WEEK 7 CLASS NOTES

Storytelling techniques

Dialogues

Screenplay- many writers involved in the film.

Elements if a Dialogue
Dialogue reveals a character
– A character talks about himself or herself
– Other people talk about the character
Dialogues establishes relationships between characters
– Character express attitudes and opinions that are in opposition to one another
Dialogues that are good and effective moves the story forward
Dialogues communicates faces ad information to the audiences
– It conveys essential exposition
– Characters will talk about what happened, establishing the story line
Dialogue ties the script together

Common mistakes in dialogues
Dialogues should be used sparingly, never telling the audience what they can see for itself
– Dialogues is no substitute for an action
– Dialogues should not match conventional spoken dialogue. “Real talking”

Points to remember
Film is a visual medium
A script is a story told in pictures
Don’t make the dialogues real or fake, but realistic. Keep the dialogue focused.

Character
A story starts with character
The character is the heart, the soul, and nervous system of your story.
It is through the characters that the viewers experience emotions
Without character, there is no action
Without action, you have no conflict
Without conflict, you have no story
Without story, you have no screenplay

When you are developing a character, ask yourself:
– Who is my character?
– What does he want?
– What is her quest?
– What drives him to the resolution of the story?

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