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Unified Structure: Using Theme to Develop Character and Plot takes on the primary screenwriting struggle to make stories resonate.
Have you ever been told one of the following?
Bren designed this seminar to help writers, especially screenwriters, to create a unified narrative. If you consider yourself an intuitive writer, this will give you a structural perspective without crushing your creative impulses. If you're a plot-driven structuralist, this will allow you to expand your creative tool set to maximize your protagonist's inner journey, so that it connects with audiences.
After assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the three foundational screenwriting texts on theme development, Bren lays out how to identify, brainstorm, and develop your story's theme through character journey and plot.
Using examples from various films, you will learn specifically:
The course itself is roughly an hour, but it's packed with information to consider and work through. There are no prerequisites so you don't need to have read anything prior to the course. You may want to go back and watch some of the movies referenced in the course afterward to help solidify the concepts in your mind.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
Warnings and DefinitionsPreview
|Section 2: Developing Theme|
3 Standard TextsPreview
Grasping the standard texts
|Section 3: Building Theme into Your Story|
Integrating Through Your Story
|Section 4: Conclusion|
Class Example and Summary
Bren is a screenwriter and story analyst with a degree in Communications, a Masters in Education, and has studied screenwriting for over a dozen years.He has written scripts in various genres, provided coverage for production companies and script analysis for nearly 100 screenwriters from around the world, and mentored several towards the completion of their screenplays.
His website, bren.us, provides insights into screenwriting, movies and culture.