Okay, first of all, that class about The Room sounds great and it is tearing me apart.
I have a couple of questions about The Shape of Water and its storyform. It was my favourite of all the Oscar-nominated movies, but there were a couple things that felt like they were almost ‘breaking the storyform’, and I’m just wondering if there are reasons for that, given that it has a complete storyform. (Minor spoilers ahead, maybe?)
The voice-over. Even though Elisa is clearly the MC (with, like, five great examples of her being Do-er in the first 10 minutes), it’s Giles that opens and closes the movie with his voice-over. Dramatica typically stresses that the voice-over is almost always a sign of that character being the MC. So, is this an exception because it’s just a framing device, or is it a structural problem?
The other thing is the OS. The first time I saw it, I was convinced it was Physics. No question. The second time, I was thrown. Because there is SO MUCH talk about The Future (“We don’t want the red design anymore. Green is the future now, and the family needs to look happier about the future.”; “the future of America is bright, son”; “this car is the car of the future”; “you’re a man of the future”). And even the issues below that are all over the script, Delaying stuff specifically (the Russian specifically is constantly being told “you have to delay the procedure” and everything he does to the Americans is all about “we can’t do this now”, “we have to hold it off”) and making a Choice (“We need to make a decision about the asset”; the General saying “At the end of the day, it is my damn decision”).
Basically, just a lot of Situational thematics appearing, specifically around the Russians and Michael Shannon’s character. So, if the OS is in Physics/Learning, is there a reason for all of this constant talk of the future? Is it just that the author perhaps thought they were writing a Situation story, rather than a Physics one? Or could it be just a tiny sub-story in the background specifically centering around the Russian/American conflict?
Apologies if this is off-topic. Feel free to move it to a separate topic if so.