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Introduction, or, Should I Save the Cat and Send the Hero on His Journey?

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Connie Shears

Connie Shears is Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Science of Screenwriting : The Neuroscience Behind Storytelling Strategies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Rich and seemingly boundless as the creative arts seem to be, each is filtered through the narrow biological channels of human cognition.Edward O. Wilson, The Social Conquest of Earth (New York: W. W. Norton, 2012), p. 268.Edward O. Wilson,...

The Science of Contrast, or, Why Did the Big Huge Spaceship Follow the Little Tiny Spaceship in the Opening of Star Wars?

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Connie Shears

Connie Shears is Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Science of Screenwriting : The Neuroscience Behind Storytelling Strategies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book chapter

...Way back in the 1860s, German playwright and theorist Gustav Freytag (1816–1895) told aspiring playwrights that a “variation in mood and modest contrasts in color are as necessary to the drama as it is that in a painting.”Gustav Freytag...

The Science of Connecting to the Main Character, or, Why Do I Worry That a Meth Dealer Might Get Caught?

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Connie Shears

Connie Shears is Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Science of Screenwriting : The Neuroscience Behind Storytelling Strategies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book chapter

...There has been plenty of advice dispensed over the years about creating a good main character for a screenplay. David Howard, in The Tools of Screenwriting, says, “A good protagonist arouses a strong emotional response from the audience ......

The Science of Conflict, or, What’s Wrong with Watching Two Hours of People Just Getting Along and Helping Each Other?

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Connie Shears

Connie Shears is Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Science of Screenwriting : The Neuroscience Behind Storytelling Strategies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book chapter

...It seems that when it comes to writing drama, everyone is talking about conflict. “The perfect hero is the one who offers the most conflict in the situation” (Blake Snyder);Blake Snyder, Save the Cat (Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese...

The Structure Question, or, How Many Acts Does It Take to Sell a Script?

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Connie Shears

Connie Shears is Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Science of Screenwriting : The Neuroscience Behind Storytelling Strategies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book chapter

...It’s not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.T. S. Eliot, “The Art of Poetry No. 1,” The Paris Review 21 (Spring– Summer 1959).—T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot, “The Art of Poetry No. 1,” The Paris Review 21 (Spring– Summer...

The Science of Shared Attention, or, If I Write a Screenplay in Which a Tree Falls in the Forest, and the Reader Falls Asleep Halfway Through, Have I Written a Screenplay?

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Connie Shears

Connie Shears is Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Science of Screenwriting : The Neuroscience Behind Storytelling Strategies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book chapter

...Your screenplay or film may have stunning visuals, smart dialogue, and fascinating, multilayered characters, but if for some reason your reader or viewer tunes out, whatever brilliance displayed therein is for naught. Ultimately, the reader...

The Science of Information Flow, or, I Say Schema, You Say Schemata: Top-Down versus Bottom-Up

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Connie Shears

Connie Shears is Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Science of Screenwriting : The Neuroscience Behind Storytelling Strategies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book chapter

...Suppose you are walking along a road and you encounter a large, snarling dog? Your natural reaction might well be to drop your belongings and climb the nearest tree to get out of the dog’s reach. Suppose you do so—and shortly afterward...

The Science of Imagination: Temporal Lobes, How to Think Creatively, Stages of Mind, or, Your Dope-Fueled Imaginings

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Connie Shears

Connie Shears is Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Science of Screenwriting : The Neuroscience Behind Storytelling Strategies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book chapter

...Scientists, everyone knows, are analytical, precise, and use their left brain; creative types are free-spirited, disorganized, and use their right brain. Scientists observe the physical world; screenwriters explore the ephemeral world...

Considering Description: Tropes, Tunes, and Moving Pictures

Daniel Barnett

Daniel Barnett has taught at multiple universities and art schools (SUNY Binghamton, Mass College of Art, UMASS, Boston, School of the Art Institute of Chicago & San Francisco Art Institute, USA) and a professional filmmaker (Executive Producer, bePictures) for over 45 years. His films have been shown all over the world. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Movement as Meaning in Experimental Cinema : The Musical Poetry of Motion Pictures Revisited

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The world of description Visual, musical and verbal tropes arrayed in a simple but nuanced architecture are expressed through shifts of key that buttress the structural complexity. The palette is harmonious and dissonant by turns: colors...

Dynamic and Syntactic Universals

Daniel Barnett

Daniel Barnett has taught at multiple universities and art schools (SUNY Binghamton, Mass College of Art, UMASS, Boston, School of the Art Institute of Chicago & San Francisco Art Institute, USA) and a professional filmmaker (Executive Producer, bePictures) for over 45 years. His films have been shown all over the world. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Movement as Meaning in Experimental Cinema : The Musical Poetry of Motion Pictures Revisited

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...Nonverbal universals So far we’ve looked at meaning fairly superficially, beginning with narrative language; making comparisons, first with general image making, specifically painting and photography, then looking more widely...