@xleo I think depends what comes before it. If it’s obvious what you’re talking about is say it’s fine
I think I agree with you. So what do you think about this scenario, faux pas or reasonable writing?
Jenny is making threats directed to Lisa. Through dialogue Jenny explicitly tell Lisa to do [something] or else...
If we follow that up by writing "Lisa gets it", we are actually not showing emotions through external action but rather explaining what is happening internally in Lisa.
I get it.
You're saying—in short—the camera is on Lisa. The actor playing Lisa processes Jenny's threat, arriving at an internal understanding. The camera captures the actor's expression of her internal.
Not only is it actable and filmable, it gives the Lisa performer a chance to act (an arc!) nonverbally. She'll dig that, and might surprise us with a nuance we don't expect.
@dejackson @cruzwriter hey! I remember that exchange (sorry for not getting back to you in that script, haven't gotten around to finish it yet). In that particular scene I don't think it works actually, and I think it is because I'm not sure either. Maybe if it was made clearer who Ynga is speaking to and what she is referring to, the "he doesn't [get it]" would work.
[Obviously we can make the argument that one could see when someone comes to realize something, but should the writer then rather describe what we see that make us conclude that "he gets it"?]
We're often cautioned not to direct on the page. I feel we should resist micromanaging ANY department, including the acting.
I don't mean describing action broadly. I mean prescribing what an actor's lips or eyebrows do that shows they get it.
For example: In my wip I say a character "warms himself." A reader asked, "How? With a fire? with blankets?"
I'm not defending the vague writing here, just saying that it came out of my resistance to say he "warms himself. Rubs his shoulders. Blows into his hands and rubs them together," etc.
@dejackson no worries! This is the most exciting action this instance have had, no? :)
Sorry for getting bogged down on tiny details. I'll get back to you on the whole script later this month.
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