Man 1: The scene description, it’s pretty simple. It’s just… Sean walks into the room. Sean picks up a… You know, it’s present tense action verb writing. But the dialogue is really what people remember and you’ve got to get good at that.
Sean: Thought about what you said to me the other day, about my painting. Stayed up half the night thinking about it. Something occurred to me. Fell into a deep peaceful sleep and haven’t thought about you since. Do you know what occurred to me?
Sean: You’re just a kid. You don’t have the faintest idea of what you’re talking about.
Will: Why, thank you.
Sean: It’s all right. You’ve never been out of Boston.
Sean: If I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written.
Man 1: You probably figured out what movie this is, hopefully, “Good Will Hunting.” Okay. So, you probably figured this out by now, I love theater, I’m a playwright at heart. And what you’re going to see in a movie script, remember we’re looking at scripts that just… Dialogue is usually a… You know, I say something, you say something. The most important rule of screenwriting is get in the scene late and get out early.
Narrator: The preceding clip was from Screenwriting for Physicians by SEAK, Inc. SEAK specializes in helping physicians find and locate non-clinical careers, and also in helping physicians learn how to supplement their income with lucrative home-based work. Ways to supplement your income include medical expert witnessing, disability and utilization reviews, independent medical examinations, writing, including screenwriting, inventing, consulting, and life care planning.
Excerpted from SEAK’s stream on-demand course, Screenwriting for Physicians