How to Write an Exposition Dump (Without Putting Your Audience to Sleep)
Storytelling is all about information. You’re telling the audience stuff and choosing when and where they get it. These can be complex emotions, details on how things work, or just explaining where the characters are and what’s going on. This all requites exposition.
Every movie and TV show has it, and when it’s bad, it’s really bad.
It can sound on the nose or just be frustrating and boring.
Check out Tyler Mowery‘s video essay, in which he takes a look at some of the different ways you should and should not use expositional tools found in screenplays. While his last video took a look at exposition as a whole, this video takes a look at exposition specifically found in screenplays.
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