MAGIC STAR OF DRAMATIC WRITING

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CONCEPT


Michael Hauge

Does the story concept possess . .
  • at least one hero, i.e., a main character, who is on screen most of the time, whose visible motivation drives the plot, and with whom the audience is deeply involved?
  • the likelihood of identification between the audience and the hero?
  • a clear, specific, visible motivation or objective which the hero hopes to achieve by the end of the story?
  • serious challenges, hurdles, and obstacles preventing the hero from pursuing his motivation?
  • the need for the hero to muster physical or emotional courage?

If an adaptation of a true story, novel, short story, or play, will it . .
  • be truer to the screenplay than to the original source?
  • consolidate or amplify certain characters and situations when it increases the emotional impact of the story and doesn't sacrifice the overall authenticity and spirit of the original event?
  • have a style, mood, texture, and structure all its own or will it suffer from the qualities of great literature, e.g., lots of interior thoughts, feelings, and descriptions; an expansive, convoluted plot; and an abundance of symbol and allegory?

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