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TFDP 066, Week 1 Notes

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TFDP 066, Week 1 Notes MCS 066

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These notes cover week 1 of Introduction to Screenwriting.
Screenwriting: How Movies Work
The Staff
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Screenwriting, movies, films




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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Christine Alcanar on Friday September 30, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to MCS 066 at University of California Riverside taught by The Staff in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 2 views. For similar materials see Screenwriting: How Movies Work in Screen Writing at University of California Riverside.


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Date Created: 09/30/16
TFDP 066 Blake Snyder’s Ten Types of Movies 1. Monster in the House: needs a secluded area, a monster/creature, circulates around a great sin and needs to be avenged, and characters must run and hide. 2. The Golden Fleece: a road trip or journey, a quest or a heist, needs to get the treasure, and in the end, the hero finds his or herself. Out of the Bottle: a wish fulfillment fantasy, gifted with magic or good fortune, it becomes a 3. blessing and a curse, and in the end, the protagonist realizes that he or she must sacrifice his or her power. 4. Dude with a Problem: begins with an average man or woman, then they have to face an extraordinary problem, and have to overcome the huge feat. 5. Rites of Passage: a type of coming of age story, feels as if character is receiving torment from outside forces, “Get Over It!” movie. 6. Buddy Love: about friendship or romance, idealizes relationships. 7. Whydunit: movie is about the why instead of the who, the audience becomes the detective, and in the end, there is a dark discovery, makes us think: are we really this evil? 8. The Fool Triumphant: about the fool versus the establishment, the foolish character undermines the institutions, and the “insider” accomplice becomes the victim because he or she is the only person who can see through the fool. Institutional: stories revolving around groups, teams, and families, shows the group 9. members sacrificing for the institution, then there’s the newcomer who shows that the institution’s goal is a sham 10. Superhero: focuses on an extraordinary individual in a mediocre world, and shows the hero’s struggle of being misunderstood, but we love these movies because of the hero’s sacrifice for the betterment of the community. What is the Opening Image? • Sets the tone, the mood, the attitude of the rest of the movie • “Before the Snapshot of the Hero before the story begins,” Snyder ✓ Characterizes the protagonist before his/her journey begins Which Is More Important: Plot or Character? • Aristotle says that plot is more important: ✓ Fate controls the players ✓ Whatever decisions we make are already foretold, so whatever qualities the person has does not really matter in the end because the actions/the events will still occur ★ The industry will look at the story first, but characters are also important. • But characters help make the story relatable to an audience! The Theme of a Story • Egri’s Theme Formula: Character Trait + Conflict Words = End of the Story ✓ Foolish generosity leads to…being taken advantaged of…then ends with standing up for his or herself. ✓ Self-loathing leads to…melancholic and depressing action…then ends with hopefully a change in attitude. ✓ Honesty defeats…miscommunication and misinformation…but may end with a blunt and forward argument or discussion. Prudishness leads to…frustration with oneself…then ends with a rebellion or ✓ desire to become more scandalous. ✓ Arrogance leads to…underestimating the situation…then ends with learning to become humble. Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs 1. Transcendence: helping others to self-actualize 2. Self-actualization: personal growth, self-fulfillment 3. Aesthetic needs: beauty, balance, form, etc 4. Cognitive needs: knowledge, meaning, self-awareness 5. Esteem needs: achievement, status, responsibility, reputation 6. Belongingness and Love needs: family, affection, relationships, work group 7. Safety needs: protection, security, order, law, limits, stability 8. Biological and Physiological needs: basic life needs, air, food, shelter, warmth The bottom of the list shows the fundamental necessities for humans and affecting these categories will cause more of a reaction out of the audience.


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