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Onstage manifestation

  1. 1. Onstage Manifestations 101 Character MODULE Onstage MODULE Manifestation ONE TWO Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE This is a crash-course in dramatic structure. I didn’t like how the textbook did it, so I am deviating from it. There are some definitions you need from the book, but otherwise, everything you need is on these slides.
  2. 2. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE The Onstage Manifestation (or Onstage Manifestation of Goals) is a powerful thing in theatre: it is the secret that a lot of people in Hollywood haven’t figured out yet. It adds Dramatic Value to a Character Goal It lets the audience know what they’re waiting for.
  3. 3. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE We will look at it through Kid Rock’s “Cowboy” If you have a copy of the song, listen to it now, otherwise you can follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPOQE_LUESs
  4. 4. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE So you’ve listened to it. Great song, right? What does Kid Rock Want to be?
  5. 5. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE A Cowboy, Baby!! But what is a Cowboy, Baby?
  6. 6. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE A ‘cowboy’ changes, depending on who you talk to. It doesn’t have one meaning. It can mean the kind of clothes you wear, it could mean a southern drawl, it could mean you come from an area, it could mean that you wrestle cattle.
  7. 7. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE So what is a Cowboy to Kid Rock?
  8. 8. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE Listen to the first part of the song again: Until about 1:30.
  9. 9. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE Kid Rock’s definition of Cowboy: You live ‘out west’ Buy an old drop-top Find a spot to pimp Buy a yaght that says ‘pimpin the most’ Start an escort service (for all the right reasons) Toast with the sun Get tossed out of bars
  10. 10. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE How wonderfully specific is that? If Kid Rock were a character in a movie, we would know EXACTLY what the cowboy lifestyle would mean to him, and how we would know that he got it.
  11. 11. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal – Assignment Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE And this is the power that the playwright has. The playwright takes something as inangible as ‘true love’ and puts a TANGIBLE definition to it, so the audience knows exactly what it looks like.
  12. 12. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal – Assignment Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE All Onstage Manifestations need to be about an Object or Task which can only happen where the audience can see it. I used “Cowboy” as a generic example for you to see how specific everything needed to be (though it is probably closer to ‘Character Goal’)
  13. 13. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal – Assignment Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE All characters have a goal, and the Onstage Manifestation is how the audience knows they have achieved that goal. That object or task can be something as simple as ‘pouring milk for cereal’, ‘petting a dog’, or an engagement ring.
  14. 14. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal – Assignment Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE POURING MILK FOR CEREAL I refuse to eat the last bowl of cereal. I can’t do it. Two months ago, I was sitting at my kitchen table, waiting for my mom to come in and get my breakfast ready before I went to school, and she never came downstairs.
  15. 15. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal – Assignment Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE POURING MILK FOR CEREAL She had a heart attack in the bathroom, and the doctors couldn’t save her. She died. So that box of cereal was what she was on her way to pour before she died. If I pour that box of cereal, it will be like she’s really gone, and I can’t do that.
  16. 16. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal – Assignment Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE It is only through negotations and character goal will the object/task become something more than what it is.
  17. 17. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal – Assignment Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE POURING CEREAL If you watch this scenerio, and I pour the cereal. What does that mean? Not that I’m hungry. You won’t think that. That bowl of cereal has become something MORE than food.
  18. 18. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal – Assignment Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE POURING CEREAL That bowl of cereal is my dead mother, and I can never, ever get over her. So when you see me, onstage, pouring that cereal, you know I am taking those steps forward, and I will NEVER SAY THAT I’M TAKING A STEP, you WILL KNOW IT.
  19. 19. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal – Assignment Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE On the Discussion Board: Open “Onstage Manifestation” And Post your definitions for the following: HINT: Use nouns, not adjectives. Be like Kid Rock.
  20. 20. Onstage Manifestation Character MODULE ONE Onstage MODULE Manifestation TWO • Onstage Manifestation – Introduction – Object – Artistic Goal – Assignment Dramatic MODULE Question THREE Artistic MODULE Goal FOUR Perception MODULE Shift FIVE Open “Onstage Manifestation” And Post your definitions for the following: • Heaven • Fear • Love • Sexy • Late

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