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Directors Tell the Story, 2nd Edition by Mary Lou Belli, Bethany Rooney

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Chapter 2

Breaking Down the Script for Character

Once you have identified the story and its structure, you have more analysis to do, this time involving the characters of your story. Though the plot is the structure of every movie or television episode, it is the characters in that story that create the conflict. First, you need to find out who these characters are.

Making a COW Chart

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You should start with a “COW chart” for each character. What is a COW chart? Mary Lou wants to give credit where it is due. The term was so named by the Innercity Filmmakers group of students she co-taught with actress Yvette Nicole Brown (Community, The Odd Couple ...

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