Here's some general notes that I took for me from the latest class.
- building blocks of theater/play/script
- each beat moves the story forward
- can be seen when different tactics or strategies are used to develop the protagonist's Action (want)
- If you have a block, look at the play's Action, Conflict, and Event
- Event: the moment when a character either gets what he or she wants,
or definitively does not get it; there are normally many smaller
events in a play, but the main event is the result of action and
conflict; an event may take many different forms, but is always some
sort of change. (from Sam's notes)
- Reading/Listening tips:
- write down beats
- what sounded good
- what doesn't make sense
- what information is revealed by the dialogue/action
- goals should be high to make the protagonist NEED to get their want
- explore what would happen if the character DOESN'T get what they want
- EACH character should have an action!
- All characters need a sense of history.
- General Qualities: ie. how would you/others describe them
- State of mind: ie. if they are lonely, how does this drive their action
- Speech and Act: what do they say and do to define themselves and their drive towards their action.