John and Craig look at how well-written dialogue is used to give characters a unique voice. Using clips from previous episodes they present a history of dialogue and its evolution, how it informs your actors, and how communicating an idea sometimes comes down to the smallest words our characters say.
How can writers use dialogue to make their characters feel distinct and alive? What are tests for character voice? What can memorizing dialogue can teach us about writing it? And how do you keep all your characters active (and your actors happy) in group scenes?
In our bonus segment for premium members, John and Craig stay on-topic to look at the pros and cons of dual dialogue.
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UPDATE 09-06-23: The transcript for this episode can be found here.