Monday, November 23, 2009

ScriptChat 11.23.09 - Dialogue

#scriptchat TOPIC: Dialogue: What makes for “good” dialogue? How do u avoid on-the-nose & all chars sounding the same?

Moderator: @jeannevb
EURO Moderator: @DreamsGrafter

Yet again, wthashtag transcript site has failed me. The site cut off a good chunk of EURO's chat that I felt was important enough to post. So... now we have to read backwards. Please scroll down to the bottom of this post and climb the stream up. If I can get an accurate transcript later, I'll repost. LOTS of great stuff and worth the hassle... enjoy!



zacsanford2 @DJordanKnight @iscamedia Sadly the writer has the least amount of say of all the Creatives in filmmaking when greenlit. #scriptchat -9:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @zacsanford2 Telefilm Canada is main funding body for movies - Eng. Can films perform rather poorly at box office so it's tough #scriptchat -9:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @Donna_Carrick Good night! #scriptchat -9:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @zacsanford2 I was thinking a similar disolve like Rodriguez uses in the opening of Once Upon A Time In Mexico, #scriptchat -9:37 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat Night, all! Tomorrow's another work day, a good rest helps! Have fun with the dialogue -- make it sparkle. -9:37 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @iscamedia If the writer wants something then it needs to be made perfectly clear in contracts. It's a business deal. Period. #scriptchat -9:37 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @zacsanford2 Interesting, the 1500s scene sets up the conflict for the ending in mine #scriptchat -9:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @Donna_Carrick This time leap is interesting as it is sort of handled like "Defending Your Life" with Al Brooks. #scriptchat -9:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan A story is part of the puzzle. Cut one scene and everything unravels. No complete puzzle #scriptchat -9:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @PennyAsh Hmmm, I always recommend to stay away from transitions, but in this case you could use a "DISSOLVE TO" on the right. #scriptchat -9:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight I think it must be this way, or the writer will be disappointed. It isn't a baby. They are just words. Words for sale. #scriptchat -9:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
kevin_winn @HoodedMan If you end up directing it yourself, you then have investors and producers who are going to want to change it. ;) #scriptchat -9:34 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat @zacsanford2 Time leaps can be fun for viewer if handled well. -9:34 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @zacsanford2 Sounds interesting. My MC goes from a 1500s event to staring at a computer screen modern day #scriptchat -9:34 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan Make films or serials for Internet. Bypass the current main distribution channels. About time it's done #scriptchat -9:34 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @HoodedMan :) #scriptchat -9:34 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @pennyash Once the MC sees the future for the first time it is listed in the action block as it is sort of a reveal 2 the reader #scriptchat -9:34 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @DJordanKnight @iscamedia at least until the script is sold & then it evolves... #scriptchat -9:34 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @DJordanKnight Ooo interesting idea... #scriptchat -9:33 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia @HoodedMan That's one heck of a generalisation but thank goodness we're all different. That's what should make it fun. #scriptchat :) -9:33 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @DJordanKnight @iscamedia I guess if you're hired for a specific project but if I'm sitting down to write an idea it's all me #scriptchat -9:33 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @PennyAsh I have a script where the guy goes from Modern to the 2300's... but it isn't known for a couple scenes. #scriptchat -9:33 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jeanneveillette LOL yep hugs to both :) #scriptchat -9:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 You can also show the difference within your action block, but supers or in the slugs is most common. #scriptchat -9:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @zacsanford2 Well in the novel it's a straight jump #scriptchat -9:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette @PennyAsh dont u just love @zacsanford2... and @zacsanford :) #scriptchat -9:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @JoannaDangelo Interesting... had no clue about that. #scriptchat -9:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @zacsanford2 Thanks :) if it was a snake it would have bit me #scriptchat -9:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @PennyAsh You could match cut something -- a doll, a painting, etc... #scriptchat -9:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @zacsanford2 4 American films to shoot here yes - but if you're a Can trying to make a film it's tough TV is more accessible #scriptchat -9:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 That's one of the acceptable ways to do it. Hard to give exact advice without knowing if you just jump forward or all around. #scriptchat -9:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @DJordanKnight I really don't want to lose the scene it sets up the ending #scriptchat -9:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette now let's hope wthashtag cooperates & lets me grab a transcript. That site can be a big disappointment some nights #scriptchat -9:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan @JoannaDangelo THANK YOU #scriptchat -9:30 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat @jeanneveillette I'd be honoured to help with the 'family' thing! ;-P -9:30 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia @DJordanKnight To some degree that has to be the way There are horrendous cases of the money people wanting crazy changes too! #scriptchat -9:30 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @PennyAsh Ext. Field (1575) - day *insert scene.* Ext. Field (current day) - day *insert scene*. #scriptchat -9:30 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write Happy Thanksgiving all. See you on Twitter. #scriptchat -9:30 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight oooo fun! RT @PennyAsh @zacsanford2 1500's to modern day #scriptchat -9:29 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @zacsanford2 Don't want to do the flashback thing #scriptchat -9:29 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy thanks as usual folks...bout 2 go eat, write a little bit & continue my methodical takeover of the world...be blessed #scriptchat -9:29 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan @kevin_winn @iscamedia @jeannevb mostly that director fucks up the original story, though, either script or novel #scriptchat -9:29 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @iscamedia very true - @ end of the day it's the director's vision #scriptchat -9:29 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @zacsanford2 1500's to modern day #scriptchat -9:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @jeanneveillette: #scriptchat If we don't chat again before US Thanksgiving, hope you have a lovely holiday. -9:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette @zacsanford2 yeah, it seems like 1 min, everyone was gone. Or refilling their drinks ha #scriptchat -9:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @PennyAsh How massive are we talking? #scriptchat -9:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write @zacsanford You are a wealth of information. #scriptchat -9:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @zacsanford2 Remember, Bub, I'm out of town tomorrow, but will be on the road and BORED, so feel free to call/text if need be. #scriptchat -9:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Wow, we dried up quickly tonight. I guess the script will receive my attention earlier than expected. #scriptchat -9:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @zacsanford2 How do you handle a massive time jump? #scriptchat -9:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @JoannaDangelo @iscamedia I'm of the opinion that a script is a product that is customized to the client's specifications. #scriptchat -9:26 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan @markezrastokes always, always what has greatest potential #scriptchat -9:26 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette looks like peeps are winding down, so THANK YOU AGAIN for coming! PLZ @ me if u have ideas for future chats! #scriptchat -9:26 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette RT zacsanford2 All the DVDs from @DialogueSeries are available for rent on Netflix. Great interviews with screenwriters. #scriptchat -9:25 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 I'm still around for another 30 minutes before jumping back into my script. #scriptchat -9:25 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 All the DVDs from @DialogueSeries are available for rent on Netflix. Great interviews with screenwriters. #scriptchat -9:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jeanneveillette Sounds good #scriptchat -9:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette use the #scriptchat hashtag tho so peeps can find u! -9:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette any1 who is around & wants to chat about screenwriting whatever, hop on & go at it. I'll try to be there #scriptchat -9:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @JoannaDangelo Writing isn't that far of a dream being in Canada. Still lots of productions and incentives to shoot up there. #scriptchat -9:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia @JoannaDangelo They should. Then again the film i.e. their vision is in the edit. Soooo many variables. Scenes get dropped #scriptchat -9:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @HoodedMan you're a renaissance man ;D #scriptchat -9:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette before i officially wrap up chat, next week is a holiday & lots of u will be traveling on Sunday. We'll just have a free-for-all #scriptchat -9:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 "Film is a collaborative medium... bend over" - can't remember what writer on @DialogueSeries DVD series. #scriptchat -9:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jeanneveillette Yep and even with novels you have editors #scriptchat -9:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @DJordanKnight I mean if there are changes to be made I think the writer should be consulted - etc.. #scriptchat -9:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan I love directing, love writing, love acting, love writing music, doing the sound and the photo and the editing... #scriptchat -9:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette @zacsanford2 tonight, I've been deflowed... had my first manhattan #scriptchat... i feel dirty... but good hee (@PRCog) #scriptchat -9:21 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 very true! RT @jeanneveillette: @talented_boy use @covermyscript... shes great :) #scriptchat -9:21 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @zacsanford2 Great! cuz TV is more accessible for writers like me - I'm in Canada & writing for movies is - well far away dream #scriptchat -9:21 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @jeanneveillette thank ya kindly #scriptchat -9:21 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette the only way to have more control of ur story is to write a novel instead of a script. Screenwriting is ALL collaboration #scriptchat -9:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 What's your poison tonight? RT @jeanneveillette: back #scriptchat -9:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan @iscamedia @kevin_winn @jeannevb but then again, there are many auteurs out there that can do practically everything #scriptchat -9:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write I couldn't direct. Not enough patience. That's why I write. #scriptchat -9:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Thanks to @yeah_write @jeannevb & @kageynyc for helping host another Sunday night chat #scriptchat -9:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @zacsanford2 HA! I started typing before I even finished reading that tweet. Ker-shnap! #scriptchat -9:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette @talented_boy use @covermyscript... she's great :) #scriptchat -9:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write Thanks to @zacsanford @jeannevb & @kageynyc for helping host another Sunday night chat #scriptchat -9:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette back #scriptchat -9:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Hmmmm, more writing or watch the screener for 500 Days of Summer? Oh wait, my writing partner is here... more writing it is. #scriptchat -9:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @JoannaDangelo Can you expand on that? Why should the director "respect" the script/writer? #scriptchat -9:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @greyfoxgrandma: You're so right. Life really starts being entertaining and grist #scriptchat /As hubby says, it's all live theatre! -9:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jeanneveillette LOL #scriptchat -9:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 @DJordanKnight lol i seee :) #scriptchat -9:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 I HATE directing. HATE IT! RT @iscamedia: RT @kevin_winn: @HoodedMan Not every screenwriter can direct, though. ;) #scriptchat -9:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
ttimechitchat There's EURO #scriptchat too ~ time Sundays 2pm GLobal (9am EST)... Less peeps there too. Easier to keep up (via @jeannevb) -9:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy i've used three with varied results...but any recommended coverage services? or using them at all? #scriptchat -9:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette that's code for my drink is empty ha #scriptchat -9:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @James_Dean86 Among other things, craigslist is personal adverts - and one of the top sources of human trafficking in the US. #scriptchat -9:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette need to get my boy an apple... brb... #scriptchat -9:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia RT @kevin_winn: @HoodedMan Not every screenwriter can direct, though. ;) #scriptchat > that should be a subject @jeannevb ;) -9:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 I'm lost, which fellow :) RT @JoannaDangelo: @zacsanford2 what happened to that fellow? #scriptchat -9:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @iscamedia no one of course - but i would think that great directors also respect the script & writer #scriptchat -9:16 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette @CTK1 where do I send ur PIMP check? :) #scriptchat -9:16 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 TV would be good to cover. RT @jeanneveillette: @JoannaDangelo we can absolutely do writing for TV one night : ) #scriptchat -9:16 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols RT @ttimechitchat: @zacsanford2 @jeanneveillette @yeah_write Thanks as always for scriptchat conversation. See you next week! #scriptchat -9:16 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write @ttimechitchat Have a great week, thanks for stopping by #scriptchat -9:16 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette @kevin_winn very true : ) #scriptchat -9:16 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 RT @CTK1: Here is smthng super awesome, @jeannevb screenwriter, is so close 2 being BIGtime (trust me) & yet has TIME to do this #scriptchat -9:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia RT @JoannaDangelo does that make screenwriters masochists? #scriptchat > In a way - yes. But who would deny a great director free reign? -9:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
ttimechitchat @zacsanford2 @jeanneveillette @yeah_write Thanks as always for scriptchat conversation. See you next week! #scriptchat -9:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @zacsanford2 what happened to that fellow? #scriptchat -9:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 @DJordanKnight not seen this craigs list what is it?? #scriptchat -9:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette @JoannaDangelo we can absolutely do writing for TV one night : ) #scriptchat -9:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jeanneveillette Yep I did :) dunno what I did #scriptchat -9:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
markezrastokes RT @HoodedMan: or you can direct your own scripts. The original vision will always be the best #scriptchat NOT ALWAYS! -9:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
cmhoughton @jeannevb: One of the best pieces of advice I read was to give major thematic statement to a supporting character, not the lead. #scriptchat -9:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
kevin_winn @HoodedMan Not every screenwriter can direct, though. ;) #scriptchat -9:14 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write Join us each Sunday at 8pm EST RT @SKCOMEDY: Thanks for my first #scriptchat, everyone! #scriptchat -9:14 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @DJordanKnight Oh, I don't disagree at all about craigslist... even in the film section. #scriptchat -9:14 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
CTK1 Here is something super awesome, @jeannevb screenwriter, is so close to being BIGtime (trust me) & yet has TIME to do this #ScriptChat LUV!x -9:14 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette @SKCOMEDY so glad u joined us! Come back again www.scriptchat.blogspot.com #scriptchat -9:14 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Thanks for stopping by Steve. RT @SKCOMEDY: Thanks for my first #scriptchat, everyone! #scriptchat -9:14 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write @llapen Thanks for joining us. #scriptchat -9:14 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @zacsanford2 Meh -- I would rather tap a local theater group than delve into Craigslist. Seriously disturbed peeps there. #scriptchat -9:14 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @jeanneveillette yahoo! practical knowledge! me like! what about writing for TV? 'cuz that's what I'm working on now. #scriptchat -9:14 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Not yet, but should have a manager very shortly. RT @talented_boy: how many of yall have agents? #scriptchat -9:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette @PennyAsh YOU got locked out!? I thought u never get locked out! #scriptchat -9:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 @talented_boy not me.......yet? lol #scriptchat -9:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @iscamedia does that make screenwriters masochists? #scriptchat -9:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @JoannaDangelo Will Ferrell was just listed as being the worst bang for the buck. #scriptchat -9:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette @CTK1 met ur friend @llapen at #scriptchat... thanks for sending out the invite! xo -9:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
SKCOMEDY Thanks for my first #scriptchat, everyone! -9:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan @kevin_winn @iscamedia or you can direct your own scripts. The original vision will always be the best #scriptchat -9:12 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 But many actors looking for experience RT @DJordanKnight: @zacsanford2 Craigslist? Really? Lots of creeps on Craigslist, yes? #scriptchat -9:12 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jeanneveillette Twitter loves you. I got locked out last night :D #scriptchat -9:12 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy how many of ya'll have agents? #scriptchat -9:12 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 twitter hates you. RT @jeanneveillette: I got locked out AGAIN... its me, @jeannevb #scriptchat -9:12 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette @cmhoughton totally agree that Twitter has helped me in honing my rewriting skills. 140 is awesome #scriptchat -9:12 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 AMEN! But actors are better at the cold read than friends. RT @CTK1: ACTORS r MASSIVE flakes :( Get friends. #scriptchat -9:12 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
