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Title: Lecture 3: Make It Fresh


1
Lecture 3 Make It Fresh
Aliens (1986) Story by James Cameron, David
Giler, and Walter Hill, Screenplay by James
Cameron
  • Professor Daniel Cutrara

2
Previous Lesson
  • Scene Fundamentals
  • Scene Analysis

Casablanca (1942) Written by Julius J.
Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch
3
This Lesson
  • Genre and Structure
  • Conventions as Creative Limitations
  • Reinventing Genre
  • Mixing Genres
  • Assignments


4
Genre and Structure
To anticipate the anticipations of the audience
you must master your genre and its conventions.
- Robert Mckee
  • Lesson 3 Part I

5
Genre and Structure
  • According to McKee
  • Each genre imposes conventions on story design.
  • Conventions are specific settings, roles, events
    and values that define individual genres and
    their subgenres.
  • To satisfy your audience you must master your
    genre.

6
Audience Expectations
  • Conventions must be followed because
  • Audiences go to movies with expectations that
    must be met.
  • Horror, Action, Adventure, Mystery
  • However, you can break conventions with well
    constructed inventions that will surprise and
    please your audience.

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An Invention
  • The Horror convention where the hero and audience
    believe the monster is dead, but the monster
    really isnt, became standard for thrillers and
    action movies in the 90s.

Scream (1996) Written by Kevin Williamson
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Conventions as Creative Limitations
The Age of Innocence (1993) Edith Wharton
(Novel) Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese
(Screenplay)
Lesson 3 Part II
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Convention Categories
  • Settings
  • Historical, future, war, medical
  • Roles - type of characters expected
  • Nobles, aliens, detectives, arch-villains
  • Events
  • Love at first sight, a crime, a chase
  • Values
  • Love conquers all

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Creative Limitations
  • According to McKee
  • The principle of creative limitations calls for
    freedom within a circle of obstacles.
  • Genre conventions are the rhyme scheme of a
    storytellers poem.
  • Genre convention is a Creative Limitation that
    forces the writers imagination to rise to the
    occasion.

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Reinventing Genres
Lesson 3 Part III
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Reinventing Genres - 1
  • Genre conventions are not carved in stone, they
    evolve, grow, adapt, modify, and break apace with
    the changes in society. (According to McKee.)

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Reinventing Genres - 2
  • The Western has shifted from the simplistic
    portrayal of good settlers versus bad indians in
    films like John Fords 1939 Drums along the
    Mohawk to the exploration of flawed humanity in
    the HBO series Deadwood, created by David Milch.

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Mixing Genres
Lesson 3 Part IV
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Mixing Genres
  • Bringing different genres together in one story
    allows for fresh and exciting storytelling.
  • However, if it isnt done well, it can lead to a
    failed screenplay.
  • Depending on the mix, Hollywood can find it
    difficult to market.
  • Boys on the Side - Road Story turns Aids Drama

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Mixing Genres - Alien
  • Pause the lecture and watch the clip from Alien.
  • What genre(s) are present in this scene?
  • What elements of the storytelling create the
    genre conventions?

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Mixing Genres - Alien (continued)
  • Alien contains elements of Sci-Fi and horror.
  • These can be found in the following
  • settings, roles, events, values
  • Horror is also communicated through the direction.

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Conventions - Alien
  • Settings
  • Sci Fi - spaceship
  • Horror - enclosed space - like Haunted House
  • Roles
  • Sci Fi - scientists, explorers
  • Horror - the preyed upon victims
  • Events
  • Sci Fi - encountering aliens
  • Horror - encountering monsters

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Conventions - Alien (continued)
  • Values
  • Sci Fi - knowledge of new species
  • Horror - survival of the human species

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The Action Description - Alien
  • Mood is created through the action description.
  • Lighting shadows, enclosed spaces
  • Setting stark, mechanical
  • Pacing the slow build up of tension
  • Point of view when we see what the character
    sees and when we see more

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Mixing Genres 2
  • Pause the lecture and watch the clip from Aliens.
  • What genre(s) are present in this scene?
  • What elements of the storytelling create the
    genre conventions?

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Mixing Genres - Aliens
  • Aliens contains elements of Sci-Fi and Action.
  • These can be found in the following
  • settings, roles, events, values
  • Action is also communicated through the direction.

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Conventions - Aliens
  • Settings
  • Sci Fi - Colony in another solar system
  • Action - A devastated colony
  • Roles
  • Sci Fi - Space Marines
  • Action - Space Marines
  • Events
  • Sci Fi - The encounter with an alien species
  • Action - Battling the alien species

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Conventions Aliens (continued)
  • Values
  • Sci Fi - saving the human race
  • Action - saving the human race

Aliens (1986) Story by James Cameron, David
Giler, and Walter Hill Screenplay by James Cameron
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The Action Description - Aliens
  • Action requires a different mood from horror.
  • Lighting not the ominous look of horror. The
    Marines bring the light into the darkness.
  • Setting the weather and the structures are
    embattled.
  • Pacing fast, energetic, not the slow build of
    horror.
  • Point of view we see the bigger picture.

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The Alien Franchise
  • The same story can be told in different genres,
    and mix of genres, however, the genre choices
    help define the uniqueness of each story.

Alien Resurrection (1997) Written by Josh Whedon
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The Importance for Hollywood
  • The Market - Hollywood identifies genre markets,
    caters to them, and works to sustain them over
    time.

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The Challenge for the Writer
  • Genre demands Mastery
  • Genre imposes Creative Limitations

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Assignments

Lesson 3 Part V
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E-Board Post 1
  • What genre or genres does your script fit?
  • Explain why?
  • Is this the best genre to tell your story?

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E-Board Post 2
  • Choose one of your peers analysis of their
    genre and post a comment. You can affirm their
    analysis and/or raise questions and offer
    suggestions.

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End of Lecture 3
Aliens 3 (1992) Story by Vincent Ward
Screenplay by David Giler, Walter Hill and Larry
Ferguson
  • Next Lecture
  • Subplots and Secondary Characters
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