Intro To Cinema Class Notes

Intro To Cinema Class Notes - 8/31 Script/Screenplay...

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8/31 Script/Screenplay Original: written directly for the screen Adaptations: based off of other works Writers Script 1. Characters 2. Dialogue 3. Action 4. Setting (Where-When) Director’s/Technical Script Film Itself =Text=The thousand and one people and a thousand and one elements Published Script Everything the actually transpires on the screen on final cut Authorship Dilemma in a Film Development of script can take up to 25 people to complete Genre inscribes the rules of writing Culture also influences because writer has to plug into the script Actors: writers write with persona of actor Audience sometimes writes Chaplain took his show on the road extended good parts Writers are disesteemed because Hollywood is about power Others don’t like the power of the writer In traditional theatre writers are respected What does the writer contribute? Title- the shortest Subject- what the movie is about Theme- attitude towards the subject Story helps us to assess and understand our life so that we can move beyond the stories A good writer is magic The magic of helping us make sense of our lives and thus helping us move on Confront what happened experience the emotion and move on
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Plot History of events that aspire within the work 1) Causality 2) Connection (Space and Time) of events 3) Events organized around protagonist (who has hope, dream or goal) Suspense- can’t show all the action. you have to select the crucial events. the events should build suspense. people want to see the next action Conclusion Genre and the Heterosexual Love Story color the plot LIFE is stylized by STORY which is in turn is stylized by PLOT NARRATIVE consists of Structure and Configuration Three Basic Structure linear plot structure: Beginning middle and end 384-347 Poetics Aristotle:zm classic Greek drama formula Episodic structure- episodes arranged around space and time Contextual structure- connected by characters or motifs Configurations within structure (attitudes) Chronological or achronological May be telling two or three stories at once Conscious levels and unconscious levels Ob/Subjectivity Character What people say and say about them and they do and do to them What an actor looks like Silence and reaction (doing nothing) (no other literature can do this) Cinematography and music Setting (Where and When) (seasons) Point of View The way with which the audience is presented with the matters of the story 1 st person inside the story (almost never) 1 st person outside the story Omnicient (known what all characters are saying and doing) Multiple POV All About Eve Motif: phrase or image repeated to create connection Allusion = Eve is biblical Life is theatre Point of View: we only see Eve from others point of view
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(9/7) Performance “Film begins with the human face.” Hitchcock: “Film is about the desire to connect.” We are all actors and we all act Acting is hard to describe Actor gives beats, intonation, volume and silence to the words Actor gives gesture and posture to the actions
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2010 for the course CTCS 190 taught by Professor Casper during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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Intro To Cinema Class Notes - 8/31 Script/Screenplay...

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