Skip to main content

"Karl's Scene Objective (Charlie's House)"

Exercise #84 : "Karl's Scene Objective (Charlie's House)"

In The Power of the Actor (pictured right), Ivana Chubbuck shows actors how to use their emotions to empower a goal. Actors identify their characters' overall objective, as well as their scene objective. Applying this to writing, assume your character is "Karl"; his overall objective is to prove that he has high status; his scene objective is to impress "Charlie," his snooty neighbor---and maybe even take Charlie down a rung. The scene takes place in Charlie's living room.

I own this book. :) It's pretty great. Read it if you're into the whole acting thing. Lord knows I am. hah I think I'm going to do this as a dialogue. It seems to me that it might be better that way. Oh well, this blog is all about experimentation, so... Why not?

Anyways... 5 minutes up on the timer. GO!

CHARLIE (C): Your lawn has been looking awfully nice over these past few weeks, Karl.

KARL (K): Oh, yes. I've been using this new fertilizer.

C: Have you? What's in it?

K: Well, it's an organic mixture based from recycled and treated sewage.

C: Oh.

K: I mean, it's treated, so...

C: Right.

K: Completely clean and safe.

C: Yes. Clean and safe.

K: And it's actually better for the plants. None of those nasty chemicals they use in normal fertilizers.

C: Interesting. I just leave all of that up to my gardener, Raul. He's amazing. I swear, the man can make grass grow out of sheet rock.

K: That's great.

C: So you do all your lawn work yourself?

K: Well, no. My kids help.

C: You make your children wallow in the dirt?

K: Yes... I mean, no. They like to help. And I believe that it makes them better people in the end.

C: Interesting viewpoint.


K: So I spoke with my boss the other day, and he said he wanted me to head up a new department in the company.

C: That's wonderful, Karl. What kind of work is it?

K: It's the outreach department. The company is growing, and the CEO feels it's necessary to start getting out there and having an affect on our surroundings for the better.

C: Sounds like your CEO is a nice guy.

K: Yes, he is.

5 minutes up.

I don't know where that was going... haha I don't like Charlie, though. He's a twit. :-P


P.S. Additionally... This is hilarious...


Popular Posts

Soft Things

Exercise #105 : "Soft Things"
Make a list of soft things.


This should be easy enough, shouldn't it?

Bonjour New Followers! Well met!

Today's post is going to be pretty short, but it's purpose isn't for me to write, but for YOU to write!

Tell me a little bit about yourself! Who are you, from where do you hail, what is your favorite thing about blogging or reading other people's blogs? Tell me anything you'd like!

If you have a blog, don't fear the shameless plug! haha Leave a link in your comment and go visit some of the blogs linked by your fellow commenters.

Speaking of your blogs, I've been going through my list of followers and looking at your blogs. There is some really great content out there! :) Let me just say that I am so humbled that you would be interested in following me and my project. You're all so wonderful, and I can't thank you enough.

So get on with it already! Leave a comment about yourself!

"Purple Things"

Exercise #28: "Purple Things"
What things are purple? Make a list.
EggplantsOne-Eyed, One-Horned, Flying, Purple People Eater (see below)Bruises (sometimes)a REALLY beautiful sunsetElizabeth Taylor's eyes (does violet count?)Barney (I love you, you love me...)GrapesLavendarOrchidsAmethystCabbage (sometimes)Lots of different birdsPlumsVioletsOnionsROYGBIVThat's all I can think of. You know, you don't really notice it, but purple appears quite frequently in nature. When I think nature, my mind immediately imagines greens, browns, and generally all kinds of neutral colors, but purple is everywhere. It's pretty awesome.

Without further ado, the One-Eyed, One-Horned, Flying, Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley:

Great, huh? I don't remember when I was first introduced to this all-sorts-of-wonderful song, but I'm pretty sure it was care of my Mom. She definitely has provided quite a bit of the humor in my life, and I'm sure she's one of the big reasons…