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Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre by Lenore DeKoven

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Analysis of Script

Genre

Now that you have armed yourself with the security of a throughline, the next step is analysis of the script. That is, the examination of the text for information regarding genre, structure, the givens, etc. Let us start with genre. Is it a comedy? If so, is it farce (i.e., the film The Three Stooges, the play Noises Off) or satire (i.e., most Tom Stoppard plays or the film The Player), comedy of manners (Moliére or Noel Coward), or the comedy of situation and character (Neil Simon)? Is it drama, i.e., tragedy, mystery, horror, domestic drama, etc.? If it is a screenplay, is it fast action (Fast and Furious), heavy on hardware (Terminator), or more reliant on special effects than interpersonal ...

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