If you want the audience to know that your main-
If you just show your protagonist brooding all the time, or depressed, all the audience is going to know is that he’s brooding and depressed. They aren’t going to know why he’s brooding unless you show them or tell them.
And, that’s what exposition is for.
It’s to tell the audience what they need to know.
Now, it’s not easy to do. People usually don’t talk in expository dialogue, so it sounds fake when your characters do it. You have to write exposition very, very carefully. You don’t want it to sound fake. You don’t want it to be too on-
Oftentimes, your main-
The main thing you have to pay attention to when actually writing your screenplay -
Exposition is how you tell the audience what’s going on. Expository dialogue and action.
Your first act will probably be the act that’s most filled with exposition. The beginning of a movie is when you have to get an absolutely insane amount of information across to the viewer -
Whatever information you need to get across to the audience, you want to do it:
Try not to have too much exposition as well. Some books or movies become nearly impenetrable when they are just end-
You need to tell the audience what they need to know -
Once you’ve got most of your exposition out of the way, you can focus on actually writing your story, your dialogue, your scenes. But, the exposition is still important. As the writer, you know everything about the story, it’s easy to forget that the audience doesn’t know anything at all about these people -
Trailers are a good place to look for exposition. The only reason they exist in the first place is to inform the audience. And, they only have two minutes to get an entire screenplay’s worth of information across to the audience. Therefore, they tend to be almost nothing but exposition.
Watch the trailer for Secretary and just look at how much we learn about the characters and the story in just a few short bits of dialogue.
|No Writing Yet|
|The First Act|
|The Inciting Incident|
|The Supporting Cast|
|The First Turning-Point|
|The Second Act|
|The Love Story|
|Screenplay Page Counts|
|Everything is Looking Good!...|
|False-Victory or False-Defeat|
|The Pit of Despair|
|The Second Turning Point|
|The Third Act|
|All Is Not Lost|
|Wind It All Up|
|Wrapping Up Your Sub-Plots|
|The Final Battle|
|Actually Writing Your Script|
|Back to the Future|
|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them|
|T2 - Terminator 2|