Wed 24 Jun, 2009 04:28 pm
I'm an indie film writer/director and usually I do action, but this time I'm branching out working on a drama. I have the desire and interest to be a "great dialog writer." Dialog centric films are my favorite type; yet, dialog in my writing tends to be weak, thus I leave most of it out, which is great for my action films, yet a problem now. Anybody have any recommendations on books to read or films to watch on dialog?
Oh man, for really snappy dialogue, try stuff like the film, "The Front Page", pretty much any version.
I would recommend books by David Foster Wallace. He had such an acute ear for the way people talk. The actual plots of his fictional works are completely secondary, in my opinion, to his actual use of the English language.
I'd recommend books by Richard Price.
But - I most recommend listening, in real life.