Budding screenwriter? Or just avid movie fan. Want a litte insider information on what makes dialogue and brings together a great screenplay? Well the folks over at Filmaking.net have written an article on just such a topic.
“Dialogue works best when it’s short and straight to the point. There is a time and place for speeches and/or monologues, but understand early on when that is. Movies are filled with memorable speeches, but remember the context of those moments. These moments work best when interspersed with visuals or other characters’ reactions. Take Johnny Depp’s characterization of Hunter S. Thompson in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (screenplay by Terry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni, Tod Davies and Alex Cox) for example. He is given to long, rambling speeches, but there is always something going on in the background, even if it is a hallucination. The dialogue plays off the images, alternating between comic and harrowing but reinforcing the impact for both.”
If you want to read the entire article and glean some knowledge, you can read the rest of it here.