A minilogue is short monologue that occurs in film and TV when one character has 5-7 lines of dialogue.
The focus is on the one character during this time and it is all one shot. It’s usually a very pivotal part of the story in which the character is revealing an important thought or piece of information.
A minilogue is a demo reel editor’s dream scene, as it allows the viewer a good 20-30 seconds of uninterrupted coverage of the actor.
Many have tried to copy Create Your Reel’s signature minilogues, but to be an effective scene, the minilogue must:
- Feel as if it is truly from the middle of a scene
- Have a recognizable premise
- Be immediately clear who the character is and to whom they are speaking
- Be believable in why the camera would be on the actor for the entire period of time
- It has a confusing premise
- It goes on way too long without a camera cut
- Another character speaks off camera
- The relationship between the two characters is unclear
- Background and/or clothing does not match situation