marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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ensembles and other fun

When you have an ensemble cast -- one problem is the danger of redundancies.

No matter how carefully orchestrated they are, sometimes, they are going to be doing more or less the same thing -- not necessarily in the same scene, where the question is who is the point of view character (and thus boosted in importance). But in rapid succession. Dealing with a bureaucracy, for instance.

There's a certain amount of inherent difficulty in varying scenes. Even when the character's reactions differ, there needs to be treatments of before, after, or at to keep things moving.
Tags: orchestrating characters, story structure
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