Saturday, July 28, 2018

Improving Scripts

For some scripts, it would seem helpful to know not merely which scenes follow which scenes, but also what the temporal constraints are on the individual scenes to get them accomplished.

Consider Arthur C Danto's example of lighting a pipe; if the match burns at the standard rate, then there are just a few moments until the match is too hot to hold and needs to be dropped. Similarly, for a recipe, there are time constraints on how soon the next processing steps have to take place before the processed food has changed in temperature or composition or moisture contents to make the next step less successful (or even impossible).

At the same time, similar constraints hold in the other direction of moving "too early" as it were. The rates of these changes put temporal bounds on the script that would be good to know and good to have.

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