Analysing films: writing the logline

Image courtesy of Laurent Bertrais. Αναλύοντας ταινίες: γράφοντας το logline The writing of a logline is a particularly difficult task, requiring hours of work and getting better after years of practice. A logline is the premise of a film, told in a couple of sentences. The word premise is probably borrowed from logic. If a…

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Analysing films: writing the synopsis

Image courtesy of Max Gor. Αναλύοντας ταινίες: γράφοντας τη σύνοψη A synopsis is a document that tells a film’s story in a few paragraphs. An easy way to do this is to describe each of the film’s sequences in one short paragraph. Having already distinguished a film’s sequences, it is now fairly easy to describe…

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Analysing films: distilling the theme

Αναλύοντας ταινίες: αποστάζοντας το θέμα A film’s theme is a very frequently misunderstood term. Many people say, “the theme of this film is love,” or “forbidden love,” or “racism,” or “war,” etc. Love, racism, or war can be the subject of the story’s plot, but this is different from the theme of the story itself….

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Analysing films: mapping the Hero’s Journey

Αναλύοντας ταινίες: χαρτογραφώντας το Ταξίδι του Ήρωα Having written the step outline and grouped the scenes into sequences, the next step I take is to compare the story with the Hero’s Journey. My intention is not to lay it onto a Procrustean bed, but to learn something from how much this story is similar or…

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Sequence structure

Δομή της σεκάνς In a previous article, I referred to the method I follow in order to distinguish the sequences, during the analysis of a film. I think it is also useful to describe the way a sequence is structured, so that its nature become clearer and the distinction of one another easier. Every sequence…

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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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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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