Producer and premier script consultant, Wendy Kram L.A. FOR HIRE, provides essential ingredients to screenwriters for writing great dialogue.
Last time in, Part 1, we discussed how the environment creates behavior that leads to the dialogue a character uses to subtly reveal his or her backstory. I suggested that you rewrite the example scene, without any change in the length, to reveal something about backstory via subtext. If you haven’t tried it yet,...
By Brad Johnson Sometimes in life, you need to take a step back and reestablish exactly what you’re trying to accomplish. Screenwriting is about telling a story. We all know that. But sometimes, writers can get so caught up in what’s on the surface – script formatting, how much white is on the page,...
Script analyst Stewart Farquhar explains how to convey to a reader the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and WHY without presenting obvious details -- use subtext.
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...
In this, her ninth book on screenwriting, the industry’s matriarch — who essentially created the job of script consultant three decades ago — Dr. Seger has gone on to clarify one of the most elusive elements of screenwriting in her latest book: Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath.
Writers are unfortunately often perceived to be at the bottom of the food chain in the feature world. But in the world of TV, it’s a very different story.
If you’re an aspiring television writer, trying to get staffed this season or perhaps you’ve got an original pilot (or two) you’re shopping, understanding the business cycles can be helpful in planning and executing your strategies.
Every trick in the book for getting your dialogue to LOOK, READ, and SOUND like it was written by a high paid studio writer.
Steve Kaire is back debunking common industry misconceptions.