Title

The application of an ‘eternal dance’ methodology in the development of an original screenplay

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Title

The Palgrave Handbook of Script Development

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan / Springer

School

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

RAS ID

44751

Comments

Ferrell, R. (2022). The application of an ‘eternal dance’ methodology in the development of an original screenplay. In S. Taylor & C. Batty (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Script Development (pp. 407-423). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82234-7_28

Abstract

This chapter proposes a new metaphor/model of screenplay structure which can be used by screenwriters to represent the dramatic design of their own work back to themselves in the flow of practice. Dance is chosen as the metaphorical framework because dances play out in defined spaces and within webs of social expectations and private passions. The core elements of a patterned dance include intent, movement and engagement between individuals. Moreover, intentional and unintentional improvisations can intervene in a dance, ‘raising the stakes’ for other dancers. As a form of visual shorthand, the methodology foregrounds dramatic moments within their physical and spatial contexts. Replacing retro-active models of screenplay structure, the eternal dance can be used to transform a screen idea into a storyline or script, and can be equally useful for redrafting: a tool of creation as well as of analysis. This chapter describes the use of the eternal dance methodology as part of the development of an original screenplay.

DOI

10.1007/978-3-030-82234-7_28

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