Daily Dialogue theme next week: Voice Mail

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The Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Voice Mail.

“I just got out of a 6-year relationship, ok? That should help explain why I’m acting so weird. I just wanted you to know that. It’s not you, it’s me. I’m sorry… This is Mike.” — Swingers (1996)

Since the introduction of answering machines back in the late 1970s, voice mail has become a standard feature in movies. As with all new technologies, screenwriters have adapted voice mail to serve numerous purposes: provide exposition, surprise revelations, awkward moments, convey threats, and so forth. So this week, we consider the use of voice mail in movies. Your suggestions wanted!

What to do:

  • Copy/paste dialogue from IMDb Quotes or some other transcript source.
  • Copy/paste the URL of an accompanying video from YouTube or some other video source.
  • Any trivia about the movie which you think would be of interest to readers, we always welcome that.

I’d also ask you to think about why the dialogue is notable. Is there anything about the dialogue which provides some takeaway related to the craft of writing? If so, feel free to share your Dialogue On Dialogue.

Consecutive days of Daily Dialogue posts: 3,558.

Be a part of the proud Daily Dialogue tradition, post a suggestion in a RESPONSE, and have your name emblazoned on a blog post which will forever hold a hallowed spot in the Go Into The Story archives!

Upcoming schedule of themes:

February 19-February 25: Fast Food
February 26-March 4: Walk and Talk
March 5-March 11: Teen Talk
March 12-March 18: Eulogy
March 19-March 25: Stand-Off
March 26-April 1: Trash Talk

If you have any suggestions for Daily Dialogue themes, please post them in a RESPONSE and I’ll be happy to consider them for the series.

Be sure to post your ideas for this week’s theme: Voice Mail.

Continued thanks to all of you Daily Dialogue devotees, and your suggested dialogue and dialogue themes. Grateful for your ongoing support!


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Daily Podcast: Michael Bay’s Lobo, Masters of the Universe, Facebook TV, Solo, Alex Garland & Disney Streaming

On the February 9, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, and writer Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest news, including Lobo movie gets a director, Master of the Universe loses a director, Facebook’s new tv series, Solo tidbits, Alex Garland’s next project is s tv series, and Disney’s streaming service announces their debut line-up.

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Small Talk: Peter rants about the new YouTube app on AppleTV.

In the News:

You can find more about all the stories we mentioned on today’s show at slashfilm.com. /Film Daily is published every weekday, bringing you the most exciting news from the world of movies and television as well as deeper dives into the great features from slashfilm.com. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast and all the popular podcast apps (RSS). Please feel free to send your feedback, questions or comments to us at peter@slashfilm.com and leave your name and general geographic location in case we mention the e-mail on the air. Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and spread the word! Thanks to Sam Hume for our logo.

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Daily Dialogue theme next week: Bed

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The Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Bed.

Seeing as we spend about 1/3 of our lives in bed, it only makes sense that movies would feature characters there. If you stop and think about movie moments in bed, there is a surprising variety of things going on in such scenes. Okay, yes, there’s sex, but let’s see if we can look for other situations from movies which feature more dialogue and interaction in bed.

What to do:

  • Copy/paste dialogue from IMDb Quotes or some other transcript source.
  • Copy/paste the URL of an accompanying video from YouTube or some other video source.
  • Any trivia about the movie which you think would be of interest to readers, we always welcome that.

I’d also ask you to think about why the dialogue is notable. Is there anything about the dialogue which provides some takeaway related to the craft of writing? If so, feel free to share your Dialogue On Dialogue.

Consecutive days of Daily Dialogue posts: 3,551.

Be a part of the proud Daily Dialogue tradition, post a suggestion in a RESPONSE, and have your name emblazoned on a blog post which will forever hold a hallowed spot in the Go Into The Story archives!

Upcoming schedule of themes:

February 12-February 18: Complaint
February 19-February 25: Fast Food

If you have any suggestions for Daily Dialogue themes, please post them in a RESPONSE and I’ll be happy to consider them for the series.

Be sure to post your ideas for this week’s theme: Bed.

