Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Crowd Dialogue

In the September 2011 UK Scriptwriters podcast, Tim and I discuss dialogue: the good, the bad and the exposition. I got this follow up Q, which might be of interest:

"If you are creating dialogue that reflects a crowd's uttering and you want the speakers to be heard but not seen can you put them under a title of 'Various' and how do you separate each speaker in the dialogue text?"

Yes, you could put 'Various', that would work, something like:

Or you could put 'Crowd' instead of 'Various'. Or space out each line to an individual crowd member:

As long as it's clear and doesn't disrupt the story, or the reader's understanding of what's happening, then you should be fine.

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