#11 My First Screenplay: Basics: The Scene

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Each new scene has a responsibility to the idea or plot started with, and that is to communicate your idea in a way that is vivifying for the reader and that provides an experience, not a lecture.

Scene launches, therefore, pave the way for all the robust consequences of the idea or plot to unfurl. Each scene launch is a reintroduction, capturing your readers attention all over again.

I start each scene by asking these four questions.

1…Where are my characters in the plot?

2…Where did I leave my main characters?

3… What are the main characters  doing now?

4…What is the most important piece of information that needs to be revealed in this

The following is a sample from La La Land Scene heading :
Int: Internal
Audition Room: Where
Day: eg not morning or evening


Mia’s in that coat, zipped up, looking odd indoors.

All this sounds very simple but it’s a language in it’s own right and if you’ve ever tried learning a language you will know, simple is a word you would never use.

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