I’m working on a screenplay. What news is that? I’ve got a draft. It’s about ready to go to the producer. I am going through it “for the last time.” One of the questions I ask is, “What is the character feeling now?” At the beginning, middle, and end of a scene.
At the beginning… what was he doing before he walked into this bar? What had happened, what did it make he feel? How is he entering the bar and showing us what he’s feeling?
In the middle… he’s in the scene. It’s happening. How is it affecting him? Is it changing his (or her!) mood from the place he was when the scene opened?
And, at the end. The scene has happened. The events are just winding down. How does he feel NOW? And, where will he go next? What will he do, armed with this feeling / mood etc. that the scene engendered in him?
After the end.. When the scene is over. And he’s walked out of the bar… what happens then? It’s a specific question, and it may not come up while you’re writing the scene. But, it’s a good question to ask, when you’re going through, trying to squeeze that last drop of emotion onto the page. If you go through the script and look only at the end of each scene and ask “What is he feeling?” it should be interesting to see what fresh, strong, wonderful emotional moments you will find, only because you asked the question.