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vince

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do you use in your scripts?
It is very easy to fall to the temptation of using too much dialogue in one's script(i can testify to that).
The general rule is that dialogues should be used as the last resort in a movie script.
One should always try to tell the story visually rather than with words.
As for me,i love dialogues,sharp,witty and with lots of class and charm.
I just have to learn how to put the skids and stop using too much of it(i have ot check myself very often when i'm writing)
How about you.
 

brandi

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Nigerian writers/producers have no problems with that (using no dialogues) especially in love scences. They have been known to shot scences for 5 mins str8 just showing us that the couple are having fun together with no dialogues at all, only some mingly soundtrack in the background. Movies such as super love comes to mind. The only quality time genny's and nouah's characters were seen spending together were without dialogues. Another one I remeber is in Victime of love, Nouah and his lover...the scene when she was washing clothes for Nouah's mumsie, Nouah came to join her and they were enjoying each other's company for what seemed like over 5mins...no dialogue. They showed them sootee I begin wonder wetin them dey talk.
 

vince

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Originally posted by brandi
Nigerian writers/producers have no problems with that (using no dialogues) especially in love scences. They have been known to shot scences for 5 mins str8 just showing us that the couple are having fun together with no dialogues at all, only some mingly soundtrack in the background. Movies such as super love comes to mind. The only quality time genny's and nouah's characters were seen spending together were without dialogues. Another one I remeber is in Victime of love, Nouah and his lover...the scene when she was washing clothes for Nouah's mumsie, Nouah came to join her and they were enjoying each other's company for what seemed like over 5mins...no dialogue. They showed them sootee I begin wonder wetin them dey talk.
And here i am thinking that naija movies are too dialogue laden!:confused:
 

Sola

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Originally posted by brandi
They definitely stretch stories, sometimes over-stretch, but not necessary with dialogues.
We talk too much in our movies. It is easy to just stay in a living room and explain instead of showing how the actual thing happened by going to the location to shoot it. There are all sorts of things responsible for this. Chief amongst them is budget and time, but even within that limitation, we don't stretch our imagination. We like short cuts...Dialogues of course.:mad:
 

mcallstar

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Originally posted by Sola
We talk too much in our movies. It is easy to just stay in a living room and explain instead of showing how the actual thing happened by going to the location to shoot it. There are all sorts of things responsible for this. Chief amongst them is budget and time, but even within that limitation, we don't stretch our imagination. We like short cuts...Dialogues of course.:mad:
To me I think we don't talk at all because lots we say are nothing but irrelivant to the plot. we use a lot of words to while time off.
I think if a script is well dialogued there won't be a problem with that. it's only that "too much of everything is bad" creativity is all about adding all recipes in its right proportion to make a sweet soup.
 

mcallstar

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Originally posted by vince
do you use in your scripts?
It is very easy to fall to the temptation of using too much dialogue in one's script(i can testify to that).
The general rule is that dialogues should be used as the last resort in a movie script.
One should always try to tell the story visually rather than with words.
As for me,i love dialogues,sharp,witty and with lots of class and charm.
I just have to learn how to put the skids and stop using too much of it(i have ot check myself very often when i'm writing)
How about you.
The difference between a story book and a script is the numbers of dialogue in each. If we don't use enough (not too much) in our scripts then we make it look like a story book which it isn't and if we use more than enough of dialogue, it rather a law decree or a message from a roman emperor.

Suffix to say hear that a good dialogue determines the effectuality of speeches used in a movie.
 

vince

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Originally posted by mcallstar
To me I think we don't talk at all because lots we say are nothing but irrelivant to the plot. we use a lot of words to while time off.
I think if a script is well dialogued there won't be a problem with that. it's only that "too much of everything is bad" creativity is all about adding all recipes in its right proportion to make a sweet soup.
The general wisdom is that a scriptwriter should avoid the use of words exchange to move a plot forward when that can be done visually.
Dialogues that do nothing to move the plot forward is a waste of time and shows amateurism.
Also,writing a good dialogue for a script is almost an art or discipline in it's own right.
 
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