Themes cinematic

A screenplay’s theme should reveal to the audience your protagonist’s inner and outer journey as they move through the story.

For example, a story about a boastful barbarian that sets out to capture a jewel could have a theme that says ‘The impossible humbles all, even the most boastful of us.’ As they move from being a flawed individual, to realising their shortcomings, to becoming a better person, theme is revealed.

How this plays out across five acts:

Act 1: The protagonist is unaware of the theme and unknowingly resists it. 
Act 2: They have experiences that help them to understand the theme, resistance lessens. 
Act 3: Through conflict, vital knowledge is revealed that enters them into the theme. 
Act 4: They must finally come to grips with what’s inside to accept their new self.
Act 5: They finally realise the truth behind the theme‚Äôs message and fully embrace it. 

Fear is the Mind Killer: David Lynch’s ‘Dune’

In 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, New Age philosopher Daniel Pinchbeck wrote,

The modern fragmentation of knowledge into many disciplines, each with its own specialist discourse, gives us belief, or illusion, that we cannot attain an integrated understanding of our reality.

Not only does this statement underline the substrate of our future, but in a way speculates the bizarre far-future of David Lynch’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. 

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