How to write
a coreography
in a screenplay?

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How to write a coreography in a screenplay?

In a screenplay, you can write a choreography for a dance scene, but the level of detail you provide can vary depending on your preferences and the specific needs of your script. Here are some options:

  • High-Level Description: You can start with a general description like "A choreography begins", especially if the specific dance moves are not crucial to the plot or if you want to leave room for creative input from the director, choreographer, or dancers. This approach allows for flexibility and interpretation.
  • Medium-Level Description: If you have specific dance moves in mind that are essential to the scene or convey certain emotions or plot points, you can describe them in a bit more detail. For example, you might write, "The characters perform an energetic salsa dance, moving gracefully across the floor, twirling, and dipping."
  • Detailed Choreography: If it's crucial that the dance sequence is performed exactly as you envision it, you can provide a detailed choreography in your screenplay. This would involve specifying each move, step, and action of the characters. However, keep in mind that this approach may limit the creativity of the choreographer and dancers.

If you are using TwelvePoint there are several ways to organise additional content including the texts, images, drawings, or share the storyboard. Many screenwriters and filmmakers use storyboarding or specialized dance choreography software to visualize and plan complex dance scenes. You can include references to these external documents in your screenplay, like "Refer to attached choreography notes for specific dance moves.". Ultimately, the level of detail you choose should align with your vision for the scene and your collaboration with the production team. It's often a good idea to discuss this with the director, choreographer, and dancers to find a balance that works for everyone while ensuring the scene serves your script's narrative effectively.


An example:

INT. BALLROOM - NIGHT

The ballroom is elegantly decorated, with a large dance floor at the center. Couples in formal attire swirl and twirl to the music. The atmosphere is electric.

At the far end of the room, JAMES (30s, charismatic) and EMMA (20s, graceful) stand ready to perform their meticulously choreographed dance. They exchange a determined glance.

INSERT: CHOREOGRAPHY NOTES

A separate sheet of paper contains detailed dance moves, steps, and formations, complete with diagrams. The notes are held by the choreographer nearby.

BACK TO SCENE

The MUSIC swells, and James and Emma begin their dance.

They move in perfect sync, their bodies telling a story through dance. Each step, each twirl, and each lift is executed with precision.

ANGLE ON THEIR FEET

As they execute intricate footwork, their shoes create a rhythmic beat that syncs with the music.

CLOSE-UP: EMMA'S SMILING FACE

Emma's face radiates joy as she effortlessly glides across the floor.

INSERT: CHOREOGRAPHY NOTES

The choreographer subtly nods in approval, following along with the notes.

BACK TO SCENE

As the dance reaches its climax, James and Emma perform a breathtaking lift, defying gravity for a moment.

The audience APPLAUDS enthusiastically.

ANGLE ON JAMES AND EMMA

They finish their dance, their faces flushed with exhilaration. They exchange a triumphant smile and take a graceful bow.

The applause continues as they exit the dance floor, leaving the audience mesmerized.

FADE OUT.



Happy writing!





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