"The structural unity of the parts is such that, if any one of them is displaced or removed, the whole will be disjointed and disturbed. For a thing whose presence or absence makes no visible difference is not an organic part of the whole." - Aristotle
The importance of asking questions to develop character and explore story is often quite helpful, but question asking should never be limited to people and plot alone. The scene is just as important and essential to movie making. After all, a film is just a bunch of scenes strung together to create a comprehensive whole. The trick is to write scenes that are clear and concise, while still engaging the reader/viewer in a creative way.
So give it a try; explore these 50 questions and begin writing better scenes by finding answers to these essential scene elements.
The Big Ones:
1. What is the purpose of the scene?
2. Is the scene related to the rest of the story?
3. How does it advance the story?
4. Does it reveal something important about the character?
We can analyze a scene and make sure we are including essential elements by asking a number of questions:
1. Is it clear whose scene it is, and what he or she wants?
A scene is a complete unit in of itself, with a beginning, middle, and end. And a feature is just a whole bunch of scenes put together to tell a larger story. So therefore scenes are the many essential parts put together in the right way to complete the whole.
Scenes require visual movement. And scene description should include detailed information concerning one or more of the following areas:
The screenwriter uses lots of different kinds of scenes to accomplish very specific parts of the overall story. Sometimes the main purpose of a particular scene is to establish setting, or deliver exposition, or reveal important information.
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