How do I make a scene with a lot of dialogue more exciting?
Give your characters something to do as they talk. Think about conversations you have. Are you moving around the room, perhaps cleaning or doing some other task while you talk? If your characters are lifelike, they’re doing things, too.Hopefully the scene has some exciting background activity to give the dialogue some context. Have your characters interact with it. Suppose your characters are out sailing when a sudden squall comes up. Would they engage in dialogue without rushing to furl the sails, fighting rain in their faces, calling for help on the radio while shouting directions and cautions at each other? Show them doing those things. Be sparing with exclamation points, and speech tags, however.In scenes of everyday activities, there should be some underlying tension. What is it? Are they arguing? Trying to talk to each other while avoiding a painful subject? Discussing an imminent disaster? How would you show it in the movements and expressions of your characters? Think of them as actors and you as the director.
What are the different techniques actors use to remember long dialogue?
Shakespeare used a technique in the Globe Theatre known as the Mind Palace or the Memory Palace.The Mind Palace also known as the Memory Palace or Method of Loci has been around for at least 2500 years and it is no surprise that famous people throughout history have used it. It is a simple yet extremely effective technique to memorize lines.The concept of this memory training technique is that you select places in your room to be locations where you mental store data. The next step is to turn the lines that you want to memorize into pictures and then visualize these images around the rooms in your mind. You could use rooms in your home or use the actual theatre where you will be reciting the lines as Shakespeare’s actors did. Either way is extremely effective. The more vivid, unusual and creative the images are the more likely that you will recall them. Read through your script once to get a feel for the text and then go back and turn the key words into pictures and visualize them in your Mind Palace. Remember it is not necessary to turn every word into pictures just the main ideas of each line or thought.
What does beat written in a screenplay mean?
It basically means: a short pause.Usually, (or, often?) it’s to let the dramatic `weight’ of the moment sink in, or, could just be reflecting the time it takes for someone to react (including even just the actors)… Or could reflect: different emotional rhythms of a certain kind of character. But - it basically `means’: a short pause.And you may see(a long beat)Which means, a longer pause.See also, my free screenwriting book, here:StoryAlity #28 – Screenwriting Manuals since 1911It has a few other key terms defined in there as well.
What is good advice for writing dialogue that isn't mentioned often in screenwriting or playwriting books?
Eavesdrop. Go to the airport, train station, bus station or anyplace that other people are in groups, and listen to how they talk. People seldom speak formally, or without interrupting each other in the moment of that thought that is on the tip of their tongue. They are afraid they will forget it and want to get it out. They may apologize for it right after, and say they didn’t want to forget it, and “please go on” but they will say it in the moment.Screenwriting has changed a lot over the last 10 years. In some ways it has become a lot more competitive and tougher to break into. There’s more money in it than ever and anyone with a keyboard can sit in their room and type up a script.However as methods improve we’re seeing a lot of last generations screen writers fall behind. Combine that with the ever driving demand for entertainment fueled by services like Netflix and we have more openings than ever.But if you’re getting started with screen writing you need to seperate yourself from the rest of the pack. If you haven’t seen it already this looks at the change in methods and gives you the audiobook of Save the Cat which has been the ‘must have’ for screenwriters over the last 15 years: How Young Guns in Screenwriting are Winning. – Talz Mag – Medium
How to create a 2d animation ?
Depending on the complexity of the animation and where it will be used, it depends. Assuming you're talking about an animation for the web, the easiest way to produce simple animations is by creating several frames of a GIF file. Adobe Photoshop / ImageReady / Illustrator is the standard software used, and is great for a million other things as well. But anything capable of creating GIFs should allow you to create animations. For more complex web animations, esp. interactive ones, you may need to use Flash. Pick up Macromedia Flash Studio for that (though Adobe has bought Macromedia too, so it's all bundled now anyway). It isn't cheap but it's a good investment for any image related work.