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  • dclary
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    maybe he's a slow douche?



    I'll bet $10 mine is the most entertaining one-act he reads in this session.

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  • Hairy Lime
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    Nah, you're just a slow reader.

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  • elephant1978
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    I didn't read either yet. I'm a douche.

    Ele...

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  • Hairy Lime
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    Come on, clary. You know he's reading all that sh!t his "agent" sent him, not bothering with us plebes.

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  • dclary
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    How did you like mine, Ele?

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  • Hassan_Chop
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    ComicBent, most of what is referred to as action in plays, we buy from various publishers, are stage direction written by the stage-manager from the first production.

    Films are visual medium plays are verbal medium.

    This is the major difference between screenwriting and playwriting.

    Yes there are character list, stage direction and bla bla but that is not core difference. http://scriptsales.com/boards/images/smilies/smile.gif

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  • odocoileus
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    No action lines, no character description, nothing.

    Radio plays, maybe. Stage plays do have action lines, in parentheses, and character description.

    Like this O'Neil from the 20's

    http://www.bartleby.com/132/11.html

    and these contempo dramas

    http://drama.eserver.org/plays/conte.../document_view



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  • ComicBent
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    Hassan_Chop, mi amigo, what were you thinking?

    Stageplays do have action lines and character descriptions. Of course, they do not have as much action as most movies; and dialogue is of paramount importance in plays.

    For anyone interested, here are two essential books on playwriting:

    Louis E. Catron, Playwriting: Writing, Producing, and Selling Your Play.
    It is almost certainly available in a university or large public library.

    Gordon Farrell, The Power of the Playwright's Vision.
    This one may be harder to find. I do not agree with everything in this book, but it is one of those really great treatises that everyone who writes for theater should read and reread. Come to think of it, I think I'll look at it later tonight!

    I ordered both of these from Amazon.

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  • Hassan_Chop
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    Plays are all about dialogue.

    Everything is reveled through dialogue.

    No action lines, no character description, nothing.

    Anyone can write a decent screenplay but very few can write an effective stage play.

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  • Hairy Lime
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    In my mind, a one act play only means that you don't have to change sets during an intermission. I'd still write it with a beginning, middle, and end.

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  • odocoileus
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    Makes sense to me. If you're aiming for 25 pages, you could structure it pretty much like a sitcom. Maybe flesh it out to 30 pages by including more jokes. Eliminate the act breaks you'd find in a sitcom - you could subtly signal act breaks through character entrances or exits.

    You probably want to keep all the action in one location, or in adjoining locations that the characters would naturally move to - say INT. JONES' HOUSE - LIVING ROOM -DAY and then EXT. JONES' HOUSE - LAWN -DAY.

    Unity of action would be good too, though it might not hurt to jump forward in time if it worked dramatically.

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  • elephant1978
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    It just seems to me that writing a comedic one-act is basically like writing a 25 page sketch. Right?

    Ele...

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  • odocoileus
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    One Act Tips:

    http://www.pubinfo.vcu.edu/artweb/pl...eactstips.html

    The website's a good resource on the whole. The one act tips don't seem so revelatory, but who knows.

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  • Kwvillen
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    Okay, that's what the quotes meant. Gotcha.

    KWV

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  • elephant1978
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    Originally posted by Kwvillen
    Oh. Thanks elephant1978. Is there a bit of subtext in your post or no?

    KWV
    It's just a hip-pocket. So I'm hesitant to call him my agent.

    Ele...

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