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Directing the Subworld of a Script – Part One

The subworld of a film are the feelings and sensations a director creates to arouse certain emotions from the audience. To do this, the director directs the STORY BENEATH THE MAIN STORY by developing ACTIONS, EVENTS and INCIDENTS that portray the deeper meaning of the story and the subtext of characters.

A film director can use the following steps to help create the Subworld of the script:

1. research any source that will help you immerse yourself in the world of the story (movies, books, TV, internet)

2. find out what you want the audience to know (to experience, to understand)

3. research and understand the story so the audience learns something they didn’t know before (about the characters, about the place, the time period)

4. deal with the unique characteristics of the story to create a film that is believable (even fantasy and science fiction have to be “believable” within the realm of the that particular “unreal” world)

5. create a world in which the characters are in conflict (drama is conflict)

6. find out what is the story beneath the story (what is really going on)

7. everyone has secret lives and fantasies (what are yours – what are they for your characters)

8. what are the central MOTIFS / IMAGES / SYMBOLS (these help create an IMAGE PATTERN that is repeated throughout the film and they become your visual concept or style)

9. find the quality sensation the audience can feel (what emotion do you want the audience to feel in a scene, then find ways in that scene to achieve it)

10. develop the subtext to make it believable (what do your characters really want – this can be done through dialogue and certain mannerisms and looks)

11. understand your characters’ behavior (what are their motives in every scene – this will effect their actions and what they do as a result)

12. use counterpoint to create multi-dimensional characters (unless a person is certifiably insane, every one of us has the capacity to love one person deeply, and at the same time, hate another person or group just as passionately)

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