The Scene

"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 

A SCENE is a unit of action that takes place in one location at one time. And in a screenplay, a scene must push the story forward and/or reveal character. If it does neither, kill it!

Scene Questionnaire

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...
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Scene: Essential Elements

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? 2. What is the conflict of the scene? Is it with one or more of the characters,
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Eight Scene Questions

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.
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Visuals: Ten Vital Areas

Scenes require visual movement. And scene description should include detailed information concerning one or more of the following areas:  1. The physical location of the scene. 2. Indications about the world of the story. 3. Which characters are present, and indications of their physical condition or appearance.  4. The...
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Types of Scenes

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.  The following list of scene types are not all, but the most...
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