"Reel Dialogue: Movie-Speak Part II", from creativescreenwriting.com
By Ron Suppa.
- Characters don’t talk to each other, they argue.
No pleasant chitchat, please, and don’t have your characters preach to us. Dialogue maintains the tension and dramatic conflict between the characters. Especially if forced to reveal expository information, having characters scream it at each other may be your best choice.
- Give each of your characters his/her own voice.
They should speak as one would with their education, background, occupation, personality, experience, country accent or regional dialect. They have their own characteristic rhythms, their own sense of humor or lack thereof, and they react to situations in their own unique way. Mel Gibson’s psycho cop in Lethal Weapon will respond to a crisis, a woman, a felon, or order a sandwich much differently than his more grounded partner, Danny Glover...