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


 underscoring music - fighting the dialogue

   'moving camera' technique



 'Will you turn that music down!'

18-second rule 
  drop-ins   sound pictures

 number the scenes carefully with a system  voice in the mind = interiorizing

 time-space rule or jump cut









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