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Film Studies: Structure

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on 18 February 2014

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Transcript of Film Studies: Structure

1. Opening Image
2. Theme Stated
3. Set-up
4. Catalyst
5. Debate
6. Break into Two
7. B Story
8. Fun and Games
The Blake Snyder Beat Sheet (page 70)
9. Midpoint
10. Bad Guys Close In
11. All is Lost
12. Dark Night of the Soul
13. Break into Three
14. Finale
15. Final Image
CATALYST
ACT I
pp. 1-30
ACT II
pp.31-90
ACT III
pp.91-120
BREAK INTO 2
MIDPOINT
BREAK INTO 3
FINALE
CATALYST
BREAK INTO TWO
MIDPOINT
BREAK INTO THREE
FINALE
The INCITING INCIDENT that sparks the hero's journey.
The hero begins their journey and enters A NEW WORLD.
A FALSE VICTORY and/or a FALSE DEFEAT that raises the stakes for the hero.
That moment just after all seems lost where the hero FINDS THEIR INNER STRENGTH.
The CLIMAX, and the ultimate SHOWDOWN between good and evil.
A HERO
an OUTER WANT

STANDARD RECIPE FOR:
the "thing" they seek
an INNER NEED
the deeper change they require
CAN YOU IDENTIFY EACH HERO'S:
OUTER WANT & INNER NEED?
THE LION KING
THE WIZARD OF OZ
ALADDIN
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
STRUCTURE
WARM-UP:
Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
FILL IN THE BLANKS WITH YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE
COPY THIS PARAGRAPH
WHAT TYPES OF THINGS MIGHT HAPPEN IN EACH ACT?
JAKE SULLY arrives at the Navii's home
in Pandora.
BELLE and THE BEAST share an evening of dinner and dancing.
LORD FARQUAAD sends SHREK and DONKEY to slay a dragon.
CADY is invited to sit with THE PLASTICS, who welcome her.
TONY STARK is left for dead, until Jarvis restores emergency power.
Krypton is collapsing, so JOR-EL sends his son into space.
LUKE SKYWALKER returns home to find his uncle and aunt have been murdered.
COMMIDUS forces MAXIMUS into gladiatorial combat with a mortal wound.
A letter summons one male from each household to serve in the Chinese army.
DAVID CLARK assembles a fake family and arrives in Mexico.
BRODY is told that Amity killed its deadly shark, but it attacks again.
Fight Club becomes so popular that it evolves into Project Mayhem.
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OPENING IMAGE
THEME STATED
SET-UP
DEBATE
B-STORY
FUN & GAMES
BAD GUYS CLOSE IN
ALL IS LOST
DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
FINAL IMAGE
Sets the tone. Gives an clue about a main character or main idea.
The "message" of the movie. Often spoken indirectly.
Plot exposition. Should be done subtly to establish the stakes.
Hero(es) weigh their options before starting their journey.
The subplot. Often a new group of characters.
The kind of stuff you see on the one sheet or trailer.
The tide starts to turn against the hero.
The lowest of the low. Often a death of a mentor / loved one.
The hero's soul-searching before breaking into III.
The "new world." Often a mirror of the opening image.
Meet
the hero
False victory/defeat
A mentor dies
The lowest point
Hero forced to leave home.
A romantic
"meet cute"
A traumatic flashback
An
epic showdown
A wild car chase
We
meet
the sidekick
The hero gets captured
We
hear a
voiceover
Racing to the rescue
The hero conquers their fear
Meet the villain
TAKE-HOME UNIT EXAM
script, screenplay, and story basics
LOGLINE ELEMENTS
GOOD DIALOGUE BASICS
THE HERO'S JOURNEY
BASIC PLOT POINTS
THREE ACT STRUCTURE
"SAVE THE CAT"
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