CTK1 Hello Honpie! Thanks to @jeannevb for this glorious stage! Cheers -RT @llapen: Enjoyed my first #scriptchat! Thanks to @CTK1 for inviting me -9:12 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @zacsanford2 Craigslist? Really? Lots of creeps on Craigslist, yes? #scriptchat -9:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write Wow, that was a fast hour. Feel free to discuss whatever is on your mind regarding writing. #scriptchat -9:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @zacsanford2 WOW! Stars don't necessarily guarantee a hit in a comedy -esp. certain stars - I won't name names. @jeannevb #scriptchat -9:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @zacsanford2 Good advice, formatting is what makes it a script #scriptchat -9:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Thanks for coming out :) RT @llapen: Enjoyed my first #scriptchat! Thanks to @CTK1 for inviting me. #scriptchat -9:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia @JoannaDangelo Correct! It's down to so many variables as to whether 'the writer's' vision is ever the one that's made. #scriptchat -9:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols @llapen Good to have you. #scriptchat -9:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeanneveillette @JoannaDangelo we'll DEF do that topic! #scriptchat -9:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
CTK1 ACTORS r MASSIVE flakes :( Get friends. -RT @jeannevb: if u cant find actors 2do table reading,then maybe a writer's group will #scriptchat -9:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 If in a big city Craigslist should work RT @jeannevb: if u cant find actors to do table reading, then maybe a writers group will #scriptchat -9:10 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
cmhoughton @jeannevb: Actually I've learned a lot about rewriting on Twitter trying to say the same thing but get it under 140 characters. #scriptchat -9:10 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
llapen Enjoyed my first #scriptchat! Thanks to @CTK1 for inviting me. -9:10 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
alittlefx @garnerhaines haven't heard of her offhand but will definitely check it out! #scriptchat -9:10 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
kevin_winn RT @iscamedia: People go and watch a film not a script.We have 2 remember this.Once it's handed over it's the director's vision. #scriptchat -9:10 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Thank you everyone for coming out and having @jeannevb keep the whips in the closet. Free-For-All!!! #scriptchat -9:09 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb if u cant find actors to do table reading, then maybe a writer's group will #scriptchat -9:09 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @PennyAsh @greyfoxgrandma Acting classes teach actors 2 write down their dialogue & remove all punctuation or direction in film #scriptchat -9:09 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @talented_boy: if you have young characters, ill be happy to read since i still have a tendency to relive my adolescence #scriptchat -9:09 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @jeannevb great idea! people want to write in bubbles & not think about the market - you can't do that. #scriptchat -9:09 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @iscamedia Absolutely! We need to treat their work as any other product. You craft it, you sell it, it's gone. Not your baby. #scriptchat -9:09 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @zacsanford2 Yep #scriptchat -9:09 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
ttimechitchat RT @iscamedia: People go and watch a film not a script. We have 2 remember this. Once its handed over its the directors vision. #scriptchat -9:08 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Ludovicaa Thanks to everyone in #scriptchat I got a lot of interesting new perspectives -9:08 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 its good not to let characters mention songs or other peoples works or even famous people #scriptchat -9:08 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy if you have young characters, i'll be happy to read since i still have a tendency to relive my adolescence #scriptchat -9:08 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger haha* #scriptchat -9:08 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo RT @jeannevb: @zacsanford2 we should make that a topic one night... how to write for the business, not just 4 the story #scriptchat -9:08 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger Too soon? hhah #scriptchat -9:08 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @iscamedia which is why many writers become directors - that's the tough part of writing movies - you're not really an author. #scriptchat -9:08 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger alright, time for selfless or selfish plug...haha. finishing up a script, would appreciate diff ppls input. #scriptchat -9:08 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @PennyAsh @greyfoxgrandma Formatting is VERY important. I just recommend to stay away from parentheticals or ellipses. #scriptchat -9:08 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @zacsanford2 we should make that a topic one night... how to write for the business, not just 4 the story #scriptchat -9:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat Had to disappear briefly to get kids into bed. Was a great topic, thanks @Jeannevb . We really enjoyed it. -9:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @greyfoxgrandma Leave out ellipses and () but for novels go with the publishers guidelines, they're getting away from ellipses 2 #scriptchat -9:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
markezrastokes #scriptchat I've been inspired. Gonna tweak a script before I hit the sack. Keep up the convo! -9:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia People go and watch a film not a script. We have 2 remember this. Once it's handed over it's the director's vision. #scriptchat -9:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write I always ask the boys to read and ask them, does this sound realistic? They are quite blunt with remarks. #scriptchat -9:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @DJordanKnight @yeah_write my kids are hysterical! I have notepad at the dinner table! haha #scriptchat -9:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @jeannevb @JoannaDangelo Then again, I'm writing a comedy that could easily cost $100M+ depending on above the line talent. #scriptchat -9:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight RT @iscamedia This view that a writer knows more than the director, DOP actors etc is a dangerous one. We have to work as a team #scriptchat -9:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan @iscamedia and why I prefer to film my own scripts #scriptchat -9:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
LisaFromNYC Yep RT @talented_boy: is anyone else like me where they write pieces of dialogue during the layout/brainstorming process? #scriptchat -9:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb First hour is up. Want to congratulate all for actually staying ON topic this week! WOOHOO #scriptchat -9:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo RT @iscamedia: View that a writer knows more than the director, DOP, actors etc. is a dangerous one. We have to work as a team. #scriptchat -9:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @greyfoxgrandma For scripting I'd go with @zacsanford2 #scriptchat -9:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
craigary @SKCOMEDY Very good point re Leigh. #scriptchat His long rehearsal process w/actors hard to duplicate, big reason his scripts so amazing. -9:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @James_Dean86 judd apatow is one of my favorite humans #scriptchat -9:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan @iscamedia unfortunately, yes... which is one reason why many stories today leave a lot to be desired #scriptchat -9:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @jeannevb And the belt is tightening more and more on budgets, so writers need to know all sides of the industry. #scriptchat -9:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols @zacsanford2 that's an excellent podcast. #scriptchat -9:05 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley poor dialogue has a way of relieving the tension in the scene, if it's making things comfortable, it's not good. #scriptchat -9:05 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia This view that a writer knows more than the director, DOP, actors etc. is a dangerous one. We have to work as a team. #scriptchat -9:05 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo RT @jeannevb: @zacsanford2 yep. The millions add up FAST! Ppl need to think about biz when they write, not just art #scriptchat -9:05 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger yay for #scriptchat -9:05 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols @talented_boy right. but i think only the writer/director can get away with that. otherwise, it feels like a play. #scriptchat -9:05 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @jeannevb @yeah_write I ask mine for her input. She has more than a few lines in one of my projects, ha! #scriptchat -9:05 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @zacsanford2: A lot of discussion on dialogue is covered in the free CS podcast moderated by @yogoldsmith on iTunes. #scriptchat -9:05 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 @talented_boy i love that movie! #scriptchat -9:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @zacsanford2 yep. The millions add up FAST! Ppl need to think about biz when they write, not just art #scriptchat -9:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
markezrastokes Amen! RT @scripteach I dont recommend recording spouse without telling them! Even if you win battle, you may lose war. #scriptchat -9:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 A lot of discussion on dialogue is covered in the free CS podcast moderated by @yogoldsmith on iTunes. #scriptchat -9:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @russellnichols 40 year old virgin's script is ALL dialogue lol #scriptchat -9:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
ttimechitchat Me too. RT @talented_boy: is anyone else like me where they write pieces of dialogue during the layout/brainstorming process? #scriptchat -9:03 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb I just stalk my girl ha RT @yeah_write: I work with teens about 40 hours a week. Im always writing things I hear them say. #scriptchat -9:03 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Ludovicaa RT @SKCOMEDY: Mike Leigh's scripts are based on improvisation with his actors. Same for Judd Apatow. #scriptchat -9:03 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols @SKCOMEDY True. I read a copy of the 40-Year-Old Virgin script and it was so spare, I thought I was reading the wrong thing. #scriptchat -9:03 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @scripteach: as a dialogue exercise, recording people speaking is great way 2 discover natural speech patterns & word usage #scriptchat -9:03 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley Will Ferrell and Adam Mckay do a lot of table reads during the writing process, so he (AM) says. #scriptchat -9:03 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia RT @HoodedMan: @mckormickastley all scenes in a well-thought script serve the story, every single line > scenes are cut in post #scriptchat -9:02 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @blackrugger yea...i can always go back and write action, but if i got a line in my head, that has to go down at that instant #scriptchat -9:02 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write I work with teens about 40 hours a week. I'm always writing things I hear them say. #scriptchat -9:02 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @jeannevb Now you know why execs groan when they hear "I wrote this for actor #1 and actor #2". My mind thinks, there's 20 Mil. #scriptchat -9:02 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @zacsanford2: Remember everyone, Im really @zacsanford and you can follow me there. Send me a @ reply and Ill follow back. #scriptchat -9:02 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley @HoodedMan true, but getting to the well thought out story means cutting a lot of well written scenes #scriptchat -9:02 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @scripteach u r so in the dog house. I hope ur students appreciate the sacrifices u make! Just show her the new baby pic :) #scriptchat -9:02 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
scripteach But as a dialogue exercise, recording people speaking is a great way to discover natural speech patterns and word usage. #scriptchat -9:02 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
SKCOMEDY Mike Leigh's scripts are based on improvisation with his actors. Same for Judd Apatow. #scriptchat -9:01 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 In one of my current scripts, there is probably 5 to 10% of the original dialogue left from 1st draft. #scriptchat -9:01 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
MonicaEmme @yeah_write oh dreaded topic! #scriptchat -9:01 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @talented_boy does that make sense? #scriptchat -9:01 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @rachlanger record the dialogue... we're talking dialogue ha #scriptchat -9:01 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write @rachlanger That must be a fun conversation. :) #scriptchat -9:01 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
scripteach Word to the wise--I don't recommend recording spouse without telling them! Even if you win battle, you may lose war. #scriptchat -9:01 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @zacsanford2 @dawnbierschwal & I have been learning a lot the past few weeks... heehee #scriptchat -9:01 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @talented_boy it's not as weird as it sounds. I basically see the scene in my head, i just don't write down what their doing. #scriptchat -9:01 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Remember everyone, I'm really @zacsanford and you can follow me there. Send me a @ reply and I'll follow back. #scriptchat -9:00 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @TheJudalina i gotta hear my characters...since i'm still developing, character and dialogue are my strengths at this point #scriptchat -9:00 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
rachlanger Currently discussing writing series television with my 80+ Grandparents. They are quite engaged! Sorry I missed #scriptchat. -9:00 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Yes, I do RT @talented_boy: is anyone else like me where they write pieces of dialogue during the layout/brainstorming process? #scriptchat -9:00 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger I totally mucked up two tweets ago. #scriptchat -9:00 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan @mckormickastley @iscamedia but all scenes in a well-thought script serve the story, every single line #scriptchat -8:59 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
llapen Absolutely. RT @Ludovicaa: @llapen #scriptchat I also cited Mike Leigh for Secrets and Lies -8:59 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia @mckormickastley Absolutely! On one occasion - the writer 'won' and the scenes were awful. Tried to sort it in post but :( #scriptchat -8:59 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write Dialogue RT @MonicaEmme: what are we talking about tonight? #scriptchat -8:59 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
acebomber @talented_boy dialogue during brainstorming is a must for me. #scriptchat -8:59 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @blackrugger i couldnt do that...but to each his own #scriptchat -8:59 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Someone has their producing hat on. RT @jeannevb: @mckormickastley @isamedia... or if the scene costs too much #scriptchat -8:59 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger RT @talented_boy: is anyone else like me where they write pieces of dialogue during the layout/brainstorming process? #scriptchat -8:59 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @smashadv well, if ur not at #scriptchat, u'll have plenty of time to bake a cake : ) -8:59 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @craigary hahaha... *twitch* #scriptchat -8:58 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @nopantsisland He kind of lost me after PF. #scriptchat -8:58 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @talented_boy I'll just have pages of dialogue, no action. Just dialogue, i'm like letting the conversation flow. #scriptchat -8:58 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb ATTN! RT @zacsanford2: For those in LA, @SKCOMEDY has an upcoming comedy intensive course in December. #scriptchat -8:58 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 so what im seeing here is that in terms of dialogue, less is more? because it doesn't give away too much to the audience #scriptchat -8:58 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @markezrastokes don't worry about the cliches and finish the script. All writing is rewriting. #scriptchat -8:58 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @ttimechitchat *smooch* #scriptchat -8:58 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
craigary #scriptchat I have multiple personality disorder so I just listen to all the voices for dialogue. (Wrong! You lie!) (No he doesn't, shush!) -8:57 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @mckormickastley @isamedia... or if the scene costs too much #scriptchat -8:57 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @mckormickastley If it can be cut and the story survives, it stays out. #scriptchat -8:57 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 For those in LA, @SKCOMEDY has an upcoming comedy intensive course in December. #scriptchat -8:57 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @talented_boy I do that all the time. #scriptchat -8:57 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Ludovicaa @llapen #scriptchat I also cited Mike Leigh for Secrets and Lies -8:57 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @iscamedia: To add to that last tweet - there was never enough white on the page(s) #scriptchat -8:57 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
ttimechitchat I totally agree RT @jeannevb: i find in dialogue, less is more... think of it as Twitter.. be succinct... true... not over wordy #scriptchat -8:57 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines 1st drafts are quite long, but I find the story in editing. It's like chipping away at a block of marble until the statue's left #scriptchat -8:57 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
cowgirlwriter Someone mentioned Clint Eastwood. The dialogue in Gran Torino, at times like listening to my Dad. That's when you know it's true #scriptchat -8:57 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
markezrastokes #scriptchat When writing dialogue, I have an obsessive fear of cliches. #1 reason for not "finishing" script. -8:57 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Ludovicaa RT @llapen: @jeannevb one more for you. Mike Leigh's Happy Go Lucky. stunning use of language & dialogue to shape characters. #scriptchat -8:57 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy is anyone else like me where they write pieces of dialogue during the layout/brainstorming process? #scriptchat -8:56 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley @iscamedia Andrew Stanton talked about that. No scene is safe, ever, from being killed if it doesn't serve the story. #scriptchat -8:56 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @SKCOMEDY: Eastwoods always looking to give important dialogue to other characters, so he can simply react.. #scriptchat -8:56 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia To add to that last tweet - there was never enough 'white' on the page(s) #scriptchat -8:56 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @SKCOMEDY welcome! Nice to see u here : ) #scriptchat -8:56 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
