scene analysis


           Scene Analysis:.

  1. What is the story?
    1. What is the author trying to tell us?
    2. What is he getting at?
    3. What's the deeper meaning underneath the plot and all the words?
    4. What's the main statement he's making to the audience?
  2. What is the time period?
  3. What is the location?
  4. Where is the scene in the story?
    1. Always see the whole project divided into three separate parts: beginning, middle, and end.
    2. You'll learn that if everything is a climax, nothing is a climax.
  5. What is the style?
    1. Each scene is there for a purpose.
    2. Where does the scene fit into the entire plan of the script?
  6. What effect should it have on the audience?
    1. They come to be entertained.
    2. Don't become a great thinker.
    3. Decide what the scene is supposed to say, from the author's point of view, not your own.
  7. What should the scene look like?
    1. Who is doing what to whom?
  8. What's the conflict?
    1. A casual conversation is not a scene.
    2. A scene is a struggle of wills, a contest, a kind of combat.
    3. The secret of drama is "difficulty".
    4. Don't make negative choices.
    5. Audiences lose interest in characters who give up.
  9. Who's the protagonist?
    1. The person the audience is rooting for.
  10. Who's the antagonist?
    1. The person they are against.
  11. Who is the aggressor?
    1. That's the question that decides the staging.
    2. Same as what should the scene look like?
  12. The pattern of behavior.
    1. It's telling the story in movement.
    2. If the behavior is correct, even a deaf audience will understand.
    3. Carry out the objectives in behavior.
    4. The story is told by what we see; the dialogue has become secondary.

             An actor or a director should definitely follow and learn the above list on scene analysis.

Scene analysis is taken directly from Don Richardson's book:

"Acting Without Agony: An Alternative to the Method."

"In the end, it can't look like acting."