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Week 5

by: Nicholas Spriggs

Week 5 Com 316

Nicholas Spriggs
Elon University

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Cinema Writing and Dialogue
Writing for TV and Cinema
Youssef Osman
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dialogue, transitions, Subtext
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Nicholas Spriggs on Saturday October 1, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Com 316 at Elon University taught by Youssef Osman in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 2 views. For similar materials see Writing for TV and Cinema in Communications at Elon University.

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Date Created: 10/01/16
Writing For Cinema and Television Weeks 5 Cinema Screenwriting (Remember: Show DON’T Tell) Final Draft is the industry software for screenwriting There are Three Basic Types of Transitions: Cuts (Standard method of going from one shot to another) Dissolves (often used for a passing of time) Fade Ins/Outs (Signals the beginning of a segment or sequence) ----> DON’T mention camera shots in a script. You’re the writer, not the director. Scene Construction Start with the whole movie, then go to sequences, then go to Scenes A scene should: 1) Advance the story 2) Increase dramatic tension 3) Tell the audience something about the characters Tips: 1) Start the scene with some action 2) Make the audience curious 3) Brevity is good! 4) Get into the scene as late as possible and leave as early as possible 5) Cut unnecessary scenes 6) Combine scenes 7) Cut dialogue. Then cut it again. Less best. (Try to make your point in five words or less) 8)Have you added more and more conflict? 9) Events must be unexpected but not unbelievable 10) Most scenes push us to the next scene 11) Always keep your character at the forefront of the scene 12) Allow yourself to discover things about your character 13) Scenes should turn the action 14) Cut the first and last lines from many scenes as possible 15) Try to make your scene memorable Reasons a Script Fails 1) You don’t have enough surprises! Every scene is an argument! 2) Not enough conflict 3) Do you have any rhyming scenes? 4) Your character does research when she could be talking to somebody 5) Your characters talk too much on the phone Dialogue (Keep a log of the way people talk and their dialogue) Subtext is an important and difficult part of dialogue Consider: -From where is the character speaking the dialogue? -Is he foreign? Local? -What part of what country is she from? -Use of colloquial slang can reveal roots of the character. -Use of colloquial metaphors or analogies can be revealing What is the education level of your character? -Big words / Small words? -Grammar? -Syntax -Understanding of the world? -Ability to make their point clear? What is the personality of the character? -Violent? Meek? Timid? Insecure? Proud? Egotistical? -Finds humor in every situation? -Finds Drama in every situation? -Chip on his shoulder? Separate the character’s voices After you write the dialogue go over each characters dialogue to make sure they have distinct voices 1) All the way through, they should sound like themselves 2) Their dialogue shouldn’t sound like any other characters. 3) They don’t sound like you Advice: Work your dialogue hard! Advice: A-B the dialogue (which means did you separate the voices) Advice: Avoid Q & A dialogue Advice: Don’t do too much research Advice: Don’t do too little research Advice: Take out the niceties! Consider: Do you need dialogue in every seen? No. Do characters have to use words to respond to every question? No. Do you they need to say something in response to every comment or situation? Good Dialogue can challenge, amuse, and evoke emotion! Exposition and Dialogue Bury exposition in arguments and manipulation Characters lie. They’re not always honest. Use that to reveal important information to the audience On-The-Nose Dialogue vs. Subtext Remember: The writer / director / actor are the ones who create subtexts


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