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TFDP066, Screenwriting, Week 2

by: Christine Alcanar

TFDP066, Screenwriting, Week 2 MCS 066

Christine Alcanar
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These notes cover week 2 of the course.
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Christine Alcanar on Saturday October 8, 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 4 views. For similar materials see Screenwriting: How Movies Work in Screen Writing at University of California Riverside.


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Date Created: 10/08/16
TFDP066 What Type of Film is “Inception”? • Inception is a Golden Fleece movie, because the protagonist goes on a heist but, along the way, he then discovers more about himself. • Theme of Inception: guilt leads to a desperate act The World of the Story • What are the differences between the opening image and the world of the story? ✓ Opening Image: the hook, sets up the world of the story ✓ World of the Story: can never be a “typical” setting, find a way to make the world specific and unique, it becomes another character of a story The best opening image will make the audience think: “I should’ve known this all along” by the end of the movie. • The Opening Image of Seven (film) with Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt ✓ Morgan Freeman: meticulous detective, asks a lot of questions, not only book smart, but also street smart (because he brings a switch blade) ✓ Brad Pitt: heroic, the “gung-ho” detective ✓ LosAngeles: rainy, gritty, ugly ✓ Morgan Freeman’s home: he lives alone, no decoration, basic apartment ✓ The Murderer’s Montage: shaves fingerprints off, writes a lot, obsessive, graphic images, last words of the song: “It gets me closer to God.” Basic Screenplay Structure • Aristotle: 3-Act Structure (Beginning, Middle, and End) ✓ Beginning: character flaw, stasis and then something occurs (the catalyst) ✓ Middle: character tries to fight against change but realizes his responsibility ✓ End: catastrophe that concludes, catharsis (purging of emotion) • Russin/Downs Film Story Structure: ✓ Opening Balance: stasis, the introduction of the normative world of the story ✓ Opening Event: unique moment in the character’s life that changes everything ✓ The Disturbance: when the character becomes thrown into the main situation ✓ The End of the Beginning: when the character tries to fight against the change ✓ Major Dramatic Question: the character looks within themselves to make a decision towards the disturbance ✓ Conflicts, Crises, Obstacles & Complications/Reversal ✓ RisingAction: conflicts continue and the character develops a niche for the new life The Dark Moment: a turn in the movie, when the character finally fails and ✓ have to reconsider everything ✓ Enlightenment: character learns something about themselves which helps find a solution to the situation Climax: the final event that may turn out to be either a success or failure ✓ ✓ Catharsis: absolute emotion, purging of emotion


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