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Notes: CTCS WEEK 2 NOTES Script : Original script: A script written for the screen Adaptation: Comes from another source (film, book, play) Loose adaptation Faithful/ strict adaptation Writer’s script : The thrust, springboard, guide, blueprint from which other types of scripts follow -Writer plays pivotal role, but is not “author” of movie (due to other influences) -“Development stage” – many writers contribute (serves to disempower the huge power of the writer -Genre is a writer (suspense thriller, musical) -Culture is a writer -Writer often departs production once it has started, but sometimes stays if s/he has “clout” (profitable films under belt) 4 Elements of Script: *Characters – *Action – *Dialogue – *Setting – “Director’s script/ shooting script”: Director annotates (cameras, filters, music) -Strong director has vision, hires writers accordingly -Writer can direct own movie -An actor’s persona can be a writer as well -The preview audience can help write the movie -Director and Producer Film text (what is actually in the film) Published script: Transcribed from actual movie -Everyone in Hollywood sees themselves as writers -In plays, no one can change script without writer’s consent. Not true at all in movies. -!981: Jericho Stone writes of child abuse (before it was a popular discussion topic), a harrowing melodrama, wanted by every studio. For 7 years (1988) script went through many drafts, ended up as “My Stepmother was an Alien”! -Patty Chayefski won 3 academy awards, his last script was “Altered States”. Not true to his script, so he ordered them to take his name off. Bottom Line: Makers of film can do whatever they want to scripts Writer Contributes: -Title (tells you what movie is about, catches your attention) *Title “Some Like it Hot” tells of jazz, romanticism, time period “jazz age” -Subject of a movie (what it is about) -Theme (attitude toward a subject) Memories can only be contained an followed in story mode. A writer creates magic when stringing words together in a story that one is able to follow. -Writer is a teller of stories which NOURISH SOUL!! -When a writer stylizes life, it is a story.
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- Plot: History of events - Causality : A causes B, B causes C which is caused by A, etc -Connection with space & time - All must be organized around a goal oriented character , “protagonist” in context *Progression: Goals are realized *Regression: The conflict; obfuscation of protagonist’s goals *Climax: The major conflict *Goals are organized by genre, also by heterosexual romance - Direction/ sequence of events - Closure Dramatic Structure: (Linear, classical, Aristotelian) -Aristotle came up with rules of poetics by studying works of other writers that were still popularly performed -Has strict order Episodic Structure: Has episodes, then breaks Contextual orthomatic structure (harder to follow, not very ordered) -Configurations of story: (chronological, objective/ subjective, parallels) Characters are revealed by their words/ actions, the words/ actions of others, the angles a director
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2008 for the course CTCS 190 taught by Professor Casper during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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