Mark Sevi

Let’s Talk About Subtext In Screenwriting

Let’s Talk About Subtext In Screenwriting

Subtext – n.The underlying personality of a dramatic character as implied or indicated by a script or text. An inner world. A place glimpsed peripherally. Overtones. In screenwriting, subtext is implicit (intimated) versus explicit (stated) – a different layer of intention and depth. Using it expands your toolbox allowing you to say many different things without […]

 Diane Drake

Subtext – The Beauty Of What’s Left Unsaid (Or Unwritten) In Your Screenplay

Subtext – The Beauty Of What’s Left Unsaid (Or Unwritten) In Your Screenplay

A problem I frequently come across as a screenwriting consultant and instructor is the tendency of writers to overwrite and to include too much on-the-nose exposition. This can quickly mark as a screenplay as amateurish, whereas its opposite—effective use of subtext— almost instantly conveys a more sophisticated and polished level of screenwriting. So, before I […]

 Jim Mercurio

Create Subtext With Inside Jokes

Create Subtext With Inside Jokes

In my book the Craft of Scene Writing, I define subtext as a surprise of sorts. There is a reversal in the gap between text and subtext, between the spoken words and their actual meaning. Perfect subtext might even make us marvel at, “How did that mean thaaat?” A crass example of what might be […]