Here is the next post from Hal Croasmun’s Proseries classes on rewriting.
Action is more than movement and nuances on the screen. It is not a simple matter of giving your character something to do. Action is distinct from plot in that an interconnection between the actions isn’t mandatory.
Action can be divided as follows:
MEANINGFUL – considered and delivers the underlying meaning of the scene (mis-en-scene)
MEANINGLESS – gratuitous, inconsequential and interrupts the dialogue.
Since film is a visual medium, deliver as much of the story as possible through action rather than dialogue. Add purpose to all your action, even if it’s a spectacle. However, even spectacles can become boring in the absence of quality story underpinning it.
More goodies tomorrow…