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building blocks, character beats, continuity, Tracking -

“Tracking” is the term used to describe consistency within character development and behavior within the story. Simply put, it means making sure that the things the characters say and do make sense within the context of the narrative and their established personalities. Here’s a dumb example: We have a scene in which our protagonist says he hates peanut butter. Then later in the script he’s sitting at a kitchen table using a butter knife to eat peanut butter out of the jar. We get bumped by the beat because we’re left to think, “Wait, didn’t he say he hates peanut...

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