Martell, William C.
November 2007
Script (10922016);Nov/Dec2007, Vol. 13 Issue 6, p86
This article offers tips for screenwriters in creating a dramatic tension that increases a film's production value without costing the producer a cent. It explores the concept of dramatic tension and gives examples of this scene such as in "Street Start," "Spider-Man 3," and the high-tension scene found in "Notes on a Scandal." In creating tension, writers are advised to first establish the unresolved conflict. Writers then must set up the situation so that the audience full understand what is going on inside the character. The situation must keep pushing the characters to react. Once the tension explode and dissipate, the writer must find another source of tension or have that explosion not resolve the conflict but actually make it worse.


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