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  • Writer's pictureDorsa Sajedi

Film Project | Dramaturgy Seminar 1

The study of dramatic composition and the representation of the main elements of drama on the stage.
  • Examples of dramaturgy: Implicit (i.e. performative aspect) and Explicit

  • What has to be told?

  • What can/should be shown?

  • 'Bigger than Life'

  • 'Thinking fast and slow'

Dramaturgy Helps with Structure: the Big 5
  1. Non-replacable and immovable (i.e. stuff that has to be there for clarity of narrative/story, so if it can be moved is it important to the story or just a filler?)

  2. In the moment (what kind of info does the audience need to remain attracted/attentive)

  3. Probability (ensuring the things occurring in the world you have constructed make logical sense -- every decision must make sense)

  4. To surprise with the Familiar

  5. Show, don't tell (i.e. idea of mirror/split character which is demonstrated in pieces such as the Shutter Island film, looking onto the water, acting as a visual narration in the character design with minimal dialogue. Play is about language, but film is about visuals. These clues are often things that we don't notice straight away and may notice upon second viewings, but this is something that is important as it adds depth to the films we make)

Additional Notes on Dramaturgy
  • Theme: point of convergence, essence of meaning.

  • Colour dramaturgy: i.e. intentional clues in dresscode

  • Sound/Music: can provide interjection to narrative points

  • Visual conflict, visual counterpoints, etc.

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