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Writing your scene
WRITING PROMPT BELL WORK #13:
Using the scene list handout from Shrek, how would you structure your scenes? What did you notice about the scenes in relation to the songs? How would you, as a writer, create a seamless transition from scene to song?
Breaking Plot into Scenes
Each scene also has its own beginning, middle, & end. Vary scenes as much as possible: serious then comic, long then short, duo then group. Each story should unfold at its own pace. Fast is not always best, but neither is luxuriating.
“To write a successful scene, one must stringently apply and stringently answer the following three questions: 1. Who wants what form whom? 2. What happens if they don ’t get it? 3. Why now?” –Daven Mamet
Basic Elements of Scenes
Objective: The specific desire of the character in the scene. It drives the character to speak.
Obstacle: What stands in the way of a character achieving their objective?
Tactic: The decision the character makes of how to get what they want.
Writing dynamic dialogue
Choose words, phrases, and ways of speaking that are true to your characters. Try casting the show in your mind with people you know (friends, celebrities, etc.)
Have your characters continually peruse clear objectives in their dialogue
Think about your character relationships. How do they act or speak? Study how we listen (or don’t) to each other
Common Problems: Overwriting
Exposition: Dialogue is one character giving news (not info) to another. The writer needs to know all the background information, but the characters & audience don’t!
Filler: Avoid padding like “Well, you see, John.” Characters should urgently need to achieve their objective. If it isn’t important to the character, it won’t be important to the audience
Monologues: People don ’t talk in complete and extended thoughts. Characters interrupt each other- everyone trying to achieve their own objective or obstruct someone else’s.
Common problems: tired writing
Cliché: If a character isn’t talking to get something important, the dialogue can feel boring. Make the character’s tactic stronger or think about whether the dialogue is needed.
“On the nose:” Characters don’t always say exactly what they’re thinking. There is subtext in the dialogue. Characters may use sweet talk or misdirection as a tactic to hide their true objective.
Soapbox: Avoid lecturing. Good dialogue communicates what ’s important in the scene & what’s at stake for the characters
Writing your dialogue
Please begin writing your dialogue for your scene.
The scene should include a beginning, middle, and end.
The scene should build up to your song.
Your scene should be at least 90 seconds long and no longer than 2 minutes.
Day 3 lesson 5
“we talk because we want something”
A character can use multiple tactics (even within the same scene) to achieve their objective.
Bullet 2: audiences are dumb, it takes time for them to get it- don ’t jump to conclusions too quickly
Bullet 3: sometimes we don ’t understand each other completely/right away
Day 4: Week 2 Lesson 1 & 2