Writing Screenplays is a Text doc. of What's in Your Head

 I just saw a film about a blind lady that made really good use of SOUND effects. Were they written into the script?

 This is a really good question and we really couldn’t know for sure unless we read the script.  Why don’t you do a search on  www.simplyscripts.com  and see what you can find.

But it does lead me to a point I make over and over again with my students.  Write the script the way you see it in your head.  You may not catch all the sound effects and assorted dissolves or reveals in the first draft, but you need to go back and ensure that you do a pass in the rewrite that adds them into the script.

When you write, you’re creating a text document for a visual medium - film.  Your script is going to serve as a springboard for a whole slew of other creative talents.  So when you’re telling your story, give it all you’ve got.  In the rewrite, take one pass at the script where you use all of your senses to envision the story.  Definitely try to hear the story from the protagonists’ point of view.  And don’t forget touch, smell and seeing.  So many times, in early drafts, screenwriting students forget to SHOW us critical elements that the hero see so that we can follow their internal mechanisms for sorting out the conundrum in the story.

It doesn’t take long to do this kind of thing in a rewrite.  And sometimes you’ll find that you pull out some of the sensory stuff you’ve added.  That’s okay - at least you’ll be certain you told the story just as your audience would’ve felt the moments if we had been in that fictional world, living it with the hero/ heroine as it happened.

I hope that helps. And I wish you good luck with your writing.