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Old 05-23-2018, 03:50 AM   #1
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How many dialogue is ok? (Per page, scene)

Ok. I know a whole page of dialogue isnít a good idea. But how many dialogues are ok? Per page and per scene. Letís discuss!
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I know that you get caught up in details. That’s something you need to try and work past. It’s not generating any useful information for you. All it does is stall and keep you from actually writing anything.

Just write. It doesn’t matter how much dialog is on a single page, especially for a first draft. You’ll cut it down from what you first write.

JUST. WRITE.
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@AccousticAl Writing is an excellent advice. However, if I write I don’t want to have a full script just with dialogue. That’s not the target of a screenplay writer. There should be story, too. But a story needs dialogue. And my question is how many is ok? When does it start being annoying?
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Old 05-23-2018, 04:01 AM   #4
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As many as there would be, if the scene would happen in real life. But even that answer is not good... Just throw out of your mind these questions. Take examples from the movies you watch.
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@Panos In real-life the situation decides it how the people talk. I mean, if you have a fight about what’s better (e.g. Marvel or DC; Star Wars or Star Trek) they can discuss hours. But if it’s a small talk then not. Maybe.
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Old 05-23-2018, 04:23 AM   #6
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You are trying to become a teacher in screenwriting instead of a screenwriter.
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Old 05-23-2018, 04:32 AM   #7
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@Panos Ok.
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:21 AM   #8
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A Woody Allen movie will be 99% dialogue.
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:23 AM   #9
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You seem to be separating dialogue from story, but all dialogue should move the story forward.
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Old 05-23-2018, 08:08 AM   #10
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It depends on the writer. For instance, Aaron Sorkin all he does is write continuous dialogue. But it works for him. Most writers don't. You need to feel the scene and know if it is enough to move the story forward as mlesemann said. But most importantly, just write!
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Old 05-23-2018, 08:36 AM   #11
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That's like asking how many words should be in the lyrics of a song.

The Beatles had a 7:47 song with only 13 words. (Okay, they're repeated many times, but the principal applies.)

She's So Heavy

I want you ( she's so heavy )
I want you, I want you so bad
I want you, I want you so bad
It's driving me mad, it's driving me mad

I want you, I want you so bad babe
I want you, I want you so bad
It's driving me mad, it's driving me mad

I want you, I want you so bad babe
I want you, I want you so bad
It's driving me mad, it's driving me mad

I want you, I want you so bad
I want you, I want you so bad
It's driving me mad, it's driving me mad

She's so heavy
Heavy, heavy, heavy

I want you ( she's so heavy )
I want you, I want you so bad
I want you, I want you so bad
It's driving me mad, it's driving me mad

I want you, I want you so bad babe
I want you, I want you so bad
It's driving me mad, it's driving me mad

I want you, I want you so bad babe
I want you, I want you so bad
It's driving me mad, it's driving me mad

I want you, I want you so bad
I want you, I want you so bad
It's driving me mad, it's driving me mad

She's so heavy
Heavy, heavy, heavy




On the other end of the spectrum you have artists like Joni Mitchell who are very wordy.


Song For Sharon

I went to Staten Island
To buy myself a mandolin
And I saw the long white dress of love
On a storefront mannequin

Big boat chuggin' back with a belly full of cars
All for something lacy
Some girl's going to see that dress
And crave that day like crazy

The little Indian kids on a bridge up in Canada
They can balance and they can climb
Like their fathers before them
They'll walk the girders of the Manhattan skyline

Shine your light on me, Miss Liberty
Because as soon as this ferry boat docks
I'm headed to the church to play Bingo
Fleece me with the gamblers' flocks

I can keep my cool at poker
But I'm a fool when love's at stake
Because I can't conceal emotion
What I'm feeling's always written on my face

There's a gypsy down on Bleecker Street
I went in to see her as a kind of joke
And she lit a candle for my love luck
And eighteen bucks went up in smoke

Sharon, I left my man
At a North Dakota junction
And I came out to the "Big Apple" here
To face the dream's malfunction

Love's a repetitious danger
You'd think I'd be accustomed to
Well, I do accept the changes
At least better than I used to do

A woman I knew just drowned herself
The well was deep and muddy
She was just shaking off futility
Or punishing somebody

My friends were calling up all day yesterday
All emotions and abstractions
It seems we all live so close to that line
And so far from satisfaction

Dora says, "Have children"
Mama and Betsy say, "Find yourself a charity"
Help the needy and the crippled
Or put some time into Ecology"

Well, there's a wide wide world of noble causes
And lovely landscapes to discover
But all I really want right now
Is find another lover

When we were kids in Maidstone, Sharon
I went to every wedding in that little town
To see the tears and the kisses
And the pretty lady in the white lace wedding gown

And walking home on the railroad tracks
Or swinging on the playground swing
Love stimulated my illusions
More than anything

And when I went skating after Golden Reggie
You know it was white lace I was chasing
Chasing dreams
Mama's nylons underneath my cowgirl jeans

He showed me, first you get the kisses
And then you get the tears
But the ceremony of the bells and lace
Still veils this reckless fool here

Now there are 29 skaters on Wolmann rink
Circling in singles and in pairs
In this vigorous anonymity, a blank face
At the window stares and stares and stares and stares

And the power of reason
And the flowers of deep feelings
Seem to serve me
Only to deceive me

Sharon, you've got a husband
And a family and a farm
I've got the apple of temptation
And a diamond snake around my arm

But you still have your music
And I've still got my eyes on the land and the sky
You sing for your friends and your family
I'll walk green pastures by and by
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Queen too.^^
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Don't forget Suicidal Rap Orgy.
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Old 05-23-2018, 09:21 AM   #14
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Don't forget Suicidal Rap Orgy.
Lol, I don't think that is considered a song.
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Old 05-23-2018, 09:24 AM   #15
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:-D This discussion.
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