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Film Studies: Unit 9 - Drama

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on 12 May 2014

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Transcript of Film Studies: Unit 9 - Drama

UNIT 9: DRAMA
EMPATHY
the capacity to recognize emotions that are being experienced by another sentient or fictional being
DRAMA BORROWS ELEMENTS
FROM EACH OTHER GENRE
SUSPENSE / HORROR
RELIEF
ANXIETY
EXCITEMENT
ACTION / ADVENTURE
COMEDY
DRAMA
relies most heavily on the emotional development of realistic characters.
DRAMA
Believable Characters
Realistic Performances
Human Emotions
Compels us to Believe
STAGE vs. SCREEN
performers only get one take
play designed for many stagings
act to the back of the house
human connection is live
fixed audience perspective
little to manipulate in lighting/sound
limited number of sets and set pieces
performers get many takes
film designed for one staging
act for the camera (subtlety)
human connection is recorded
multiple shots/angles available
easy to manipulate lighting/sound
unlimited sets and set pieces
CATHARSIS
an emotional "cleansing" experienced by one or more characters and/or the audience
"ROUND CHARACTERS"
"FLAT CHARACTERS"
"STATIC CHARACTERS"
"DYNAMIC CHARACTERS"
Don't change, grow or evolve
Experience change, growth or evolution
Have depth, subtext, and unique personality
Lack depth and subtext, feel "stock"
Dialogue
Monologue
Body Language
Character Conflict
Lighting
Camera Angles
Sound
Close-ups
Reaction Shots
Long Shots
Special Effects
Communication & Silence
Adversarial Relationships
Eye Contact
Moving vs. Fixed Camera
INNER NEED
> OUTER WANT
What they learn
What they seek
In a character drama...
(Think Rick in Casablanca, Rocky Balboa)
Increasing Tension
Conflicting Agendas
Rapid Camera Movement
PACING
Dramatic movies require time and patience in order for audiences to connect with "human" characters.

As such, dramas typically boast the longest running times of all films.
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