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“Theme is not only the spine and core of your movie but the Heart and Soul of your story. It’s the moral and lesson of your story that gives your screen or teleplay universal meaning. Ultimately, it’s what unifies your story and makes it emotionally significant. It’s your ‘voice’ – it’s what you want to say. Stories teach us how to be human through symbolic experiences…..I think the most important and effective way to illustrate theme is through your main character. Theme is expressed through your main character’s transformational arc during the journey. How do you show this transformation? To express transformation, the need for transformation has to be established – hence the Character FLAW. Remember this: Theme is the opposite of the character’s flaw
Tawnya Bhattacharya (writer on USA Network’s Fairly Legal and the blog Script Anatomy)
Scriptshadow Interview

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