How To Find The Theme Of A Story – Jeff Kitchen

Film Courage: I think you’ve said that the word theme has been misused extensively when it comes to film and television but I believe you’ve also said that beware of the simple one-liner?

Jeff Kitchen, Dramatist / Author / Founder / Consultant: Yes, the theme is something that is misunderstood by a percentage of people. One of the things that my playwriting teacher pointed out to me back when I was learning this stuff and he explained it and then he said This is really important, make sure you absorb this and he said The way in which the protagonist resolves the dilemma expresses the theme of the story and it’s very clear because the resolution is where the whole story comes together and the completion of the story completes the magic spell on the audience which crystallizes the mood that they go home in. Like in a romantic comedy, it’s been fun and fresh but also the romance falling apart and things getting troubled and then finally coming together in the end and usually you feel happy and in love at the end if it’s done right. All of that was skillfully orchestrated by the writer and the filmmakers and the theme also comes through that which is being said organically by the story comes together in the ending. If you look at the protagonist’s act of resolution of the dilemma and look at the way in which the protagonist resolves the dilemma that enables you to put…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 

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