Monday, April 15, 2013

Scene and Plot Building

First see the Story Development Steps.

After you get the 40 beats and your overall story working you can block out your scenes and plot out your story.

Makeup of the Character
How others in the scene see them:
Character Handles:
What is the Context?
What is the overall context of this scene?
What do they think about that?
What do they feel about that?
What happened RIGHT before this scene?
What do they think about that?
What do they feel about that?
What is the Current Situation?
What’s at stake?
What is the current relationship to the other character?
Antagonist (or dramatic opposing force):
Current Environment
What is the relationship to the location and major objects?
What is the Characters Strategy?
Expected outcome:
Road Map:
Emotional triggers:
Arc (transformation):

Inciting incident:
Rising action:


Another method:
Object and Filling in Plot
This is the tool to build the plot from the major story elements.

There is an object at the end of the script, at the end of each act, and at the end of each scene.
The object is the goal set by the writer. It may be the goal or the protagoist or the antagoist depending on what part of the story.

One builds the plot based on each object.

Order of events from one point to another:

- Starting point
- Initial Act of Aggression (by antagonist or protagonist)
- Justified retaliation 
- Aggravation of the issue
- cause leading to another cause leading to another cause.
- Precipitating Act
- Immediate cause of final effect
- Final effect (how goal is achieved)
- Object (decided outcome by the writer can be the goal of the antagonist or protagonist)

The best way to work is to decide on the object then work back through the major steps that lead to that object.

Each of the above steps can represent major story points if the final object is the end of the script. They can represent actual scenes if the final object is the end of the act and they can represent actual character actions if the final object is the end of a scene.

It's best to block out plot with the steps first starting with the overall script then down to each act (1, 2A, 2B and 3) then down to each scene.

See "Writing a Great movie" by Jeff kitchen For more information.

Scenes - conflict

 In terms of the emotional shift (+/-), since every scene is a mini-story, each scene tracks change. 
Characters walk into a scene feeling one way and walk out feeling another.
 And while it may be too precise to show exactly what emotions those are in the planning stage, we can easily tag every scene as either positive or negative. 
And I encourage you to do just that. Often it's enough to say each scene is either a “+” or a “-” as it relates to Theme.
we must put conflict into ALL our scenes!

Theme Vs Anti-Theme

Snyder, Blake (2009-11-23). Save the Cat!® Strikes Back (Kindle Location 889). Save the Cat! Press. 

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