Setting the Scene
by Cait Collins
My publications are in broadcasting. When writing a news or sports report, a commercial, or even a documentary, facts can be more important than description. Footage provides the setting. So, sometimes setting the scene is difficult for me. I often have to research styles, locales, and history in order to describe the scene. These are questions I ask myself when describing the setting.
Home style Ranch, Contemporary, Victorian, Edwardian, cabin, middle class, mansion
Locale City, town, village, mountains, plains, beach, west region, eastern seaboard, Deep South
Flora aspen or birch, oak, walnut, maple, elm, cedar, roses, types of wild flowers, magnolia, lily of the valley, sunflowers, grass
Fauna predators, domesticated animals, elk, deer, birds, water life
Colors black or ebony, gray or mist, yellow or daffodil, orange or peach, red or terra cotta, blue or aquamarine, green or meadow, brown or mahogany, purple or lavender
Time period Victorian, Old west, Civil War, Depression era, WWI, WWII, 50’s
Once I answer these and other questions, I have I have a clear picture of where I am, and I write a “character sketch” of the setting. Information in hand, I can create the scene.