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A character workshop

Kira-Anne Pelican

Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD, is a writer, speaker and script consultant with 25 years of experience working in the British, American and Chinese film and television industries. She began her career assisting director Stanley Kubrick, took posts in visual effects production on The Matrix films, before working as a screenwriter, academic and script consultant. Her original screenplays have been optioned by the BBC, ITV and other independent producers and she has lectured on character development across the world. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Science of Writing Characters : Using Psychology to Create Compelling Fictional Characters

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...There is a lot of theory in this book. It’s mostly derived from observations of how people act in the real world and how we can usefully apply this knowledge to create more lifelike, engaging and believable characters. But reading theory...

Codifying Story Elements

Kelly McErlean

Kelly McErlean has developed graduate and postgraduate programs in film and new media for local and international delivery and successfully delivered eLearning and onsite contracts for international broadcast organisations on behalf of the European Broadcasting Union. Kelly lectures on new media, film and entrepreneurship at the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland. He has won several awards including a Golden Spider Award and a Digital Media Award for his film, new media, and photographic works. Kelly holds a PhD in visual culture from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Interactive Narratives and Transmedia Storytelling : Creating Immersive Stories Across New Media Platforms

Routledge, 2018

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... Codifying Story Elements The codification of audiovisual content allows an author/director to signify meaning within the narrative through the quantification and classification of story elements. The narrative can be structured...

Adapting Jim Day’s “Karelia”

Eric R. Williams

Eric R. Williams has written professionally for American Movie Classics, Workshop Productions, Universal Studios, Grateful Films, and Fox Interactive. His screenplays have been workshopped at the Film Independent Producers Lab in Los Angeles, and have won three prestigious awards: Best New Work from the Writers Guild of America, Award for Individual Excellence in Screenwriting from the Ohio Arts Council, and an Emmy Award for Interactive Media. Eric is the author of the Routledge Focus book The Screenwriters Taxonomy. He is also an award-winning educator and the inaugural director of the MFA in Communication Media Arts program at Ohio University where he teaches screenwriting and virtual reality production. Eric earned his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, and his MFA from Columbia University in New York City. You can learn more by visiting his website: www.WilliamsOnStory.com. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screen Adaptation: Beyond the Basics : Techniques for Adapting Books, Comics, and Real-Life Stories into Screenplays

Focal Press, 2018

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... Adapting Jim Day’s “Karelia” In 2009, I was awarded the Ohio Arts Council Award of Individual Excellence in Screenwriting for a series of adapted screenplays. My production company, Blue Arm Productions, held a national creative writing...

Conclusion

Sue Thornham

Sue Thornham is Professor of Media and Film at the University of Sussex, UK. She is the author of numerous books including Women, Feminism and Media (2007), What if I Had Been the Hero (BFI Publishing 2012); the co-author, with Tony Purvis, of Television Drama: Theories and Identities (2005); the editor of Feminist Film Theory: A Reader (1999), and the co-editor, with Caroline Bassett and Paul Marris, of Media Studies: A Reader (3rd edition 2009). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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What If I Had Been the Hero? : Investigating Women’s Cinema

British Film Institute, 2012

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...I am indebted for the title of this Conclusion, and indeed for the conclusion itself, to the anonymous reviewer who insisted that this book needed more than the postscript I had given it. She – or perhaps he – also perceptively pointed...

Connecting Text

Doing Text : Media After the Subject

Auteur, 2016

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...Agency Students in my secondary English classes no longer write in books.They exist and work in an open online community. We shifted our work online in pursuit of a set of key goals. As an English department it was our desire to increase...

The dimensions of personality

Kira-Anne Pelican

Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD, is a writer, speaker and script consultant with 25 years of experience working in the British, American and Chinese film and television industries. She began her career assisting director Stanley Kubrick, took posts in visual effects production on The Matrix films, before working as a screenwriter, academic and script consultant. Her original screenplays have been optioned by the BBC, ITV and other independent producers and she has lectured on character development across the world. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Science of Writing Characters : Using Psychology to Create Compelling Fictional Characters

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...A few months ago, one of my screenwriting clients approached me with her latest project. After working on the idea for nearly a year, she thought she was nearly there. As with all drafts that I’m given, I was excited to start reading...

The emotional journey

Kira-Anne Pelican

Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD, is a writer, speaker and script consultant with 25 years of experience working in the British, American and Chinese film and television industries. She began her career assisting director Stanley Kubrick, took posts in visual effects production on The Matrix films, before working as a screenwriter, academic and script consultant. Her original screenplays have been optioned by the BBC, ITV and other independent producers and she has lectured on character development across the world. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Science of Writing Characters : Using Psychology to Create Compelling Fictional Characters

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Storytelling is an emotional experience. Whether we’re writing stories, reading novels, watching films or listening to a radio play, our emotions are engaged. Depending on our mood, we seek out different genres of fiction and we’re probably...

Plot

Alexis Krasilovsky

Alexis Krasilovsky is professor of screenwriting and Media theory and Criticism at California State University, Northridge, teaching courses in Screenplay Adaptation and Film as Literature. Krasilovsky is a member of the Writers Guild of America, West, and is writer/director of the award-winning global documentaries Women Behind the Camera (2007) and Let Them Eat Cake (2014). She is also author of Women Behind the Camera: Conversations with Camerawomen (1997), and co-author of Shooting Women: Behind the Camera, Around the World (2015). Krasilovsky’s narrative film, Blood (1976), was reviewed in the Los Angeles Times as “in its stream-of-consciousness way, more powerful than Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.” Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Great Adaptations : Screenwriting and Global Storytelling

Routledge, 2018

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... plot When teaching screenwriting, instructors love using Die Hard (Usa, 1988) as the great example of how to write plot. Gotham Writers’ Workshop’s alexander steele introduces Die Hard as a “classic action/adventure and a prime example...

Characters and Character relationships

Alexis Krasilovsky

Alexis Krasilovsky is professor of screenwriting and Media theory and Criticism at California State University, Northridge, teaching courses in Screenplay Adaptation and Film as Literature. Krasilovsky is a member of the Writers Guild of America, West, and is writer/director of the award-winning global documentaries Women Behind the Camera (2007) and Let Them Eat Cake (2014). She is also author of Women Behind the Camera: Conversations with Camerawomen (1997), and co-author of Shooting Women: Behind the Camera, Around the World (2015). Krasilovsky’s narrative film, Blood (1976), was reviewed in the Los Angeles Times as “in its stream-of-consciousness way, more powerful than Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.” Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Great Adaptations : Screenwriting and Global Storytelling

Routledge, 2018

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... Characters and Character relationships Ligiah Villalobos, writer/producer of the independent feature La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon, Mexico/Usa, 2007) – which was shot for $1.9 million and went on to make over $23 million worldwide...

Introduction

Kira-Anne Pelican

Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD, is a writer, speaker and script consultant with 25 years of experience working in the British, American and Chinese film and television industries. She began her career assisting director Stanley Kubrick, took posts in visual effects production on The Matrix films, before working as a screenwriter, academic and script consultant. Her original screenplays have been optioned by the BBC, ITV and other independent producers and she has lectured on character development across the world. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Science of Writing Characters : Using Psychology to Create Compelling Fictional Characters

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Behind me, on the shelves in my study, are dozens of books. There are several shelves of my favourite novels, bound and published screenplays, stage plays and collections of short stories. Open their pages and living breathing characters...