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Ray Morton February 7, Although Ray Morton can sometimes admire the ambition of complicated screenplay premises, he rarely finds them to be successful or effective. He explains his perspective. Screenplays are very good at being complex. Consider the scripts for such classic films as Citizen Kane, Casablanca, The Godfather, Chinatown, and Dog Day Afternoon, as well as more recent works like Django Unchained and Her — all of these screenplays have many, many layers to them: The movies made from these screenplays build upon and enhance these layers with additional strata of design, imagery and performances.
The results are very rich pieces that reward viewers with new discoveries and experiences every time they are viewed. Screenplays are much less good at being complicated.
There are several ways that screenwriters tend to complicate their scripts: Through the use of non-linear storytelling tales told via a preponderance of flashbacks, flash forwards, parallel narratives, dream or fantasy sequences, or asides.
By including multiple plotlines or an excess of subplots. By featuring a large cast of main characters — all with involved back stories, detailed journeys, and significant arcs — as opposed to one protagonist and a cast of supporting characters.
By telling a story set in multiple worlds across numerous time periods, in both reality and a fantasy world, and so on.
These are all very common elements in a majority of the spec scripts that I read. Although I can sometimes admire the ambition of these complicated scripts, I rarely find them to be successful or effective. There are a number of reasons for this. The primary one has to do with the way cinematic storytelling is accomplished.
Mainstream movies are drama and dramatic storytelling is all about build: An effective build depends on there being strong cause and effect between the events in the story — Event A sets up Event B, which pays off Event A and then sets up Event C and so on.
Complicated storytelling can be problematic in other ways: Complicated storytelling can keep readers and viewers from becoming sufficiently involved in the story. Because complications force the audience to put a great deal of their energy, attention, and focus into understanding how the story is being told, they often have less energy, attention, and focus to give to the story itself Scripts that tell complicated stories can be hard to grasp on a technical level.
In a movie that tells a non-linear story or one set in multiple worlds, it is sometimes possible for viewers to keep track of the constantly shifting changes if the visual styles production and costume design, cinematography, an so on of the individual segments are distinctive enough.
This is harder to do in a screenplay, in which no such indicators are available — words on a page all look the same and unless the narrative shifts are incredibly clear and precisely indicated which, unfortunately, they are not in many of the spec scripts I assess then the reader can quickly get lost.
Likewise, in a movie with a lot of main characters, viewers can tell the characters apart because they all look different. For all of these reasons, I feel that the ideal form for dramatic storytelling is a single, linear narrative focused on a single protagonist that takes place in a single world.
Because such an approach provides for maximum clarity, which allows for the clearest possible cause and effect and thus leads to maximum build and maximum impact. No, not at all.
The same is not true of Casablanca. What I am saying is that — like all narrative gimmicks — if you choose to employ a complicated narrative structure, make sure that it is absolutely vital to the story you are telling and not just because it is fashionable or trendy.
The out-of-order sequencing in Man of Steel is narratively pointless. Both are handy primers to the art, craft, and business of writing for the big and small screens.To promote, protect, and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow.
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She graduated from Episcopal School of Jacksonville last May and will be a first-year student at the University of Florida this fall, where she plans to major in Criminology and minor in Spanish. Forton International (plombier-nemours.com) has been instructed to provide advisory and property letting services on the first mall in Varna – the third largest city in Bulgaria, and the largest one at the Black Sea coast.
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The National Ag Day Essay Contest is available to high school students. To be considered, you must submit an original essay of words or less, or a two-minute . National Ag Day Essay Contest. Agriculture Council of America Announces National Ag Day Essay Contest Theme. Overland Park, KS – In preparation for National Ag Day on March 20, the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) is hosting an essay contest.