36 Dramatic Situations for Screenwriters

J Gideon Sarantinos covers 36 sorts of conflicts that you can employ to add drama to your script.


1. Supplication (asking for help)

Elements: a Supplicant, a Persecutor and a Power in authority, whose decision is doubtful.

The Supplicant is chased, harmed or otherwise threatened by the Persecutor and begs for help from the Power in Authority. These include films about being trapped, the underdog and characters at their lowest ebb.

2. Deliverance (being rescued)

Elements: an Unfortunate, a Threatener, a Rescuer.

The Unfortunate is threatened in some way by the Threatener and is saved by the Rescuer. These films relate to our basic physiological need for safety and security. They include the “knight in shining armour stories such as Cinderella.

3. Crime Pursued by Vengeance (revenge)

Elements: an Avenger and a Criminal

The Avenger wreaks vengeance on the Criminal for past crimes. These films cater to our need to vent our anger and provide a resolution to our problem and to see justice done. These include the ‘Saw’ films where our crime is not appreciating life.

4. Vengeance Taken for Kindred Upon Kindred (avenging bad deeds to our loved ones)

Elements: Avenging Kinsman; Guilty Kinsman; Remembrance of the Victim, a Relative of Both

One family member, the Guilty Kinsman, harms another (the Victim). They are punished for this serious transgression by an Avenging Kinsman. These films play on our propensity for anger and the security, safety and social code that our families provide. Despite the wrong doing, the means justify the ends. These films include mafia, mobster films.

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George Eastman House Presents the History of Photography

The George Eastman House presents a 12 part series that covers the science of photography from the first experiments up to digital photography.

Chapter 1 - Before Photography

Chapter 2 - The Daguerreotype

Chapter 3 - Talbot’s Processes

Chapter 4 - The Cyanotype

Chapter 5 - The Collodion

Chapter 6 - The Albumen Print

Chapter 7 - The Platinum Print

Chapter 8 - The Pigment Processes

Chapter 9 - The Woodburytype

Chapter 10 - The Gelatin Silver Process

Chapter 11 - Color Photography

Chapter 12 - Digital Photography


Cecil B. DeMille’s ‘Amazing Vision’ for Filmmaking

Susan King chronicles some of the advancements of Cecil B. DeMille – a pioneer of filmmaking along with D.W. Griffith but worked well into the studio era.

Demille and Heston

The only time Cecil B. DeMille’s granddaughter saw the pioneering film director annoyed was when his body began to fail him. “He was a bull,” said Cecilia DeMille Presley. “He exercised every day.”

So even a heart attack didn’t stop him during production in Egypt of what would be his final movie as a director, the lavish 1956 biblical epic “The Ten Commandments,” starring Charlton Heston as Moses, a film that has become an Easter mainstay on ABC.

Presley, who grew up in her grandfather’s mansion in Los Feliz, said the heart attack was more serious than people thought. But DeMille and his family kept it under wraps. “He knew if word got out, it would be an absolute publicity nightmare. Mother took over,” Presley noted, referring to Cecil’s daughter, also named Cecilia. “She directed the film until he got better.”

Presley and photographer-film historian Mark A. Vieira have collaborated on a lavish new coffee table book, “Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic,” which features a treasure trove from the filmmaker’s archives of concept paintings, images of costumes, props and breathtakingly beautiful still photographs from his first film, the 1914 western “The Squaw Man,” to “The Ten Commandments.”

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