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Film Directing Fundamentals, 4th Edition by Nicholas T. Proferes

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Chapter 18Styles and Dramatic Structures

Films, like literature, painting, music, dance, theater—all art forms—come in many shapes and sizes. This book concentrates on the narrative/dramatic form of film, but obviously, even here there is great variety. In this chapter we will explore some of that variety as it is manifested in a film’s style and dramatic structure.

Style

As mentioned earlier, there is a subtle difference between style and design, but the difference is worth recognizing. Style can be defined as an approach to the visualization of a story, while design can be defined as a plan. “Plan” has a clear and unambiguous meaning, and the methodology for such planning is introduced in this book. But what is meant by “approach”? It has ...

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