craigary #scriptchat Really talented scribes can get away with talky because they make it pop but even they can get too in love with it. (i.e. QT) -8:56 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 My boss co- wrote In Too Deep. RT @davidspies: RT @TheJudalina: RT @talented_boy: http://bit.ly/EhpnY - Top F Word Using Movies #scriptchat -8:56 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
LisaFromNYC RT @TheJudalina RT @talented_boy: http://bit.ly/EhpnY - Top F Word Using Movies #scriptchat -8:56 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @llapen great film! #scriptchat -8:56 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger RT @talented_boy: i looked up that list cause i was worried i was cursing too much in a script...that worry is officially gone #scriptchat -8:56 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @blackrugger LOL Mine comment ofn things I do too #scriptchat -8:55 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
SKCOMEDY Eastwood's always looking to give important dialogue to other characters, so he can simply react.. #scriptchat -8:55 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @smashadv there's EURO time Sundays 2pm GLobal (9am EST)... does that work better? Less peeps there too. Easier to keep up #scriptchat -8:55 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan I sit in a dark room and the story unfolds. In silence I listen to it #scriptchat -8:55 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @talented_boy In Too Deep is pretty much the only film of his I've yet to see. Not sure why. #scriptchat -8:55 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy i looked up that list cause i was worried i was cursing too much in a script...that worry is officially gone lol #scriptchat -8:55 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 @talented_boy that movie is when i realised how great LL's acting was, hes good in anything really #scriptchat -8:55 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
llapen @jeannevb one more for you. Mike Leigh's Happy Go Lucky. stunning use of language & dialogue to shape characters. #scriptchat -8:55 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley @hoodedman ..then you can see what is really really necessary for them to say. #scriptchat -8:55 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia When some of us were on funding panels - one of the biggest problems was too much dialogue and writers who refused to edit! #scriptchat -8:55 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
davidspies RT @TheJudalina: RT @talented_boy: http://bit.ly/EhpnY - Top F Word Using Movies #scriptchat -8:54 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley @HoodedMan I don't mean to make scenes without dialogue, just as an exercise, think the scene through as if they couldn't talk.. #scriptchat -8:54 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Check out @johnaugust's blog. RT @yeah_write: RT @alittlefx: whats the best free resource for tips on screenwriting? #scriptchat -8:54 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @russellnichols yes, for sure, but most mistakes come when writer has char overexplaining things or saying what we just saw #scriptchat -8:54 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Ludovicaa #scriptchat Its a balance between what is real and what will fit in the confines of time and driving the plot I guess -8:54 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @PennyAsh that happened all in my mind. haha #scriptchat -8:54 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
smashadv @CTK1 like i said, i just have to commit. i think #scriptchat requires more than me popping in - it means focusing. @jeannevb -8:54 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 @SKCOMEDY Dirty Harry will always be my favourite of his films #scriptchat -8:54 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
LisaFromNYC So rude, right lol. RT @jmiewald: I cant stand it when people in movies hang up the phone without saying "good bye" #scriptchat -8:54 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @blackrugger two female chars were talking about forcing themselves on a guy and one said " ah, the plans of premeditated rape." #scriptchat -8:54 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @russellnichols That would be fun to write :) #scriptchat -8:54 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @zacsanford2 really? i liked both films...'in too deep' was crazy #scriptchat -8:53 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @scripteach I sometimes get in trouble if I get that distant "thinking" look, "writing it down". #scriptchat -8:53 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
TheJudalina RT @talented_boy: http://bit.ly/EhpnY - Top F Word Using Movies #scriptchat -8:53 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
ozzywood RT @SKCOMEDY: The thing to know is when to not write dialogue. Eastwood always cuts down on the dialogue his character is given. #scriptchat -8:53 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write RT @alittlefx: #scriptchat whats the best free resource for tips on screenwriting? #scriptchat -8:53 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
LisaFromNYC @talented_boy saw pelham 123 today. I'm not surprised it made the F-bomb list #scriptchat -8:53 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim lets surprise the audience by having the Queen of England swear profoundly. a small surprise in dialogue can be a huge bomb #scriptchat -8:53 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols @jeannevb i also think it depends on the character though. some characters are wordy people. #scriptchat -8:53 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Twitter is a great tool for screenwriters. It teaches them to be economic in their word choice. #scriptchat -8:53 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb On Twitter analogy, we have only 140 & we ALL have diff't voice. A lot to learn in writing from this limitation #scriptchat -8:53 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Ludovicaa RT @mckormickastley: Iinteresting to imagine how the characters would achieve the purpose of scene if they couldn't talk. #scriptchat -8:53 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan @mckormickastley stories, partly or fully without dialogue IS interesting, even though I usually do talkative stories #scriptchat -8:52 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @alittlefx Writers' blogs. Jane Espenson's is awesome. #scriptchat -8:52 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @talented_boy He wrote In Too Deep with the writer of Dead Presidents. #scriptchat -8:52 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @scripteach HAHAHA! Classic #scriptchat -8:52 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Takes up extra space. RT @jmiewald: I cant stand it when people in movies hang up the phone without saying "good bye" #scriptchat -8:52 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols @jmiewald ha! true. i always notice that too, but i get why it's done. #scriptchat -8:52 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb i find in dialogue, less is more.... think of it as Twitter.. be succinct... true... not over wordy #scriptchat -8:52 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @talented_boy Thanks for the link. Interesting. Noticed certain genres (mob or caper film) predominate. #scriptchat -8:52 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jmiewald It's like, how rude do you have to be to just hang up on someone? #scriptchat -8:51 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat And the ability to express in a wide variety of voices. It's a truly wonderful art form for that. -8:51 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @zacsanford2 which one? #scriptchat -8:51 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @DJordanKnight: @Donna_Carrick Exactly. Just like preparing for a role, we have to prepare to write that role. #scriptchat -8:51 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
alittlefx #scriptchat what's the best free resource for tips on screenwriting? -8:51 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
SKCOMEDY Actually, the thing to know is when to not write dialogue. Eastwood always cuts down on the dialogue his character is given. #scriptchat -8:51 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
scripteach Playing back recording of wife & I at lunch. Was supposed to be dialogue lesson for class, but we argued. Hope I come out ok! #scriptchat -8:51 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols @KageyNYC2 Right. Nobody really bickers like they used to. #scriptchat -8:51 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
markezrastokes RT: @DeafMuslim sometimes i write dialogue the way I wish I could talk like in real life #scriptchat Not weird at all. We all do! -8:51 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jmiewald I can't stand it when people in movies hang up the phone without saying "good bye" #scriptchat -8:51 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat The best thing about being a writer of any kind is the ability to understand across a broad spectrum of people. -8:51 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @blackrugger LOL gotta love that #scriptchat -8:51 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim but sometimes the most simple phrases can be very effective in dialogue #scriptchat -8:51 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
journalwriter7 @Donna_Carrick That's the way it works for me. Thanks, Donna. #scriptchat -8:51 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @Donna_Carrick Absolutely #scriptchat -8:50 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @davidspies or c-bag, or pissbucket...etc #scriptchat -8:50 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley It's also interesting to imagine how the characters would achieve the purpose of the scene if they couldn't talk. #scriptchat -8:50 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @Donna_Carrick Exactly. Just like preparing for a role, we have to prepare to write that role. #scriptchat -8:50 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write My novel crit. partner tells me I can't write the whole story in dialogue. But at least I don't have to describe in scripts #scriptchat -8:50 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @Alex_Carrick which can work brilliantly well - #scriptchat -8:50 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @HoodedMan: yes, even though you can make a story without dialogue altogether #scriptchat /True the visual can carry it sometimes. -8:50 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim try to avoid cliched phrases "oh my god" "I hate you" "fuck you" "you're beautiful" etc in dialogue. thats lazy writing. #scriptchat -8:50 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 A script my boss wrote is on the list of "most F-bombs" in a movie list. :) #scriptchat -8:50 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @karenquah so glad ur here, Karen : ) #scriptchat -8:49 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat @journalwriter7 I think that's a great formula for advancing a story line. It works for me, dialogue. -8:49 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @PennyAsh lucky, none of them have had sex. But oh have they argued. haha #scriptchat -8:49 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jeannevb Yep paying attention is everything #scriptchat -8:49 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
alittlefx RT @JoannaDangelo: RT @markezrastokes: One of best lessons in writing dialogue came in transcribing documentary interviews. #scriptchat -8:49 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick And then there is the Robert Altman technique of dialogue, which is to have the actors talk over each other. #scriptchat -8:49 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @zacsanford2 will do #scriptchat -8:49 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
davidspies Seems to be a big focus on the use of the F-word - Try variations… like F- STICK, F-NUT, F-HEAD or MOTHERF… http://bit.ly/NsVPb #scriptchat -8:49 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
nopantsisland Disappearing early. You've inspired me, #scriptchat - thanks! -8:49 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
craigary #scriptchat I overheard amazing conversation betw teenagers on bus y'day, transcribed it as best I could. Great way to get "real" dialogue. -8:49 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jmiewald @DeafMuslim I think that is normal for writers. #scriptchat -8:49 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @markezrastokes I agree- I've transcribed many an interview - and you really get an understanding 4 how people speak. #scriptchat -8:49 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @smashadv i think so... I'll ask peeps #scriptchat -8:49 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan @Donna_Carrick yes, even though you can make a story without dialogue altogether #scriptchat -8:48 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat @DJordanKnight Yes, that's it. Sometimes we have to go to "a different place" for different dialogue. -8:48 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @talented_boy Yeah, Alpha Dog was very horrible. You should also look up "fucking short version" on YouTube for Big Lebowski #scriptchat -8:48 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @blackrugger Mine too. Wait till they argue or have sex, that's really freaky #scriptchat -8:48 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
journalwriter7 @PennyAsh That's exactly how it works for me too. #scriptchat -8:48 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @zacsanford2 yes, but now she has a MAC on her xmas list. Birth control, man. #scriptchat -8:48 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo RT @markezrastokes: One of best lessons in writing dialogue came in transcribing documentary interviews. #scriptchat -8:48 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick RT @jmiewald: Tarantino uses dialogue to elongate suspense. He introduces tension and then characters talk about nothing. #scriptchat -8:48 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_that_most_frequently_use_the_word_%22fuck%22 link to top F word using movies #scriptchat -8:48 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim this may sound weird, but sometimes i write dialogue the way I wish I could talk like in real life #scriptchat -8:48 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @jeannevb: After I write a scene, I read it outloud... or have my daughter read it outloud so I can see if it's natural #scriptchat -8:47 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
smashadv @jeannevb no, i just need to figure it out and commit. are the west coasters ok w/the time as it is now? #scriptchat -8:47 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
ttimechitchat @MicheleValJean R u on line?RT @TheJudalina: Any soap opera writers here? How do you work within a format like that? #scriptchat -8:47 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
journalwriter7 @Donna_Carrick I am an active dialogue writer in my novel. A lot of the story arc revolves around it. #scriptchat -8:47 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write @jeannevb You have a DM #scriptchat -8:47 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @PennyAsh all my characters speak in my head. luckily one at a time, unless two of them are having a convo. #scriptchat -8:47 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb always back 2 therapy :) RT @Alex_Carrick: Sometimes you have to be a good psychologist to get dialogue just right. #scriptchat. #scriptchat -8:47 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick Scott Turow is such a good writer of legal stories because he understands people so well. #scriptchat -8:47 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 I must have kids for this reason alone. RT @jeannevb: or have my daughter read it outloud so I can see if its natural #scriptchat -8:47 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia RT @DJordanKnight Actors have to get their head in a role find 'that' character's voice within, I think writers must do the same #scriptchat -8:47 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat @DJordanKnight True, but we need to sometimes veer away to imagine what other people might be motivated by. -8:47 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @jeannevb thanks! #scriptchat -8:47 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JoannaDangelo @JustinWHedges Thanks! #scriptchat -8:47 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
markezrastokes #scriptchat One of best lessons in writing dialogue came in transcribing documentary interviews. Realized that REAL dialogue doesn't cut it. -8:47 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @Donna_Carrick: #scriptchat @PennyAsh The best tool we have for dialogue is our ears. We learn our mother language that way. #scriptchat -8:46 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @Donna_Carrick You just have to wrap your head around where that character is right now, and then go there and write it. #scriptchat -8:46 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @journalwriter7 My best dialog comes from the characters I can hear in my head #scriptchat -8:46 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @zacsanford2 i dont kno...i can check tho...'alpha dog' was in top ten and i heard that movie was horrendous #scriptchat -8:46 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim to enrich yrself for writing dialogue, reading poetry, stage plays & immersing yrself in music, is a great way 2 awaken ur soul #scriptchat -8:46 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick Sometimes you have to be a good psychologist to get the dialogue just right. #scriptchat. -8:46 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb After I write a scene, I always read it outloud... or have my daughter read it outloud so I can see if it's natural #scriptchat -8:46 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat @PennyAsh The best tool we have for dialogue is our ears. We learn our mother language that way. -8:46 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
brianspaeth @DeafMuslim Michael Jordan quote! :) #scriptchat -8:46 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @DeafMuslim dont go to the movies if you plan on agreeing with everything said #scriptchat -8:45 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @Donna_Carrick I think we speak for all of our characters, from different places within ourselves. #scriptchat -8:45 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols @jmiewald True. But Tarantino also weaves subtext and foreshadowing into those drawn-out dialogue-driven scenes. #scriptchat -8:45 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @talented_boy I haven't seen that list in a while. Is Dead Presidents on there still? I know that writer very well. #scriptchat -8:45 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @HoodedMan: I observe, picture the story in my eyes and imagine it in my ears, smell it and taste it and write it #scriptchat -8:45 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim if u wanna sell scripts, u shud avoid partisan topics in dialogue that'd split the audience.after all, republicans buy Nike, too #scriptchat -8:44 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
journalwriter7 Amazed how clearly dialogue has entered my inner ear with some of my char's; Really gives me a clue into their personalities. #scriptchat -8:44 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @jmiewald: Tarantino uses dialogue to elongate suspense. He introduces tension and then characters talk about nothing. #scriptchat -8:44 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
