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What is the difference between story and plot in a film? What tools does a filmmaker use to tell a story? Explain your answer and provide examples.

In addition to entertainment, most films are produced to convey the filmmakerâ??s point of view or messages the filmmaker considers important. How do you identify a filmâ??s theme? Explain your answer

Recall your favorite film. Describe the theme and explain how it helped make the film your favorite. Is it possible to enjoy a film without agreeing with the filmmakerâ??s message? Explain your answer and provide examples

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1. First off, as you briefly articulate the difference between story and plot in a film, for me, I see story as encompasses more of the prevalent themes or overall moral of what the film is trying to express in terms of life lessons. I see the story as the big picture or the "nitty gritty narrative" of events.

On the other hand, I feel that the plot is the series of events that arise as a result of the overarching themes. Plot also reveals the conflicts that the characters experience.

In sum, I see the story as the thematic "umbrella" that totally encompasses the entire film. Conversely, I tend to see the plot as just merely one vehicle that expresses or advances the story or thematic ideas. Does that make sense to you?

As you also consider what tools does a filmmaker use to tell a story, I feel like some of the basic ones include sound effects, visual imagery, music, dialogue, facial expressions, gestures, etc.

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This solution briefly contrasts the notions of story and plot in film from a personal standpoint.

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