In scriptwriting, the term development refers to the part of the story between the set-up and the climax.
- Is made up of scenes that advance the story until you get to the climax, but not in a straight line or at the same pace (more on that later)
- Reveals more about the characters
- Usually contains more backstory
- Consists of action that revolves around the central question or problem
- Consists of interconnected scenes (not episodic)
- Should stay focused on the story line.
In scripts, individual scenes should start at the latest point possible.
The mother of all rules = Don't slow the pace with unnecessary STUFF.
The mother of all rules #2 = Don't dawdle in the scene. Get in and get out.
Recycled from 11/20/07