Wendy Kram looks at the writing of Mad Men and deducts some tips for how to write sparkling dialogue. As a producer and script consultant who reads hundreds of screenplays, one of the most common weaknesses in the majority of scripts I review has to do with dialogue that is expositional, or what we call Read MoreRead More
Cameron Cubbison examines the importance of dialogue and what constitutes good dialogue. Norma Desmond may not have thought that dialogue was all that important…lovably bitter wretch that she was…but she was wrong. Dialogue is one of the absolute most important elements in a screenplay, for myriad reasons. I would imagine most writers know this without Read MoreRead More
Julie Gray offers five tips for diving into your character’s minds to write better dialogue. For some writers, dialogue is a pretty big challenge. Something I have noticed at table reads and certainly at the Tel Aviv Writer’s Salon, is that when writers read their work aloud and there is dialogue, they tend to sort Read MoreRead More
When writing a science-fiction film, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing you can get away with any sort of magic technology because the entire world is completely invented anyway. In this video, I try to illustrate why that’s bad drama.Read More
Doug Richardson details the Writer’s Nightmare and the complex relationship between a writer’s words and an actor’s delivery. I’d just typed FADE OUT for the umpteenth time in my short career. The draft was neat and a tightly wound one hundred and fifteen pages of thrills and chills. It felt bulletproof and as close to Read MoreRead More
Grammar Nazis will have to plug their ears for this one. Real language is full half developed sentences that just get… well… you know… interrupted. “Bad movie dialogue speaks in complete sentences without any overlapping or interruption, and avoids elliptical speech, which is truer to how people actually talk.” This from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson. Read MoreRead More
Think waiting in line at the pharmacy waiting while the cashier does just one more price check is a waste a time? Well keep your eyes and ears peeled because these real life annoyances may be the perfect opportunity to study human nature an dialogue.
by Penny Penniston The dialogue scene you’re struggling with? Take the page, crumple it into a paper ball and throw it into the trash can across the room. If you can make the shot, then you instinctively understand everything you need to know in order to write subtext. Making the shot requires an unconscious set Read MoreRead More