O'Reilly logo

Global Scriptwriting by Ken Dancyger

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

——————1——————

THE BASICS

 

In order to understand the basics of script—premise, character, structure, and all the dramatic properties of film narrative—we need to consider a number of questions whose answers will conceptualize the substance of this chapter. What is storytelling? How does it relate to our lives? And why do certain stories succeed in affecting us, and others fail? These questions are our starting point.

It's best to begin with a central term, drama, a term that is usually associated with the stage and with theater critics. The term itself implies conflict. If Macbeth didn't want to become king, with the sitting king as a barrier to his goal, there would be no conflict in Shakespeare's play. If the warring families in Romeo and ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required