Expert screenwriting tips by working screenwriters
The '(to Character-Name)' parenthetical is frequently overused by non-pro screenwriters.
It's used when a group of people are in the same scene and it's not clear who a particular piece of dialogue is addressed to, e.g.:
That's gonna take way too long.
The mistake that most non-pro screenwriters make is that they don’t realize that:
Understanding this, pro screenwriters:
Use To Character-Name rarely - only when a reader cannot determine who the dialogue is directed at from the content and who replies/responds to it.
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