Writing to pictures

Unlike radio or online where the words hold the key, with television the pictures should dictate what and how you write. Mark Georgiou is an assistant editor in the network newsroom.

It’s very tempting to describe what the pictures are showing or simply use a series of generic shots - also known as wallpaper - to provide a backdrop to your script. Instead, the best scripts enhance the pictures and use them to tell the story in a natural way; they don’t explain what is happening.

In this video, Mark Georgiou examines how the some of the best correspondents he has worked with create their television reports.

He discusses how they use pictures and natural sound, working with picture editors to ensure they’ve got the best material from their rushes.


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