Expositional Dialogue

“Say what?” you may ask… Well, expositional dialogue is saying TOO much.  It feels forced, unrealistic and makes your characters seem plastic and unrelatable.  While we understand the need to show clarity in your script, you may feel you need to explain some background info on the situation, but know there is a good way to do it and exposition is rarely good in dialogue.
For one, SHOW, don’t TELL.  Try to add visual clues wherever possible in your script.  Instead of having your character speak, think about whether they can DO something to create the same effect.  Or maybe all you need is a shot of a piece of scenery or prop to get the point across…  Sometimes the silences in a film are the most powerful.
Another way to overcome tedious dialogue is to read it out loud yourself (or better yet, ask your friends to do a table read for you).  That way, you can hear it for yourself, and pick up on the bits that sound fake.  Having friends with different personalities can also help you write for your characters more realistically.  Ask them for their opinions on what the character would say, and how they would say it… You’d be amazed at how much you can learn from just listening and watching people interact.

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Reel Authors offers a genre-based screenplay/teleplay writing contest where scripts are assigned to readers who enjoy that particular genre.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

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The Pulsar Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest is an international screenplay contest dedicated exclusively to Sci-Fi.  We also accept Sci-Fi original pilot and existing show teleplays.  Contests run every 6 months.

The rave on ‘The Raven’

Apart from the movie poster bearing a striking resemblance to the emblem from 1994’s ‘The Crow’ (see image below),  ‘The Raven’ does look promising.

‘The Raven’  is about a serial killer who murders victims according to methods featured in Edgar Allan Poe’s stories.  -(there’s a hint of the movie ‘Se7en’ there, where John Doe kills accordingly to the Seven Deadly Sins).

Anyway, Edgar Allan Poe then teams up with the detective working on the case to try stop the killer, only to find Poe’s love interest becomes the killer’s next target.  (hmm, another similarity to ‘Se7en’, where John Doe target’s Detective Mills’ wife)

Despite some familiar aspects, ‘The Raven’ looks interesting and with performances from John Cusack and Alice Eve, I’m sure it won’t entirely disappoint.

Watch the trailer for The Raven here:

 

 

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Reel Authors offers a genre-based screenplay/teleplay writing contest where scripts are assigned to readers who enjoy that particular genre.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

http://scifiscreenplaycontest.com/

The Pulsar Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest is an international screenplay contest dedicated exclusively to Sci-Fi.  We also accept Sci-Fi original pilot and existing show teleplays.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

 

 

Congratulations Quarter-Finalists!

 

In case you haven’t already noticed.  The results of the Reel Authors and Pulsar Cycle A contests are up!

View the Reel Authors Quarter-Finalists here:  http://reelauthors.com/Results.php

And the Pulsar Quarter-Finalists here:  http://scifiscreenplaycontest.com/Results.php

 

Congratulations to all the writers who have made it through to this first round, but please do not be discouraged if you didn’t.  All writers need to keep pushing through in this industry if you want to make it out the other end smiling, so keep trying, keep writing and stay inspired.

The most important goal is not to win a contest against others, but to win the contest against yourself.  -You should always want to improve your writing skills and better yourself with each script.  Don’t fall into that easy plateau,  keep thriving to be better, so that by the time your tenth script comes around, you’ll be astonished and so proud of how almost faultless it is… and who knows, that may even inspire you to write something even better!

When it comes to your imagination and creativity, the sky really is the limit and it is the hope that all budding screenwriters out there, are motivated by new ideas every moment they get to daydream.

 

http://reelauthors.com/

Reel Authors offers a genre-based screenplay/teleplay writing contest where scripts are assigned to readers who enjoy that particular genre.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

http://scifiscreenplaycontest.com/

The Pulsar Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest is an international screenplay contest dedicated exclusively to Sci-Fi.  We also accept Sci-Fi original pilot and existing show teleplays.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

Not long to go!

 

Anticipation… The beginning, or the end?   Let’s not be overly dramatic now… it’s probably just better to be patient, because after all, the Quarter-Finalists from Cycle A of the REEL AUTHORS INTERNATIONAL BREAK OUT SCREENPLAY CONTEST and the PULSAR SCI-FI SCREENPLAY CONTEST are just over a week away!

That’s right!  Quarter-Finalist announcements will be made by 5pm PST on Friday, April 20th, 2012.

Semi-Finalist and Finalist/Winners results will be announced in May shortly after.

So watch this space!

In the meantime…  Take a moment to remember the characters from these wonderful moments in film where for them, waiting was so much harder…

 

 

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

 

Where Andy Dufresne waited all that time in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, only to patiently dig a hole that would lead to his ultimate escape and ultimate reward… Freedom.

 

 

 

 

 

FORREST GUMP

 

Whether it was sitting down, waiting for a bus,  lying down with an   ice-cream waiting for his war wound to heal, or waiting for his son to come back from school, Forrest was a master at waiting.  Always happy and content with his surroundings, never once complaining, his character is one we could all take a few lessons from.  Appreciation for what you have goes a long way.

