Writing dialogue: Saying more with less

Writing dialogue: Saying more with less

Dialogue is one of the most challenging skills a writer has to develop. Producing words that sound natural and – above all – human, takes real talent and hard work. As discussed previously when analysing The Assassination of Jesse James, people rarely say what they actually mean, necessitating the writer to imbue dialogue with subtexts and subterfuge.

“My script is crap! – A weekend with Robert McKee

“My script is crap! – A weekend with Robert McKee

Anticipation was huge for this three day seminar series so it was no surprise the queue snaked around the block and competition for the best seats was strong.

Countdown to Robert McKee in Australia

Countdown to Robert McKee in Australia

This week sees Robert McKee deliver his brilliant Story seminar series in Melbourne before bringing the three day screenwriting-fest to Sydney for what is apparently his last visit to Australia. If you are a screenwriter – amateur or otherwise – you will most likely have come across McKee in your readings. Yet the chance to participate in the fuill three day seminar is a chance not to be missed.

Writing exposition: conflict in The West Wing

Writing exposition: conflict in The West Wing

If you’re telling a story, there comes a time when you have to explain to the audience what’s going on. Exposition is unavoidable, but if your characters merely start telling the story to each other, the script will feel false. People just don’t talk like that.

The curse of the screenwriter

The curse of the screenwriter

I am completely incapable of watching a movie like a normal person. Years of learning structure and writing scripts in the hope of becoming the next William Goldman have distorted my brain into an analytical, critical mess, completely unable to switch off the deconstruction of even the most banal flick.