Art of Dramatic Writing, Part 3: Conflict and Unity

Now that we’ve discussed Egri’s take on the pivotal characters in a script, let’s look at how the protagonist and antagonist work in concert to create the dramatic structure that is your script. Orchestration There is a saying, “There is no action unless there is a need; and there is no need until there is … More Art of Dramatic Writing, Part 3: Conflict and Unity

Joseph Campbell: The Hero’s Journey (Part 2)

The Hero’s Journey There has been tons and tons of great material written about Joseph Campbell and his Hero’s Journey.  Here’s my take on his incredible work.  It’s my attempt to simplify it down to its core ideas in “snackable” bites that are easy to comprehend. Joseph Campbell According to Me The hero’s story is … More Joseph Campbell: The Hero’s Journey (Part 2)

Dialogue: Subtext

A person cannot speak unless he or she has had a thought.  A person does not have a thought unless he or she has a need.  That is never more true than in all dramatic writing.  Characters in a script speak because they want something. Another way to think of it: the average person speaks … More Dialogue: Subtext

Character Functions: Types of Characters

In the 1920, Vladimir Propp was a Russian critic. He was mainly interested in narrative Folk tales as he believe that Folk tales were about the same basic struggles, therefore had the same characters.  According with the Propp theory, characters have a narrative function as they provide a structure for the text. Let’s examine how … More Character Functions: Types of Characters