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Lecture 11: It’s What They Don’t Know!. Professor Christopher Bradley. True Lies (1994) Screenplay by Claude Zidi and Simon Michael and Didier Kaminka. Previous Lesson. Maintaining Interest The “Center of Good” Curiosity and Concern Strategies Mystery Suspense Dramatic Irony. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • *Lecture 11:Its What They Dont Know!Professor Christopher BradleyTrue Lies (1994)Screenplay by Claude Zidi and Simon Michael and Didier Kaminka

  • Previous LessonMaintaining InterestThe Center of GoodCuriosity and ConcernStrategiesMysterySuspenseDramatic Irony*Wait Until Dark (1976)Screenplay by Robert Carrington and Jane Howard Carrington, based on the play by Frederick Knott

  • Previous Lesson (Continued)Storytelling ChallengesSurpriseStrict Rules for Using CoincidenceComedic DesignPoint of ViewAvoiding MelodramaLogic HolesAssignments*Wait Until Dark (1976)Screenplay by Robert Carrington and Jane Howard Carrington, based on the play by Frederick Knott

  • This LessonDramatic IronyScene AnalysisDefine the ConflictNote Opening ValueBreak into BeatsCompare Closing & Opening ValuesLocate the Turning PointAssignments

    *Tootsie (1982)Screenplay by Murray Schisgal and Larry Gelbart based on a story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart

  • Dramatic Irony*Lesson 11: Part ISweeney Todd (2008)Screenplay by John Logan Based on the musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler

  • Sweeney Todd ClipPlease pause the lecture and watch the first clip from Sweeney Todd.Keep in mind what we as the audience know, and contrast that with what the characters know.*

  • Scene Analysis*Lesson 11: Part IITootsie (1982)Screenplay by Murray Schisgal and Larry Gelbart based on a story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart

  • Scene Analysis: 5 PartsDefine the ConflictNote Opening ValueBreak the Scene into BeatsCompare Opening and Closing ValuesLocate the Turning Point*Tootsie (1982)Screenplay by Murray Schisgal and Larry Gelbart based on a story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart

  • First Tootsie ClipPlease pause the lecture and watch the first clip from Tootsie (the scene where Michael Dorsey is arguing with his agent).Keep in mind the 5 aspects of scene analysis while watching. We will review them after watching the scene.*

  • First Tootsie Clip (2)Define the ConflictMichael Dorsey needs to work to finance his friends play. GET ME HIRED!His agent says Michael is unemployable. I CANT!Note the Opening ValueNegative. His agent doesnt even want to talk to him.

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  • First Tootsie Clip (3)Break the Scene into BeatsBeat 1:I need money for a play.I cant help you.Michaels Action: Demand assistanceGeorges Reaction: Refuse assistance*

  • First Tootsie Clip (4)Beat 2:I am good at my job.Yes, but youre too much of a problem.Michaels Action: Justifying demandGeorges Reaction: Justifying rejection*

  • First Tootsie Clip (5)Beat 3:Directors are idiots.They cant all be idiots.Michaels Action: Throwing blame offGeorges Reaction: Throwing blame on*

  • First Tootsie Clip (6)Beat 4:No one in New York will hire me? Not possible.No one in New York OR Los Angeles.Michaels Action: Denying assertionGeorges Reaction: Confirming assertion*

  • First Tootsie Clip (7)Beat 5:My difficulty is really commitment to my art.Youre committed to stupid details.Michaels Action: Claim persecution for virtueGeorges Reaction: Claim persecution for idiocy*

  • First Tootsie Clip (8)Beat 6:My integrity should matter.Get therapy.Michaels Action: Claim moral superiorityGeorges Reaction: Claim mental illness*

  • First Tootsie Clip (9)Beat 7:I will succeed.You will fail.Michaels Action: StrutGeorges Reaction: Shock into reality

    Then, cut to: Michael in drag as Dorothy!*

  • First Tootsie Clip (10)Compare Opening and Closing ValuesOpening: Distinctly negative, hopelessClosing: Determined and hopeful*

  • First Tootsie Clip (11)Turning PointThe turning point is at the end of the scene, when Michael stops fighting. He has an idea, and this bad news from his agent has pushed him over the edge into drastic action. He is not going to change his commitment to his art. He is going to trick the entertainment industry into working with him.*

  • First Tootsie Clip (12)Define the ConflictDorothy Michaels wants the job. HIRE ME!The director doesnt want her. YOURE TOO GENTEEL.Note the Opening ValueNegative. The director says no and dismisses her.*

  • First Tootsie Clip (13)Beat 1:This is Dorothy MichaelsWe dont want you.Dorothys Action: Be easy to work withRons Reaction: Reject*

