As noted throughout this site, I teach in Spalding University’s Low-Residency MFA in Writing Program (Louisville, KY). In preparation for my trip in November, I’ve finally nailed down my lecture for the fall residency.
Visual and Visceral: Reprioritizing Scene Description
Beginning writers often fall into the trap of emphasizing dialogue, failing to recognize that screenwriting is a “show me, don’t tell me” discipline requiring one to think in terms of motion pictures. Through examination of scripts and clips, this lecture will examine how a visual and visceral scene description style develops character, establishes tone, and builds a clear and distinct world far more efficiently and effectively than does dialogue. Because, as we must remember, cinema was about moving images long before it was about moving mouths.