How to determine the opening position of a character in a scene:

by Peter D. Marshall

The opening position of a character is where the characters start in a scene and is a very important element of your blocking plan.

1. use your knowledge of the characters to help you imagine their opening positions

2. different character types tend to move to different places in the room:

a. strong characters could move to the middle of room

b. weak characters could move to the side of room

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