I confess this is all I knew about Terry Gilliam:
- He was part of Monty Python.
- He has been working on a Don Quixote film since 1998.
- I heard that he could really draw.
I finally saw those drawing skills when I read this script in book form.*
Gilliam's sketches pepper the script.
They're worth studying to see how to translate words into pictures.
ex. In one scene, Napoleon is the only audience member at a Punch and Judy show.
Backstage, the puppeteer is wounded, but carries on.
These are the 3 sketches that follow:
First, the nervous manager and the puppeteer:
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: The script was focused, clear (distillation #1).
This allowed Gilliam to reduce whole scenes into sketches (distillation #2).
Time Bandits (1981)
by Terry Gilliam & Michael Palin of Monty Python
* It is now out-of-print, but used copies are available.