Hidden Figures — The Power of Subplots

When the real-life protagonist of Hidden Figures, Katherine Johnson, insisted that the film be about her peers as well, screenwriter Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi adhered to her request by folding additional characters into subplots. In this video essay, Lessons From the Screenplay examines the elements of a subplot, analyzing how the subplot enhances the main plot and how several smaller stories can be woven together to form a single cohesive story that symbolizes change.

 

 


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Historical Drama