Is the “One Page Equals One Minute” rule always true?
Have you ever wondered how the dialogue you read from a screenplay actually plays out when a movie star has to actually say and perform it? The rule of thumb has always been “every page of a screenplay equates to one minute of screen time”, but it’s not a hard and fastened rule of course. A lot depends on how an actor delivers the line in conjunction with whatever else is happening in the scene. There are beats between lines to adhere to, they also have to take into consideration the mood as well as whoever else is in that scene and how they deliver their lines as well. Just because you have several paragraph blocks of dialogue on a page and YOU can read them out loud to yourself in under a minute doesn’t mean that’s how the director will get the best performance from that scene.
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