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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

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...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 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

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...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...

Epilogue, or, Go Forth and Create

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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...There once was a man with a very long beard. One day someone asked him a question: when you sleep at night, do you sleep with your beard on top of the blankets or underneath them? The man could give no answer: he had no idea, and had never...

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 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

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...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

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...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 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

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...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...

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

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...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 Exposition, or, What’s Wrong with an Information Dump?

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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...In order to become emotionally involved in a film, the audience needs to know the answers to the questions of who, what, when, where, and under what conditions the picture will take place. This information is called exposition. If we don’t...

The Science of Cause and Effect, or, Did the Packers Really Lose Because I Didn’t Wear My Cheesehead Hat?

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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...A long time ago, the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384–322 bce) made a simple and eloquent argument about cause and effect in drama: A whole is that which has a beginning, a middle, and an end. A beginning is that which does not itself...