2 identify the beats
My favourite part of the process is breaking down the script or brief, picking out the important story points, developing the beats and working them into a coherent visual storyline. Where does our hero need to be, and why? What happens at a particular moment? What motivates certain characters’ actions and responses and are there any alternatives? I’ll often just write things down first, to get the chain of events straight in my own mind. Then I can start to relate the action to a set or location, and it’s at this point that images or angles start to suggest themselves: the dramatic highs and lows start to move to the fore.