Continued thanks to all of you Daily Dialogue devotees, and your suggested dialogue and dialogue themes. Grateful for your ongoing support!


Daily Dialogue theme next week: Bed was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Daily Dialogue theme next week: Whisper

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The Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Whisper.

Sometimes in a movie, the most effective way to grab a character’s attention — and a moviegoer’s as well — is by bringing the volume down to a whisper. Such dialogue offers a contrast to all the noise and hubbub.

This week, let’s look at whispering in movies, a good reminder for screenwriters to occasionally go quiet to make a big impression.

What to do:

  • Copy/paste dialogue from IMDb Quotes or some other transcript source.
  • Copy/paste the URL of an accompanying video from YouTube or some other video source.
  • Any trivia about the movie which you think would be of interest to readers, we always welcome that.

I’d also ask you to think about why the dialogue is notable. Is there anything about the dialogue which provides some takeaway related to the craft of writing? If so, feel free to share your Dialogue On Dialogue.

Consecutive days of Daily Dialogue posts: 3,544.

Be a part of the proud Daily Dialogue tradition, post a suggestion in a RESPONSE, and have your name emblazoned on a blog post which will forever hold a hallowed spot in the Go Into The Story archives!

Upcoming schedule of themes:

February 5-February 11: Harangue
February 12-February 18: Complaint
February 19-February 25: Fast Food

If you have any suggestions for Daily Dialogue themes, please post them in a RESPONSE and I’ll be happy to consider them for the series.

Be sure to post your ideas for this week’s theme: Whisper.

Continued thanks to all of you Daily Dialogue devotees, and your suggested dialogue and dialogue themes. Grateful for your ongoing support!


Daily Dialogue theme next week: Whisper was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Daily Dialogue theme next week: Monologue

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The Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Monologue.

Monologues. Tough to write, but when a screenwriter nails it… the angels sing… or mad men shout.

“You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!’”

This week, let’s look at some great movie monologues.

What to do:

  • Copy/paste dialogue from IMDb Quotes or some other transcript source.
  • Copy/paste the URL of an accompanying video from YouTube or some other video source.
  • Any trivia about the movie which you think would be of interest to readers, we always welcome that.

I’d also ask you to think about why the dialogue is notable. Is there anything about the dialogue which provides some takeaway related to the craft of writing? If so, feel free to share your Dialogue On Dialogue.

Consecutive days of Daily Dialogue posts: 3,530.

Be a part of the proud Daily Dialogue tradition, post a suggestion in a RESPONSE, and have your name emblazoned on a blog post which will forever hold a hallowed spot in the Go Into The Story archives!

Upcoming schedule of themes:

January 22–January 28: Question
January 29-February 4: Whisper
February 5-February 11: Harangue
February 12-February 18: Complaint
February 19-February 25: Fast Food

If you have any suggestions for Daily Dialogue themes, please post them in a RESPONSE and I’ll be happy to consider them for the series.

Be sure to post your ideas for this week’s theme: Monologue.

Continued thanks to all of you Daily Dialogue devotees, and your suggested dialogue and dialogue themes. Grateful for your ongoing support!


Daily Dialogue theme next week: Monologue was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Daily Podcast: 2018 Golden Globe Winners, Star Wars VR, Bloodshot, Justice League, Star Trek, Blade Runner

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On the January 8, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined Hoai-Tran Bui, to talk about the latest news, including the 2018 Golden Globes winners, Bloodshot movie casting, a Justice League extended cut, Chris Hemsworth’s thoughts on Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek film, and the possibility of Blade Runner 3. And at the water cooler, we’ll be chatting about The Void’s Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR experience and Pillars of the Earth.

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At the Water Cooler:

  • Peter entered The Void and experienced the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR experience at Disneyland.
  • HT has been reading Pillars of the Earth
  • Jacob has been playing Stellaris and catching up on Black Mirror

In the News:

You can find more about all the stories we mentioned on today’s show at slashfilm.com. /Film Daily is published every weekday, bringing you the most exciting news from the world of movies and television as well as deeper dives into the great features from slashfilm.com. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast and all the popular podcast apps (RSS). Please feel free to send your feedback, questions or comments to us at peter@slashfilm.com and leave your name and general geographic location in case we mention the e-mail on the air. Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and spread the word! Thanks to Sam Hume for our logo.

