Balancing action and response

The incidental movements and activities of characters help to define them, and the things they surround themselves with and use are part of who they are.

Balancing action & response

1. Action - What happens? Is it large action or small?
2. Reflection of a character about an aspect of what is happening.
3. Reflection of a character about an aspect of the past that is relevant.
4. Expression of reflection in dialogue.
5. Response of a character, interior, that feels immediate rather than reflective.
6. An interior emotional response that leaks or bursts into an action.
7. An emotional response that leads a character to raise questions, formulate new goals, or initiate action.

Watch several scenes from Stand By Me to see how many of the action-response elements are brought into play.

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