Writing Dialogue for Scripts: Effective Dialogue for Film, TV, Radio and Stage
At a Glance
A good story will be let down by bad dialogue. Writing Dialogue for Scripts provides expert insight into how dialogue works, what to look out for in everyday speech, and how to use dialogue effectively in scripts. Writers learn, on the whole, by trial, error and practice; this book will help perfect their skills.
A highly practical guide, the book includes analysis and examples of scripted dialogue from across many different media, including films Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, and The English Patient; stageplays by Tom Stoppard, Caryl Churchill, Samuel Beckett and Alan Bennett; and TV and radio shows.
Chapters deal with how conversation works, naturalistic and stylized dialogue, pace and variation, forms of narration and comic dialogue.
Updates to this edition include: a look at recent films, such as The Constant Gardener and Transamerica; TV shows such as Extras; and the award-winning play The History Boys.
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