Denijal Hasanović: "The conflict in the episode is not a dispute, a fight, or a quarrel"

On July 19, Polish filmmaker and scriptwriter Denijal Hasanović conducted the workshop "A scene with full progression (full run)"

"An episode is the smallest part of the film, containning the most basic dramaturgic tool - the conflict. There are also full episodes that I would compare to a short film. It should also include beginning, development, culmination, and final. The whole film contains about 8-9 such episodes."

"What is a conflict? The conflict in the episode is not a dispute, a fight, or a quarrel. Why? Because not every fight, dispute, or quarrel leads to something, and some of them cannot be developed in dramaturgy. In order to use the conflict as an instrument, we need 4 drama tools: the main character, the goal of the protagonist, a thing on stake, and the antagonist. Everything is simple: someone (the main character) wants to get something (the goal), but can not achieve it because someone or something (the antagonist) prevents him from it. You will be able to create a story only if everything is well worked out".

"The antagonist and the main character are interconnected. Theyhave no chance to avoid each other because of three reasons. First, there is no way to reach a compromise. This means that the story has to go on. Secondly, it also allows you to increase the degree of emotion. These emotions can be dramatic, funny, or scary, but they should be there. Otherwise, we will not be interested in the characters we see on the screen."

"Each episode must contain a conflict. Without this, you will not be able to move your story forward. But it can manifest itself in a variety of forms. In short episodes, you can show it with movement of the camera, light, sounds, and the like. Avoid monotony".

"There are also 3 additional tools that do not necessarily have to be in the other episodes. The first one is a change, an important shift in characters or plot. The second tool is the way of storytelling. Whom will the viewer live it through? There may be several such characters. The third tool is the topic of the episode. If you can describe it with one sentence, it means that you know what you are telling about. If you need more words, you have not yet found the essence of your story."

"The change may concern both the protagonist and the antagonist. Some characters must go beyond their limits, doing something unexpected. After this, he or she ends up on a new, dangerous territory. There, the character will face even more challenges and complex decisions."

"There is no mathematical formula in creating the script. When you're just starting to write your story, do not think about the rules I've listed, and forget everything you read in the textbooks. You need to trustur intuition, follow the emotions. What about this character makes you feel uncomfortable, happy, strange, and fun? Just follow the calling. Do not restrict yourself, do not be ashamed of your thoughts. Not at this stage".