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The other night one of my Louisa’s writing friends , HeatherPitre, had her script Dodgers, read at the ACT Theater in Seattle by 15 talented SAG actors. This is a new program sponsored by the ACT Theater and The Film School.
This is something we did at Hugo House with Robert Ray during an 8 week course I took from him last fall. Well, minus the 15 SAG actors: though we did have 2 actors in class that really did an amazing job. When my scene was read I was able to see what worked about my dialogue and what didn’t work about my narration.
This is an invaluable learning experience no matter what you write. Do this with your writers group. Have them stand to read their assigned characters. This is fun and a way to shine a light on your writing that shows you what works and what doesn’t. Seriously, try this if you can.
Theo: “I’m alright.”
Narrator: He brushed off the dirt and stood.
Theo: “I’m fine.”
Narrator: Theo’s head spun. He leaned into Oz, pressing his hand to his hip to stop the throbbing.
Narrator: Oz took a white hanky from the pocket of his overalls.
Oz: “You’s done bleedin’ on that there white collar, Father Theo.”
That’s just a small excerpt to show formatting not content. This NOT a script format, this was just for class. Script formatting is much more complex.
I cut a great deal of boring exposition after this assignment and now my scene is clean, sharp and moves at a much quicker pace.
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