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Classical Storytelling and Contemporary Screenwriting by Brian Price

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The Agents of the Action

“Again, Tragedy is the imitation of an action; and an action implies personal agents, who necessarily possess certain distinctive qualities of CHARACTER and THOUGHT … and these are the two natural causes from which actions spring, and on actions again all success or failure depends.”

(Poetics, Part VI)

We’ll get back to structure and delve much more deeply into it soon. But first, we need to switch gears.

As we’ve discussed, and then discussed some more for good measure, the most important element of any drama is the STORY.

And while the story may be predicated on a hero’s objective, essential to every good one is that the pursuit of that objective changes them in some fundamental way.

Whether ...

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