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CTCS Lecture Notes Week 2

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CTCS Lecture Notes Week 2 CTCS 190

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Casper's second lecture TA discussion notes Script, elements of script Plot, elements of plot Structure
Introduction to Cinema
Drew Casper
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Emma Morrissey on Friday September 2, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to CTCS 190 at University of Southern California taught by Drew Casper in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 78 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Cinema in Cinema And Media Studies at University of Southern California.


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Date Created: 09/02/16
8/30/16 Scripts ● Original Script ○ Something written for the screen ● Adaptation script ○ Script that is adapted from a book ○ Can be loosely adapted ○ Can be faithful adaptation ○ Can be strict adaptation ● Types of scripts ○ Writer’s script- framework, not to be read like a book ■ Includes catalyst, blueprint, springboard ● The writer is important but not the author of the motion picture ● Genre locks writers into plots/conventions ○ Genre itself writes the movie ● Writer writes according to his/her culture ● The director could be the author of the film because it can be interpreted ● The producer also contributes ■ Dialogue ■ Character ■ Setting ■ Action ○ Technical Script/ Director’s script ■ Technically annotated ■ What is seen and heard ○ Published Script ○ Film itself ● My Stepmother is an Alien ○ Took 7 years to develop ○ About child abuse ● Paddy Chayefsky Won 3 Academy Awards for writing ○ Marty 1955, Network 1976 ○ Altered States was not written the way he had intended so he had his name removed from the credits ● Film title ○ Tells about the movie ○ First way that the writer has to express the theme ○ Tells about the subject of the movie ○ Same subjects can have different themes ○ Details can make events more personal ■ Provide mood, emotion, story ■ Without detail, it just sounds like life; habitual, routine ■ Assimilate when we remember something ● Recall events in story form (with details) ○ “Storytellers are magicians”and a writer is a teller of stories ● Plot ○ A story is a stylization of life ● Characteristic style is called plot ● Author’s sequence of production: ○ Life - Story - Plot ● Cause and effect that are connected in space and time ○ Causality and connection ○ Revolved around a character ● Chronological order ● Elements of plot ○ Character: A person with a goal; protagonist ■ Character is revealed through the plot and interactions ■ Lighting, angles, color, musical score, tone of voice, facial expressions, body language, s​ ilences, reactions ○ Character progresses and regresses until the audience knows whether or not the goal will be achieved ■ This point is the climax ○ Obstruction from achieving the goal; conflict; antagonist ■ Person ■ Group of people ■ Nature ■ Social structure ○ Suspense to hold the audience ○ Setting ■ Where and when a story takes place ● Time: period, Season, duration of time in the character’s life ■ Perspective ● First Person inside/outside ● Third person inside/multiple/omniscient ● First person inside is not very often used because the campea would have to be the character ● Motif- repeated words/images/ideas. Emphasis. Structuring element ● Allusions- a reference to events or feelings, meaning, continuity, builds connections with the audience ○ Termination/Conclusion ● A character’s goals are colored by genre ● Love is usually part of the goal ● Paradigm expands in 1940s to homosexual love Structure ● Aristotle published a book in 384 BC called Poetics ○ Linear structure​/Traditional structure ○ Still used today ○ Studied theaters and the way that people would react to plays even though they had already seen them before ○ Found the common elements that all of the successful stories had and shared his analysis ● Sometimes there are breaks in time/space and the story line is broken up in ​episodic structure ○ Looser than linear structure ● No particular order in the story line ○ Contextual structure ● The reasoning behind which structure is used is just as important Configuration: Narrative The way a story is told How the plot unfolds ● Objective/Subjective ● How many stories told at once ● Chronological? 9/1/16 ● Ways to tell story ○ Chronological ○ Achronological ○ Parallel ● Story ○ Diagesis ■ Exists in the world of the movie ○ Non-diagetic ■ Formal elements outside the world of the film ● Narrative ○ Linear ■ Causality; A is followed by B is followed by C ○ Episodic ■ Connected by events but not time ○ Contextual ■ ● Formalism- the film is the most important part


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