Filmmaking Tips for Creating a Great Dialogue Scene


When it comes to planning dialogue scenes there are a lot of things to take into account. Everyone want sharp Aaron Sorkin like writing, but no one wants to think about what way is most effective to draw in the audience that shows off acting performances as well as the world that takes place on screen.


Here are a couple of ways you can film those important conversation scenes.


Back-and-Forth Technique



There are many ways a to show a conversation as a filmmaker. One of the ways is by creating a back and forth pattern through editing with the characters that inhabit the scene.

It’s good for:

  • Focusing the audiences attention on the dialogue between the two characters.


Single Take Technique


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The Single Take technique is used when there are more than two characters existing and conversing within the scene. (For the most part)

It’s good for:

  • Getting the audience invested in the entire world of the film. Not just the dialogue.
  • Fine-tuning your acting performances and shaping interesting blocking

I think it’s up to every filmmaker to think before filming any conversation. Think about what you’re trying to show. Are you trying to show the world and the characters that inhabit it, or just the plain conversation between two people? Because both will get the audience invested in the movie, but for different reasons.

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