But how to communicate that without, as my Criminal Minds colleagues have noted in their posts on this topic, you have the information dump scene. Say where the guy’s buddy says as they drink their beer.
“You know, Bob, when you cracked up your chopper when the mission went bad in Tikrit five years ago, killing that mother and child, and you subsequently lost your nerve, I thought you’d never fly again.”
Turns out it took me several scenes to tell that, or rather show that to the audience. I still had to sneak in some dialogue exposition, but hopefully it’s indirect and not too on the nose. I was listening to Quentin Tarantino on Elvis Mitchell’s The Treatment on my local NPR station the other week discussing his new, and somewhat infamous, film Django Unchained (which I enjoyed, but that will be a riff I undertake next week on Dr. Pop, the other site I blog for regularly). He was talking about trying to have his characters doing some other bit of business while also conveying expository dialogue.
|Te'o and the woman, Diane O'Meara, whose image was stolen |
by the fake Lennay Kekua
Te’o is an NFL prospect, a former outstanding linebacker for the Fighting Irish. Last September at the Notre Dame versus Michigan game, after Notre Dame won, the night supposedly of Kekua’s funeral, he dedicated his two interceptions to her. Te’o never met this woman who he maintained an online relationship with over several months -- yet according to him they did talk over the phone numerous times. At various times he also indicated, or seemed to then, that they had been physically together. He has now stated he kept the lie going when he found out the truth this past December so as not to embarrass himself. And apparently it was actually a man pretending to be the female Lennay Kekua all the time.
This story begs for exposition.