SCRIPT WRTING COURSE
ADVANCED SCRIPT STRUCTURE FOR FICTION
A News. An Idea
: Character. Research
Rebuilding the News.
Paradigms and Archetypes.
The voice of the Character.
Count for the House.
- What is FICTION? - What is the difference between an anecdote or news, and a STORY? - What is DRAMA? - Where do we find a good IDEA to build a fictional PLOT? - Reading of journalistic news with dramatic potential, which the student must carry from the first session.
What moves the Protagonist of each story? WHO IS IT? WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? WHERE DOES IT GO? - What is your DRAMATIC NEED? Motive, intention and objective. - What is your DRAMATIC CONFLICT?
- THE 7 ARCHETYPES of character, according to Cristopher Vogler: The hero, the herald, the mentor, the guardian of the threshold, the shadow, the changing form, the liar. - THE HERO'S JOURNEY, according to Joseph Campbell: The call to adventure, the refusal of the call, the supernatural help, the crossing of the first threshold, the tavern, the meeting with the goddess, reconciliation with the father, apotheosis, grace final, refusal to return, the magical flight, rescue from outside, the crossing of the return threshold, the return home.
- SYD FIELD SCHEME: The parameters applied in Hollywood. - Exercise to do and read in class: Tell the newspaper story with a LINEAR and NON-LINEAR structure, based on the Argument worked on and respecting the basic structure of Syd Field. - What is the CLIMAX in each story, and why? - What SUB-FRAMES can be identified in each of the Arguments, and when are they resolved? What is your function? - What is the PREMISE of each story? And what is the THEME?
-DIALOGUE as action. Form and content. -What does a good dialogue reveal? Informative dialogues. Explanatory dialogues. - The IDIOLECT: Each character has a way of speaking that distinguishes him. - The SUB-TEXT: When the character does not say what he really wants to say. - SCENIC TASKS. - Other NARRATIVE RESOURCES: When dialogue is not necessary. - VOICE OFF: When to use it and when not?
- The scene. Time and space. - The PLANE. Minimum Narrative Unit. - When do we open a scene? When do we close it? - Structure of 3 acts applied to the scene. - FORMAT of cinematographic script. - The DIMENSIONS. Its function and application. - ELLIPSIS and TRANSITIONS. - The CINEMATOGRAPHIC GRAMMAR. Terminology applied to the script. SESSION 7: Script Workshop. The Trial by Fire. - Review and discussion of the scripts worked on in its 1st. treatment. - Analysis of Plot, Character, Structure, Dialogues and Narrative Resources. - Identify Theme and Premise in each one. SESSION 8: Script Workshop II. Writing is Rewriting. - Review and discussion of the scripts worked on in its 2nd. treatment. - Analysis of Plot, Character, Structure, Dialogues and Narrative Resources. - Identify Theme and Premise in each one