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The Director’s Chair Issue #127 – Feb. 12, 2012 (Creating the Director’s Subworld)

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1. Introduction
2. Bonuses for Subscribing to The Director’s Chair
3. Live Online Filmmaking Chats
4. FEATURE ARTICLE: Creating the Director’s Subworld
5. Write an Article for The Director’s Chair
6. Social Media Contact Information
7. The Modern Moviemaking Movement
8. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion
9. Moviestorm offers free filmmaking workbooks
10. Filmmaking Links of Interest
11. Blog – Film Directing Tips
12. Filmmaking Workshops
13. Product Promotion and Film Workshops
14. Suggestions and Comments
15. Copyright Information

1. Introduction

Welcome to Issue #127 of The Director’s Chair Feb. 12, 2012

1. Feature Article – The feature article this month is called:
“Creating the Director’s Subworld” – The subworld of a film
are the feelings and sensations a director creates to arouse
certain emotions from the audience.” (Read full article

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4. FEATURE ARTICLE: Creating the Director’s Subworld

The “subworld” of a film are the feelings and sensations a
director creates to arouse certain emotions from the audience.

To do this, the director directs the STORY BENEATH THE MAIN
STORY by developing ACTIONS, EVENTS and INCIDENTS that portray
the deeper meaning of the story and the subtext of characters.

A film director can use the following steps to help create the
Subworld of the script:

1. Research any source that will help you immerse yourself in
the world of the story. (Movies, books, TV, internet)

2. Find out what you want the audience to know (to experience,
to understand)

3. Research and understand the story so the audience learns
something they didn’t know before. (About the characters,
about the place, the time period)

4. Never take the subject for granted – always challenge it.
(Keep finding out more)

5. Deal with the unique characteristics of the story to create
a film that is believable. (Even fantasy and science fiction
have to be “believable” within the realm of the that
particular “unreal” world)

6. Create a world in which the characters are in conflict.
(Drama is conflict)

7. Find out what is the story beneath the story. (What is
really going on in the story?)

8. What generates the action for a character? (What event
motivates the character take action?)

9. What would it take to motivate this character? (An event, a
line of dialogue or a certain look from another character?)

10. Everyone has secret lives and fantasies. (What are they
for your characters?)

11. What are the central MOTIFS; IMAGES; SYMBOLS? (These help
create an image pattern that is repeated throughout the film
and they become your visual concept or style.)

12. Find the quality sensation the audience can feel. (What
emotion do you want the audience to feel in a scene, then find
ways in that scene to achieve it)

13. Know the story on the surface and know how to bring the
story to life. (The director as a story teller.)

14. Develop the subtext to make it believable. (What do your
characters really want? This can be done through dialogue and
certain mannerisms and looks.)

15. Find out what generates the action before it happens.
(What event in the scene begins the action?)

16. Build an entire past life for your characters. (Actors do
this and so should you.)

17. Understand your characters’ behavior. (Know what their
motives are for every scene – this will effect their actions
and what they do as a result.)

18. Use counterpoint to create multi-dimensional characters.
(Unless a person is certifiably insane, every one of us has
the capacity to love one person deeply, and at the same time,
hate another person or group just as passionately.)

19. Know all the Story Points, Events, Beats and Moments in
your script.

20. Interpret the dialogue to find out what the character is
really trying to say. (What is the subtext?)

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10. Filmmaking Links of Interest

1. What Transmedia Has to Teach (and Learn)

2. The Original DIY Filmmakers

3. Women In Film promote female filmmakers

4. Feminist Films and Women Filmmakers

5. Out of the shadows, cinematographers debate

6. Indian cinema has yet to be freed from the clutches of
colonial behavior http://su.pr/2G3SV3

7. Top 10 film festivals across the globe

8. Movies can change the world

9. George Lucas talks about filmmaking

10. Making your own movie? Indie pros offer their advice

11. Blog – Film Directing Tips

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http://FilmDirectingTips.com and make some comments on the
posts. Your feedback is important to me because they will help
me decide on the content of this blog.

12. Filmmaking Workshops – Peter D. Marshall

I have worked in the Film and Television Industry for over 38
years – as a Film Director, Television Producer, First
Assistant Director and Series Creative Consultant. I’ve been
asked many times to share my Film and TV production knowledge
with others. As a result, I developed several workshops that I
have successfully presented over the past 18 years.

To find out more about these workshops, just click on the link
below. If you are interested in any of these four workshops
for yourself or your organization, please contact me to
discuss how we can bring these workshops to you.

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14. Suggestions And Comments

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15. Copyright Information

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