Today was one of those 'Test' days in Ben's class. We were asked to think about "Cause and Effect" and "Metaphor Motif" in our scripts.
Then we were selected at random to talk about one of those two things.
Cause and Effect is a great way to check your script. How does it work? I will take my favourite film as an example:
One thing causes another thing to happen in the story. Action and reaction. It's very much like life.
I didn't really know what Metaphor Motif was until today. I suppose if you break it down it makes sense
Metaphor: A phrase or image which is applied to something else to represent or symbolise something. A metaphor expresses the unfamiliar in terms of the familiar.
Motif: A recurrent thematic element
In Scriptwriting a Metaphor Motif is an image, line of dialogue or sound which represents something and pops up now and again within the story to add meaning to the character's journey
In Indiana Jones, I think the metaphor motif is his father's Grail diary.
- It represents Indiana's father until the father turns up later in the film.
- It represents history, the subject Indiana is passionate about.
- It represents Indiana's cynicism in a higher power and hope.
- It represent his father's life work which created a rift in Indiana and his dad's relationship.
- It represents everything that the Nazis stand against.