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 Posted: Thu Apr 26th, 2007 09:35 pm
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Okay, time for a new exercise.  This is a great exercise. 

Write something boring.  Something mundane.  Something uninteresting.  Really. 

Have them doing something mundane.  Something boring.  Something uninteresting.  Really.

Have the dialogue mundane.  Boring.  Uninteresting.  Really

Maybe they are washing dishes, maybe reading the paper, talking about the weather...but, they want something, desire something, are afraid of something....so it's all in the subtext, and peaches for the actors.

Maybe the weather, is really about sex, or the dishes is all about dying.  Use your imagination.

If you want, write the subtex in brackets.

Post under feedback in an individual thread.

Have fun!

 

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 Posted: Sat Mar 14th, 2009 08:50 pm
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Wrong place to post actual exercise. Sorry.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 17th, 2009 02:15 pm
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Paddy, this came at exactly the right place for me. Subtext is something I am struggling with. I'm very much a heart on the sleeve kind of girl and having all the characters being like that is difficult to maintain. You know?

Anyway, thank you for this and i am going to work on a scene.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 21st, 2009 01:08 pm
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Paddy wrote: Okay, time for a new exercise.  This is a great exercise. 

Write something boring.  Something mundane.  Something uninteresting.  Really. 

Have them doing something mundane.  Something boring.  Something uninteresting.  Really.

Have the dialogue mundane.  Boring.  Uninteresting.  Really

Maybe they are washing dishes, maybe reading the paper, talking about the weather...but, they want something, desire something, are afraid of something....so it's all in the subtext, and peaches for the actors.

Maybe the weather, is really about sex, or the dishes is all about dying.  Use your imagination.

If you want, write the subtex in brackets.

Post under feedback in an individual thread.

Have fun!

 

Paddy

 

Is it too late to do this? Sounds like great fun!

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 Posted: Sun Jun 21st, 2009 01:33 pm
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Never too late to do anything.  When you are done, post in the feedback section.

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