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I understand that in each scene, the character has a goal and a motivation for that goal. But does each line of dialogue in a scene have a motivation of its own? And if so, when you direct the actor should you tell him: ok for this line, this is your motivation to say it, and for the next line, this is your motivation?



Thanks for your help :)


This is really a story structure question (for which I highly recommend Kal Bashir's Hero's Journey). The director should know the underlying function of the scene, but the way it is performed and dialogue can be left to the actor and writers. The director should know that the underlying function has been fulfilled and know how to get it out of the actors if needbe. I wouldn't micro manage the actors, as your question suggests.

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