Dramatically Elevate Your Storytelling Using the Tool of Objective Correlative

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Are you looking to elevate your story so that it resonates on deeper emotional levels with an audience? Films like Citizen Kane stay with us in ways that go beyond plot, character and theme.

Many extraordinary films use a powerful literary device called Objective Correlative—a theory which can be challenging to grasp but when understood can empower the storyteller and can have particularly interesting use in cinema beyond literary use. Many memorable stories consciously or unconsciously use the device and knowing how it works is a wonderful tool in the storytellers’ workshop. 

Filmmaker Kevin T. Morales will help you understand the concept and its various uses through breaking down its appearance in films. By the end of the presentation and discussion, you will be able to evaluate the use of objects and setting in your own story to emotionally affect the audience, avoid cliche and strengthen your character’s journey.

If you're a writer/director, this session is especially helpful, or even just a lover of film!

The presentation covers:

  • How your story resonates specifically and universally with the audience.
  • The importance of the objects and setting in an empathetic journey.
  • The use of Objective Correlative in an object with examples.
  • The use of Objective Correlative in a setting with examples.
  • Q & A discussion of the concept.

[Recorded June 13, 2023]

Kevin T. Morales is a Latino filmmaker and a California native now living in New York with his wife and two children. He is the nephew of Oscar-winning director Victor Fleming (Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz). Kevin went on to study drama, directing, and dramatic writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts as a National Merit and Dean’s Scholar. He has been the Artistic Director of two professional theater companies and written four original plays and three musicals and directed more than thirty professional productions Regionally and Off-Broadway. Since 2008 he has been writing and working in film and tv full time, and in 2019 shot his feature film Generation Wrecks, co-written with his daughter, actress Victoria Leigh, which made its world premiere at Dances With Films in Hollywood in the summer of 2021. The film has earned invitations to The Catalina Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival, Vail Film Festival, Jersey Shore Film Festival, Studio City International Film Festival, and The Florida Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for narrative feature. Recently he was selected as a fellow for the 2021 Latino Media Market. His suspenseful ghost-story feature, Shadow Vaults, is hitting festivals in 2023. He has a number of films and TV series in development with various companies. Much of his time is spent wrangling his sheepdog, Mabel. Kevin is repped by MSW Media Management.


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