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Brooke deLeonFollow

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RCHSS - English

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Anna Weinstein

Abstract (300 words maximum)

In this study, I will analyze the story structure of the film Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) written by Dan Fogelman. The film consists of an ensemble, and we follow each major character's storyline as they all end up connecting. The study will look at the ensemble structure of the film and map out the main characters and the big turning points in their individual stories to see how Fogelman creates one film around so many major characters. In this study, I argue that it's the way Fogelman creates the unexpected plot twist of intertwining all story arcs together that makes this ensemble structure work and discuss how we see Fogelman use the same structure again in the pilot of This is Us (2016).

Disciplines

Screenwriting

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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Crazy, Stupid, Love: A Screenplay Analysis

In this study, I will analyze the story structure of the film Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) written by Dan Fogelman. The film consists of an ensemble, and we follow each major character's storyline as they all end up connecting. The study will look at the ensemble structure of the film and map out the main characters and the big turning points in their individual stories to see how Fogelman creates one film around so many major characters. In this study, I argue that it's the way Fogelman creates the unexpected plot twist of intertwining all story arcs together that makes this ensemble structure work and discuss how we see Fogelman use the same structure again in the pilot of This is Us (2016).

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