TheJudalina Any soap opera writers here? How do you work within a format like that? #talktalktalktalk #scriptchat -8:44 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @DJordanKnight: Actors have to get their head in role,find "that" character's voice within, I think writers must do the same. #scriptchat -8:44 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley @jeannevb what about when a person is directing their speech to different people in one block, parentheticals then? #scriptchat -8:44 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 @cowgirlwriter yeah it was ok when i was a kid, wont see those kinda days again though :( #scriptchat -8:44 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @James_Dean86 i havent seen it #scriptchat -8:44 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
llapen @KageyNYC2 it is the only way I write. I move my hands as I read outloud to see if rhythm is there. Helps me edit as well. #scriptchat -8:44 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jmiewald Tarantino uses dialogue to elongate suspense. He introduces tension and then characters talk about nothing. #scriptchat -8:44 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy there is a list on wikipedia of the movies with the most usage of the 'f word'...very enlightening...some great films, some bad #scriptchat -8:44 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @blackrugger Put in ellipses here and there isn't bad, especially for the reader. Just know the actor/director will remove them #scriptchat -8:43 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan I observe, picture the story in my eyes and imagine it in my ears, smell it and taste it and write it #scriptchat -8:43 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @DJordanKnight: #scriptchat /@DJordanKnight Very true, a character's voice can certainly change throughout story,at various stages. -8:43 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
cowgirlwriter @James_Dean86 yes, the UK show. Wasn't it great? #scriptchat -8:43 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @Donna_Carrick Actors have to get their head in a role, find "that" character's voice within, I think writers must do the same. #scriptchat -8:43 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 @russellnichols my only real gripe with Death Proof was the diner scene when the girls are talking, it seems to go on forever #scriptchat -8:43 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @greyfoxgrandma Yep, and I listen to people talk wherever I go #scriptchat -8:43 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @zacsanford2 I might be guilty with a bit too many ellipses. :( fixing that, tho #scriptchat -8:42 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @zacsanford2: Dont overload ur script w parentheticals or ellipses. Most actors write down their dialogue & remove formatting #scriptchat -8:42 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols Glengarry Glen Ross is another good one. #scriptchat -8:42 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 @cowgirlwriter the uk tv show? not seen that for years! thats a blast from the past #scriptchat -8:42 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat Black Snake with Christina Ricci -- strange, unique, depth of character and dialogue. -8:42 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
brianspaeth @jeannevb I am not a snake killer, I only play one in movies. lol #scriptchat -8:42 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
davidspies RT @jmiewald BTW a book suggestion for dialogue & scene building: A Practical Handbook for the Actor. Even if u r not an actor. #scriptchat -8:41 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @journalwriter7 No problem. As a reader at a film company it is one of the best piece of advice that could be given. #scriptchat -8:41 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
KageyNYC2 And what would Deadwood have been without the word "cocksucker?" All cursing isn't bad :) #scriptchat -8:41 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight @Donna Carrick I agree to some extent. I think we each have a variety of voices, depending on our emotional state. #scriptchat -8:41 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @Alex_Carrick True, we don't. #scriptchat -8:41 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @journalwriter7: @Donna_Carrick Hey Donna! Thanks for the RT. Good to see you. :) #scriptchat /Likewise! -8:41 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
brianspaeth @Ludovicaa Every character was like "here is my in-your-face outlandish quirk". None of them felt like real people (to me). #scriptchat -8:41 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick First you see a movie with a lot of dialogue that's really good & challenging. Then see one where things blow up real good #scriptchat -8:41 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols @James_Dean86 I liked Death Proof. It has a lot of dialogue but it never gets dull. #scriptchat -8:41 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Don't overload your script with parentheticals or ellipses. Most actors write down their dialogue and remove all formatting. #scriptchat -8:41 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat @greyfoxgrandma OH yeah, immersion in the real world. Been there all my life -- it does work. -8:41 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
journalwriter7 @zacsanford2 Thanks for the RT.:) #scriptchat -8:40 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy dave chappelle is easily the funniest 'curser' i've ever heard...wait, no, he's second to bernie mac #scriptchat -8:40 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @smashadv we'll be here prob another hour... does that help? #scriptchat -8:40 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
journalwriter7 @Donna_Carrick Hey Donna! Thanks for the RT. Good to see you. :) #scriptchat -8:40 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
cowgirlwriter Dialogue in Absolutely Fabulous was priceless. Strong char w/ strong opinions. #scriptchat -8:40 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh I think you need a balance between dialog and action #scriptchat -8:40 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @HoodedMan: Dialogue also has to carry the story forward, if there is little action #scriptchat /Even if there is action, it still must. -8:40 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim we must avoid putting in too much slangs in dialogue. we want foreign audiences to be able to understand the translation, no? #scriptchat -8:40 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write @mckormickastley I found some of the dialogue too difficult to follow.I don't know any teens who talk like that. Loved the movie #scriptchat -8:40 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
nopantsisland @garnerhaines I never liked Pulp Fiction as much as Reservoir Dogs... just didn't do it for me. #scriptchat -8:40 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @talented_boy: @jeannevb i noticed from your notes on my script lol #scriptchat -8:40 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @talented_boy true, true #scriptchat -8:40 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @brianspaeth YEAH! Dialogue, snake killer : ) #scriptchat -8:39 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat Real people have a variet of backgrounds and social voices. Dialogue has to reflect that. Every voice can't be the writer's. -8:39 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Oops @rcjohnson is not who I was trying to tag. It is @rcjohnso for the writer of Brick. #scriptchat -8:39 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger I love studying body language RT @acebomber: Study body language. #scriptchat -8:39 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 @jeannevb what did you think to Death Proof? there is ALOT of dialougue in that movie #scriptchat -8:39 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jmiewald RT @russellnichols: But I like the classics, especially Howard Hawks. See His Girl Friday. - Right on. :) #scriptchat -8:39 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick That tweet should have read, "writers never get enough credit" - You can tell I'm worked up on the subject #scriptchat -8:39 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim @jeannevb damn. you doing dialogue research? watching really old films can be extremely helpful #scriptchat -8:39 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
davidspies RT Public just about anywhere, great dialogue! @talented_boy: public transportation: great dialogue #scriptchat -8:39 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @acebomber: Study body language. #Scriptchat /Yes. -8:39 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
TheJudalina Yes, but is it obscure for the sake of being obscure? (I DO <3>
HoodedMan Dialogue also has to carry the story forward, if there is little action #scriptchat -8:39 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @blackrugger cursing doesn't have 2 b angry...cursin usually just makes things hav a bite...they're such things as funny cursers #scriptchat -8:39 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @jeannevb I read the script for Pulp Fiction and enjoyed it every bit as much as the film, because the story's in the dialogue. #scriptchat -8:39 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat @LisaFromNYC Yes, the characters are well defined, and the language flows naturally from their mouths. -8:39 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
CTK1 @karenquah DIALOGUE is tonights topic. - @jeannevb - #ScriptChat -8:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @jeannevb I've got another for you.. not so much a script, but the tv show Pysch. #scriptchat -8:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @zacsanford2: I agree, @rcjohnson wrote a great script. RT @mckormickastley: I also really loved BRICK for the dialogue. #scriptchat -8:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
acebomber Study body language. #Scriptchat -8:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols But I like the classics, especially Howard Hawks. See His Girl Friday. #scriptchat -8:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @DeafMuslim i'm doing historical now. SO hard! 1900... black chars in south... & i'm a white chick fr North. Challenge #scriptchat -8:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan I write mystery(not crime)/existential horror. A lot of the conversation is veiled, the meaning beyond the meaning, so to speak #scriptchat -8:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
markezrastokes #scriptchat I'm moving in a direction where dialogue is used less and less. Theory is that film is visual & truth is in subtext, not words. -8:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Ludovicaa @brianspaeth What's "normal" though? #scriptchat -8:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat Someone mentioned Away From Her, but I lost Tweet and can't RT. Love that movie! -8:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 I agree, @rcjohnson wrote a great script. RT @mckormickastley: I also really loved BRICK for the dialogue. #scriptchat -8:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines Holy crap! 404 tweets since my last refresh? #scriptchat -8:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write Dialogue RT @brianspaeth: @jeannevb What is the topic - I am el late. #scriptchat -8:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
CTK1 @smashadv Oh oh oh please join #ScriptChat Jim! (cc @jeannevb) -8:38 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @jeannevb i noticed from your notes on my script lol #scriptchat -8:37 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @blackrugger i dig anything Quentin... esp Kill Bills... but I remember more the action than the dialogue #scriptchat -8:37 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @greyfoxgrandma That sounds like fun, what genre? #scriptchat -8:37 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @talented_boy I try not to curse. Can't get angry at little kids and start cursing at them. #scriptchat -8:37 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols @mckormickastley Good pick. Brick definitely had some good stuff. #scriptchat -8:37 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick All I know is the writers never get enough create for a great movie or TV show. The dialogue is the "building's" foundation. #scriptchat -8:37 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
LisaFromNYC Breaking bad is one of my fav @Donna_Carrick #scriptchat The characters themselves are distinctive. -8:37 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim i will never write a historical script b/c we really have no idea how people talked long time ago. dialogue has to be precise #scriptchat -8:37 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @Alex_Carrick Same thing with BTVS. It seemed hipper because they'd invented their own slang, mode of speech, eg. adverbing #scriptchat -8:37 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @talented_boy Oh. My. God... i'm twice ur age HAHA... if it makes u feel better, I swear like a PIMP : ) #scriptchat -8:37 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @yeah_write: @Donna_Carrick I try to steer away from the swearing, but know when it would sound stilted without it. #scriptchat /'zactly -8:37 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols The dialogue in The Wire was nothing short of brilliant. #scriptchat -8:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley I also really loved BRICK for the dialogue. High School Noir with a language all to their own. #scriptchat -8:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb the dialogue in Mad Men is great #scriptchat -8:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
brianspaeth @jeannevb What is the topic - I am el late. #scriptchat -8:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @SKCOMEDY: Tarantino writes great dialogue. So does Mamet. And Sorkin. #scriptchat /They do. -8:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write @Donna_Carrick I try to steer away from the swearing, but I also know when it would sound stilted without it. #scriptchat -8:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @jeannevb I liked Pulp Fiction. Maybe, I'm just going crazy #scriptchat -8:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy i'm 23...i kno about four people who do not curse a ridiculous amount...that should help some #scriptchat -8:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Mamet is one of the best. RT @SKCOMEDY: Tarantino writes great dialogue. So does Mamet. And Sorkin. #scriptchat -8:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
llapen RT @Donna_Carrick: #scriptchat The language has to fit the character, situation. We can't be afraid of dialog. Even words we don't...like. -8:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
brianspaeth @talented_boy I found Little Miss Sunshine too quirky for its own good. There was nobody in the whole thing who was normal. #scriptchat -8:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jmiewald @DeafMuslim I feel that Diablo Cody has one character that she writes really well. Like Tarantino. #scriptchat -8:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols @talented_boy indeed. i co-sign on Little Miss Sunshine. incredible dialogue, stemming from great characterization. #scriptchat -8:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat The dialogue in Cry The Beloved Country still brings tears to my eyes - such dignity. -8:36 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
davidspies RT @jeannevb: RT @Donna_Carrick: #scriptchat The dialogue in Breaking Bad is simply brilliant. Vile, violent, and brilliant. #scriptchat -8:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @DeafMuslim i loved it. I think that's why she won the Oscar, bc LARS was so much more original in story #scriptchat -8:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick In N.Y.P.D. Blues, the writers made up their own words - Skell - audience plays along. #scriptchat -8:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
acebomber I'm constantly typing dialogue that hear at work in my phone. #scriptchat -8:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @journalwriter7: I'm seeing #scriptchat tweets dialogue. if you can't tell who's speaking without tags, not strong enough./Hi Journal! -8:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @Donna_Carrick: #scriptchat The dialogue in Breaking Bad is simply brilliant. Vile, violent, and brilliant. #scriptchat -8:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @greyfoxgrandma Me too :) #scriptchat -8:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 When writing dialogue for people younger than you, listen to how kids talk. Watch vlogs on YouTube to grab current slang. #scriptchat -8:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley AWAY FROM HER was also a great film for dialogue. #scriptchat -8:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb if u'll @ me w a SCRIPT u think nails dialogue, I'll make a list for our blog #scriptchat -8:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh This is great, since I have t get rid of a lot of dialog tags in my edit #scriptchat -8:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan originality should really be the big thing today, where there is so little originality left #scriptchat -8:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
SKCOMEDY Tarantino writes great dialogue. So does Mamet. And Sorkin. #scriptchat -8:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
davidspies @jeannevb @SusanPAus Definitely! Plan on keeping my mouth shut & taking notes. ;) Feedback on how it felt & recommendations. #scriptchat -8:35 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim how do people feel about Diablo Cody's dialogue in JUNO? #scriptchat -8:34 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger I tend to use a variety of curse words. and I also like using words I made up. For ex. Whatintheheatofthenight. All one word #scriptchat -8:34 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @TheJudalina That's why they say if you cast well, 90% of your job as a director is done. #scriptchat -8:34 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy juno's dialogue was dope...so was little miss sunshine #scriptchat -8:34 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @smashadv i'll email it to you after #scriptchat... we're talkin dialogue : ) -8:34 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat The dialogue in Breaking Bad is simply brilliant. Vile, violent, and brilliant. -8:34 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick Meaty dialogue - I even like the sounds of that. Something to chew on. To get one's actors chops into. #scriptchat -8:34 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write @jeannevb She also wrote the dialogue for United States of Tara emmy winner. #scriptchat -8:34 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
llapen A great dialogue-driven film is Away We Go. Characters were distinct, had own nuanced voices. Was writen by novelists. #scriptchat -8:33 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Seconded here! RT @journalwriter7: Excellent advice: if you cant tell whos speaking without tags, not strong enough. #scriptchat -8:33 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat The language has to fit the character and situation. We can't be afraid of dialogue. Even words we don't personally like. -8:33 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
audiobookreview RT @Donna_Carrick: RT @yeah_write: I'm writing teen boys , so fuck is just another word in their vocab. #scriptchat /Can't be afraid to ... -8:33 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @zacsanford2 i like ur thinking : ) #scriptchat -8:33 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
brianspaeth Hi #scriptchat -8:33 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 The dialogue and over-use of the F-word on Eastbound and Down works perfectly. #scriptchat -8:33 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @blackrugger hahah... yes, classic : ) #scriptchat -8:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jmiewald Good idea, I'll add it to my reading list #scriptchat -8:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @CTK1 yes! CALL @brianspaeth #scriptchat -8:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
