What Egri calls premise I would call theme, though he soundly argues that calling it premise forces you to think of it as almost a pared-down logline, which may make you more inclined to treat it with the appropriate importance. He suggests that a premise should have three parts, indicating the dominant trait of the lead character, the conflict and the ending. Egri emphasises that the premise must be the very DNA of the script, informing every line and every action. We have all heard people saying that characters in a film must be three-dimensional, but have you ever wondered what those three dimensions are?
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Egri describes premise, character, and conflict as the essential elements - and the heart - of any play. One of the 2 or 3 best books i've ever read on writing, and i've read quite a few. Story by Robert McKee is very solid and a must read for film makers, but this book combined with Dara Marks inside In addition to writing books, he spent his life writing and directing plays in both the United States and Europe, as well as writing screenplays for the film industry.
Lajos Egri. Amid the hundreds of "how-to" books that have appeared in recent years, there have been very few which attempted to analyze the mysteries of play-construction.
This book does that -- and its principles are so valid that they apply equally well to the short story, novel and screenplay. Lajos Egri examines a play from the inside out, starting with the heart of any drama: its characters. For it is people -- their private natures and their inter-relationships -- that move a story and give it life. All good dramatic writing depends upon an understanding of human motives. Why do people act as they do? What forces transform a coward into a hero, a hero into a coward?
What is it that Romeo does early in Shakespeare's play that makes his later suicide seem inevitable? Why must Nora leave her husband at the end of A Doll's House? These are a few of the fascinating problems which Egri analyzes. He shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise -- a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behavior -- and to develop his dramatic conflict on the basis of that behavior.
Premise, character, conflict: this is Egri's ABC. His book is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in a literary creation. The Bone Structure. The Dialectical Approach. Character Growth. Strength of Will in a Character. Crisis Climax Resolution. Obligatory Scene. The Timeliness of a Play. Entrances and Exits. Plot or CharacterWhich?
Characters Plotting Their Own Play. Pivotal Character. Unity of Opposites. Cause and Effect. Foreshadowing Conflict. Point of Attack. What Is Art? A Dialogue. When You Write a Play. How to Get Ideas. Writing for Television. The Antagonist. On Genius. Plays Analyzed.
Art Of Dramatic Writing : Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives
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The Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives
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Art Of Dramatic Writing