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Daily Dialogue — January 5, 2018

“Keep your lovin’ brother happy.”

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), screenplay by Sergio Leone & Sergio Donati, story by Dario Argento & Bernardo Bertolucci & Sergio Leone

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Flashback.

Trivia: The first draft of the script was 436 pages long.

Dialogue On Dialogue: This line and the subsequent flashbacks makes one of the best uses of this narrative device in film history.

It’s also a setup for a powerful revenge payoff, a scene which also features quick flashback.


Daily Dialogue — January 5, 2018 was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Daily Dialogue — January 2, 2018

“I’ve got his trunk all packed. I’ve had it packed for a week now.”

Citizen Kane (1941), screen play by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Flashback.

Trivia: Orson Welles gave an example to the movie industry with this film, that “there is no need of preparation”. Welles learned techniques (such as looking up for important characters and down to secondary ones) and was influenced by John Ford’s Stagecoach (1939), which it’s said he watched almost 40 times during production of this movie. The “unnecessary preparation” cost Welles his career, according to director Robert Wise, who edited this film and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) also from Welles: “Simply, after that magnificent start, he never took advantage of his talents. It was his fault, his lack of discipline”.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Everything you need to know about why Charles Foster Kane became the adult Kane is right here in this flashback. We don’t realize it until the end when we make the connection to “Rosebud”, the sled, and the snow globe, but then it becomes clear: Charles was happy in Colorado. Yanked away from his home, he was filled with rage… and that rage fueled his choices as an adult, whether he realized it or not.


Daily Dialogue — January 2, 2018 was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Daily Dialogue — December 26, 2017

“Final resolution. Midnight kiss, New Year’s Eve. Boom! Check it off!”

New Year’s Eve (2011), written by Katherine Fugate

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: New Year.

Trivia: Announced as some kind of continuation for Garry Marshall’s holiday themed Valentine’s Day (2010), the project evolved into a different entity, re-casting some of the protagonists in different roles.

Dialogue On Dialogue: A midnight kiss? Can’t have a New Year’s Eve movie without one!


Daily Dialogue — December 26, 2017 was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Wanted: Daily Dialogue themes for 2018!

Join this series tradition with your suggestions and get some creative juju!

I love the Daily Dialogue series. First off, we’ve done it every day since this blog launched back in 2008. I mean every day — 3,511 consecutive days to be exact. Also, I enjoy starting my day inspired by notable movie dialogue. But the main thing is it’s a great way to upgrade dialogue writing skills, learning from the masters!

Wouldn’t you like to contribute to the cause? All you have to do is suggest one or more themes as possible subjects for week-long Daily Dialogue series.

What themes would you like explored in 2018? You can go here to check out some of the previous Daily Dialogue subjects. We can dip back into them. Or perhaps checking out the list, you come up with a new idea.

In addition to general themes like Joy, Embarrassment, Anger, and the like, there are:

  • Events: Birthday, Wedding, Funeral, Speech
  • Conditions: Addiction, Stutter, Psychosis
  • Situations: Standoff, Negotiation, Interview

Of specific interest are script-oriented details we face over and over like Exposition, Flashback, Monologue, Opening Line, Phone Call, Subtext, Voice-Over Narration.

Any and all of these, plus variations on theme, I want your suggestions.

What do you get for your effort?

  • An acknowledgement of your input for 7 straight Daily Dialogue posts
  • The satisfaction of knowing you’re part of an 8+ year tradition
  • A blast of Go Into The Story creative juju and my sincere thanks

So join in the fun and learning, won’t you? Click on the RESPONSE link at the bottom of this page and suggest away. I’ll sort through the recommendations and hopefully we’ll have a set of themes which take us well into next year.

As always, thanks for your participation and support!


Wanted: Daily Dialogue themes for 2018! was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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