TheJudalina @garnerhaines Totally! Our cast are talented (that's why we chose em) often their improvs are truer to the char. #scriptchat -8:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
journalwriter7 I'm seeing #scriptchat tweets in my feed about dialogue. Excellent advice: if you can't tell who's speaking without tags, not strong enough. -8:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @yeah_write: I'm writing teen boys , so fuck is just another word in their vocab. #scriptchat /Can't be afraid to use the right words. -8:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @jeannevb ha ha, that's exactly why I put Kevin's name in a @ reply :) #scriptchat -8:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 @talented_boy that makes 2 of us, im learning to ease off on the dialouge now #scriptchat -8:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim only go heavy on dialogue when a character delivers a crucial monologue. HEAT is a great example of this #scriptchat -8:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb IMHO, @diablocody won that Oscar bc of her dialogue, not so much bc the screenplay topic was original. She nailed it. #scriptchat -8:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia A good actor will make a tel. directory sound compelling - you can have the greatest dialogue on paper but it can be massacred! #scriptchat -8:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
llapen @jeannevb haha. This is actually my first time with #scriptchat! -8:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick "Angels in America" - That was outstanding dialogue - like hearing a modern version of Shakespeare #scriptchat -8:32 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @jeannevb true, unless of course it was used in a way like in Clerks. The fuck song. Which was classic. #scriptchat -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
CTK1 HEY @jeannevb MISS @stephsworldX has @brianspaeth's cell# . Let's tell her to call him and join in on #ScriptChat -TOPIC- "dialogue -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
nopantsisland Re: Profanity - I think it all depends on the character, and what you're writing. Sometimes more is necessary. #scriptchat -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 I went from writing a balls out comedy where the F-word was over used to a PG-rated 4Q comedy. It can be done. #scriptchat -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @yeah_write you are correct to curse as often as possible with teens i.e. superbad #scriptchat -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jlkoctober RT @jeannevb: @CTK1 calling @brianspaeth... calling @brianspaeth... ur TARDY for #scriptchat--- he's probably getting married -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim @DJordanKnight its still ongoing :-] #scriptchat -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jmiewald BTW a book suggestion for dialogue and scene building: A Practical Handbook for the Actor. Even if u r not an actor. #scriptchat -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @nopantsisland I wrote some great stuff on the subway though, but you need a seat, and a long commute for that to work. #scriptchat -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @zacsanford2 well, we should have invited @ThatKevinSmith to get his dialogue genius ars over here! HINT HINT #scriptchat -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy i leaned heavily on dialogue early...learning to balance #scriptchat -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jeannevb So what about things like stutters? How do you handle that? #scriptchat -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
davidspies @DeafMuslim Agree, in regards to revealing too much in dialogue. Sometimes, less said, the better. Leaves it open... #scriptchat -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 We are live and on the air. Topic is Dialogue RT @DJordanKnight: crap, did i miss #scriptchat??? #scriptchat -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
booksbelow shows/films can be only good dialog, ie "Seinfeld" , films such as "His Girl Friday" where plot is this background for dialog. #scriptchat -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @DJordanKnight no, it's on now! Talking dialogue #scriptchat -8:31 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write I'm writing teen boys for the most part, so fuck is just another word in their vocab. At least it is with the teens I know. #scriptchat -8:30 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @blackrugger I like "fucks" too but u can't overuse it. Too many just makes me numb & feel like writer has nothing else to say #scriptchat -8:30 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @TheJudalina Also, many writers don't realize how much information can be conveyed by body language, facial expression... acting.#scriptchat -8:30 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @ThatKevinSmith has some great dialogue. RT @jeannevb: QUESTION: so what screenwriter gets dialogue RIGHT? Who nails it? #scriptchat -8:30 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight crap, did i miss #scriptchat??? -8:30 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley my first pass on a scene is usually dialog heavy, the rewrite is getting as much dialog out and as much action/conflict in #scriptchat -8:30 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @llapen ahhh, u were at EURO chat this morning... knew u looked familiar : ) I put Mood for Love on my list of must sees hee #scriptchat -8:29 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim it depends on the style & genre of yr script. comedies can be either crude/vulgar or Disney-ish, dialogue determines the tone #scriptchat -8:29 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
TheJudalina No, but the interesting 1s (the 1s u write movies about) often DO! RT @Alex_Carrick @jmiewald: Most people don't talk in zingers #scriptchat -8:29 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @DeafMuslim but I like "fucks" #scriptchat -8:29 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @DeafMuslim selective cursing is the best kind of cursing #scriptchat -8:29 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @CTK1 calling @brianspaeth... calling @brianspaeth... ur TARDY for #scriptchat -8:29 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Sometimes when a co-writer and I are stuck on a scene, we do improv games and tape them to find some hidden dialogue. #scriptchat -8:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @TheJudalina ... I chose this medium in part because I like collaboration. If you can think of a funnier way 2 do it, YAY! #scriptchat -8:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JustinWHedges RT @jeannevb: QUESTION: so what screenwriter gets dialogue RIGHT? Who nails it? - best example, the original Twelve Angry Men. #scriptchat -8:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @zacsanford2 yes, Curb is great... improv & talent makes it #scriptchat -8:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
bellametaphor RT @llapen: To me, best screenplays only use dialogue when essential; the rest is action. E.g. In the Mood for Love. #scriptchat -8:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim I hate when writers insert too much "Fucks" in dialogue. Very un-creative, cliched & lazy #scriptchat -8:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick Some TV shows have great dialogue & learn from them - House, Gilmour Girls was outstanding, Battlestar Galactica #scriptchat -8:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Ludovicaa For me @jeannevb It has to be Mike Leigh.. eg Secrets and Lies.. much of which, as with much of his work was improv. #scriptchat -8:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
llapen To me, best screenplays only use dialogue when essential; the rest is action. E.g. In the Mood for Love. #scriptchat -8:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
TheJudalina RT @nopantsisland: @jeannevb @johnathanames new series #boredtodeath REALLY nails dialogue. Like a delicious chocolate cake. #scriptchat -8:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb plenty of movies have been made with same old, same old premise, BUT if new version has GREAT dialogue, it stands out #scriptchat -8:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JustinWHedges RT @jeannevb: QUESTION: so what screenwriter gets dialogue RIGHT? Who nails it? - for uniqueness, watch/read Deadwood eps. #scriptchat -8:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
CTK1 @jeannevb Where's ur buddy @brianspaeth on this 1? Remember I told u he writes all those good lines for his BRIAN character? ;-) #ScriptChat -8:28 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @James_Dean86 xo #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Curb Your Enthusiasm has some great dialogue, but most of it is shot in a improv style and not written on the page. #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @jeannevb boo homework, can't I just listen to my co-workers and customers at Starbucks? I feel like i spelled customers wrong. #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JustinWHedges RT @jeannevb: QUESTION: so what screenwriter gets dialogue RIGHT? Who nails it? - NOT Woody Allen #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jmiewald Exactly, and it's incredibly annoying #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy public transportation: great dialogue #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @nopantsisland i've only seen it once, but yes, dialogue is great #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia It's important to give your pages to half a dozen different actors and let them read for you. You'll get half-a-dozen 'angles' #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @TheJudalina It depends on the script, writer and genre. Sometimes - only sometimes - it just won't work if you change it. But.. #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley @nopantsisland bored to death is awesome. "just 2 more tugs" #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
TheJudalina Women in Film here in LA also have monthly table reads where u bring pages & they recruit actors to read out loud. #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim very true RT @mckormickastley ..what i learned was that I shouldn't be afraid to say very little and let the action say the rest #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @davidspies a read-thru will be great! Plus get their feedback of how it felt to them as actors #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
ttimechitchat I like 2 ppl watch 2 RT @zacsanford2 Lately Ive been taking the subway a lot...Ive realized there is great dialogue to be heard. #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 RT @jeannevb: HOMEWORK: listen to the dialogue around ur turkey day dinner table... study it #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 @jeannevb im on it :) #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @jeannevb: QUESTION: so what screenwriter gets dialogue RIGHT? Who nails it? #scriptchat /Loved NYPD Blue. Rugged, believable. -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jmiewald @PennyAsh Oh I agree. I feel like its showing off. #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write My fam is too uptight. RT @jeannevb: HOMEWORK: listen to the dialogue around ur turkey day dinner table... study it #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
russellnichols RT @jeannevb: HOMEWORK: listen to the dialogue around ur turkey day dinner table... study it #scriptchat -8:27 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
TheJudalina @davidspies Table read? Sign me up, D. #scriptchat -8:26 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley ..what i learned was that I shouldn't be afraid to say very little and let the action say the rest #scriptchat -8:26 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
CTK1 @Alex_Carrick That is the funny thing about GENUINE dialogue. It actually has to be "processed" a bit. Funny thing you say:) #ScriptChat -8:26 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
nopantsisland @jeannevb @JonathanAmes ' new series #boredtodeath REALLY nails dialogue, imho. Like a delicious chocolate cake. #scriptchat -8:26 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb HOMEWORK: listen to the dialogue around ur turkey day dinner table... study it #scriptchat -8:26 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick RT @jmiewald: Most people don't talk in zingers #scriptchat <>
yeah_write I don't know about screenwriters, but Elmore Leonard is a genius. #scriptchat -8:26 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
davidspies Considering a read-through on my current screenplay with local actors. I believe this would help to identify changes needed #scriptchat -8:26 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @Donna_Carrick LOL yep we are :) #scriptchat -8:26 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Ludovicaa RT @garnerhaines: Or you have two characters talking about 1 thing, when it's clear they're really talking about something else. #scriptchat -8:26 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley in an improv class we acted a 3 min scene using only one word, what is said isn't always as important as how,where,who says it.. #scriptchat -8:26 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Most people don't talk like sitcom actors either. RT @jmiewald: Most people don't talk in zingers #scriptchat -8:26 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jmiewald constant zingers gets really old to #scriptchat -8:25 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb my fam does ha RT @jmiewald: Most people dont talk in zingers #scriptchat -8:25 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @jeannevb woody allen #scriptchat -8:25 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 you can hear Tarantino when his characters speak but he gets away with it #scriptchat -8:25 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @Donna_Carrick You're welcome. Nothing beats a live table read though, especially for routing out tongue twisters. #scriptchat -8:25 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @jeannevb i work in print...so i have to dissect through gobs of incomplete sentences and whatnot...broken english bonanza #scriptchat -8:25 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim we must avoid stereotyping characters's dialogue based on race or culture.for instance I hate the offensive "funny Asian accent" #scriptchat -8:25 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb QUESTION: so what screenwriter gets dialogue RIGHT? Who nails it? #scriptchat -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat @PennyAsh You're kidding, another one of us? Man, we're everywhere! -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
TheJudalina As actor, nothing drives me crazier than being told to stick verbatim 2 script. Let me play your char & let's see where it goes! #scriptchat -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @jeannevb or sissy girls #scriptchat -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick RT @garnerhaines: @Alex_Carrick Try "casting" the movie in your head, even with friends and family. #scriptchat <>
jmiewald Most people don't talk in zingers #scriptchat -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Ludovicaa @jeannevb True! Try telling MS Word though! :D #scriptchat -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @greyfoxgrandma A lot of novel writing crosses over #scriptchat -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JustinWHedges Someone mentioned table reads earlier. I go every week, bring ten pages max, read out loud, TOTALLY new perspective afterwards. #scriptchat -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Lately I've been taking the subway a lot. First time I had my iPod on. Now I've realized there is great dialogue to be heard. #scriptchat -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
CTK1 Dialogue gets stale fast if u hole up 2long, hovering over your computer. U all know this. Great dialogue takes a dose of IRL. #ScriptChat -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy RT@blackrugger: @jeannevb complete sentences are for sissy boys...haha #scriptchat -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @DeafMuslim: for character dev & study I like to people-watch at parks & malls. sometimes base it on my own family & friends #scriptchat -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @TheJudalina haha on the ex's #scriptchat -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
llapen A person to study for good dialogue is Anna Devere Smith; she does more than mimic. Cadance, gestures make characters unique. #scriptchat -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @Ludovicaa Or you have two characters talking about one thing, when it's clear they're really talking about something else. #scriptchat -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @Donna_Carrick LOL also AF brat, I still have to watch that #scriptchat -8:24 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @talented_boy i'm sure it does... but peeps prob talk differently w a mic to their mouth, dont they? #scriptchat -8:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick . #scriptchat To what extent count on the actor to fill in the nuances of the dialogue through their own interpretation? -8:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jmiewald It seems like people remember individual witty lines more than how cleverly you characterized dialogue. A zinger = good dialogue #scriptchat -8:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat @jeannevb Same here, I'll look into voice program. -8:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @JennieBentley u joining us for #scriptchat? Dialogue topic... -8:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @KageyNYC2 Yep sort of uber realism #scriptchat -8:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @jeannevb complete sentences are for sissy boys..haha #scriptchat -8:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
TheJudalina @garnerhaines I steal dialogue & characters from my ex boyfriends especially. Poetic revenge. ;) #scriptchat -8:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JustinWHedges @yeah_write Writing is actually hard work, research, and preparation, that includes finding good dialogue and unique voices. #scriptchat -8:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim for character dev & study I like to people-watch at parks & malls. sometimes I base it on my own family & friends #scriptchat -8:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat @garnerhaines Thanks for tip re: Final Draft. I'll look into it. -8:23 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy i think my journalism background has helped with my dialogue as well...i quote people pretty much daily #scriptchat -8:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @mckormickastley I think it is, great dialog isn't always what is said, it's how it's said #scriptchat -8:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 RT @talented_boy: my favorite films are quotable...if i dont remember anything said, good chance i didnt like the movie #scriptchat -8:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
CTK1 Plot is #1 yes, but w/out great dialogue anything OTHER than an ACTION movie will die on editing table. Dialogue 2nd main focus #ScriptChat -8:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb also, remember, a char's ACTIONS speak VOLUMES as to who they are & what they're feeling #scriptchat -8:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @mckormickastley on-the-nose dialogue occurs when a character states EXACTLY how they are feeling with no subtext. #scriptchat -8:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @Alex_Carrick Try "casting" the movie in your head, even with friends and family. #scriptchat -8:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim but many great famous Hollywood screenwriters were playwrights & novelists. Today, that's not the case anymore. #scriptchat -8:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat @PennyAsh Same here. I'm embarrassed,as AirForceBrat bad childhood habit is to unintentionally 'mimic' voices to fit in. -8:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JustinWHedges @yeah_write I'm just trying to demystify the process. Use of words like 'emerge' makes people think we're magical or something. #scriptchat -8:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
