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The Last Jedi and the 7 Basic Questions of Narrative Drama

Date: 2018-05-31 11:30:19

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Far from being the “worst movie ever” Star Wars: The Last Jedi has some solid character work, even in its weaker plotlines. In this video, I take a look at Film Crit Hulk’s 7 Basic Questions of Narrative Drama as a way to examine the character arcs of Rey, Finn and Poe.

Film Crit Hulk’s essay: https://birthmoviesdeath.com/2013/07/03/film-crit-hulk-man-of-steel

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Books:
Creating Character Arcs, by K.M. Weiland: https://amzn.to/2slqAIS
The Anatomy of Story: https://amzn.to/2xAO9CO

Music:

“I’m Going for a Coffee” by Lee ROsevere. Music For Podcasts 3.
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts_3/02_Im_Going_for_a_Coffee

The Seven Questions:
WHAT DOES THIS CHARACTER WANT?
WHAT DOES THIS CHARACTER NEED?
HOW DO THOSE WANTS AND NEEDS CONFLICT WITH EACH OTHER WITHIN THE CHARACTER?
HOW DO THEY CONFLICT WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD?
HOW DO THEY CONFLICT WITH OTHER CHARACTERS?
HOW DOES THE CHARACTER CHANGE THROUGH THOSE CONFLICTS AND HOW DOES THE RESOLUTION AFFECT THEM?
WHAT IMPACT DOES THAT CHANGE HAVE ON EVERYONE ELSE?

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