The Power of Emotional Structure in Film and Television Drama

FILM TV X 430.72

We are all familiar with the motion picture or TV drama whose plot falls nicely into place like pieces of a puzzle, logical in every way, yet unmoving; its meaning unexpressed; its promise unfulfilled. Why does this happen?…

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What you will learn.

  • Learn to work within the complex structure of screenwriting to create rich, emotional stories
  • Explore craft issues of plot, character, and theme to hone in on the emotional truth of your story
  • Develop a map of your story's structure to help you stay true to your story's purpose

About this course:

We are all familiar with the motion picture or TV drama whose plot falls nicely into place like pieces of a puzzle, logical in every way, yet unmoving; its meaning unexpressed; its promise unfulfilled. Why does this happen? Clearly, understanding plot is not the same as understanding writing. And cinema makes demands on the screenwriter that are uniquely challenging and go far beyond the simplicity of a "beginning, middle, and end." Big screen or small, these creative problems can be as hard to pin down as they are to solve, and always reside in the story simmering beneath the plot. This is what Emmy Award-winning instructor Peter Dunne calls "Emotional Structure," and without it a script can feel empty and superficial, and fail to convey the essence of what is trying to be said. This workshop covers the key craft issues of plot, story, characters, and theme, with a concentration on the emotional current beneath the plot as the connective tissue and driving force of your ideas. The course goal is to clearly define, develop, and articulate your story's dramatic depth, and to map its structure as you write your script's outline.
Suggested Prerequisites

It is advisable that you complete the following (or equivalent) since they are prerequisites for The Power of Emotional Structure in Film and Television Drama.

One feature film or television writing course.

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