Screenplay Games:
Let's Play Memory With Movie Dialogue Techniques

We hear you saying: "What? Playing screenplay games? Shouldn't I be working on my screenplay?"

Consider there are times it's more productive not to write than writing something that falls in the category of the Top 7 Deadly Flaws of a Bad Screenplay.

That's why we designed screenplay games to give you a break from writing but not from screenwriting.

Good Will Hunting

Memory Game - Good for Your Brain

We asked our techie expert Timothy, aka Byteman, to come up with different games and lead us through them.

Why Memory?

It's one of the oldest game in town.

It forces your brain to focus and recharge its neurons.

And that's exactly what you need when you feel restless and keep changing words in your screenplay or tossing your pages to the dustbin.

I thought of this game because many screenwriters play with the theme of memory.

Think of this scene between Skylar and Will Hunting, from the screenplay Good Will Hunting for example. When she asks him if he has a photographic memory, because she is so baffled by his ability to learn and remember everything he reads.

You came up with different versions ...

I designed 3 Memory screenplay games. This one is about movie dialogue techniques. The other 2 are about famous screenwriters and movie production companies.

This version is more difficult as you play with words instead of pictures.

How do you play these Memory screenplay games?


Here are the instructions.

Ready? Click below to start playing / reset:

Click on the first 2 cards and watch your score.
The first card is in the first 3 rows. The matching card is in the row 4 to 6.

Score (number of pairs clicked) = 0

Ready to play again with these movie production companies ? Click here.

You want to play the other Memory screenplay games versions? Choose your cards:

Memory game - how to play it

The intention of the Memory game is for you to match all the pairs of cards in the least amount of clicks.

1. Click on any two cards laying face down. They turn around.
If the pictures match, the cards remain displayed.
If they don't match, the cards flip back to their initial position.

2. Keep clicking on any two cards until all the cards lay face up. The Memory game is then over.

3. The score registers the number of pairs you clicked on. The lower the number, the better you are. The best possible score is 18.

4. Play the Memory game again! With the same category - the cards will then be shown at a different place, or with a different category.

5. If you like this game, tell us about it and how well you did, we might just make a scoreboard out of it - who knows.

Ready to play? Here you go!

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List There's two things that aggravate me. Being ignored and being lied to.
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Repetition It's not your fault.
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Unexpected response You know I don't like to wear any underwear,don't you, Nick?


Pictures and screenplay extracts:

-- "Good Will Hunting" - Skylar (Minnie Driver), director: Gus van Sant, director of Photography: Jean Yves Escoffier, Matt Damon & Ben Affleck (screenplay)

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* Inception, screenplay written by Christopher Nolan

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Techniques you play with

avoidance dialogue technique Avoidance
comic comparison dialogue technique Comic comparison
double meaning dialogue technique Double meaning
exaggeration dialogue technique Exaggeration
inappropriate response dialogue technique Inappropriate response
interruption dialogue technique Interruption
juxtaposition dialogue technique Juxtaposition
list dialogue technique List
push button dialogue technique Push button
put down dialogue technique Put down
repetition dialogue technique Repetition
setup and payoff dialogue technique Setup and payoff
tangente dialogue technique Tangente
telling it like it is dialogue technique Telling it like
it is
trigger dialogue technique Trigger
unexpected response dialogue technique Unexpected response
understatement dialogue technique Understate-
yes/no alternative dialogue technique Yes/No

Play also with:

Aaron Sorkin Aaron Sorkin
Dustin Lance Black Dustin Lance Black
Sofia Coppola Sofia Coppola
Tony Gilroy Tony Gilroy
Joe Eszterhas Joe Eszterhas
Susannah Grant Susannah Grant
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