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#197677 - 02/25/11 09:56 AM Re: spacing conventions [Re: Avy]
zmjezhd Offline
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Is that the reason? I could never figure out why they formated it this way. Now I know.

Again, I do not know if that is the reason the format developed, but I have observed that all that whitespace gets used by writers, directors, actors, et al.
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#197679 - 02/25/11 10:56 AM Re: spacing conventions [Re: Avy]
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I guess I am learning that too. I've wondered.
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#197683 - 02/25/11 11:07 AM Re: spacing conventions [Re: zmjezhd]
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Not that this has anything to do with screenwriters, but
I've notice news anchors have lots of white space, sometimes
a half page or more, on the paper in front of them during
a news broadcast.
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#197697 - 02/26/11 02:03 AM Re: spacing conventions [Re: zmjezhd]
Avy Offline
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Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
... but I have observed that all that whitespace gets used by writers, directors, actors, et al.

Is white space more important or the unrestricted back and forth of the dialogue?
Isn't it better to read:
"I don't care."
"F*** you!"
Instead of reading this :
"I don't care."
Mark
"F*** you!
Doesn't it dilute the tension?
[Just askin]

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#197704 - 02/26/11 06:19 AM Re: spacing conventions [Re: Avy]
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In a play or movie the tension doesn't have to show up on the page, that's what actors and directors are for! The sooner the actor gets rid of the page entirely, the better for everybody.

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#197706 - 02/26/11 07:33 AM Re: spacing conventions [Re: Susan G]
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Because I use a computer and often 'borrow' passages from other material, I tend to select 'word wrap' in my word documents. This lines up words on both sides of the page and I notice that it tends to make subtle 'extra' spaces between words in a line so words are not 'split' unnecessary. I think the end look is neat.

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#197711 - 02/26/11 08:38 AM Re: spacing conventions [Re: Candy]
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Originally Posted By: Candy
Because I use a computer and often 'borrow' passages from other material, I tend to select 'word wrap' in my word documents. This lines up words on both sides of the page and I notice that it tends to make subtle 'extra' spaces between words in a line so words are not 'split' unnecessary. I think the end look is neat.


This will hold if you have chosen right AND left justification. The spaces are spread out equally. It can be a pain if you are in an environment that has long strings of characters giving you three of four words in a line and what looks like eight or more spaces between the words.

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#197719 - 02/26/11 01:24 PM Re: spacing conventions [Re: Avy]
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Is white space more important or the unrestricted back and forth of the dialogue?

Well, one might as well ask if a play (dramatic performance) is the play (the script). To me a text is a pale representation of the piece performed.
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#197771 - 02/28/11 03:22 AM Re: spacing conventions [Re: Susan G]
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That is true, I guess.

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#197780 - 02/28/11 11:06 AM Re: spacing conventions [Re: Avy]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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When you watch the 'extras' on a DVD, and an actor says
something like: "They gave me the script, and I read it,
and I knew it was for me", I've often wondered if they
loved the script alone, or if they saw themselves doing
the part and making it their own?
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