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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...

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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...

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Why Spec Scripts Fail: No Backstory thru Subtext, Part 1

Welcome to the first in a series of articles where we will explore (from a Senior Analyst’s perspective) why 99.95% of spec scripts fail. Today, please travel with me as we journey together to illustrate a point. When you read to the end and of this article and complete the assignment I guarantee a...

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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...

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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...

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Specs & The City: Show Don’t Tell and ‘Up’

Congratulations, it’s a brand new year! 2013 brings every writer another chance to reflect, refresh, and refocus on where we are with our craft. Taking stock and deciding what out next steps should be. With that in mind, I thought it would be fitting to take this week’s column back to the core of...