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How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part VII

If you have not already, please read the Nicholl Fellowship introductory article.

The How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship is a series of articles:

How to Win a Nicholl - Part I

How to Win a Nicholl - Part II

How to Win a Nicholl - Part III

How to Win a Nicholl - Part IV

How to Win a Nicholl - Part V

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VI

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VII

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VIII

How to Win a Nicholl - Part IX

How to Win a Nicholl - Part X

AFF Screenplay Competition Director talks about Verbose Descriptions

In a recent interview, Matt Dy, the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition Director, said this about verbose descriptions:

MATT DY: ...Also, a lot of first-time screenwriters will direct too much in their scripts and include long blocks of scene descriptions. Screenplays are considered the blueprint for a film but it still needs to leave room for the director’s vision.

The Nicholl Fellowship advises on verbose descriptions

The Academy's Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting has a wealth of excellent screenwriting advice on its website and Facebook page including:

...A different problem arises for some otherwise entirely capable writers in English - they overwrite their description and dialogue. Poetic and literary language has a place, but it's not typically in screenplays. Readers and judges often react negatively to florid, overwritten description that serves to slow the story rather than to propel it forward.

Reel Authors has written various articles that advise on this topic including:

Keep Descriptions Tight

Screenwriting is Not..

Stay in Present Tense

Don't include Unnecessary Detail

Slug Lines

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Nicholl Fellowship - intro

How to Win a Nicholl - Part I

How to Win a Nicholl - Part II

How to Win a Nicholl - Part III

How to Win a Nicholl - Part IV

How to Win a Nicholl - Part V

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VI

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VII

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VIII

How to Win a Nicholl - Part IX

How to Win a Nicholl - Part X