nopantsisland @garnerhaines Definitely don't recommend the bus part. It sucks. It sucks fat banana. #scriptchat -8:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
booksbelow RT @talented_boy: my favorite films are quotable...if i don't remember anything said, good chance i didnt like the movie #scriptchat -8:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb also, dont always have char speak in complete sentences... that's not how most of us talk #scriptchat -8:22 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JeanSFleming Diane Johnson (who wrote script for The Shining) calls dialog the poem within the narrative. #scriptchat -8:21 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick RT @CTK1: Hey Listen #ScriptChat, What I suggest is just paying attention to them <>
DeafMuslim the early masters of great dialogue in Hindi films were originally Urdu playwrights & ghazal writers. interesting trivia to know #scriptchat -8:21 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Ludovicaa #scriptchat eg you can convey pride and insecurity by someone saying "I'm fine" when they clearly arent -8:21 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @Donna_Carrick Final Draft does that, I think. I've tried using it, but it sounds to alien. I want to smack the virtual actor #scriptchat -8:21 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @Donna_Carrick i never explored having my computer speak to me, but I think I will now #scriptchat -8:21 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @CTK1 Speech patterns :) #ScriptChat -8:21 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 @TheJudalina very true #scriptchat -8:21 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @talented_boy: my favorite films are quotable...if i dont remember anything said, good chance i didnt like the movie #scriptchat -8:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger Ditto RT @talented_boy: my favorite films are quotable...if i dont remember anything said, good chance i didnt like the movie #scriptchat -8:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @CTK1 i agree Tina, u can't just replicate REAL convo's... u need to absorb the voice of ur OWN char & open their mouth #scriptchat -8:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write I bought my digital recorder, and I talk into that, especially when I figure out something a certain character would say. #scriptchat -8:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley @zacsanford2 you're going to want to define on-the-nose, i know it in theory, but how is it to you? #scriptchat -8:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jmiewald @CTK1 I am going to use that in my next script #scriptchat -8:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
booksbelow @jeannevb Over the years, writing dialog has always been the most difficult for me, so have avoided screenwriting! :-) #scriptchat -8:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick One big problem with dialogue as a writer is making sure characters don't all sound the same. #scriptchat. -8:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @CTK1: GREAT DIALOGUE fr real mouth! LOVE! -RT @divine_pk: @CTK1 Id rather b flamin ball o shit than be avg (cc #ScriptChat ) #scriptchat -8:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy my favorite films are quotable...if i don't remember anything said, good chance i didnt like the movie #scriptchat -8:20 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim for good studies on intense dialogue I strongly recommend ENDGAME by Samuel Beckett & THE BALD SOPRANO & Ionesco #scriptchat -8:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
TheJudalina RT @Ludovicaa: #scriptchat A lot of story can be told by what the characters DON'T say I think -8:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat @jeannevb Are you using voice program? I want one of those. -8:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 RT @Ludovicaa: A lot of story can be told by what the characters DONT say I think #scriptchat -8:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley @JustinWHedges i reject absolutes, what works is whatever works. #scriptchat -8:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @Donna_Carrick I try to pay attention to people's speech patterns , it helps #scriptchat -8:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger RT @nopantsisland: Dialogue - keep a notebook on me at all times, copy bits of dialogue overheard on the bus...etc #scriptchat -8:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write @JennieBentley join us at #scriptchat We don't bite. -8:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
KageyNYC2 @PennyAsh Exactly, finding that balance between realistic, moving story forward and being entertaining. Real life but better! #scriptchat -8:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
CTK1 Hey Listen #ScriptChat, I do not advocate ripping off real life words from all your friends. What I suggest is just paying attention to them -8:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 One of the biggest problems I see with newer writers is dialogue that is too on-the-nose. #scriptchat -8:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
garnerhaines @TheJudalina Oh yeah, I totally steal from real life. My wife especially. #scriptchat -8:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @JustinWHedges me too...i write dialogue during layout, just to hear them #scriptchat -8:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
nopantsisland Dialogue - keep a notebook on me at all times, copy bits of dialogue overheard on the bus/in coffee shops/at the supermarket. #scriptchat -8:19 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @Donna_Carrick: #scriptchat A top actor once said moving a lot as child helped with voices. I believe that. #scriptchat -8:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Ludovicaa #scriptchat A lot of story can be told by what the characters DON'T say I think -8:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
mckormickastley @PennyAsh but is great dialogue actually realistic? #scriptchat -8:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Defenestrator1 RT @DeafMuslim: if characters reveal too much in dialogue, then the whole purpose of the script has been defeated #scriptchat -8:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write @JustinWHedges It emerges from the writer as the script. #scriptchat -8:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
CTK1 GREAT DIALOGUE from real mouth! LOVE! -RT @divine_pk: @CTK1 I'd rather be a flamin' ball of shit than be average. (cc #ScriptChat ) -8:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @James_Dean86 Hello #scriptchat -8:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick Dialogue is where you can really have fun. You can slip in the sly comments & tweek the audience's response. #scriptchat -8:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick RT @PennyAsh: @KageyNYC2 The key is making it as realistic as possible #scriptchat /I agree. Realism in dialogue. -8:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @booksbelow welcome, Rog : ) Hope this means u'll jump into screenwriting next heehee #scriptchat -8:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim if characters reveal too much in dialogue, then the whole purpose of the script has been defeated #scriptchat -8:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JustinWHedges ...and figure out the character's dialogue voice during his/her creation. My characters have a voice before their 1st appearance #scriptchat -8:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
James_Dean86 few! almost missed it, hello everyone #scriptchat -8:18 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @llapen for me, it's ALL about char dev first too... hands down #scriptchat -8:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat A top actor once said moving a lot as child helped with voices. I believe that. As an Air Force Brat I hear the voices easily. -8:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @DeafMuslim: big difference btwn stage plays & screenplays: more dialogue on stage, less dialogue on screen. show, not tell #scriptchat -8:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
booksbelow True! RT @KageyNYC2: Good dialogue doesn't have exact back-forth replies. Real convos don't answer last thing said #scriptchat -8:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
TheJudalina RT @DeafMuslim: sometimes dialogue is based on real convos writers had with certain (interesting) individuals #scriptchat -8:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
iscamedia Generalisations and rules are way too constraining. Actors bring scripts (words) to life. Delivery. Casting. So many variables. #scriptchat -8:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jmiewald I imagine you would be more likely to hook a great actor with great dialogue. #scriptchat -8:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
llapen @jeannevb that is exactly why I find mumblecore films so intensely boring. #scriptchat -8:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @KageyNYC2 The key is making it as realistic as possible #scriptchat -8:17 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb excellent! RT @PennyAsh: @yeah_write I do the same thing letting the computer read it, if I know whos talking Ive nailed it #scriptchat -8:16 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JustinWHedges I reject any notion that anything 'emerges' from a script. Philisophical bs. MAKE it happen, ur the writer, do your job... #scriptchat -8:16 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
nopantsisland Oh right! It's that time again... #scriptchat -8:16 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim big difference between stage plays & screenplays: more dialogue on stage, less dialogue on screen. show, not tell #scriptchat -8:16 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @yeah_write I do the same thing letting the computer read it, if I know who's talking I've nailed it #scriptchat -8:16 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim sometimes dialogue is based on real convos writers had with certain (interesting) individuals #scriptchat -8:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 :) RT @yeah_write: I let FD read it to me in that monotone, and if I dont think there is a difference I know it needs work. #scriptchat -8:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat Stuart Kaminsky who said no script would be accepted unless there was a good ratio of strong dialogue. All else is extraneous -8:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger @Alex_Carrick I love accents. I have a british one that I use . Most brits think it's ok if i'm trying to fool americans #scriptchat -8:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy i think that even if your character is full, that doesn't mean the words coming out of their mouths will automatically work #scriptchat -8:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
KageyNYC2 Good dialogue doesn't have exact back-forth replies. Real convos don't answer last thing said & great dialogue seems the same. #scriptchat -8:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb agree! RT @CTK1: My thoughts on dialogue are simple: Develop a full character first and youll have no problem with distinction. #scriptchat -8:15 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat Dialogue seems to be the key in most writing. I once attended a workshop by Stuart Kaminsky who said... -8:14 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 If I'm working with a writing partner we also act out the scene to make sure the dialogue is true to scene/character. #scriptchat -8:14 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim @blackrugger thats definitely good advice #scriptchat -8:14 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write I let FD read it to me in that monotone, and if I don't think there is a difference I know it needs work. #scriptchat -8:14 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @greyfoxgrandma Neat :) I'm adapting my first novel #scriptchat -8:14 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger Perfect, I still have a chance at being a successful Screenwriter/Actor. #scriptchat -8:14 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
CTK1 My thoughts on dialogue are simple: Develop a full character first and you'll have no problem with distinction. #ScriptChat -8:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Alex_Carrick I wish I could do accents, but I'm terrible at them. Can't even tell a joke with an accent #scriptchat Something about being self-conscious -8:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger what also helps me out with my dialogue is basically saying it out loud. Sure it's only me talking, but it helps me. #scriptchat -8:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
DeafMuslim @jmiewald i so agree w/ you. All playwrights & screenwriters shud try acting at least once it helps us understand script better #scriptchat -8:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Donna_Carrick #scriptchat HI, folks, good to see you all. So, @jeannevb , the topic is dialogue? -8:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
davidspies @blackrugger agree, "description first and dialog follows". Real-life interactions = better descriptions & better dialog. #scriptchat -8:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @zacsanford2 Very true especially in novels #scriptchat -8:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb yes, but many dont flush out enuf RT @llapen: If characters r fleshed out, then a distinctive voice should emerge w/ rewriting. #scriptchat -8:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write True. RT @jeannevb: I think actors do bring own read, but no producer will MAKE ur movie if ur dialogue sucks #scriptchat -8:13 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
cowgirlwriter RT @zacsanford2: Around 2nd or 3rd draft Ill do a table reading (which i record) to ensure every character has a distinct voice #scriptchat -8:12 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @jmiewald i agree acting is a wonderful gift in ur back pocket as a writer... or acting classes #scriptchat -8:12 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @jmiewald the extent of my acting is Vince Fontaine in Grease and Bender in Breakfast Club...in high school lol #scriptchat -8:12 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Most writers over use it. RT @PennyAsh: @jeannevb Accents also help dialog but not if theyre over used #scriptchat -8:12 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger That's good to know. RT @talented_boy: @blackrugger were all crazy sir #scriptchat -8:12 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @LisaFromNYC Welcome :) we're talking about dialog #scriptchat -8:12 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb where's @dawnbierschwal? #scriptchat -8:12 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
llapen If the characters are fleshed out, then a distinctive voice should emerge w/ rewriting. #scriptchat -8:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb dont be afraid to push the envelope w dialogue & char to make them REAL instead of cliche #scriptchat -8:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 @jeannevb I always feel dialogue is my weak point in my writing. #scriptchat -8:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jmiewald How many of you are former actors? I find that having acted someone's dialogue helps to write dialogue. #scriptchat -8:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @blackrugger we're all crazy sir #scriptchat -8:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
JustinWHedges Saw a James Dalessandro speech where he said the key for him avoiding on-the-nose dialogue is never answer the question. #scriptchat -8:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @blackrugger all my tweets make me sound crazy.... or drunk ha #scriptchat -8:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jeannevb Accent's also help dialog but not if they're over used #scriptchat -8:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @zacsanford2 table read is great idea for litmus test #scriptchat -8:11 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @blackrugger We're writers we're allowed :) #scriptchat -8:10 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @yeah_write I think actors do bring own read, but no producer will MAKE ur movie if ur dialogue sucks #scriptchat -8:10 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write I agree. RT @HoodedMan: @yeah_write the script should stand on its own #scriptchat -8:10 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Around the second or third draft I'll do a table reading (which i record) to make sure every characters has a distinct voice #scriptchat -8:10 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger my last tweet makes me sound like a crazy person. :P #scriptchat -8:09 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jeannevb I like that, it's so true #scriptchat -8:09 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write Aha, so true RT @jeannevb: RT filmutopia: #scriptchat I was once told, action reveals truths... dialogue attempts to hide them #scriptchat -8:09 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 RT @jeannevb RT @filmutopia: I was once told, action reveals truths... dialogue attempts to hide them (I can live with that) #scriptchat -8:09 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger I also sometimes just let my characters talk inside my head. I have long conversations, only using the good stuff for the script #scriptchat -8:09 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan @yeah_write the script isn't the film and shouldn't pretend to be #scriptchat -8:09 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jmiewald They're usually the most interesting characters #scriptchat -8:08 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @LisaFromNYC welcome! We're talking dialogue... how to make avoid on-the-nose & make ea char sound unique & true #scriptchat -8:08 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan @yeah_write the script should stand on its own #scriptchat -8:08 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @jmiewald lol definitely...it's hard to write characters like richard jenkins' character on the visitor...that's def a skill #scriptchat -8:08 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT filmutopia: #scriptchat I was once told, action reveals truths... dialogue attempts to hide them (I can live with that) -8:08 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write @CTK1 Sorry, I had to take the original out to make it short enough #scriptchat -8:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford2 Okay, back as the clone of @zacsanford :) #scriptchat -8:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jmiewald The best dialogue appears to come from characters that are smart a**es or bastards #scriptchat -8:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @blackrugger Makes a lot of sense #scriptchat -8:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write Playing devil's advocate: Won't the actors bring their own "read" on the dialogue? #scriptchat -8:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan @zacsanford good advice #scriptchat -8:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @booksbelow: RT @Spitfire_King2: I like to base dialogue styles on people Ive met and people I know #scriptchat -8:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
LisaFromNYC Hi. Joining in for the first time. #scriptchat -8:07 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
CTK1 @yeah_write Ha, but you moved #scriptchat from my words, put at end, so it made it like I was speaking gibberish! :-) DRAT YOU, grrrrr -8:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh Dialog tip - listen to how people around you talk. speech patterns are all different #scriptchat -8:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb on first draft, I tend to write on-the-nose dialogue. Then rewrite the hell out of it to make them all sound diff't #scriptchat -8:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
