Writing The Phone Call
At a Glance
Have you noticed that telephones are everywhere these days? They're actually everywhere; the Starbucks line, your favorite restaurant, even sacred spaces like movie theaters and churches. People are constantly talking on and typing into their smart phones. Phones are simply a fact of life.
Just because we are constantly on our phones in our daily life doesn't mean that our characters should be. Real life is not drama, and we screenwriters need to make the most dramatic choices for our characters possible. The danger in using phone calls in film as much as we conduct them in reality is that you may be minimizing, rather than maximizing the drama of your screenplay or teleplay.
In this how-to video, you'll learn:
- Four different ways to write telephone calls
- Eight questions to help you figure out the best way to write different types of calls
- Creating drama through a phone call without minimizing the value
You'll love this video if you:
- Are rewriting your script and want to punch up the dialogue
- Want your script to engage readers
- Are writing your first draft and don't know how to approach including a telephone call
A great telephone scene will stand out for time to come. Watch this how-to video with Crickett Rumley and improve your skills today!
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Meet the Instructor: Crickett Rumley
A daughter of the American South, Crickett Rumley was born in eastern North Carolina and has been traveling ever since! As a Coast Guard brat, she grew up on bodies of water in Alabama, Washington state, and Puerto Rico. She graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, with a degree in Latin American Studies, learned Spanish in Bogotá, Colombia, and completed her Master of Fine Arts in Film at Columbia University in New York.
After working for writer-director John Sayles and actress Julia Roberts, Crickett started teaching screenwriting at the New York Film Academy in New York. She also worked for the Telluride Film Festival, lectured at the Gr...