FGSG-S02E01-Billy Elliot
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FOOLSCAP GLOBAL STORY GRID (c) SHAWN COYNE
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BILLY ELLIOT (2000)
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Link to the Recording: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1krg90a7lvy4x88/Roundtable_001_2017-10-23.mp3?dl=0
EDITOR'S NOTES
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GLOBAL STORY
GLOBAL GENRE: PERFORMANCE (DANCE)
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External Genre:
Performance (Dance)
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Value at Stake:
Shame - Respect (Respected to Flawed to Shamed to Respected Publicly but Self-Ashamed)
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Internal Genre:
*Status (Sentimental) (See show notes for discussion about disagreement on this point)
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Value at Stake:
Failure - Success (Success to Compromise to Failure to Selling Out)
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Obligatory Scenes and Conventions:
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Performance Obligatory Scenes:
1. An inciting performance opportunity: Mrs. Wilkinson invites Billy to join her ballet class.
2. Protagonist sidesteps responsibility to perform: After seeing Tony beaten by police and arrested, Billy misses the first audition to the Royal Ballet School in Newcastle.
3. Forced to perform, the protagonist lashes out: Billy hasn't been practicing and Mrs. Wilkinson yells at him to stand up and "do it again". Billy refuses. Also, when Tony puts him on the kitchen table and yells at him to dance, he doesn't.
4. Protagonist discovers antagonist's object of desire: Jackie tells Billy over a meal that dancing is for girls. Billy understand that what his father wants is a stereotypically masculine son.
5. Protagonist's initial strategy to outmaneuver antagonist fails: Billy pretends he's going to boxing class, but his father discovers the deception.
6. All is Lost Moment: Protagonist must salvage honor by changing approach: At the audition, when Billy is asked why he wants to dance, he changes his approach by finally being honest with himself (and others) about how dance makes him feel. This is the first time he has articulated his feelings.
7. BIG EVENT: Protagonist's gift expressed: The performance of Swan Lake at the end of the film.
8. Protagonist is rewarded at extrapersonal, personal and/or inner level: Bill is rewarded on all 3 levels. Extrapersonal (the audience cheers when he goes on stage for the performance of Swan Lake), Personal (Billy's family recognizes his talent and is proud of him), Personal (Billy has found meaning in life through dance)
Performance Conventions:
1. Training. Protagonist must practice to gain performance skills: Billy is trained first by Mrs. Wilkinson and then by the Royal Ballet School.
2. All Is Lost Moment: Protagonist's imminent failure is unavoidable: Billy is clearly not going to be accepted into the school - the board is less than impressed.
3. Mentor recovers moral compass or betrays the protagonist to act out perceived victimhood: Mrs. Wilkinson talks to Billy's father and brother about his missed audition. Approaching his family is the one thing he asked her not to do.
4. Power divide between antagonist and protagonist is wide and deep: Billy is an 11-year-old boy and he's standing up against his father on an issue his father neither knows or understands.
5. Ironic win-but-lose or lose-but-win ending: Billy wins an opportunity to study at the Royal Ballet School and thereby live a meaningful life. But to do so, he has to leave his family, his friends, his community - everything he knows and loves.
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Point of View:
3rd Person Liimited, divided among Billy, Dad, and Teacher
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Objects of Desire (Wants and Needs):Billy wants to dance and needs respect for his self-expression
Father (representing antagonistic force, Society): Wants to maintain/regain status quo and needs to open up and allow change
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Controlling Idea / Theme:
We gain respect when we commit to expressing our gifts unconditionally
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BEGINNING HOOK
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Global Value Shift External:
Respected publicly but self-ashamed --> Shamed
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Global Value Shift Internal:
Selling out --> Failure
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External Charge
Internal Charge
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Inciting Incident:Billy discovers his passion for dance when a class is relocated to the gym where he takes boxing.++
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Progressive Complication/Turning Point:Boxing instructor tells Jackie (Billy's dad) that Billy hasn't been to class in months/Jackie forbids Billy from dancing.--
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Crisis:Billy must decide to be true to himself or obey his father. ??
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Climax:Billy decides to be true to himself.+-
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Resolution:His teacher offers him private lessons.++
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MIDDLE BUILD
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Global Value Shift External:
Shamed --> Flawed
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Global Value Shift Internal:
Failure --> Compromise
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External Charge
Internal Charge
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Inciting Incident:
Billy's teacher offers him private lessons to prepare for an audition with the Royal Ballet School.++
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Progressive Complication/Turning Point:Billy misses the local audition because Tony is arrested in union violence & dance teacher confronts them/Jackie sees Billy dance and recognizes his talent-/+-/+
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Crisis:Will Jackie become a scab to pay for the trip to London or disappoint his son???
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Climax:He tries to become a scab, but Tony (Billy's older brother) stops him.-+
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Resolution:Jackie pawns his wife's jewelry. This is especially poetic because Jackie says, that she would have let Billy pursue ballet. ++
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ENDING PAYOFF
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Global Value Shift External:
Flawed --> Honored/Respected
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Global Value Shift Internal:
Compromise --> Success
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External Charge
Internal Charge
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Inciting Incident:
Billy and his father travel to London for the audition.++
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Progressive Complication/Turning Point:Billy performs well, but he's nervous and hits another applicant/head of panel expresses dismay, but another asks Billy how dance feels to him.--
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Crisis:The panel must decide whether his answer "it feels like electricity" is sufficient to admit Billy to the school.??
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Climax:A letter arrives, and Billy has been accepted. The union has folded, and the miners are going back to work.++
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Resolution:Billy goes to school and years later performs in Swan Lake in front of Jackie, Tony, and his boyhood friend Michael.++
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