The Scene


What an unforgettable scene with Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson!

Now let’s discover more about The Scene.
Scene Definition-

: one of the subdivisions of play: as a: a division of an act presenting continuous action in one place b: a single situation or unit of dialogue in a play

C: a motion-picture or television episode or sequence

: a stage setting b: a real or imaginary prospect suggesting a stage setting

: the place of an occurrence or action: locale

: a part of action in a single location in a TV or movie, composed of a series of shots

Scene Elements- Space and time. It may be a single shot or a series of shots, and it may be one page of dialogue or three.

Each scene is like a little screenplay and has a beginning, middle, and end. The primary purpose of the scene is to move the story forward and to further character. The visual and the spoken elements comprise the scene. You may have one or both elements.

In A Few Good Men, both elements exist in the scene. Notice the intensity of the site which shows the scene is a turning point (dramatic climax). You may have the dialogue charge the scene with energy like Jack Nicholson’s character or you may use the visual to create energy in the scene as the shots below from Peace Lily

INT. ST. AGNES CHURCH – DAY (one page of dialogue)

Ornate and mystical, Sophia stands in the foyer.  You may recognize one of the shots below from a previous post “Inner Revelations Guide Her.” Many commenters requested more information on this post, so we’re going to delve a bit deeper into this subject matter. We’ll look at both how a scene may further character and how a scene moves the story forward.

As you move through the shots, you’ll notice the sudden appearance of bright light above the altar that represents an inner light switching on for the main character.  The vibrations blur the visual causing what appears to be an image of Christ above the alter.

The people in the series of shots seem unaffected by the bright mass of energy above the altar, which tells us the main character is the one who perceives this energy. We now understand that Sophia has had a major change in her perception and realizes she has the guidance she desired.

In a past post labeled “Page 52” (the scene prior to Sophia’s visit to St. Agnes), she realizes she must confront her struggles by herself because there is no one who can help her not even her family. She feels alone and confused on how to handle the “system” she is in. The system almost has Sophia convinced there is nothing she can do about the corruption and fraud found at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

We often find by chance or by providence our consciousness raises to a higher level when we need to resolve overwhelming difficulties. Visually this aspect of our inner life is often portrayed as seeing the light, in touch with our higher self, cosmic energy, etc. The video below brings this to mind – Sweet Disposition –


The main character in the scene from Peace Lily is moved beyond this world. She goes beyond tradition and connects with her faith. This scene occurs at the midpoint and tells us several things about the character. For instance, she will possibly listen to her inner knowing versus the system’s propaganda to make her decisions. The villain has prevented Sophia from taking action in the first half of the script because she believed the bad guys had the system to back them up no matter how corrupt. Now that she is connected to her higher self or Christ, she may take action. The presence of the light brings a cleansing, the truth, and love to the situation.

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…is in honor and memory of Tessa, my small Maltese born October 6, 1993, and passed away September 18, 2009.

I was considered the 3rd dog in Tessa’s pack. Her first master was the first dog, Tessa was the second dog, and I was the third dog. No matter what I’d do to gain respect or position in Tessa’s eyes… I was “ the third dog.” She was so adorable and such a character. I caved to her demands…and she was very demanding…which brought me joy and contentment. Her demands were begging for food and sitting on my lap.

Tessa had a few quirky personality traits based on her past…growing up in a less than ideal environment thrown into the backyard with two Dobermans to fend for herself. She was about 3 pounds at that time the runt and a spitfire. Not far from being a replica of me….she made me smile with joy at her attitude.

Quite the problem solver

She also liked mischief and got herself into some severe problems. Like the time she discovered chocolate candy on the coffee table and laid in wait for her moment to snatch the candy bars run upstairs and hide them under the bed until nightfall. In the middle of the night, I awoke to a banging noise. It was Tessa banging her water bowl against the metal stairs to get my attention. I soon discovered several empty candy wrappers, piles of vomit everywhere, and Tessa hitting the bowl. It is unbelievable that she survived that terrible episode eating more candy bars than I could… at one time!

Filled with inspiration

She will always be my inspiration and a reminder of perfection.

As I emerged in the second half of my journey as a storyteller, launched myself into the world of screenwriting, and left behind an entirely different phase of my life, I also had to let go of my friend…my companion my little spitfire Tessa.

I will forever be the 3rd dog.