A music composer needs to master the musical notes and instruments before he compose for a film; without basic knowledge of colors a painter can't paint; likewise a screenwriter or playwright should require certain tools to express his/her vision clearly. It is a difficult skill to acquire. To build scenes, sequences, acts, and the whole story is not an easy job.
So the answer to this quest is learning principles, tools that are required for screenwriting or any kind of storytelling, because screenwriting is film making on paper. The screenwriters' job is to visualize the story on paper before making into a movie or any kind of visual grandeur.
The main objective of the course is to provide you with the industry secrets to enhance your screenwriting skills to excellence.
Writing is a hard choice and it is a difficult skill to acquire. To build scenes, sequences, acts, and the whole story is not an easy job.
So the answer to this quest is learning principles, tools that are required for screenwriting or any kind of storytelling, because screenwriting is film making on paper. The screenwriters’ job is to visualize the story on paper before making into a movie or any kind of visual grandeur.
The main objective of the course is to provide the tools that would be mere guiding principles than hampering one’s creativity.
Every sensible invention must have a purpose. Likewise every story or film must have a goal to achieve. A promise to fulfill. It’s called premise.
Laos Egri says, “Everything has a purpose, or premise. Every second of our life has its own premise, whether or not we are conscious of it at the time.”
Explanation of "PREMISE" in Romeo and Juliet
Explanation of "PREMISE" in Tom and Jerry
Identify the premise 17 again Exercise
Identify the premise 50 First Dates Exercise
Identify the premise of Jerry Maguire Exercise
Identify the premise of The Girl Next Door
Identify the premise of The New Year's Eve
Theme is defined as a central idea or an underlying meaning of a story that may be told directly or indirectly.
Explanation of "THEME" in The Incredibles
Explanation of "THEME" in Titanic
Identify the theme of Die Hard 4.0
Identify the theme of Die Hard
Identify the theme of Iron Man
Identify the theme of The Dark Knight Rises
Identify the theme of The Dark Knight
Explanation of "PREMISE & THEME" in Romeo and Juliet
Dramatic irony - The reader/watcher/listener knows something that one or more of the characters in the piece is not aware of.
Situational Irony is defined as a situation where the outcome is incongruous with what was expected, but it is also more generally understood as a situation that includes contradictions or sharp contrasts
Verbal irony - The ironic statement usually involves the explicit expression of one attitude or evaluation, but with indications in the overall speech-situation that the speaker intends a very different, and often opposite, attitude or evaluation.
Brief Explanation of "DRAMATIC IRONY" in Aladdin
Brief Explanation of "SITUATIONAL IRONY" in The Incredibles
Brief Explanation of "VERBAL IRONY" in Julies Caser
Identify the Irony of Argo
Identify the Irony of Casablanca
Identify the Irony of Citizen Cane
Identify the Irony of The Godfather
Identify the Irony of Vertigo
The Journey of your Protagonist with clearly defined goals
The structural unity of the parts is such that, if any one of them is displaced or removed, the whole will be disjointed and disturbed. For a thing whose presence or absence makes no visible difference is not an organic part of the whole.- ARISTOTLE
Identify the Clear line of Action of Back to the Future
Identify the Clear line of Action of District 9
Identify the Clear line of Action of Gravity
Identify the Clear line of Action of E.T. Extra Terrestrial
Identify the Clear line of Action of Star Trek
One should know who the main character or protagonist is and where they come from and their objective in the story
Identify the Protagonist and Objective of Her
Identify the Protagonist and Objective of Wall E
Identify the Protagonist and Objective of Toy Story
Identify the Protagonist and Objective of Groundhog Day
Identify the Protagonist and Objective of Big
Dramatic effect derives from what is probable, and not from what is possible - ARISTOTLE.
Explanation of "PLAUSIBILITY" in Its a Wonderful Life
Identify the plausibility of China Town 1974
Identify the plausibility of Gold Finger
Identify the plausibility of Mean Streets 1973
Identify the plausibility of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Identify the plausibility of The Apartment
If the protagonist and his objective constitute the first two important element in the construction of a story, the various obstacles collectively constitute the third. Without impediments to the attainment of the protagonist’s desire there would be no conflict and no story. The protagonist would simply accomplish his objective without difficulty.
Explanation of "OBSTACLES" in Terminetor
Identify the obstacles of Finding Nemo
Identify the obstacles of Up
Identify the obstacles of The Incredibles
Identify the obstacles of Big Hero 6
Identify the obstacles of Tangled
The difference between activity and action: if there's lots of running around with no conflict between the characters, it means there is no dramatic action - FRANK DANIEL
Explanation of "ACTIVITY & ACTION" in Body Heat
Identify the Activity & Action of Jaws
Identify the Activity & Action of Raiders of the Lost
Identify the Activity & Action of Mac Max Fury Road
Identify the Activity & Action of Sky Fall
Identify the Activity & Action of The Adventures of Robin Hood
Conflict is the very engine that propels a story forward; it provides the story’s energy and movement. Without conflict, the audience remains indifferent to the events depicted on screen. Without conflict, a film story cannot come to life. The necessity of conflict cannot be overstated.
Explanation of "CONFLICT" in Kung Fu Panda 2
Explanation of "CONFLICT" in Tom and Jerry
Identify the Conflict of Bridge of Spies
Identify the Conflict of Hugo
Identify the Conflict of Looper
Identify the Conflict of North by North West
Identify the Conflict of Sicario
In dramatic writing, the very essence is character change. The character at the end is not the same as he was at the beginning. He’s changed- psychologically, maybe even physically.
Brief Explanation of "MAIN TENSION - CULMINATION - RESOLUTION" in Kung Fu Panda
Identify the Main Tension-Culmination & Resolution of Die Another Day
Identify the Main Tension-Culmination & Resolution of Golden Eye
Identify the Main Tension-Culmination & Resolution of Quantum of Solace
Identify the Main Tension-Culmination & Resolution of Skyfall
Identify the Main Tension-Culmination & Resolution of Tomorrow Never Dies
No discussion of screenwriting would be complete without dealing with rewriting. Whether or not it includes the screenwriter per se, the rewriting of a screen story is not complete until the film is in the theatres.
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Kamal Sucharan Burri is a Filmmaker and Instructor. With the teaching experience for over 9 years, he is now pursuing Ph. D., on Storytelling Dynamics. He teaches Film production, TV production, and screenwriting as a Visiting Professor in various Universities and Colleges in India.
He is also the founding Director of Newlight Cinemas, a film Production Company and Film - Ed, an online film education hub.
He staunchly believes that storytelling can change the world and always aims to do so.