George Polti's 36 dramatic situations on film with Hannaleena Hauru

Briefly in English, what’s this all about:

This French guy, George Polti, defined that in the world there are 36 dramatic situations. In 2010-2011 I made 36 exersises on film – to study how these situations behave in present cinema. It was my master’s thesis for the University of Arts, School of Motion Picture and Production design, Helsinki, Finland.

I’m written this blog mostly in Finnish, but you can follow the project in English on Vimeo. I’ve uploaded most of the excerises I made there, and added English subtitles to most of them. Or, you can have an interesting Finnish adventure by clicking around here. Some of the links are in English anyway – plus you can always have a blast with the Google Translator.

I’ve not set any special limits on the ways I’ve made all these film excercises. There’s been over 120 people helping me out aloung the way. Thanks to all of them (and you once again).


36 Dramatic Situations by George Polti

1. Supplication
2. Deliverance
3. Vengeance of a crime
4. Vengeance taken for kindred upon kindred
5. Pursuit
6. Disaster
7. Falling prey to cruelty or misfortune
8. Revolt
9. Daring enterprise
10. Abduction
11. The Enigma
12. Obtaining
13. Enmity of kinsmen
14. Rivalry of kinsmen
15. Murderous adultery
16. Madness
17. Fatal imprudence
18. Involuntary crimes of love
19. Slaying of a kinsman unrecognised
20. Self-sacrificing for an ideal
21. Self-sacrifice for kindred
22. All sacrificed for a passion
23. Necessity of sacrificing loved ones
24. Rivalry of superior and inferior
25. Adultery
26. Crimes of love
27. Discovery of the dishonour of a loved one
28. Obstacles to love
29. An enemy loved
30. Ambition
31. Conflict with a god
32. Mistaken jealousy
33.  Erroneous judgement
34. Remorse
35. Recovery of a lost one
36.  Loss of loved ones

You can read and download George Polti’s book ”The 36 Dramatic Situations” (1916)  here.


2 responses

  1. Dave

    My futile versions for

    7. Falling prey to cruelty or misfortune

    9. Daring enterprise

    11. The Enigma

    16. Madness

    28. Obstacles to love

    33. Erroneous judgement

    36. Loss of loved ones

    11/01/2010 18:47

  2. :D. Dave, now you need to make only 29 more…. :D

    11/02/2010 17:11


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