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RCHSS - Communication & Media

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Faculty Sponsor Name

Anna Weinstein

Abstract (300 words maximum)

In this research, I will be analyzing Silver Linings Playbook, written by David O. Russell & Matthew Quick to discover how the structure of the screenplay works, more specifically how the characters bring the overall story together, making it a character-driven story. With this research, I intend on uncovering how the characters’ growth (joint and individually) over the course of the film influences the structure of the film. How can two broken people grow and find hope within each other? To prove this argument, I will examine scenes in which the characters individually navigate their world, as well as joint journeys and struggles. I will note scenes that were scrapped from the final film and analyze why that is, in terms of character development and plot structure.

Disciplines

Screenwriting

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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Silver Linings Playbook: A Film Analysis

In this research, I will be analyzing Silver Linings Playbook, written by David O. Russell & Matthew Quick to discover how the structure of the screenplay works, more specifically how the characters bring the overall story together, making it a character-driven story. With this research, I intend on uncovering how the characters’ growth (joint and individually) over the course of the film influences the structure of the film. How can two broken people grow and find hope within each other? To prove this argument, I will examine scenes in which the characters individually navigate their world, as well as joint journeys and struggles. I will note scenes that were scrapped from the final film and analyze why that is, in terms of character development and plot structure.

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