booksbelow RT @Spitfire_King2: I like to base dialogue styles on people I've met and people I know #scriptchat -8:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger does that make sense? #scriptchat -8:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
blackrugger I tend to describe the character first before I start the dialogue. Then I think about people I've met and use them as a basis. #scriptchat -8:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford Oops, not in on my other name. BRB. #scriptchat -8:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy balancing character development with dialogue is always interesting...you want them to develop, but still sound the same #scriptchat -8:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan If the development of chs is done properly dialogue often takescare of itself, even though one should have it in mind, of course #scriptchat -8:05 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford @filmutopia has the best advice about dialogue. I should know who is saying what without reading character names. #scriptchat -8:05 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write @zacsanford Hello Zac. I was worried about you. #scriptchat -8:05 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @zacsanford jump right in... I'm RT'ing some things from EURO chat I thought were great #scriptchat -8:05 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jmiewald Character drives dialogue but the characters have to be people with interesting things to say... #scriptchat -8:05 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write In my first draft, they all sound like me, trying to get the voices right. I tweak after that. #scriptchat -8:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT filmutopia: #scriptchat Good dialogue should be the only possible thing that character could say in that specific situation -8:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy @zacsanford you're forgiven #scriptchat -8:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford RT @jeannevb: TOPIC: Dialogue: What makes for “good” dialogue? How do u avoid on-the-nose & all chars sounding the same? #scriptchat -8:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
scriptwriteapp For those participating in #scriptchat, we'd love for u 2 check out ScriptWrite - Screenwriting on your iPhone: http://tinyurl.com/ya6g5yd -8:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Spitfire_King2 I like to base dialogue styles on people I've met and people I know, but I do find it difficult to make them seperate #scriptchat -8:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
HoodedMan You assign characteristics to them, but not overdoing it #scriptchat -8:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Ludovicaa What distinguishes each speaker in dialogue is the strength of characterization , I'd guess #scriptchat -8:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jeannevb Excellent point. Works the same in novels #scriptchat -8:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
zacsanford Hello everyone. Sorry I'm a little tardy to the party. #scriptchat -8:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @filmutopia: #scriptchat If I can't take the character names out of the script and still know who is saying what, I've not got it right -8:04 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
CTK1 This is GREAT dialogue by the ever natural Matt. #ScriptChat -RT @mfeige: @CTK1 I'm doing much excited ness about this @booksbelow! -8:03 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @filmutopia had some great tweets this morning on EURO #scriptchat... I'll try to find them to retweet or look at transcript ltr #scriptchat -8:02 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy it took me a while to create voices for dramas...comedies came easier...guess cuz my friends are hilarious, used them as a base #scriptchat -8:02 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb The test is to have some1 read all chars. If u cant tell who is saying what, u need to rethink dialogue #scriptchat -8:02 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write RT @CTK1: @booksbelow Lets start talking about DIALOGUE for but Id hate to reveal 2 much of my own genius to strangers 4 FREE :( #scriptchat -8:01 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh brb, bladder boy strikes again #scriptchat -8:01 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb for me, every char HAS to sound diff or I've failed. Just look at Grey's Anatomy. They ALL sound the same. Turns me off totally #scriptchat -8:01 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
talented_boy let's party folks #scriptchat -8:00 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
Ludovicaa at #scriptchat to chill with the cool kids:) -8:00 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
PennyAsh @jeannevb Everything goes with smarties #scriptchat -8:00 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb #scriptchat TOPIC: Dialogue: What makes for “good” dialogue? How do u avoid on-the-nose & all chars sounding the same? -8:00 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write I'm off to work in the studio. It was fun visiting this morning. See you all at #scriptchat at 8pm EST -12:06 PM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write Great blog post on the writing process. @indiemoviemaker: How I write.Not advisab http://ow.ly/EAhJ #scriptchat #fb -11:43 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
120pgs Last one: RT @jeannevb Even in 140 chars, we all have a different voice #scriptchat -11:38 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
120pgs RT @jeannevb dialogue makes or breaks it. Think of all the simple films/topics done before; if dialogue is original it succeeds #scriptchat -11:35 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
120pgs RT @filmutopia: #scriptchat I was once told, action reveals truths, dialogue attempts to hide them (I can live with that) via @jeannevb -11:33 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
kingisafink RT @indiemoviemaker: How I write. (Not advisable) http://ow.ly/EAhJ #scriptchat via @tylerweaver -11:13 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write Too true RT @DJordanKnight: Perfect! RT @jeannevb Even in 140 chars, we all have a different voice #scriptchat -10:52 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
bevhope RT @grking: nice insight to the process of the creative mind RT @indiemoviemaker: How I write.Not advisab http://ow.ly/EAhJ #scriptchat #fb -10:52 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
HayleyMckenzie1 RT @michellelipton: #scriptchat If your characters all sound the same, you probably don't know your characters well enough. -10:51 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
yeah_write RT @johnrackham: #scriptchat I've never acted in a film where I didn't have to ask the director if I could cut my dialogue. -10:51 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @cmhoughton I LOVE Mad Men tho. Talk about unique chars w diff voices! #scriptchat -10:39 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @cmhoughton I do NOT get it either! So discouraging #scriptchat -10:38 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
cmhoughton RT @jeannevb: Even in 140 chars, we all have a different voice #scriptchat - Truly. -10:36 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
cmhoughton @jeannevb: I don't get why so many people like that show. Yet that stays on when well written shows like Southland get canceled. #scriptchat -10:35 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad Good night all. Good morning all the rest. Great insights and inspiration. Now back to the dark, cold silence of isolation #scriptchat -10:34 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb c*urtsy* RT @DJordanKnight: Perfect! RT @jeannevb Even in 140 chars, we all have a different voice #scriptchat -10:34 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @brianspaeth yes! We have a EURO #scriptchat that's 2pm global time (that's 9AM for me), so I pop in. -10:33 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
michellelipton @DreamsGrafter It's harder to give notes on dialogue issues than structure. What do you say? How can you really help? #scriptchat -10:33 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter US #scriptchat 8pm EST and 5pm PST - Enjoy guys! And mega thanks again to @jeannevb!! ... Thank you! :) -10:31 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @michellelipton are popular in film and tv. i take it back - i completely agree! #scriptchat -10:30 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @michellelipton i guess that's why writers who can write gd dialogue tend to be favoured - and why radio and stage writers ... #scriptchat -10:29 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter RT @michellelipton: @DreamsGrafter I think good structure can probably be *learned* more easily than good dialogue skills #scriptchat -10:27 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @michellelipton so in short, i think you can learn good dialogue - but the writer must open their ears ... #scriptchat -10:26 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
michellelipton @DreamsGrafter I think good structure can probably be *learned* more easily than good dialogue skills #scriptchat -10:25 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DJordanKnight Happy #scriptchat Day! Tonight, 5:00pm PST. Topic: Dialogue. Join us, and bring your friends -- Twizzlers and tequila optional. -10:24 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
tylerweaver RT @indiemoviemaker: How I write. (Not advisable) http://ow.ly/EAhJ #scriptchat <<>
DJordanKnight Perfect! RT @jeannevb Even in 140 chars, we all have a different voice #scriptchat -10:21 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @beingbrad too many gun shots. I ran back after half mile. Sigh. I'll try again later when they're all asleep in woods #scriptchat -10:21 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @michellelipton for music allows you understand the rhythm of speech. The words you choose to come out of the characters mouth ..#scriptchat -10:21 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
brianspaeth @jeannevb Are you running #scriptchat worldwide now? Just a 24-hour marathon for you? -10:20 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
grking nice insight to the process of the creative mind RT @indiemoviemaker: How I write. (Not advisable) http://ow.ly/EAhJ #scriptchat #fb -10:17 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @beingbrad yeah - that makes sense! the story comes out of the characters' actions. #scriptchat -10:17 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb Even in 140 chars, we all have a different voice #scriptchat -10:17 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @cmhoughton I only saw a couple episodes too. Every time a char spoke, I threw up in my mouth ha #scriptchat -10:17 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
eumagine RT @indiemoviemaker How I write. (Not advisable) http://ow.ly/EAhJ #scriptchat #fb -10:16 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter Am loving this week's #scriptchat! - Am afraid have to bail tho' - and return to #lockdown: http://bit.ly/hvwqj -10:15 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
michellelipton @DreamsGrafter I meant a good ear for dialogue specifically. Some people seem to struggle more than others... #scriptchat -10:15 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @tenderprey yes, limits of prose and detail is totally diff way to write. I'm craving writing novel 4 that reason #scriptchat -10:15 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter RT @momentsoffilm: @DreamsGrafter I guess the best ones are where the characters seem true to themselves.. and the story. #scriptchat -10:14 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @momentsoffilm Totally! #scriptchat -10:14 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm #scriptchat off topic but for anyone in/around London thought I'd drop this BAFTA event link in case it's of interest.. http://bit.ly/2MAiZo -10:14 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad @jeannevb back from hunting already? #scriptchat -10:14 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @michellelipton but the key is to listen to the rhythm of speech rather than write down the point of convo: character or plot .. #scriptchat -10:14 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad @DreamsGrafter ...the characters were already defined. What would Woody & Buzz do here, do there. Drop them in, see what happens #scriptchat -10:13 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm #scriptchat Bowing out now folks. Nice chatting and hearing your views. Enjoy the rest of your sunday! -10:13 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad @DreamsGrafter Hellboy is awesome. I heard Andrew Stanton say the sequels to Toy Story were much easier to write because ... #scriptchat -10:13 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb SCREENWRITERS &/or novelists who just want to b voyeurs on #scriptchat, go to www.tweetchat/room/scriptchat & watch. Then jump in! -10:12 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm @DreamsGrafter I guess the best ones are where the characters seem true to themselves.. and the story. #scriptchat -10:12 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @michellelipton think if you've got a gd ear for languages/music, you've got an advantage - but do think you can learn ... #scriptchat -10:12 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm @DreamsGrafter Yes that's a very good perspective. #scriptchat -10:12 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @beingbrad completely - everyone's looking for a fast or easy buck. i love hellboy's voice ... :) #scriptchat -10:11 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter RT @indiemoviemaker: How I write. (Not advisable) http://ow.ly/EAhJ #scriptchat #fb -10:10 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
michellelipton @DreamsGrafter I see a lot of scripts with very poor dialogue. Do you think a good ear comes naturally or can it be learned? #scriptchat -10:09 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad @DreamsGrafter which is why comic books are all the rage, the character setup is already done - Now lets see Iron Man come alive #scriptchat -10:09 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
indiemoviemaker How I write. (Not advisable) http://ow.ly/EAhJ #scriptchat #fb -10:09 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad RT @DreamsGrafter: the main reason why the audience wld be going to see that film wld be to see that character come to life #scriptchat -10:08 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
JLichtenberg RT @momentsoffilm: RT @johnrackham: #scriptchat I've never acted in a film where I didn't have to ask the director if I could cut my dia ... -10:07 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @momentsoffilm and if that character spoke in a different way to how they're normally perceived - it wld be jarring #scriptchat -10:07 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @momentsoffilm the main reason why the audience wld be going to see that film wld be to see that character come to life #scriptchat -10:07 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @momentsoffilm do. i just don't see how you can give a character a voice that an audience wld know so well - and expect to hear #scriptchat -10:06 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad @DreamsGrafter & that is the craft & the art - anyone can write 120 pages just like anyone can cover a canvas in paint, but art #scriptchat -10:05 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
indiemoviemaker RT @johnrackham: #scriptchat I've never acted in a film where I didn't have to ask the director if I could cut my dialogue. -10:05 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm RT @cinematicshot: @DreamsGrafter The single most important thing contributed by the screenwriter is structure - William Goldman #scriptchat -10:05 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad @indiemoviemaker convention, structure, rules serve the writer-but inexperienced writers (*ahem* me) focus on the exceptions #scriptchat -10:04 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @indiemoviemaker though it's not always the writer's fault. there are suits involved too. am thinking schamus and the hulk #scriptchat -10:04 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @beingbrad completely! #scriptchat - and they need to have their own voice - even if they have trouble expressing themselves. -10:03 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @momentsoffilm yeah, I can see why you did. i thought the issue was w/ the casting rather than dialogue .. #scriptchat -10:02 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
cinematicshot @DreamsGrafter "The single most important thing contributed by the screenwriter is structure" - William Goldman #scriptchat -10:01 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
cmhoughton @jeannevb That's it. Couldn't figure out why that show didn't work for me: they all talk the same, Of course only saw it twice. #scriptchat -10:01 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad @DreamsGrafter a passive character still needs to be actively passive, like a mollusk, to be interesting #scriptchat -10:00 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
indiemoviemaker @DreamsGrafter MOST films are bad, so means writers are bad,so NOBODY is am expert. Should always go against convention too. #scriptchat -10:00 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm #Scriptchat I like to think of dialogue as the boat floating on the story structure river. The boat doesn't drive the river! -9:58 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm I like that! RT @beingbrad: assume that each character sees themselves as the central protag - driving to their own end #scriptchat -9:57 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
indiemoviemaker @DreamsGrafter Yeah structure is SO important. How you present a story in the most interesting way that also drives forward #scriptchat -9:57 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @beingbrad of course, unless the story was learning to live your life for yourself #scriptchat -9:57 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm @DreamsGrafter Do you think there's a risk of parody in that case. I had minor issues with Frost/Nixon on that score. #scriptchat -9:56 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @beingbrad was a tutor the other day and advised a student - wld he let someone else live his life for him? same for a character #scriptchat -9:56 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
indiemoviemaker @johnrackham lol! Same here. Thats why I started writng! #scriptchat -9:55 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm RT @johnrackham: #scriptchat I've never acted in a film where I didn't have to ask the director if I could cut my dialogue. -9:54 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad I've been told to assume that each character sees themselves as the central protag in their own story - driving to their own end #scriptchat -9:54 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @indiemoviemaker as much as you want. But know the rules - then go nuts... do what you want - and entertain ... #scriptchat -9:54 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
johnrackham #scriptchat I've never acted in a film where I didn't have to ask the director if I could cut my dialogue. -9:53 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
