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The Theology of Screenwriting, Part 17: Despair | Go Into The Story

This week I continue to explore theological themes in relation to screenwriting, considering them metaphorically because in my view, we see these themes in movies all the time. By understanding them, we can use these ...
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Virtual Reality Storytelling: Interview with Aron Koblin

Virtual Reality Storytelling: Interview with Aron Koblin | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
The VRSE founder sits down with PSFK to talk about virtual reality storytelling and its bright, not-so-distant future.
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A Look into the World of Transmedia Storytelling and Alternate Reality Games

A Look into the World of Transmedia Storytelling and Alternate Reality Games | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
In a search for similarity, one particular aspect of the human psyche stands out. This is our underlying desire for beauty, which differs from person to person. Regardless, we are all compelled to...

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Molly Ebner:  "In a search for similarity, one particular aspect of the human psyche stands out. This is our underlying desire for beauty, which differs from person to person.  Regardless, we are all compelled to seek it out in life. And when we find it, a feeling of content resonates within."

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Emma Thompson: Screenwriters Lecture

"Just write. It doesn't matter what you write. Just sit at that desk and write." Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Saving Mr. Banks, Nanny McPhee) delive...
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Storytelling Is A Magical, Ruthless Discipline

Storytelling Is A Magical, Ruthless Discipline - TheLi.st @ Medium - Medium
Zadie Smith’s full remarks from the 2014 Moth Ball Gala
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"A storyteller was someone with a generative, unlimited imagination, the kind of person who makes worlds...."   Absolutely.  

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How to Write Descriptive Passages Without Boring the Reader or Yourself

How to Write Descriptive Passages Without Boring the Reader or Yourself | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Describing stuff can be the hardest part of writing prose fiction. You have a scene in your head, with all the dialogue and action, but now you have to fill in what everything looks like. There's nothing more boring to write, or read, than a long descriptive passage -- but here's how to spice it up.
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"Try being super terse."   This is the best advice EVER.  

 

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3 Act Structure - Story Structure Tips - Screenwriting - YouTube

We cover 3 act structure, the main plot points in film structure, and the reasons why story structure is so important for screenwriting and filmmaking, Dario...
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Great nutshell!

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9 Creative Storytelling Methods

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Eli Epstein:  "When an author set out to tell a story in years past, he or she typically did so on paper, a typewriter or by typing at a computer. But today, storytellers find imaginative ways to share their ideas with interactive and visual elements. On modern mediums like Twitter, Vine, YouTube and other mobile applications, storytellers are crafting tales in ways that would have been unfathomable a decade ago."

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The Science of Storytelling

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Many studies show us that our brains prefer storytelling to facts.When we read facts, only the language parts of our brains work to understand the meaning. When we read a story, the language parts of our brains and any other part of the brain that we would use if we were actually experiencing what we’re reading, light up.This means that it’s easier for us to remember stories than facts. Our brains can't make major distinctions between a story we’re reading about and something we are actually doing....


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One more proof to show how important storytelling may be!

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Learn how storytelling affect your brain.

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The Science of Storytelling

The Science of Storytelling | What's the Story? | Scoop.it

Many studies show us that our brains prefer storytelling to facts.When we read facts, only the language parts of our brains work to understand the meaning. When we read a story, the language parts of our brains and any other part of the brain that we would use if we were actually experiencing what we’re reading, light up.This means that it’s easier for us to remember stories than facts. Our brains can't make major distinctions between a story we’re reading about and something we are actually doing....


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I've been talking about these ideas in my workshops for quite a while now.  We are hardwired for story.  It's one, if not a significant reason for our "success" as a species.  It's also one of the incredible frustrations of our times.   That science and facts yield the field to the fiction of prevarication and conspiracy is a tragedy.  

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One more proof to show how important storytelling may be!

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Learn how storytelling affect your brain.

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True Detective won't have a huge Shyamalan twist and here is why

True Detective won't have a huge Shyamalan twist and here is why | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Shyamalan twists, unless you can really pull them off artfully, are a cheap gimmick. They are a bullshit magic trick that gets in the way of real storytelling. Certainly, being surprised by plot elements is great -- it is preferable that the audience cannot see what is coming. But more important than clever plot mechanics is the way the story affects the characters -- what the narrative does to them, how it changes them, what it teaches them, and what they gain or lose in the process.
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For my Plotters.

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The Power of Community Storytelling - Wired

The Power of Community Storytelling - Wired | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
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The power of community storytelling lies not only in the stories created – but also in the process of their creation.
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How to Write Descriptive Passages Without Boring the Reader or Yourself

How to Write Descriptive Passages Without Boring the Reader or Yourself | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Describing stuff can be the hardest part of writing prose
fiction. You have a scene in your head, with all the dialogue and action, but
now you have to fill in what everything looks
like.
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When it comes to screenwriting, the question is: not only how descriptive can you be, but how evocative as well.  How few words does it take to put the reader in the place and time you are writing about. 