 

 

MELANCHOLIA

It’s your wedding day and a planet is about to collide with Earth and there’s nothing you can do but wait… The poor characters in Melancholia probably didn’t handle their last days the best that they could, but I guess few of us would in that situation…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reel Authors offers a genre-based screenplay/teleplay writing contest where scripts are assigned to readers who enjoy that particular genre.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

http://scifiscreenplaycontest.com/

The Pulsar Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest is an international screenplay contest dedicated exclusively to Sci-Fi.  We also accept Sci-Fi original pilot and existing show teleplays.  Contests run every 6 months.


Don’t Break the Bad!

‘Breaking Bad’ season 5, the FINAL season… We’re all looking forward to it, wondering what lies ahead for Walt, the ultimate of protagonists (one that’s so multi-dimensional, it’s clear he’s a good guy who’s still capable of bad things).

As the story of Walt comes to an end, we look back fondly at the series and share our favorite parts of the show:

 

SAUL GOODMAN

We all love him.  He’s the comic relief in amongst the drama and  madness.  From his cheesy TV commercials, to his nonchalant nature  to all of Walt and Jesse’s highly immoral antics.  When there’s a  problem, we can all bet that Saul will come up with a perfect yet  suspect way of solving it… as long as he gets paid of course!  It’s that  underlying motivation that holds his character at the core.  That  ensure he always stays true to the Saul we all know and love.

 

 

THE BATH TUB SCENE

Why was Walt so insistent on Jesse finding those special plastic tubs from the hardware store, when he had a perfectly good bath tub upstairs?

Well we soon found out why didn’t we?  Oh that mess than came pouring down was the most gruesome sight since ‘Carrie’ on her prom night.

This was one of the most unforgettable scenes of ‘Breaking Bad’ and yet symbolic of the trying times to come for the meth lab partners.

 

 

THE WRONG GUY

Speaking of unforgettable scenes, who could forget the one where        Badger was talking to the wrong “Heisenberg” at the bus stop?

Badger was one of those other great supporting characters that added  that much needed humor into a heavy and intense situation.

These scene was in the same episode where it started off with the  hilarious opening when Badger first got busted by the undercover  cop, at the same bus stop we might add… And look at who’s picture is plastered over the bench Badger is sitting on!  Nothing goes unnoticed in this show, they certainly make every line, every prop, every moment count… And that, my friends is what writing for this industry is all about!  Making it count!

 

THE BOMB!

Hector Salamanca.  Who would have thought a character who never spoke a word could make such an IMPACT (excuse the pun).

AND, who would have thought that he would get his own sweet revenge on Gus in Season 4’s last episode?  Boy was it good!

The tapping of the bell… Walt’s explosive that just wouldn’t blow up without several attempts, worked so harmoniosly with that infamous “ping” of Hector’s bell.

Then the final, most shocking moment, when Gus appeared from out of the rubble, still able to fix his tie! -We thought he was like the Terminator, forever unkillable… until… until the camera angle moved to show us…

(don’t scroll down if you’re squeamish)…

 



 

Short of Ideas?

Got an idea greater than “Partly Cloudy”?  What are you waiting for?  Get writing and submitting!

 

Due to popular requests, we have opened up a SHORT FILM category within our Reel Authors 6-monthly contests!

That means now you have no excuses of not having time to finish a script because short films can be of any length!

However, that doesn’t mean you can slack on the quality, in fact, in some respects, you need to make a greater impression in a shorter amount of time, so with shorts (as well as features), EVERY PAGE COUNTS!

 

Here are some tips to writing and perfecting your short:

1* You don’t have as much time to build on your characters, so it’s important to introduce them immediately as the main event in your plot is taking place.  You may not have time to explain why your characters are reacting the way they do, so just make it clear through a universal appearance or situation.

EXAMPLE:  Everyone knows that dogs hate cats, so if you introduced a dog as the protagonist, the cat as the villain, your audience would get the gist straight off.

2* Think CONCEPT!  Make it original and make it hit the senses.  If it’s a horror, make it TERRIFYING!  If it’s a comedy, make it HILARIOUS!

3* Write a fantastic beginning and an even better end!  You want the audience to be instantly pulled into your story and you also want to leave them with an end they won’t forget!  You know you’ve written an amazing film if your reader or audience can’t help discussing the events that took place in it after.   So make sure you give them something to talk about!

 

http://reelauthors.com/

Reel Authors offers a genre-based screenplay/teleplay writing contest where scripts are assigned to readers who enjoy that particular genre.  Contests run every 6 months.

 

http://scifiscreenplaycontest.com/

The Pulsar Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest is an international screenplay contest dedicated exclusively to Sci-Fi.  We also accept Sci-Fi original pilot and existing show teleplays.  Contests run every 6 months.