Writing with light: The screenplay and photography

Kathryn Millard*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article considers alternative processes for recording the screen idea, specifically, processes that draw on photography and images in the writing process. It discusses screen works inspired by the photographs of Samuel Bollendorff (Journey to the End of Coal, 2009), Arthur Felig Weegee (The Naked City, 2002) and August Sanders (Do Right and Fear No-one, 1975), and proposes that 'writing with light' is an appropriate metaphor for screenplays that are inherently unstable and always in transition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-134
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Screenwriting
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2013


  • screenwriting
  • writing with images
  • writing and photography
  • visual thinking
  • digital writing
  • essay


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