I am getting very,very close to finishing up the 1st draft of my 1st feature length script “Sifter”.
I ran into a bit of writers block, self induced I might add, due to some location problems. As I am a low budget, self produced filmmaker , my projects have all been about what I have on hand, whether it be a prop, or a location. I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and write what I would want to shoot if budget would not be much of a concern. Hence New York City being the backdrop for “Sifter”.
In the process of writing, I came across a few issues where real world locations would pose problems with moving my story along at the pace it should. I am actually in the middle of one such issue.
So I possed the question to my wife, “Does it really matter if the locations are not totally accurate?”
As a film viewer, she said it was not a big deal. I tend to agree. But as a writer, I was, and am, having a hard time not trying to be as accurate as I can be.
For instance, I am writing the final chase sequence now, going from one true and accurate location to another real world place. According to every resource I can find, there is no way to get from one place to another in a car as quickly as I would like. It requires a pretty major detour/turn around. Now I can write that into the script..and it may actually be pretty cool, or i can fudge things a bit to make it fit my ideas, which would probably work and no one be the wiser.
But it still begs the question. Should I take artistic license in that manner? Is that a common thing to “fake” ?
And when writers /filmmakers do that, is a big deal to the audience that catches those moments?
Thoughts anyone? I would love to hear from writers, filmmakers, and viewers alike.