Oh yeah? Tell that to Stoppard.

“I’ve found with most young screenwriters, they try to tell their story through dialogue, through words, and not with action. What they don’t understand is, film is behavior, creating an emotional situation that the character reacts to. When the story is told more with words than visuals, it makes for a bad, talky-talky screenplay, where the main character becomes very passive. The main character must always be active. He has to initiate the action.”
––Syd Field

Preferably by jumping though a plate-glass window? To be or not to be, that is the question. I know: he’s talking about MOVIES. You have to keep movingducking those slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. But it still seems like an asinine thing to say. No wonder so many people think a movie has to have explosions in it. And no wonder so many movies have absolutely toe-smokingly godawful scripts. No: what he means is that there must be a balance, and that when they do speak, they must be saying something. The speech must be moving the plot forward.

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