Ask the Expert: Direct the Camera Without Using Camera Directions

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READER’S QUESTION

We know that long before a script becomes a movie it is first a reading experience, and that we should avoid camera directions because that's the director's job. But there is a definite feel I wish to communicate in my first page. Here it is.

EXT. HIGHWAY 27 - DAY - AERIAL VIEW

WE SEE the lush Florida countryside until we FIND our subject, a dark blue van.

SLOW ZOOM IN ON VAN

VIEW ON VAN - MOVING

Two characters shout at each other while the CAMERA MOVES beside the van until we see the child/protagonist looking out the window at us.

INT. VAN

Everyone is quiet.

DA