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The Film Director’s Script Read Through – Script Beats and Events

1. Events are things (action or dialogue) that happen in the scene and once they take place they become facts

2. Every scene should have something happen between the characters (this is called a central emotional event)

3. It is the director’s responsibility to make sure an emotional event occurs between characters and that all of these events are put together in a cohesive manner to make a story

4. The best way to find the event of a scene is to break the scene down into a series of beats (or units)

5. The best way to identify a scene beat is find out where the subject changes – then that is a new beat

6. You should identify, at the very least, three major beats in any scene (beginning, middle, end)

7. A script beat often follows some physical movement of a character as well as a change in the action verb.

8. The action verb is what the character is doing to get what they want.) You can use these beats to start developing a plan on how you want to block the scene

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  • david atatsi(junior)) July 15, 2008, 3:16 AM

    i am a drama director in my church and i will like to know more about film directing