Meet the Reader: Exposition Gone Bad

Ray Morton is a writer, senior contributor to Script Magazine and script consultant. His new book A Quick Guide to Screenwriting is now available online and in bookstores. Follow Ray on Twitter: @raymorton1 Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Exposition is the vital information an audience needs to have in...


Sci-Fi Circuit: Exploring the Problem of Exposition in Sci-Fi

One of the challenges with writing good science fiction is introducing not only the world itself, but any story background needed to set the stage for what’s to come. In my recent interview with Amazon Studios-optioned Adam Pachter, he mentioned his pet peeve about screenwriters using voiceover to get away with exposition that might...


Fragments #1 – Transmedia and Writing Exposition

We have almost every storytelling medium known to humanity at our digital (and non-digital) disposal. This democratization of content creation means two things: one, you can make anything you want, whenever you want, and two, like Spider-Man, with great power comes great responsibility. You have all of these tools, but the key to digital...

Two camels kissing?

Column D: Writing Exposition… and Two Camels

If you watch a lot of movies (and read a lot of screenplays), you undoubtedly have noticed the frequent use of foul language in them.  So-called “dirty” words have been a part of our movie culture since the early ’60s.  Except for kids’ movies, you can hardly watch a movie these days without encountering...

Little Miss Sunshine

Specs & The City: Writing Exposition and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’

Exposition. It’s the necessary evil of screenwriting. No one – writers, readers, audiences – enjoys or even really appreciates it, but it’s a vital component to fully understanding the main story you’re trying to tell. How can your audience truly understand the plot, themes, or characters you’re presenting if you don’t properly set the...

Exposition: Taken

Tuesday, May 12, Fox Home Entertainment will release Taken, one of the biggest action flicks of 2009, on DVD and Blu-Ray. If you’re in the mood for an against-the-clock shoot-‘em-up, the movie delivers.