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Screenwriting Structure And Conflict Tips For Screenwriters by Steve Kaplan

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11 comments

  1. Great advice.. it’s very helpful to think about the protagonist being in
    conflict with the world.. then it’s just a matter of time before an
    antagonist who embodies this conflict shows up.. 

  2. Some of my favorite films have no “official” antagonist: Rain Man, As Good
    as it Gets, Ground Hog Day. That being said, you have to have conflict. The
    main character gets tested by the circumstances of their life, and they
    work through their “weakness” to grow into their own kind of hero.

  3. You DO need an antagonist in your story. If there is no antagonist, the
    Hero fulfills his desire and the story is over, no drama/conflict. I get it
    that what he means is that you don’t need a VILLAIN (i.e. someone who wants
    to hurt the Hero or is inherently bad), of course you don’t. As John Truby
    would say, you need to see the antagonist structurally, as someone who
    wants to prevent the Hero from reaching his goal, not as some evil-doer. In
    Groundhog Day, Bill Murray wants the girl and she dosen’t, so that
    qualifies her as the antagonist/opponent. Conflict cannot be sustain by the
    protagonist only, that is false. You might have some pseudo-conflict here
    and there, but nothing that make the story progress.

  4. José Pablo Arellano

    wonderfull!

  5. Check out this video on YouTube:

  6. I noticed one mistake in Groundhog day, it’s a small one perhaps there are
    more (since is such an unnatural premise) it’s when the music teacher
    declares to the person next to her almost at the end that , That is her
    student. oh yeah?? he was your student for one day if anything, for all you
    know this guy knew how to play the piano al along.
    I do love the movie also and Bill Murray was the right man for the part.
    Awesome teachings!

  7. Very nice statement about the role and meaning of sctructure.

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  9. Groundhog Day spoiler alert would have been nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Great insight. Ground Hog day is a movie that it is in its own league.
    Great story of redemption. Funny and deeper than it appears. 

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