WRITING GREAT DIALOGUE: (Part 4: The 5 Basic Dialogue Musts)

THE 5 DIALOGUE MUSTS ARE:

(ONE)  SUPPORT THE ACTION… DON’T TRY TO CARRY IT (for details, read article)

(TWO) LOOK AT PAGE SHAPE… LOTS OF T’s (for details, read article)

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(THREE) THREE LINES OR LESS (for details, read article)

(FOUR) HIDE EXPOSITION (for details, read article)

(FIVE) DELETE ALL TELEGRAPHING (for details, read article)

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APA: AGENCY #5 (20 Agents Names & E-Mails)

APA (“Agency for Performing Arts”) is the 5th largest Talent/Literary/Concert agency in the world with only 3 offices but over 2,700 staff/agents.

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Agency for the Performing Arts (also known as APA) is the fifth largest diversified talent agency in Los Angeles[1] with headquarters in Beverly Hills, New York and Nashville.

APA represents artists and performers across all media platforms, including feature film, television, music, theatre,

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$2,000,000-3,000,000 FEATURE FILM (aka: Produce a MOW)

PRODUCE THE $2-3 MILLION MOW (aka: Movie-Of-The-Week)

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The negative cost of A Movie-of-the-Week is usually between $2,000,000 to $3,000,000.

Negative Cost is the phrase for what it actually cost, IN-HARD-CASH, to get to our final print or DCP of your movie.

However, a movie made for $2-3 Million cash, even in the tv world, is usually marketed as either a $5,000,000-$7,000,000, or a $7,000,000-$10,000,000,

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WRITING GREAT DIALOGUE (Part 3: THE 10 Rules & “10-3”)

GREAT DIALOGUE: LESS IS MORE
RULE #3: “10-3” is KISS (aka: Less Is More)

The 10-3 Rule clearly states and explains the “10-3” Rule which is do not use more than 10 words of dialogue for every 3 sentences a character speaks.

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KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid.  When we talk to each other we have short sentences, no monologues and rarely allow each other to finish a sentence.

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WRITING GREAT DIALOGUE (Part 2: David Mamet Secrets & Tricks)

David Mamet is a Great Dialogist & You can’t have a Great Script without Great Dialogue.

There are two contemporary masters of great dialogue.

David Mamet for Movie Screenplays.

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Aaron Sorkin for TV/Cable Teleplays.

They just seem to know how people talk.

10 DIALOGUE TRICKS FROM THE MASTER… “Mr Mamet”

The following article from “ScriptShadow” is a great conversation with David Mamet who outlines his 10 top Dialogue Writing Musts.

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UTA: AGENCY #4 (30 Agents, Names & Numbers)

UTA (“United Talent Agency”) is the 4th largest Motion Picture/TV/Cable agency in the world with only 2 offices but over 2,700 staff/agents.

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HISTORY:

UTA was founded in 1991 as the result of a merger between two literary and talent agencies, the Bauer-Benedek Agency, headed by partners Marty Bauer, Peter Benedek and Jeremy Zimmer, and the Leading Artists Agency, formed by partners Jim Berkus and Gary Cosay. UTA seemed well positioned for success by bringing the best agents in from a variety of agencies.

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WRITING GREAT DIALOGUE (Part 1: Secrets & Tricks)

WRITING GREAT DIALOGUE IS A MUST (Part 1: How-To)

A very good article from a Script Coverage company that gives you solid Dos & Don’ts when creating unique characters by writing believable dialogue….

…”Remember… if it ain’t on the page it ain’t on the stage”.

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The Dialogue Article Includes:

* How Screen-Dialogue differs from Real-Life Dialogue

* How to make Dialogue Realistic & Unique

* Keep your exchanges Interesting &

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$1,000,000-$2,000,000 FEATURE FILM (aka: “Crowd-Funded, Just-Under” Movie)

$1,000,000-$2,000,000 Crowdfunded Movie…
or the… “just-under” $3-5 Million Movie
or the…”just-under” $5-7 Million Movie
or the… “just-under” $7-10 Million Movie
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Always remember “Hollywood lies, lies, lies and lies” and way more than things like “da check’s in da mail””.

Well they actually don’t lie they market… they promote…

Why? Because Hollywood is not a filmmaking industry.

QUESTION: Then what is Hollywood?

ANSWER: Hollywood is a Film Marketing industry.

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ICM: Agency #3 (25 Agents, Names & Numbers)

ICM (“International Creative Management”) the 3rd Largest Agency Captures Niches

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HISTORY:

ICM Partners (new official name) is one of the Big 6 talent agencies, actually the 3rd largest, with offices in New York, Washington DC (very interesting), New York and London.

ICM, a relatively new agency, was formed in 1975 through the merger of Creative Management Associates and International Famous Artists. In 2005 the company raised equity financing to fund growth and in 2006 the agency acquired a leading literary agency,

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$300,000-$500,000 FEATURE FILM (aka: “Just-Under” MIllion Dollar Movie)

The $300,000-$500,000 FEATURE FILM (“Just-Under” Million Dollar Movie)

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or The “Just-Under” $1,000,000 Movie.

We are now in Roger Corman country. He is, or was, the “King of the Bs”.

Also called the Million Dollar Feature.

Also called those Direct-to-Video, then Direct-to-DVD tacky things that are now called Direct-to-OnDemand.

He perfected this B*ll Sh*t “Million Dollar” budget genre along with companies (if your old enough) like Crown,

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