I am not 100% clear on what is allowed on the storyweaving side, so i’m hoping someone who writes with Dramatica can help me clarify the following. Because it is a little confusing, I am capitalising the Dramatica terms as the words can mean different things when discussing movies etc.
If I understand it correctly, these are some rules in that area:
- The four Scenes within each Act for each Throughline, must run through their Beats in order before the next Scene from the same Throughline can start. For example, you can’t show two Beats of an OS Scene (e.g. PR 1), then two Beats of the subsequent OS Scene (PR 2) before returning to finish off the final two Beats of the first Scene (CO 1) then the final two Beats of the subsequent Scene (CO 2).
- In one scene (per movie definition, i.e. a stretch of continuous action in one location), you can have Beats from one Throughline divided up by Beats from other Throughlines, as long as the Beats within each Scene of the same Throughline remain in order.
- If each Beat is a scene (like many in the Prestige breakdown, where often individual Beats of the Quad are in different locations with different combinations of players), the above still applies, so you could, for example, show the Potential and Resistance of an OS Scene in one location, then show the Potential and Resistance of an MC Scene in a completely different location, then the Current and Outcome of the OS Scene, then the Current and Outcome of the MC Scene (or any other combination as long as the Beat order with a Scene remains).
- The same piece of dialogue/conversation/action on screen can represent two Beats from two different Throughlines, thus covering them simultaneously. Like Luke and Obi-Wan’s “conversation” during the Death Star battle being combinations of RS, IC and MC at the same time.
this is all from the perspective of editing/cutting a movie i guess. So once you have written full Scenes in Dramatica, what you are allowed to do in terms of dividing them and reordering to improve the experience
also to clarify, because I mentioned the Prestige above, i’m not talking about reordering temporally from the viewer perspective, all this is assuming things are happening in linear order or switching between things happening in parallel
Sorry, I know this is confusing to read, but hopefully someone gets what I mean, and/or can explain to me what is permitted/non-permitted in a more clear way