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Vale's Technique of Screen and Television Writing by Eugene Vale

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The Scene

The scene is the next subdivision of the entire space of the motion picture. Its length is not determined by any physical necessities but solely by the needs of the story. It can be composed of many shots or only of one or two.

The story is an uninterrupted flow of developments. But the scenes of a motion picture represent only certain events from among this continuous stream. We must consider the motion picture a story of which certain events are told and others are not told. The former are contained in the scenes, and the latter take place between scenes.

The scene can be defined as a section of the entire story in which a certain happening occurs. Now every happening occurs at a certain place and at a certain time. Consequently, ...

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