Radio drama dialogue is much more than the words on the page
One of the most important challenges for actor and director. You create dialogue WITH movement, and convincing acting, that is more than the words on the page DIRECTORS: Redraft the script ACTORS: You 'live' the words. Give the script movement and life. ACTORS: You must not give us 'stand and deliver acting' at the microphone.
See how to do this in Beck, Radio Acting, page 61 etc. And see there other sections about how physical radio acting is, and discussions about 'embodying'.
'Embodying the dialogue' = getting the character's body into the dialogue, living in the vocal stream.
As a technique for this, see 'umms' (1) characters' reactions while others (scene partners) are speaking, (2) establishing presence
SEE Getting PRESENCE into the scene - the sense of a character being 'in'
CONTINUING THROUGH THE SITE: to SOUND BOX - production sound effects archive
Production issues in detail
dialogue is more than words SOUND BOX - production sound effects archive atmos and soundscapes double frame - triple frame clustering underscoring music - fighting the dialogue Noise 'moving camera' technique Music montage
'Will you turn that music down!'
18-second rule drop-ins sound pictures memorability number the scenes carefully with a system voice in the mind = interiorizing time-space rule or jump cut
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