Modern Doubling Technique

Step 3: Determine the Length of Each French Scene

The chart requires the addition of one more piece of information. We need to know the length of each French scene. This will determine whether the actors have enough time to exit the stage, change costume and re-enter as a new character. In verse text, counting lines is relatively easy, but for prose it is a little harder since the of length prose lines is dependent on the size of the page on which they are printed. We have set our text up so that a line of prose on our page will take roughly the same length of time to speak as a line of verse.

Try it Yourself

Count the lines for each of your scenes and enter them in the "# of lines in scene" cells of the chart. Click the "Check Line Numbers" button to see if you've counted the correct number of lines.