Scene Connections and Progression

When you start a scene it must go somewhere. By the end of the scene the character is at a higher point of drama then before. All scenes must have a climax or ending, that leads the character to the next scene, otherwise your writing is episodic and without a direction or a structure.

Now you know that all scenes have a beginning, a middle and an end, and they also must have a definite direction. A scene can be as short as half a page or as long as five or more pages. Whatever the length, the elements you should include are: (a) have a beginning, a middle, a climax; (b) start in the middle of the action; (c) have conflict; (d) have a single purpose to the scene.

Since film is visual, all scenes must have movement throughout the screenplay. In the climax of a scene something must happen, just as it happens in the climax of a screenplay. The climax of your scene must be the most dramatic point and further the action along to the next scene. A scene should thrust your story forward, compelling the audience to ask, "What's going to happen next?"

Every new scene must germinate from the previous scene and lead to the scene that follows. There must be a connection between every scene so as to avoid episodic writing. Besides making your scenes connect they must lead toward the climax of your screenplay. Every scene needs to move the story to the end, making your screenplay an exciting journey.

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