Let's take a familiar dialogue--one we've seen repeated in countless movies and plays, and in our own lives--and adapt it a few different ways.
Select one of the following two prompt ideas:
- a child-parent conversation, where a child needs something from the parent
- or, a meeting between two people, where one is interested in asking the other out on a date
To explore these scenarios, let's consider what a cliche and unoriginal version of this scene might look like. (We'll complete this in class.)
You must complete two versions of this dialogue--at least 2 pages of Celtx formatted script.
- A realistic/naturalistic version -- like our overheard conversations, go for as accurate a portrayal as possible; include all the potential difficulty and awkwardness of this conversation.
- An idealized version -- How could you make your realistic version more dramatic or comedic? Write a version where one of the characters becomes their best self. In other words, your character on his/her best day, when he/she is able to say exactly what needs to be said. Consider giving one of your characters more control, more lines, etc.
Both versions should be at least 2 pages. Title each one.
A good play or screenplay can usually offer a balance of these two approaches. In working towards writing a short one-act of your own, consider how to give your audience (and your characters) this balance.