How to Spot Dialogue That’s Not Working & Fix It In Your Film…

There’s times during filming where a line of dialogue is just not working. But how will you know when that’s the case? Easy, the actor is stumbling over the line. Too often we blame the actor but generally, it’s actually a sign of bad writing. The dialogue line in question may not be true to the character so it feels forces. Perhaps it’s some other reason. But once you realize the true cause of a bad line read isn’t the actor, but the line itself, you can diagnose the problem. This is helpful for the producer, director, actor and writer. Ideally, it’s a problem that would be addressed after table reads or rehearsals, but worse case you can still fix it on set. So I hope this helps enhance your film. FYI this tip is something I picked up from listening to the Team Deakins podcast ( which I highly recommend to any filmmaker. Afterwards listening to my episode, please feel free to ask questions or offer opinions of your own, whether down in the comment section or by hitting me up on social media @PhilSvitek.

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