Monday, December 14, 2009

Plot, Character, Setting and Style

Long ago I took a series of screenwriting classes. The teacher drilled into us the four ways to analyze a movie: plot, character, setting and style. When making a short film, you ideally want the audience to "get" these four things immediately. I thought of this when I saw this "Mr Bean" clip.

Within 5 seconds of the opening we know the plot (Mr. Bean 'fixes' the salvation army fund raising) character (Mr. Bean) setting (town center) and style (comedy). Brilliant.

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