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Natan: a case study for development

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This film makes an ideal classroom vehicle for discussing three-act structure; dramatic form and its terminology; the principles of characterization; point of view and style options; and the need for a main character to develop. It also helps in teaching the interrogation techniques of project development that professionals use to extend a story to its full potential.

Keywords: characterization; characters volition and agendas; embedded values; flat and round; maintaining dramatic tension; style and POV options; three-act structure

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Columbia College Chicago, Professor Emeritus

Publication date: 2012-08-09

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