more on KILLER JOE… almost no dialogue…

Can’t stop thinking about it.

One thing to look at, when you read the script — or at least, the first 20 pages — is how little dialogue there is. One person speaks, says A FEW WORDS and the next person speaks, also with A FEW WORDS. Far less than I have in MY first drafts. What about yours?

It’s interesting to see how few words they need to say. It passes you by when you watch on screen, but when you see it written down, it’s like: “Wow. There’s almost no dialogue there!”

And it works just fine.
In the theater, you sure don’t say, “My my, most of this dialogue is less than one line long. Isn’t that fascinating, dear?”

But it is fascinating.


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