The Hero’s Journey

Το Ταξίδι του Ήρωα As I was about to write the next article on the film analysis series, which refers to the Hero’s Journey, I realised that I first need to describe the Journey itself or risk being totally incomprehensible. The Hero’s Journey is a narrative paradigm that incorporates all the stages through which a…

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Paris Patsouridis on Bourbon With Milk

Ο Πάρης Πατσουρίδης για το Bourbon Με Γάλα Film Engineering TV has started producing its own video content. This first clip is part of a longer interview that I took from director Paris Patsouridis, in which he spoke about his films, his way of working, as well as his upcoming short film Bourbon With Milk,…

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Analysing films: distinguishing the sequences

Αναλύοντας ταινίες: διακρίνοντας τις σεκάνς In the first article of the Analysing films series, I described how I reconstruct the step outline for the film I am analysing. How I break the film down, scene by scene. The second step is to break it down, sequence by sequence. Why is this important? Because, in order…

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Analysing films: Alien pt. 1 – Step outline

ALIEN Screenplay by Dan O’Bannon – Directed by Ridley Scott Step outline Space, in the distant future. Commercial spaceship “Nostromo,” owned and operated by “The Company,” is returning to Earth, after a business journey. The computer system (called “Mother”) wakes up the crew from suspended animation. During breakfast, mechanics Brett and Parker bring forth a…

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The magic drawer

Το μαγικό συρτάρι Leaving aside something that we are writing can easily be taken as a failure and can make us feel awful. It means that we either abandon or postpone, two non-actions that have been intensely stigmatised in our proactive culture. We can, however, try something different, for the sake of our wellbeing and…

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Analysing films: writing the step outline

Αναλύοντας ταινίες: γράφοντας τη σκαλέτα This article is the first of the series about analysing films. You can read the rest of them here. The first step to analysing a film (and I believe is the same for the analysis of a novel, a play, and of course a screenplay) is the reconstruction of the…

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Analysing films: foreword

Αναλύοντας ταινίες: εισαγωγή I am starting a series of posts about the process I undertake every time I analyse a film in order to study its structure. My goal is to publish one of these per week. Their subjects are the following steps of the aforementioned process: Writing the step outline Distinguishing the sequences Mapping…

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