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Raindance Writers' Lab, 2nd Edition by Elliot Grove

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6   Scene Writing

 

CHRISTOPHER VOGLER CALLS a scene a ‘deal between the writer and the audience.’ Blake Snyder describes a story or a scene as a journey that you are going on, and never coming back – a door you go out of, and come back changed, or a train you get on from a station never to return. Apt as these descriptions are from both of these Raindance tutors, I am looking at screenplay and scene writing in much more practical terms.

A screenplay has two parts – the dialogue and the descriptive passages. The descriptive passages in a screenplay are called ‘the black stuff’, referring to the amount of space they take up on the page. Dialogue margins are much narrower.

Script readers frequently reject scripts because they contain too much black ...

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