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Script Writing Terms

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Exposition
Revelation of information that the audience needs to know in order to understand the play. Exposition may happen either through scenery, sound effects, action, or dialogue
Foreshadowing
A hint of whats to come
Forwards
Events or lines that make the audience want to find out what is going to happen next
Predictability
Even though it is important to plant seeds, avoid making your outcomes predicable
Plot twists
Keeps the audience interested, don't let them surpass the importance of other elements of the play, they should be plausible
Dramatic Irony
Situation in which a character makes a remark that the audience is intend to understand as ironic, or in contradiction to the full truth
Theatricality
Any event or series of events that heightens the audience attention
Foregrounding
Calling attention to something by placing it in the foreground against a background
Byplay
Action that takes place off to the side or in the background while the main action continues; byplay captures the audience's attention and adds humor without being overly distracting
Verisimilitude
The play must communicate the truth about life and the human condition.
Lifting
The play tends to cut out all the downtime, randomness, unrelated details, and unimportant monotonies of real life
Stakes
The characters have to have something important hanging in the balance
The passover question
A Play must show us the most critical moments in the main character's life
Personal Demon
Something that we struggle with for our whole lives
Hamartia
Tragic Flaw
Scene of Recognition (Anagnorsis)
A Moment when a main character had a realization or makes a significant discover regarding the conflict, a truth about the past, the truth about herself, or the irony and/or severity of the present situation. Also Known as Anagnorsis, or epiphany
Ur-Play
A story that is alive in your subconscious and that needs to come out and be told
Stasis
The world of the play is introduced. We learn about the setting, the characters, and the basic situation of the play
Intrusion
The event the sets the conflict into motion. At this moment wit becomes clear who the main character is and what he/she needs to do
Launch
This usually makes up most of the play. The main character attempts to achieve his/her dramatic need
Climax
The ultimate fray between opposing forces in the play
Denouement
It shows how the world of the play had or has not changed due to the resolution of the conflict
Three Act Structure
Act 1: Introduce the problem, Act 2: Develop the problem, Act 3: Resolve the problem
In Medias Res
When a play will begin with the intrusion or in the midst of the launch
Deux Ex Machina
A plot in which all of a sudden something comes out of nowhere at the end and makes everything all right
Traditional Comedy
The protagonist succeeds
Traditional Tragedy
The protagonist fails
Tragicomedy
The protagonist succeeds or fails but the result is not exactly what the protagonist though it would be. Or perhaps, the protagonist gets what he wants, but also get another thing that he wasn't expecting or hoping for
Subplots
Sometimes relate to the main plot merely through a similarity in theme. Sometimes they feed into the main plot, affecting its outcome.
Conflict
Dramatic need+Obstacle=Conflict
Physiological Needs
Those things without which we cannot live: food, water, air, shelter clothing. Survival
Safety Needs
Security, stability, order, protection, and freedom from fear or danger
Social needs
Love, acceptance, belongingness
Ego needs
Esteem, reputation, self-respect, status, metaphysical worthiness
Self-Actualization Needs
Creativity, self-expression, personal fulfillment
Event
Anything that occurs
Trigger
An Event that causes or permits another vent to happen
Heap
An Event that is caused or permitted by a trigger
Monologue
When one character speaks for an extended time
Contained Monologue
When one character speaks for an extended period of time, to the other character within a scene
Direct Address
A character talks directly to the audience
Aside
Short speech to the audience with out the other characters hearing
Monodrama
A play consisting of one long monologue; a one-person show
Soliloquoy
A character speaks his/her internal thoughts, while alone on stage
Dialogue
Lines exchanged between two or more characters
Stichomythia
Short choppy dialogue
Chunky Dialogue
Dialogue that is monologue heavy (lots of longer speeches being exchanged between 2 or more characters).
Unified Time
Aristotle spoke of the notion of The Three Unities (Place, Time, and Action). This meant that the entire play was to occur in one location with one continuous flow of action and time.
Episodic Time
A play that takes place in several short episodes (scenes or acts) over the course of a relatively short period of time (i.e., a weekend, a month, a season, a few years, etc.) Scene locations may vary or stay the same.
Epic Time
A play that takes place in several short episodes (scenes or acts) over the course of a long period of time (i.e., a lifetime, the duration of a war, an era of some sort, etc.) Scene locations may vary or stay the same.
Non-Sequential Time
When the scenes of a play do not progress in chronological order
Multi-Temporal Sequential
Multiple stories happening in different time periods are woven together to create one play.
Flashbacks
Scenes that occur in the past--outside of the time sequence established by the rest of the script. Rather than simply having a character tell the story of what happened long ago, the playwright can simply write that scene and include it in the play. Rather than simply having a character tell the story of what happened long ago, the playwright can simply write that scene and include it in the play.
Flash-Forwards
A vast jump forwards in time.
Periscope Ending
when the final scene occurs a long time after the climax. In this final scene, the effects of the climax are revealed through exposition.
Framing Device
A device in which a setting and a few characters are established. Then, one of the characters will begin telling a story which makes up the bulk of the play. At the end we return to the original characters, realizing how the story has affected them.
Scenes Outside Of Time
The dramatization of fantasies, dream sequences, hallucinations, etc.
Ebb and Flow
A play's focus and retreat from the its central conflict. Longer plays retreat from the main conflict in order to provide backstory, create atmosphere, explore character dynamics, and provide comic relief.
Economy
The notion of only including characters, actions, speech, and settings that are absolutely essential contributions to the plot and theme(s).
Catharsis
the feeling of release after the dramatic tension of watching a tragedy
Tactic
the strategy a character uses in order to get what he or she wants; how the character attempts to remove the obstacle to his or her need.
Subtext
what is really meant by what is said
Beat
the use of one tactic in the context of a play/scene/act; most scenes have multiple beats