How to avoid "on the nose" Dialogue

Author: Anthony | Subject: Writing

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Article excerpt: What is "On the nose" dialogue and how can a script writer avoid it? In essence, on the nose dialogue is that which unnecessarily describes an action or emotion that should be apparent to the audience from the visual message they see on the screen. For example, if there is a person running across the screen it is not necessary for any of the actors to suddenly say, "Look. There is a runner!" Similarly, the characters expressions and body language should portray most of their emotion reactions.