How to make your dialogue heavy scene more compelling….

Berlin Indie Film Workshops

TO MINIMIZE TALKING HEADS SCENARIOS!

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If you’re thinking of writing your own screenplay for a film, Dov S-S Simens in From Reel to Deal” recommends that you create a story with minimal characters and locations; i.e. something that is like a filmed play. It’s a great piece of advice because it means you’ll be writing a script that can be done well on a low-to-no budget, which is a DIY philosophy we wholeheartedly embrace at Frenzy Films.

On the flip side, the problem when you try to turn plays into a script or write scripts which are very much like a play you tend to end up with big chunks of dialogue which fly in the face of the sacrosanct “Show don’t tell” mantra, hence the term talking heads. 

Even after you have trimmed down your dialogue, had live readings and to hone your dialogue further (great article here by John August to…

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