Scene by Scene Notes
Scene by Scene Notes MCA 276
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Rk18370p on Thursday April 14, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to MCA 276 at Pace University taught by Prof LaRosa in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 47 views. For similar materials see Story Idea Development in Communication at Pace University.
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Date Created: 04/14/16
Scene by Scene Analysis Notes 4/14/16 Back to Basics Character goal > problem > how to they solve it o Character must move through a series of problems o Watching someone solve their problems and succeed or not is the point of the story a. Solving problems Character development Twists and turns o When developing story, you should start with the ending and work backwards Obstacles o Escalation a. Showing the opposite of what character wants Lonely or isolation to friends Poor to rich b. Change the physical world Bring in a new location, with new people Putting them in a new environment changes the goals, abilities, and problems to solve c. Change what protagonist chooses d. Change what protagonist doesn’t choose e. Make declarative statement Everything is going to be ok f. Character epiphanies or rock bottoms Realizes characters power or strength Make character do extreme things g. Birth and Death Literally and figuratively o Dream job o Michael was born into new role of the Godfather o Death of a marriage o Death of innocence h. Seven deadly sins i. Predators Things that are very powerful and out of the control of everyone in the film Audience knows about predators before characters do Character establishment o Actions vs activities a. Actions Things that are undoable Change the course of the story b. Activities Show who the character is Secondary characters can show new sides to your character Twists, Turns, Setbacks Scene by Scene Analysis Notes 4/14/16 o Fatal flaw Stakes/Extreme Behaviors/Universal Desires o Must have clear stakes, different that character goals a. What happens when the character doesn’t get what they want b. Find deeper meaning Write everything you know about character or make it up Past relationships and family relationships o Stakes must be compelling, but not life or death necessarily o Should be easy to relate to Resolution
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