Metaphor Motif

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:

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade


Inciting Incident: Indie's father is kidnapped...
...because of this Indiana is forced to search for the Holy Grail in order to find his father...
...because of this Indie and Marcus go to Venice where they meet Dr Elsa Schneider who takes them to the last known clue...
...because of this Indie and Elsa end up being chased by shifty looking men with Turkish hats on the waters of Venice...
...because of this one of the shifty men tells Indie where his father is being held captive...
...because of this Indie and Elsa go to save his father....
...because of this Indie discovers Elsa is a Nazi and both Indie and his father are captured....
...and so on...

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.
And In Other News....
...could this be the next Doctor?