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22nd Apr '16 9:22:56 PM Luc
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Sometimes divided into "half-beats" or "extended beats", implying shorter or longer pauses.



Modern actors and directors consider scenes to be divided up into "beats". The stage direction "beat" marks the end of a beat. Legend says that famous acting guru Stanislavski introduced the term when touring the United States. He would tell those who came to his lectures on acting to divide the scenes into "beats". The American actors hearing his lectures didn't realize he was trying to say "bits" with his Russian accent, and have been looking for "beats" in scripts ever since.

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Modern actors and directors consider scenes to be divided up into "beats". The stage direction "beat" marks the end of a beat. Since a lot of good acting lies in finding a good rhythm, the musical choice of words fits very well to the desired result. Legend says that famous acting guru Stanislavski introduced the term when touring the United States. He would tell those who came to his lectures on acting to divide the scenes into "beats". The American actors hearing his lectures didn't realize he was trying to say "bits" with his Russian accent, and have been looking for "beats" in scripts ever since.
19th Apr '16 5:11:03 PM awakeningcry
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* ''Film/TinCup''
-->'''Roy:''' I need a shrink
-->'''Romeo:''' But we don't know no shrinks!
-->'''Roy:''' I know one...
-->'''Romeo:''' Oh no, not the doctor lady
-->'''Roy:''' Why not?
-->'''Romeo:''' You can't get advice about the woman to want to hose, from the woman you want to hose!
-->(''beat'')
-->'''Roy:''' Why not?
27th Mar '16 11:50:36 AM awakeningcry
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-->(''{{beat}}'')

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-->(''{{beat}}'')-->(beat)
27th Mar '16 11:46:55 AM awakeningcry
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* LifeIsStrange Episode 3 has this exchange when Max tries on Rachel's clothes...
-->'''Chloe:''' Lookin' sick, Max! A couple tats some piercings and we'll make a thrasher out of you yet.
-->'''Max:''' Ready for the most pit, shaka brah.
-->(beat)
-->'''Chloe:''' Maybe not.
23rd Mar '16 11:02:04 AM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Used quite a few times through out the series, but most notably after the show returned to ComedyCentral:

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Used quite a few times through out the series, but most notably after the show returned to ComedyCentral:Creator/ComedyCentral:
18th Mar '16 9:51:56 PM Hossmeister
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21st Feb '16 12:12:01 PM MIBuddy
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* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' loves this trope, using it on multiple occasions, and frequently paired with {{Metaphorgotten}}.
-->"Wow, sarcasm, [[HypocriticalHumor that's original!]]" ''(Beat)''\\
"Billy? You're driving the spork into your leg." (Beat) "...So I am! Hilarious!"\\
"See you in the aftermath. Peace!" (Beat) "... [[{{Metaphorgotten}} But not literally]]..."
* Used extensively in ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged''.


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* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' loves this trope, using it on multiple occasions, and frequently paired with {{Metaphorgotten}}.
-->"Wow, sarcasm, [[HypocriticalHumor that's original!]]" ''(Beat)''\\
"Billy? You're driving the spork into your leg." (Beat) "...So I am! Hilarious!"\\
"See you in the aftermath. Peace!" (Beat) "... [[{{Metaphorgotten}} But not literally]]..."
* Used extensively in ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged''.
* ''Literature/DreamHighSchool'' represents beats with two periods, like this: "I need to run through.. some things with you..." (the ellipsis is more like trailing off).
10th Jan '16 9:48:41 AM Detahramet
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Steven Universe}}'' absolutely lives on this trope. For example:
-->Steven, After recieving a package: "Ha! This thing is going to help me save the world!"
-->Mail Man: "Really? This thing says it's from 'Wacky Sack Supply Company'."
-->Steven: "Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl think I shouldn't go on magic adventures because I don't know how to use my gem power."
-->([[{{Beat}} beat]])
-->Mail Man: "Seems reasonable."
19th Dec '15 8:17:08 PM nombretomado
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* Common in ShinyObjectsVideos. ''An Earnest Discussion'' is probably the best example--it ''runs'' on this trope.

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* Common in ShinyObjectsVideos.WebVideo/ShinyObjectsVideos. ''An Earnest Discussion'' is probably the best example--it ''runs'' on this trope.
21st Oct '15 3:55:02 PM Tightwire
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In ScriptSpeak, a beat is an instruction in the script to leave a short pause, generally no more than the space of a breath, after a line or gag. Used either to indicate 'thinking time' or to let it sink in to increase the impact of the [[DelayedReaction subsequent reaction]]. For the actor, it indicates a change in thought process. Occasionally it will come just ''before'' the punch line, as a "here it comes" signal to the audience.

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In ScriptSpeak, a beat is an instruction in the script to leave a short pause, generally no more than approximately the space length of a breath, or possibly a slow single blink, after a line or gag. Used either to indicate 'thinking time' or to let it sink in to increase the impact of the [[DelayedReaction subsequent reaction]]. For the actor, it indicates a change in thought process. Occasionally it will come just ''before'' the punch line, as a "here it comes" signal to the audience.
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