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 A beat is the smallest unit of conflict. Sequences of beats create a larger conflict.  Four parts of a beat: › Objective › Obstacle › Action › Inner.

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2  A beat is the smallest unit of conflict. Sequences of beats create a larger conflict.  Four parts of a beat: › Objective › Obstacle › Action › Inner Image

3  An objective is what the character wants. › What do I want now, and from whom?  Why are objectives important? › An objective is the reason why people act. › An objective is the reason why a person speaks. › If an actor doesn’t know why they are doing or saying something, the audience won’t know either.

4 Examples Non-examples  to enrapture you  to torment you  to seduce you  to amuse you  to win approval  to soften  to stall  to kill  eating dinner  checking pockets  Walking  Talking  to scramble

5  An obstacle is something (physical, mental, time, place, etc.) that stands in the way of action. An obstacle creates the conflict and the tension. › What is preventing me from attaining my objective?  Why are obstacles important? › An obstacle focuses action and increases intensity. › If an actor doesn’t have an obstacle, no suspense or interest is created for the audience.

6 Examples  no silverware  empty wallet  driver’s indifference  poor visibility  tiredness  girlfriend doesn’t listen

7  An action is a physical activity. Something you can do. › What will I do to overcome my obstacle?  Why are actions important? › Audiences remember what you do. › The audience cannot see your emotions or feelings. They can only see your actions. › Actions are immediate.

8 Strong Actions Weak Actions  To moan  To escape  To needle  To collapse  To spotlight  To scramble  To coo  To cuddle  To whine  To avoid  To annoy  To complain  To fall  To blame

9  An inner image is a mental picture that affects your psyche and actions. › What image of your life is similar in emotion to what the character is feeling?  Why are inner images important? › Playwrights create real characters, but do not describe their feelings. You must connect to the character to create a believable performance.

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