8Challenge? Want to tell their story Want to tell it in unique manner Can’t confuse the audience!Not saying they need to “dumb it down”
9History of Storytelling (in Hollywood) Beginnings (1910 – 1930)Independent producers / directors banding togetherStudio Era (1930 – 1940)12 films a yearActors with long-term contractsSimilar storiesGuidelines to follow
10New Hollywood (1960s – Present) Change in studiosAuteur (within the New Hollywood)Directors being individualsTelling stories artisticallySpielberg, Coppola, Lucas, Altman
11Return to Classical Storytelling (70s – Present) Pattern you already and subconsciously know…
12Plot DefinedChain of events occurring in time and space that are linked by cause and effect.Events and actions don’t happen randomly
13Easy to Follow? Classical storytelling may be easy to follow. But….that does not make them SIMPLE or childish!
14Patterns Classical Storytelling Plot Mountain Three Act Structure Intro, Body, ConclusionHero’s JourneyRemember from World Studies?
15Understandings Movie making is TIME intensive Most scripts don’t make it to productionMultiple revisions over scripts
16Understandings Items are WELL thought out. Pretty much everything IS intentionalWords saidOrderInflectionCostumingFraming
17Characters Traits assigned at first viewing Characters follow their traitsIF they break traits, it must be explained why / howCharacters are “round” and “consistent”
18Double Goal Orientation Character has one goalOften forced to CHANGE to anotherSecond line is often a love-interest line
19Examples – Double Goals The ProposalMargaret need to marry Andrew to become “legal”Falls in love…for realTitanicJack wants to get to AmericaFalls in love with RoseAlienShip is heading home from spaceMust fight off the AlienNO love interest
20Cause and Effect Character has a goal or set of goals. Most have 1 or 2 related goalsSomething gets in the way of the goal.Time crunch for completing goal(s)
21Examples – Time Crunch The Proposal Titanic Back to the Future Must be married and have info on new husband before being deportedTitanicUmmm….the ship is sinkingBack to the FutureMust reach the goals before his messed up history causes him not to be born (fading picture)Star WarsMust destroy Death Star before Rebel base is in firing range
22Tools to Make These Understandable Rule of ThreeImportant items will be repeated at least THREE timesBiblical (Think back to archetypes!)May not be in the SAME EXACT method
24Sound Bridge Sound from one scene bleeds over to other scenes. Parents talking about daughter’s piano playing abilityShot of daughter practicingHear END of parents’ talking while visually seeing the girl practicing.Piano music starts playing before the scene of parents ends.
25Dialogue Hook Character will say something…. That “something” pops up on the screenSilence of the LambsLecter: “Our little Billy must already be searching for that next special lady…”Next scene: Woman who will be the murder’s next victim
26Dangling Cause Something you see / hear early in the film. But….takes a while for it to return to importance
27Dangling Cause Examples Raiders of the Lost ArkIndy HATES snakes (plane)In vault – snakes everywhereBack to the FuturePlutonium reported missing (stolen by Libyans)Radiation box seen (in Doc’s room)Plutonium needed to power the time machineWHO comes to kill Doc?
28How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days Andie decides she will do more research on an article she wishes to write called "how to loose a guy in ten days."Benjamin makes known the opinion that he can make any woman fall in love with him in less than ten days.