Posts tagged ‘writing dialogue’

February 10, 2012

Audiences Don’t Listen to Dialogue

Jacob Krueger has written a great article about dialogue and how, for the most part, audiences don’t really listen to it. Just watch The Artist to see how unnecessary most dialogue is. That isn’t to say that great dialogue isn’t a key component of great scripts. I’ll let Jacob explain:

Remember the first scene of The Social Network? Aaron Sorkin’s spitfire banter ricocheting at high velocity between Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend Erica.

The scene is so brilliantly written, you probably barely noticed that you didn’t understand half of what these characters were saying to each other!

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November 8, 2011

In a Rom-Com, Less Dialogue is More Emotion

Billy Mernit of Living the Romantic Comedy recently wrote about the following truism: “The less said, the more felt.” Mernit writes:

An ongoing issue with the romantic comedy spec scripts I read is that they talk too much.

By “they” I mean the characters (i.e. the writers), which is surprising. Given that we’re living in the reign of Twitter, seeing as how we all have less time to take in information, why is that screenwriters still seem to think that romantic comedy = two people sitting or standing around talking, for page after page?

It’s axiomatic that in comedy, fast is funny. And brevity being the soul of wit, the alert rom-com writer ought to be able to cut to the gag, pronto. In this regard, I’ve often cited the opening of Richard Curtis’s Four Weddings and a Funeral as a model, a paradigm of great romantic comedy dialogue.

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July 20, 2011

Quote of the Day: Fred Zinnemann

Dialogue is a necessary evil.