Posts tagged ‘drama’

December 5, 2012

Quote of the Day: Harold Hayes

The essence of drama is that man cannot walk away from the consequences of his own deeds.

August 14, 2012

Quote of the Day: Alfred Hitchcock

Drama is life with the dull parts cut out of it. 

August 9, 2012

Quote of the Day: Frank Capra

I made some mistakes in drama. I thought the drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries. 

October 25, 2011

Quote of the Day: David Mamet

Films have degenerated to their original operation as carnival amusement – they offer not drama but thrills.

August 29, 2011

Creating Drama in a Talking Head Scene

This article by Hal Croasmun of ScreenwritingU gives insight into how to create drama in a scene that is primarily or even entirely composed of dialogue:

I’d like to take a look at how a talking heads scene might work by creating deeper meaning in the dialogue.

I’ll give you the punchline in advance. The key to your success when writing a talking heads scene is to deliver meaning, emotion, and entertainment — not exposition.

Keep reminding yourself that every scene in a script MUST entertain the audience in some way. So, if 95% of the scene consists of dialogue, that dialogue has to be entertaining, emotional, and deliver some powerful meaning.

To illustrate this, I’d like to use the famous “You had me at hello” scene from the movie JERRY MAGUIRE. In it, you’ll see that many different skills have been used to turn a talking heads scene into a total tear jerker.

To set this scene up…

We’re at the very end of the movie. Jerry has achieved his external goal of having his only client succeed. But there is an internal question about whether he can love anyone or not.

Read more here.