Thursday, February 24, 2005

Eavesdropping Exercise

I'm in the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting (more on this soon...I've got a humdinger of a story from last week).

So the post below is an eavesdropping exercise I just completed tonight. It's pretty simple really. Hal wanted us to go anywhere and write it all down the way we hear it. We weren't really even supposed to make characters out of it, just listen to the cadence of real speech. Which is interesting, but actually moot since you have to turn real dialogue into reel dialogue anyway.

"Overheard" was an actual conversation, as best as I remembered it after I ran out of the room laughing and wrote it down. There was a third character, but I condensed him in with the daughter for clarity (and because they had the same want in the scene).

Anyway, thought the scene was apropos.

And yes, I am aware that's not quite proper screenwriting format. I just haven't worked out the kinks in blogging format yet :)

Thank you all for allowing me another wonderful blogging excuse to procrastinate finishing my real screenplay. Grumble grumble grumble.


Azalea said...

Keep writing!! You and Your Mom are kicks to read as well as the original that bro wrote.

David Anaxagoras said...

Ahhh . . . the eavesdropping exercise. Brings back memories. I think the most valuable part of these workouts is that it gets you in the habit of paying attention to the world. At lest, that's what it did for me.

Keep blogging! Nice to read about someone else's adventures at UCLA.

Shawna said...

I was in the Professional Program last year. I actually miss doing those exercises. Maybe I'll start doing them again...