Prompts – Scene writing prompts

Add an original scene to a favorite film
A chase scene without cars
A murder scene
A scene featuring two characters sitting on the edge of a bridge
A scene in which someone says goodbye in an airport
A scene in which you introduce a character in a memorable way
A scene involving a medicine cabinet
A scene that begins with this line of scene description: “Smoke stings his/her eyes.”
A scene that ends with a cliffhanger
A scene with a reversal in it
A scene with a one-sided telephone conversation
A scene with a two-sided telephone conversation
A visual-to-visual transition between two scenes
A wedding proposal scene
An action scene with no dialogue
An establishing scene
An exposition scene… that is entertaining
An interrogation scene
An opening scene
An ordinary scene in an extraordinary location
A character disobeys an order
A character has to say goodbye to a good friend without actually saying s/he is leaving and won’t be back
A character says “I love you”… without using the words “I love you”
A fight scene involving actual physical violence
A lovers quarrel where something gets broken
A scene between a senior citizen and a child
A scene inspired by this photograph
A scene in which a character uses a computer
A scene in which a gesture plays a key part
A scene in which an animal plays a key role
A scene using voice-over narration
A scene that features a monologue
A scene between a senior citizen and a child
A scene inspired by this photograph
A scene in which a character uses a computer
A scene in which a gesture plays a key part
A scene in which an animal plays a key role
A scene using voice-over narration
A scene that features a monologue
Someone talking to a gravestone
The first line of dialogue: “That’s the guy, right there”
A conversation between a white-collar and blue-collar worker
A post-sex scene
A scene at a sporting event
A scene in a confessional where the priest makes a confession
A scene inspired by this photograph
A scene in which characters whisper
A scene starting or ending with a hand holding a knife
A scene that involves texting
A scene using flashback and voice-over narration
A scene using something you hear in conversation today
A scene with just one word of dialogue
A scene in which characters whisper
A scene starting or ending with a hand holding a knife
A scene that involves texting
A scene using flashback and voice-over narration
A scene using something you hear in conversation today
A scene with just one word of dialogue
A scene in which characters whisper
A scene starting or ending with a hand holding a knife
A scene that involves texting
A scene using flashback and voice-over narration
A scene using something you hear in conversation today
A scene with just one word of dialogue
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Add an original scene to a favorite film
A chase scene without cars
A murder scene
A scene featuring two characters sitting on the edge of a bridge
A scene in which someone says goodbye in an airport
A scene in which you introduce a character in a memorable way
A scene involving a medicine cabinet
A scene that begins with this line of scene description: “Smoke stings his/her eyes.”
A scene that ends with a cliffhanger
A scene with a reversal in it
A scene with a one-sided telephone conversation
A scene with a two-sided telephone conversation
A visual-to-visual transition between two scenes
A wedding proposal scene
An action scene with no dialogue
An establishing scene
An exposition scene… that is entertaining
An interrogation scene
An opening scene
An ordinary scene in an extraordinary location
A character disobeys an order
A character has to say goodbye to a good friend without actually saying s/he is leaving and won’t be back
A character says “I love you”… without using the words “I love you”
A fight scene involving actual physical violence
A lovers quarrel where something gets broken
A scene between a senior citizen and a child
A scene inspired by this photograph
A scene in which a character uses a computer
A scene in which a gesture plays a key part
A scene in which an animal plays a key role
A scene using voice-over narration
A scene that features a monologue
A scene where no words are spoken… but something important gets communicated
A scene where something gets stolen
A scene with a cliffhanger
A scene with a flashback
An apology
An interrogation scene
Someone talking to a gravestone
The first line of dialogue: “That’s the guy, right there”
A conversation between a white-collar and blue-collar worker
A post-sex scene
A scene at a sporting event
A scene in a confessional where the priest makes a confession
A scene inspired by this photograph
A scene in which characters whisper
A scene starting or ending with a hand holding a knife
A scene that involves texting
A scene using flashback and voice-over narration
A scene using something you hear in conversation today
A scene with just one word of dialogue
Adult answering a child’s questions
An accusation
An adulterer out for a meal with his/her spouse sees his/her lover enter the restaurant
En route to the hospital to have a baby
Someone has had too much to drink at a wedding reception when THIS happens
Someone is brought to tears
A character has a ‘conversation’ with him/herself in the mirror
A character reviews a series of voice mails, each with worse news
A man holding a gun
A pet uses voice-over narration to comment on a family fight
A scene inspired by this photograph
A scene involving a dead body
A scene involving a secret
A scene set in an inhospitable environment, e.g., outer space, underwater, desert
A scene where the entire conversation takes place off-screen
An intervention
Interruption
Introduce a character with a memorable impression
Leaving a voice mail
Miscommunication
One character has to break bad news to the other
Settling an argument by playing Rock, Paper, Scissors
Smack talk at a sporting event
Strangers biding time in a hospital emergency waiting room
The audience knows something the characters don’t
Two people talk while dancing
Under a deadline
One character has to break bad news to the other
Settling an argument by playing Rock, Paper, Scissors
Smack talk at a sporting event
Strangers biding time in a hospital emergency waiting room
The audience knows something the characters don’t
Two people talk while dancing
Under a deadline
A scene that ends with a cliffhanger
A scene with a twist
A scene with no dialogue
An adult just happens to run into their middle school bully
Asking someone to dance
Confessing to a priest
“I want a divorce”
Rehearsing an apology
Sales pitch
Saying grace at a big family event
Someone discovers their mate is having an affair
Someone gives a driving lesson to an amateur driver
Strangers stuck together in an elevator
Trying to appear knowledgeable about wine
Trying to talk one’s way out of a traffic ticket

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