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Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers, 3rd Edition by James Thomas

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CHAPTER 1

Action Analysis

Formalist Analysis proceeds by gathering lots of detailed information from the play and then drawing general conclusions about the whole work. It uses an orderly collection of close-ups to form the big picture. This process is called inductive reasoning; from the verb induce, meaning the act of bringing forward facts or particulars. Formalist Analysis is time-consuming and thorough because it attempts to cover all the dramatic potentials of a play. This quality of thoroughness almost guarantees its functional success. Unfortunately, thoroughness is also lengthy and loaded with fine points. In the middle of a project readers can become at times so involved in the details that they lose sight of the whole play. They cannot ...

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