tenderprey @jeannevb I'd love to try my hand at scriptwriting but find it very restrictive compared w/prose. Hard 2 convey subtle nuances #scriptchat -9:53 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @indiemoviemaker I admire you saying that. Am tired of ppl who say they don't believe in structure. You can mess w/ it ... #scriptchat -9:53 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @momentsoffilm ... in the audience's head - so your challenge is to make you don't jar their expectations ... #scriptchat -9:52 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @momentsoffilm I haven't done that. But I would say, plenty of research. Recordings etc. That character's voice is already ... #scriptchat -9:51 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad I think a script can be whatever it wants. If it works for the audience it's great, if not, it's not. Rules serve the writer. #scriptchat -9:49 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter RT @michellelipton: #scriptchat Exposition: "the writer must create a motivation for the dialogue that’s greater than the facts." ~ McKe ... -9:49 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
indiemoviemaker @DreamsGrafter structure is very important to me in writing, but I get concept/characters first, then mix up to throw audience #scriptchat -9:49 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
WriteOnRideOn @filmutopia #scriptchat And films need to have more men who are strong and smart and "get" women who are smart and strong in their own way. -9:48 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
michellelipton #scriptchat Exposition: "the writer must create a motivation for the dialogue that’s greater than the facts." ~ McKee, http://bit.ly/Y07WT -9:48 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm #scriptchat Okay.. here's one. How do you guys approach dialogue when adapting a story about a real person or well known figure? -9:48 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @indiemoviemaker Love those films! Strong characters - Powerful stories. #scriptchat -9:47 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
WriteOnRideOn @filmutopia #scriptchat I appreciate dialogue that doesn't stereotype women+men. Need to write more women who are unique, not gossipy hens. -9:47 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
cinematicshot RT@filmutopia James Schamus at Screenwriters' Festival talked about Tell, Don't Show - (he also said a script cld have 27 acts) #scriptchat -9:46 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @filmutopia great #scriptchat - ing w/ you (again!) ... buen apetito! -9:45 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
cinematicshot What do you all think of Juno where the dialogue is distracting for better or worse? #scriptchat -9:45 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
lefrosch #scriptchat - go to go chaps... food is hitting the table and Apple won't repair my laptop if it's covered in Cottage Pie! (@filmutopia) -9:44 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
filmutopia #scriptchat - go to go chaps... food is hitting the table and Apple won't repair my laptop if it's covered in Cottage Pie! -9:43 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @filmutopia James Schamus at Screenwriters' Festival talked about Tell, Don't Show - (he also said a script cld have 27 acts) #scriptchat -9:43 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
indiemoviemaker Lots of my fave films have little plot, character based. "Taxi Driver" "Cuckoo's Nest" Full Metal Jacket" "Leon" "Raging Bull" #scriptchat -9:43 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @indiemoviemaker not saying structure isn't important but yes, strong characters and voices are also (& takes time to develop). #scriptchat -9:41 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad 1 more @johnaugust - When Characters Say The Name of the Movie-Video Montage http://johnaugust.com/archives/2009/say-name-movie #scriptchat -9:41 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @indiemoviemaker creating great characters - and giving them distinctive voices is what makes great writers #scriptchat -9:40 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
filmutopia #scriptchat I also have a real terror of audience manipulation via overly emotive dialogue... I'm a great believer in show me, don't tell me -9:40 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @indiemoviemaker really looking forward to finishing MA so I don't have deliver on turning points every 3 weeks #scriptchat -9:39 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
WriteOnRideOn @jeannevb RUN, Forrest, RUN!!!! ....I mean, Jeanne...LOL...This is a #scriptchat about dialogue, isn't it??? heehee -9:38 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter RT @beingbrad Blog post by John August (@johnaugust) on dialogue - http://johnaugust.com/archives/2007/how-to-write-dialogue #scriptchat -9:37 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb all breeds of writers welcome to #scriptchat. Let's learn from each other. -9:36 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad Blog post by John August (@johnaugust) on dialogue - http://johnaugust.com/archives/2007/how-to-write-dialogue #scriptchat -9:36 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb before i run #writechat writers who want 2 jump in EURO #scriptchat, its on NOW... another #scriptchat at 8pm EST (5pm PST) BOTH on DIALOGUE -9:36 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter RT @michellelipton: #scriptchat There's even a 30m radio play without dialogue, just sound effects, called The Revenge by Andrew Sachs: ... -9:36 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @Sofluid Will post @jeannevb's #scriptchat transcript so you don't miss out. Good luck with #nanowrimo! -9:35 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
indiemoviemaker @DreamsGrafter I take notes for months before I write, then when I start, the characters take over and chat themselves. #scriptchat -9:35 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
michellelipton #scriptchat There's even a 30m radio play without dialogue, just sound effects, called The Revenge by Andrew Sachs: http://bit.ly/77cQXo -9:35 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @tenderprey exactly! #scriptchat -9:35 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad Any examples of TV or Movies with dialogue you admire? #scriptchat -9:34 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @filmutopia That's why in the real world I look rather than listen. As a writer, I know how easy dialogue can be manipulated. #scriptchat -9:34 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
tenderprey @jeannevb Dialogue must b reflective of culture, race, age etc - pimps & ho's don't speak like yuppies or sweet old ladies #scriptchat -9:33 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad @filmutopia wicked! more pet hates, please. more!!! #scriptchat -9:32 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb I totally want to stay, but I have to go for a run. 2nd day hunting season. Wearing LOTS of orange. Come back tonight... enjoy #scriptchat -9:32 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter The characters' voice is important - but where does the writer's voice lie? Dialogue? Characters' actions? #scriptchat -9:31 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
filmutopia #scriptchat dialogue pet hates: exposition; clunky back stories passing as confessions; any line that starts "this isn't a movie" retch -9:30 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @iamdebra *smooch* #scriptchat -9:30 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @beingbrad same diction, same phrases, its like the chars have just one brain #boring #scriptchat -9:30 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
iamdebra I love #scriptchat and I'm not even a script writer. Yet. :) -9:30 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @beingbrad if 1 actor were to read all the lines & u couldnt define who was who, u failed. Grey's does that. Fails. #scriptchat -9:29 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @filmutopia True. A lot of the time, we don't know the truth ourselves - so to say it.Actions betray who we (and characters) are #scriptchat -9:29 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm RT @filmutopia: #scriptchat I was once told, action reveals truths... dialogue attempts to hide them (I can live with that) -9:28 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb that's great RT @filmutopia: #scriptchat I was once told, action reveals truths... dialogue attempts to hide them (I can live with that) -9:28 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
FilmLadd But even more so, dialogue is only one element of a film. If it takes over, ugh @DreamsGrafter shld come from character #scriptchat -9:28 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad RT @filmutopia: #scriptchat I was once told, action reveals truths... dialogue attempts to hide them (I can live with that) #scriptchat -9:28 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @beingbrad honestly? I liked concept of his shows but not a fan of his dialogue.... at all. Makes me turn the channel. #scriptchat -9:28 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad @jeannevb define original? Rhythm? Language? Pace? #scriptchat -9:28 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm RT @FilmLadd: It's annoying when writer starts throwing in camera shots, same with dialogue that doesn't trust actor. @beingbrad #scriptchat -9:27 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
filmutopia #scriptchat I was once told, action reveals truths... dialogue attempts to hide them (I can live with that) -9:27 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter RT @michellelipton #scriptchat For a lesson in dialogue economy watch Belleville Rendevouz. 78m, no dialogue at all. http://bit.ly/8I5EuJ -9:26 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb dialogue makes or breaks it. Think of all the simple films, topics done before, but if dialogue is original, it succeeds #scriptchat -9:26 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @FilmLadd the dialogue/situation should really be self-explanatory. even an ironic exchange shld come from character #scriptchat -9:25 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad For me, if I don't really know the goal/purpose of the scene as well as I should, the dialog takes over and runs amok. #scriptchat -9:25 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @FilmLadd @beingbrad.... I also think when a writer throws in camera shots, it insults the director #scriptchat -9:24 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @FilmLadd I agree. Reading a script where dialogue is laboured w/ directions is off putting - #scriptchat -9:24 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
michellelipton #scriptchat For a lesson in dialogue economy watch Belleville Rendevouz. 78m, no dialogue at all. And it's wonderful http://bit.ly/8I5EuJ -9:24 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
filmutopia My apologies to anyone not involved in #scriptchat... this splurge of tweets about screenwriting is a once a week phenomenon -9:24 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb If any SCREENWRITERS r up, EURO #scriptchat is ON now talking dialogue. We'll continue topic tonight 8pm EST, 5pm PST #scriptchat -9:23 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter RT @jeannevb: RT @filmutopia: #scriptchat Good dialogue should be the only possible thing that character could say in that specific situ ... -9:22 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
FilmLadd It's annoying when writer starts throwing in camera shots, same with dialogue that doesn't trust actor. @beingbrad #scriptchat -9:22 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter RT @momentsoffilm: #scriptchat Elliot Grove (my teacher) always said you should be able to send your character to tesco with a fiver and ... -9:22 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad @jeannevb what do you feel about Aaron Sorkin then? #scriptchat -9:22 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb I'm just going to RT @filmutopia for an hour : ) Totally agree with his dialogue philosophy #scriptchat -9:22 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @indiemoviemaker - come into play ... #scriptchat -9:22 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
filmutopia #scriptchat I write comedy, so one of things I pay attention to is the order in which words are said. You'd be amazed at how vital that is. -9:21 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @filmutopia: #scriptchat Good dialogue should be the only possible thing that character could say in that specific situation #scriptchat -9:21 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb all chars sounding same is my biggest pet peeve. It's why I can't stand Grey's Anatomy. #scriptchat -9:21 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm #scriptchat Elliot Grove (my teacher) always said you should be able to send your character to tesco with a fiver and know what they'd buy. -9:21 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @indiemoviemaker the characters to tell what's happening. But once I've sussed out the story, their relationships/personalities #scriptchat -9:21 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
filmutopia #scriptchat Good dialogue should be the only possible thing that character could say in that specific situation -9:20 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @indiemoviemaker Totally agree, when watching a movie. But as I try to figure my story (in intial drafts) - it's as if I need ...#scriptchat -9:19 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
FilmLadd Succinct, block of action, but also intimation. Not *everything* needs to be said. Leave things unsaid by character. @beingbrad #scriptchat -9:17 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb agree! RT @michellelipton: #scriptchat If your characters all sound the same, u probably dont know your characters well enough. #scriptchat -9:17 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
tticano Domingo chuvoso vai ser Flash Forward + Heroes + Fringe e madrugada cuidando dos investimentos. -9:16 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
filmutopia #scriptchat I also abhor realism for the sake of it. Every line is part of the puzzle of the movie. It either reveals a truth or it goes -9:17 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm I think so too. I always reduce as much as possible. RT @FilmLadd: economy is best. #scriptchat -9:16 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
FilmLadd Yes absolutely. Remember you can CUT away, not listen to that blah blah @indiemoviemaker nothing duller than plot dialouge #scriptchat -9:16 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @filmutopia Agreed! Good dialogue is like listening to music. I edit dialogue based on what the ear hears ... #scriptchat -9:16 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @DreamsGrafter: #scriptchat TOPIC: Dialogue: What makes for “good” dialogue? How do u avoid on-the-nose & all chars sounding the same? -9:15 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @michellelipton @FilmLadd - sometimes I focus too much on plot with the initial drafts and my dialogue suffers. #scriptchat -9:15 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad @FilmLadd by economy, do you mean succinct dialogue or interupting the block with action, or both #scriptchat -9:15 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
FilmLadd Those scripts that treat dialogue almost like haiku are best. Reduce, reduce, reduce. Leave things unsaid. Trust the actor. #scriptchat -9:15 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb @beingbrad we'll continue the EURO #scriptchat dialogue topic. If ur up now, feel free to jump in the .... EURO is ON right now -9:15 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
indiemoviemaker @DreamsGrafter Most movie dialogue is not written the way people speak.It feels typed. And nothing duller than plot dialouge #scriptchat -9:15 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
michellelipton #scriptchat If your characters all sound the same, you probably don't know your characters well enough. -9:15 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
filmutopia #scriptchat the way people use language, has a unique rhythm, vocabulary and syntax -9:14 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @FilmLadd Right - yes. Gender, race, social status ... all affect dialogue #scriptchat -9:14 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
jeannevb RT @filmutopia: #scriptchat If I can't take the character names out of the script and still know who is saying what, I've not got it right -9:14 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
FilmLadd As a director I hate seeing a page-block of dialogue. Sometimes it can't be avoided but economy is best @FilmLadd #scriptchat -9:13 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad @DreamsGrafter Awesome, thanks. That's a great topic. #scriptchat -9:12 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
michellelipton @DreamsGrafter But writing good dialogue is writing "spoken English", you have to listen to what you're typing... #scriptchat -9:11 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm #scriptchat I put all my attention on the black stuff and then 'they say something'.. I don't get complaints though so it must work. -9:11 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @beingbrad #scriptchat TOPIC: Dialogue: What makes for “good” dialogue? How do u avoid on-the-nose & all chars sounding the same? -9:11 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
FilmLadd For instance, a submissive character may ask questions tentatively and wait for answers, aggressive ask rhetorically & quick #scriptchat -9:11 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad What are the best unconventional scripts that you've read? #scriptchat -9:10 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
FilmLadd The dialogue must be based on the character. There are differences between gender, for instance. @DreamsGrafter #scriptchat -9:09 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
beingbrad @jeannevb what's the #scriptchat topic tonight? -9:09 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
momentsoffilm #scriptchat Hello all!.. hmmm good question. Do you know what. I never even give dialogue a thought... -9:09 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
FilmLadd good 1 @filmutopia #scriptchat If I can't take the character names out of script and still know who is saying what, I've not got it right -9:08 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
michellelipton @DreamsGrafter I suppose, like all elements of screenwriting, it should reveal character and move the story forward #scriptchat -9:08 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @FilmLadd am writing a story from a particular world - and that's exactly i need to do - research! ;) #scriptchat -9:08 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @FilmLadd and what about the difference between the characters w/in that area? #scriptchat -9:07 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
filmutopia #scriptchat my basic rule, If I can't take the character names out of the script and still know who is saying what, I've not got it right -9:07 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
FilmLadd But don't go crazy with the local dialect thing, can get irritating if overplayed #scriptchat -9:07 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @johnrackham what about from an actor's point of view john? dialogue? - what works for you? #scriptchat -9:06 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
FilmLadd Well, you can research where your character is from and understand their local "flavors" for better dialogue #scriptchat -9:05 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @michellelipton hi michelle, have you got any thoughts on what makes good dialogue? what works for you? #scriptchat -9:05 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @momentsoffilm @filmutopia - what do you guys think? what makes good dialogue? ... #scriptchat -9:03 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter Good dialogue for me = gosh, haven't really thought about this before ... i wld say - tells us something about the character #scriptchat -9:03 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter @Sofluid hi michelle, you gonna join #scriptchat - we're just starting ... subject: dialogue - just #scriptchat to join in ... :) -9:00 AM Nov 22nd, 2009
DreamsGrafter #scriptchat TOPIC: Dialogue: What makes for “good” dialogue? How do u avoid on-the-nose & all chars sounding the same? (via @jeannevb) -8:59 AM Nov 22nd, 2009

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