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Global Scriptwriting by Ken Dancyger

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TONE

 

Tone is the visual and verbal detail that directs us toward meaning. The writer and director also use those details to direct us toward the meaning they intended. How that direction is conveyed to us in a larger sense has to do with the use of character, structure, and form. Both the micro and macro decisions that influence meaning is the subject matter of this chapter.

In order to look at the issue in a way that will maximize our sense of it, let's break down tone to two functions—credibility and editorial direction. I will continue to refer to the credibility function as tone, but I'll call the function of editorial direction voice—the voice of the author of the screen story.

What captures tone with a broad brush is its ...

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