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Introduction to the Elements of Drama

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Transcript of Introduction to the Elements of Drama

Introduction to the Elements of Drama
Reading a Play
Reading a play is very different from reading a short story or novel. In a play, there are no long descriptions of setting or characters. Instead, the action of the play is told through dialogue and stage directions. The dialogue reveals what the characters are like and what the plot is. The stage directions help you, as a reader, see the setting in your mind as well as what the characters look like.
Drama History
The word "drama" comes from the Greek word, “Dran.”
Performing Drama
A drama tells a story and includes such elements as character, setting, plot, and theme.
Words to Know
A
script
is the written form of a play.
Elements of Drama: Scenes and Acts
An
act
is a group of two or more scenes that form a major division of a play.
Elements of Drama: Dramatic Speech
Dialogue
: A conversation among characters in a play.
Elements of Drama: Cast of Characters
A
cast of characters
is a list that describes who is in the play and often how they are related to each other.
The word "dran" means "to do" or "to act."
Greek Amphitheatre

A drama is written to be performed in a theater OR to be performed on screen or film.
A
scriptwriter
is the author of a television or movie script.
A
playwright
is the author of a play.
A
scene
is one part of the action, usually happening in a particular time and place.
Monologue
: A long speech by one single character (consisting of their private thoughts). Also referred to as a soliloquy.
Elements of Drama: Setting
Setting
is where and when the play takes place.

Elements of Drama: Stage Directions
Stage directions
describe details of the setting and sound effects as well as directing characters how to speak their lines, move, act, and look.
Teleplay Terms
In a play, the setting is usually described in a note or stage direction at the opening of the play and each scene.
Found in brackets [ ]
Describe scenery and how characters speak
C, Center Stage
L, Stage Left
R, Stage Right
U, Upstage or Rear
D, Downstage or Front
Teleplay Terms Continue
Fade In
: The picture gradually
appears on the screen.
Pan
: A swiveling movement of the camera from one side to another.
Long Shot
: A camera shot from far off.
Fade to Black
: The picture gradually disappears until all that remains is a blank screen.
Cut To
: A sudden change from one scene or character to another.
Close-Up
: A camera shot that is very close to its subject.
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