Chapter 16

Styles and Dramatic Structures

Films — like literature, painting, music, dance, theater (and all forms of art) — come in many shapes and sizes. This book concentrates on the narrative/dramatic form of film, but obviously, even here there is great variety. In this chapter we will explore some of that variety as it is manifested in a film's style and dramatic structure, while simultaneously looking for similarities in dramatic and cinematic categories they may all share. And we will also continue to explore aspects of the directing craft particular to each film.

Style, first of all, grows out of the requirements of the story being told. A romantic comedy is told differently from a thriller. An action film is told differently from a ...

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