  • First Tootsie Clip (14)Beat 2:I can do this roleYoure too genteelDorothys Action: Argue kindlyRons Reaction: Reject*

  • First Tootsie Clip (15)Beat 3:Kick Ron in the nuts and scold all concernedYoure wrong.Dorothys Action: Argue not-so-kindlyRons Reaction: Reject*

  • First Tootsie Clip (16)Beat 4:Refuse to commit as to intentionInvited to auditionDorothys Action: Stand her groundProducers Reaction: Surrender*

  • First Tootsie Clip (17)Beat 5:FlatterSurrender (somewhat)Dorothys Action: Flatter the directorRons Reaction: Instantly likes her more*

  • First Tootsie Clip (18)Compare Opening and Closing ValuesOpening: Rejected. HopelessClosing: Tentatively accepted. Hopeful.*

  • First Tootsie Clip (19)Turning PointThe turning point is the moment when Dorothy refuses to commit to whether shes acting or not. She wants to audition. She has shown herself to be the same kind of strong career woman as the character.*

  • Second Tootsie ClipPlease pause the lecture and watch the second clip from Tootsie (the scene where Les woos Dorothy).Keep in mind the 5 aspects of scene analysis.Also keep in mind the concept of Dramatic Irony. (Notice! The conflict here is in the subtext!)*

  • Second Tootsie Clip (2)Define the ConflictLes would like to re-marryDorothy isnt available for marriage, for reasons we as the audience know, but the character Les does not. (Dramatic Irony)Note the Opening ValuePositive. Les is hopeful*

  • Second Tootsie Clip (3)Beat 1:My daughter is nice.Yes, she is.Less Action: Point up his familial assetsDorothys Reaction: Agreement (Subtext: Yes, Im in love with her.)*

  • Second Tootsie Clip (4)Beat 2:Im glad Ron didnt come.Me, too.Less Action: Dismissing chauvinist.Dorothys Reaction: Agreement (Subtext: Yes, hes my romantic rival.)*

  • Second Tootsie Clip (5)Beat 3:I thought youd be a womens libber.Im not entirely like the character on the show.Less Action: Expressing approvalDorothys Reaction: Agreement (Subtext: Im starting to see that Im a chauvinist.)*

  • Second Tootsie Clip (6)Beat 4:I think women should have equal rights, but shouldnt try to be men.No...Less Action: Expressing approval of her femininityDorothys Reaction: Agreement (Subtext: But this woman is a man.)*

  • Second Tootsie Clip (7)Beat 5:Can I get you a drink?I need my wits about me tonight.Less Action: Work to make her vulnerableDorothys Reaction: Protection (Subtext: I have to keep track of my lies.)*

  • Second Tootsie Clip (8)Beat 6:Tonight?Always.Less Action: Check if hes succeedingDorothys Reaction: Shut him down (Subtext: My carefulness has nothing to do with you.)*

  • Second Tootsie Clip (9)Beat 7:Males and females are different, and shouldnt try to be the same.Right.Less Action: Claim dominanceDorothys Reaction: Agreement (Subtext: Im a man, too. Were the same.)*

  • Second Tootsie Clip (10)Beat 8:Being with someone is the most important thing.Right.Less Action: Prepare his caseDorothys Reaction: Agreement (Subtext: Yes. I want to be with your daughter.)*

  • Second Tootsie Clip (11)Beat 9:Youre not married.No.Less Action: Prepare his caseDorothys Reaction: Agreement (Subtext: Preparing to escape.)*

  • Second Tootsie Clip (12)Beat 10:Like another drink?Time for bed.Less Action: Try to make her more vulnerableDorothys Reaction: Escape*

  • Second Tootsie Clip (13)Beat 11:She shakes his handHe tries to kiss her handShe pulls away and leavesLess Action: SeductionDorothys Reaction: Rejection*

  • Second Tootsie Clip (14)Compare Opening and Closing ValuesOpening: Positive. Hopeful.Closing: Negative. Rejected.*

  • Second Tootsie Clip (15)Turning PointThe turning point is the moment when Les brings up the possibility of marriage. The possibility of hurting the father of the woman he hopes to marry becomes to real. He has to run before his mere presence provokes disaster.*

  • Assignments*Lesson 11: Part IIISweeney Todd (2008)Screenplay by John Logan Based on the musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler

  • Reading Read Chapter 11 in Story, Scene Analysis. Do the Reading Review to be sure youre clear on what youve read!*

  • *E-Board PostPost at least one example of Dramatic Irony in a film. Think of a scene where you as an audience member know more than the character(s).

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  • End of Lecture 11 Next Lecture:Writing Strategies / More on ExpositionThe Invisible Man (1933)Screenplay by R. C. Sherriff, based on the novel by H.G. Wells*

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