that’s a good thing!
You’re wanting to wait until you have the a good script in front of you before you make a move. I can understand and respect your position, however, what exactly are your standards for “good?”
Does a script need to be incredibly detailed that all creativity is lost, or so loose the mind draws an equally blank slate? Does every action need to be spelled out that there is no room for thought, improvisation or contribution from your talent?
Does it need to be formatted in a specific way for every line and punctuation?
What defines a “good script” to you because I’ve yet to ever see or read one.
What I see here is a common issue in the creative community where we have to it near perfect. A script loaded with directions and details as if it was going to be published by Penguin Books.
The reality is hardly anyone will read your script except the people who will be working from it. And in many cases, at least half your script is going to be altered as it goes through the production process.
If you’re working with storyboard artists, they will end up rewriting your story.
If you work with a director of photography, actors, actresses, lighting crew, stunt people, animators, editors, post production people, a producer, a director… Your script will be rewritten, then rewritten again and again and again until it’s next to unrecognizable to your original idea. It’s neither bad nor good, it simply is the nature of creative collaboration.
You must look at your script’s place in the creative pipeline. It’s just a part of the process but it is not the only process.
What about a “good enough” script?
Having a script that gives the general idea, has the lines you think will deliver the most impact and provides enough suggested direction that it sparks imagination rather than strangles it? That would seem sufficient, wouldn’t you think?
Many of our most celebrated creative minds understood the purpose of a script and would in many cases use a script as primarily a rung on the creative ladder to step up on and not to be a complete slave to the script itself.
“I could be just a writer very easily. I am not a writer. I am a screenwriter, which is half a filmmaker. But it is not an art form, because screenplays are not works of art. they are invitations to others to collaborate on a work of art.” — Paul Schrader