Just a few lines more

You may think that this scrabble for pages is a little, well, arbitrary. Why does a screenplay have to be 110 pages anyway? And the answer is, of course, that it doesn't. However, I am using the BS2 structure and, while the pages don't have to number 110, they do have to be in proportion. And now, finally, the first half of my film is 55 pages long. It also must be said that I'm not just throwing in things for the Hell of it. The scenes I've tackled tonight are the ones that have always felt not quite long enough, or ended too abruptly. Adding just a couple of lines of dialogue made the scene make sense for me, or left my dynamic duo with a reason for "sitting comfortably" instead of at each other's throats. I have six pages to fight for in Acts 2B and 3. Unfortunately, I have a couple of scenes that are short by necessity, and I...
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The Construction of a Thought

Today, I've been building up a little world for my steampunk denizens. I've looked at Victorian coins, lurid murder mysteries on steamships and played the wonderful Master and Commander soundtrack - it may be Age of Sail, but it still conjures beautiful images of the sea. However, it hasn't all been historical wanderings. I have the unfortunate dynamic of a talkative PI and a silent assassin for about four scenes. I don't know how the audience can like a person who is never silent, and how they can connect with one who never speaks. That is the challenge du jour....
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