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TFDP 166A Screenwriting Introduction Week 4

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TFDP 166A Screenwriting Introduction Week 4 TFDP 166A

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This class includes general comments on our three to five page outline, how some movies introduce their character, and what is due for next week.
Screenwriting : Introduction
Robin Russin
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Maira Brogniart on Tuesday October 18, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to TFDP 166A at University of California Riverside taught by Robin Russin in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see Screenwriting : Introduction in Theatre Film and Digital Film Production at University of California Riverside.

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Date Created: 10/18/16
Screenwriting : Introduction (TFDP 166A) Week 4 10/18/2016 (No Week 3 because professor was absent) Go online to see the new syllabus with changed due dates. General correction of outline - Use active voice, present progressive. Verb, not Be + Verb-ing - Be the shorter possible - Evoid big block of sentences, make paragraphs. - Give titles to chapter, or what it is about It Happened One Night, 1934 with Clark Gable, directed by Frank Capra The feminine character is overly dramatic, she got married, she is rich. The board stewarts are frightened by them because her dad is captain. It is time of Great Depression. She runs away from him again, she looses everything, which is a big tabloid. She learns what it is to have nothing, Clark Gable, the antagonist, will learn what it is to care about someone. She is smart, she get someone else to buy her ticket. Gable is also smart, he is a reporter. He got fans. He got fired. He threw newspaper by the window, clearing the seat for himself, this is what he really thinks about news. He has a funny sense of humor. She begin to loose more and more clothes, so he gives her his clothes. He does nursering acts, that means character is meant to be liked, he cooks for her. Natural gravity that pushes her on his shoulder while she is sleeping means that it is were she is supposed to be, even if they don't know it. Beasts of the Southern Wild, 2012 The character is 5, she has some poetry from her father, she is naive. Their world is full of animals, full of life. She is in touch with this rich natural world. « Some day the water will raise and flow everything » : it seems like the big barrier that separate her from the modern world is the antagonist. It is a children point of view, a child magical prospective. She sees magic wherever she goes. In the first minutes you know her, her dad, her world. As Good As It Gets, by James L. Brooks Jack Nicholson throws his dog in the trashes. So you know that it is an asshole, her neighbour thinks it is a great day until she sees him. He is a succesful writer of romance novels, because he can imagine it. We have an antagonist with a sick child, the only woman who can stand him, a waitress, and he likes her. He will figures out where she lives because he needs her. In her place, they act like a married couple : he asks for her to cook, she says she doesn't want him to try to educate her son. Finally, she needs him to take her son to the hospital. The evolution of his arc is do nice things. They have mentor character (they don't have to die in comedies, contrary to action movie). Aristotle, Poetics Hybris = thinking you are a god controling your creatures but they are not really under your control (ex : Frankenstein, Westworld, Jurassik Park). Desire (the thing that you want) drives you to a conflict that shows what is your need (the thing you have to get to make your life better or achieve your goal). For next class (send them saturday), write the first 5-6 pages to your script and do chapter 6, 7 and 8 exercises.


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