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Top 10 TED Talks on Storytelling and Filmmaking - ScreenCraft

Top 10 TED Talks on Storytelling and Filmmaking - ScreenCraft | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
From JJ Abrams to James Cameron, some of the world’s most celebrated storytellers and filmmakers have given their “TED Talk.”  Topics range from viral videos to the secret source of creativity....
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Ted Talks on Storytelling, Filmmaking and ScreenCraft...??????

 

You bet!

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BALLS OF STEEL: Which Screenwriting Experts Should You Believe? - Script Magazine

BALLS OF STEEL: Which Screenwriting Experts Should You Believe? - Script Magazine | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
With so many screenwriting experts out there, whom should you believe? Jeanne Veillette Bowerman challenges you to not drink the Kool-Aid and gives tips on navigating conflicting advice.
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There are no rules, only principals.  And, what makes one writer successful or able to generate great story is THE creative act.  It's what makes us all unique.   You can get information that may help from another writer...but, "to you're own heart be true."

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52 Things Ideas for Writers for 2015 - Huffington Post

52 Things Ideas for Writers for 2015 - Huffington Post | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
A couple years ago my friends and I made a list of 52 goals we wanted to accomplish, the equivalent of a bucket list for a year's worth of achievable things. Most of them were simple goals, but measurable....
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Great Villains Whose Schemes Aren't Just Aimed At Destroying The Hero

Great Villains Whose Schemes Aren't Just Aimed At Destroying The Hero | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Sometimes it seems like every villain is obsessed with murdering the hero of the story. (Or making the hero realize they're alike.) But it's not true -- in fact, some of the best villains have their own goals, and the hero just happens to get in the way. Here are some great villains whose schemes don't revolve around the hero.
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Great villains need work to be bad....as bad as they can be.

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Creative Ways to Build a Climax: An Analysis of the Suspense & Timing of 'Drive'

Creative Ways to Build a Climax: An Analysis of the Suspense & Timing of 'Drive' | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Great storytelling isn't just about giving information to your audience. It's also about when and how you give it to them.
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This is a great piece on layering of the narrative.   Really excellent. 

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A Writer's Guide to Being a Writer: Part 1 - Huffington Post

A Writer's Guide to Being a Writer: Part 1 - Huffington Post | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
A Writer's Guide to Being a Writer: Part 1 Huffington Post And this is fine when you're writing your book, frankly two's a crowd at that point, but afterwards as you attempt to navigate the dark and murky world of actually getting something...
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The psychology of storytelling: What can e-learning creators learn from Star Wars? | The Marketers Mega Toolkit

The psychology of storytelling: What can e-learning creators learn from Star Wars? | The Marketers Mega Toolkit | What's the Story? | Scoop.it

"In the last two post of this series, we discussed why stories present ideal contexts for learning and shared a helpful infographic about why e-learning provides more effective training and improves retention. ..."


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Where literature and gaming collide

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Thomas McMullan:  "Game narratives tend to drink from a narrow pond; they swig space operas and Tolkien, swish them about their mouths and trickle them into rows of polished glasses."

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10 Things That Every Brand New Creator of Science Fiction Should Know

10 Things That Every Brand New Creator of Science Fiction Should Know | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Being a science fiction creator is the most amazing adventure -- you get to invent whole new worlds, brand new futures, and fantastic technologies, and you get to tell the most incredible stories about them. But it's also a tough and heartbreaking career path, whether you're in books, comics, movies or television. Here are 10 things that every brand new science fiction creator ought to know at the start.
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#1 "You're still telling personal stories." That's important no matter genre.
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The Universal Shapes of Stories, According to Kurt Vonnegut

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The fundamental concept behind Kurt Vonnegut's master's thesis in anthropology at the University of Chicago was, in Vonnegut's words, "that stories have shapes which can be drawn on graph paper."
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These may be nothing more than elemental story forms....but, from Vonnegut and his mind....they are gold.

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An Interview With Breaking Bad Writer Moira Walley-Beckett | KesslerU

An Interview With Breaking Bad Writer Moira Walley-Beckett | KesslerU | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
I recently had the fortune of having a candid and insightful conversation with the extremely talented Breaking Bad writer and co-executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett. We talked about the television writing process, ...
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This is my favorite show when it comes to writing.  Every episode is courageous in that there was NEVER a moment where the writers "blinked" and when for an easy out . The key is clearly in the amount of preperation they took on each and every season and episode.  It's a lesson to every story teller.  Take the time. 

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Download Over 30 Screenplays From 2013, Including ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Gravity’ & More

Download Over 30 Screenplays From 2013, Including ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Gravity’ & More | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
One of the few benefits of the frenzied awards race is Hollywood's outpouring of materials associated with the contenders. Perhaps the biggest perk is the
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If you are looking for a source to reference, research or enjoy.  Try this. 

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