“Two monologues do not make a dialogue”, said Jeff Dally. Then what makes a dialogue. In this article, we are going to discuss to about the importance of dialogues in a film. Earlier movies were all musicals. Modern age filmmakers believe that silent films are the purest form of films. It puts forward the message and its ideas through the beauty of emotions. In my opinion the silent films is the scriptwriter’s easy way out. It only tends to portray the talent of actors and cinematographers. It is a very challenging task to determine which dialogue fits in where. So, here is an article that is going to help scriptwriters and directors get their dialogues right.
A good film is not one with less dialogues or more dialogues. It has just the right amount of dialogues creating a symphony. It should be perfectly choreographed like a dance because even a single hole sinks the boat. When a dialogue is spoken out on the screen, it hones the entire attention of the viewer. All the other cinematic details tend to fade into the background when a dialogue is spoken. So it is very crucial to get the dialogue right.
Every dialogue should define its characters. In most films you will notice that dialogues are done for character introductions or to tell a past story. It is important to remember that two persons who were already involved in the scene and know the entire story are unlikely to tell the entire story out again. So, using dialogues for character introductions and story introductions can be a flawed way to use a dialogue. It is highly unlikely that you are going to go to your friend and say, “Hey Justin! Remember the time we saved the dog when…” and then narrate the entire incident. So, when using dialogues for character introductions or plot introductions always introduce an outsider or a third person to make sense.
A dialogue should be born out of drama to create more drama. That is entire purpose of a dialogue. A scriptwriter should know where a character should speak and where it should not. A dialogue is a very powerful tool. There are some legendary dialogues which will be remembered till the end of time. Not because it has great words but because of its timing. A dialogue should be such that it will be carved into the hearts of the viewers till the end of eternity. While writing a dialogue, a scriptwriter should completely understand the dynamics of the characters. A dialogue should be character specific and should define the character at every word. Of course personal insinuations and pitching of the artist will also help make the dialogue powerful. Action is character. The attributes of a character are shown to us by an artist through actions, and dialogues merely help the artist to enhance the attributes. Everything a character says should reveal their personality to the audience in a very subtle way. The attributes of a character can be represented by letting the characters talk about their opinion on a very conflicting topic. This is a very efficient way to subtly represent the characteristics and attributes of a character.
Most scriptwriters believe that a dialogue should only be used for two purposes. It should either help in advancing the plot of the film or help us understand the dynamics of a characters. An efficient character introduction dialogue should tell us where the character is from, where the character is headed to and should throw light on the future endeavors of the character in a very subtle manner. It can be quite boring if this is done as a monologue. So get your creative brains on board and try to make very subtle character introductions. Every dialogue should pave way for the upcoming scenes in the film without the exceptions of the character introduction dialogues.
One important aspect to remember while writing a dialogue is that dialogues are not similar to conversations we hold every day. When we hold conversations in real life we beat around the bush before getting to the main point. A real life dialogue never gets you to the point. So what we expect in a film is a dialogue which appears to be realistic but holds a key point that will contribute to the advancement of the story.
Another important aspect to remember while writing the perfect script is to hold double entendre. It is important to remember that what a character thinks, is not a what a character says. If it is truly the case where the character speaks exactly what it thinks, then things are bound to get boring very fast. Every conversation in a movie should be complex and should go much beyond the surface level. The conversations should be intricately designed. While writing dialogues between two characters, you should know the intentions of that character for every line they speak because there is always a distinction between what a character says and what a character means. A dialogue should only be used when all other cinematic details fail to explain the situation the writer wants to present.
It is advisable for dialogue writers to use sarcasm, irony, passive aggression, insinuation and suggestion among other tools to make their dialogues efficient and effective. These kind of dialogues tend to act as feed to the audience’s mind allowing them to make their own conclusions and ponder upon the thought portrayed in the scene. In most situations conflicting situations tend to show more about a character than a monologue or narration ever will. Dialogues in play should never looked forced. It should be well timed and should come as more of a response to a reaction than anything else.
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