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3-act Structure — Star Wars (original)

This post is part of the Background to the series Learning from Alfred Hitchcock — for writers, movie makers, and viewers Don’t blame me. The screenwriting books ruined everything. It’s almost impossible now to sell your script to Hollywood without … Continue reading

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Introduction to Longitudinal Structure

This post is part of the Background to the series Learning from Alfred Hitchcock — for writers, movie makers, and viewers Alfred Hitchcock directing Kim Novak in Vertigo Movies can have several different kinds of structures at once. This may … Continue reading

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John Ruskin, Giotto, and William Henry Fox Talbot

This post continues my Story Structure series. Scenes from the Life of Christ: 10. Entry into Jerusalem (1304-6) by Giotto (Click pictures to enlarge) For those readers who are puzzled why I’ve posted so many entries about old art but … Continue reading

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Jan van Eyck — The Arnolfini Wedding

This post continues my Story Structure series. The Arnolfini Wedding (1434) by Jan van Eyck The Arnolfini Wedding (Detail) (1434) by Jan van Eyck The Arnolfini Wedding (Detail) (1434) by Jan van Eyck The Dead Christ (c. 1490) by Andrea … Continue reading

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Sassetta (approximately)

This post continues my Story Structure series. What does it mean to tell a story? I think one of the valid reasons that people often stress 3-act structure in screenplays is that it’s one way of making sure that we … Continue reading

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de Hooch and Matisse

This post continues my Story Structure series. Three interrelated paintings (the comparison between the first two is suggested in Modern Art by Sam Hunter and John M. Jacobus). A Dutch Courtyard (1658-1660) by Pieter de Hooch The Piano Lesson (1916) … Continue reading

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Star Wars (the original: is there any other?)

This post continues my Story Structure series. In an earlier post Two Frescoes, by Giotto and by Taddeo Gaddi, I questioned how many famous movies really are most usefully analyzed as having “3-act structure” — despite the claims of the … Continue reading

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