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The Director's Idea by Ken Dancyger

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Appendix: Finding the Director’s Idea

This appendix is intended to offer you practical guidelines for finding the director’s idea for your project. We begin with a deep reading of the script.

Strategy for Reading the Script

Three crucial questions should emerge from the first reading:

  1. What is the genre or story form? Each story form has a different dramatic shape and presentation of character and deployment of plot.
  2. Who is the main character and his or her goal? There should be a distinct main character with a clear goal.
  3. What is the character arc, or, to put it another way, how will the experience of the story change the main character? You should be able to identify the state of the character at the beginning of the story and how the character ...

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