The Emotionally Engaging Character

Without them, the reader has no reason to keep reading. If you want to write a compelling story, your characters need to be so real that they engage with the reader on an emotional level. The topics covered in this book are as follows: 1.

Author: Ruth Ann Nordin

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1533643474


Page: 48

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If you're writing fiction, one of the most important investments you can make is in your characters. They are the glue that holds your story together. Without them, the reader has no reason to keep reading. If you want to write a compelling story, your characters need to be so real that they engage with the reader on an emotional level. The topics covered in this book are as follows: 1. The importance of writing what you're passionate about 2. Why you should know your characters more intimately than your readers ever will 3. How to incorporate bias, imperfection, and things unknown into the character's point of view 4. Why the character is always right 5. Making the character "react" instead of "act" 6. Why the character should influence plot, setting, and conflict (instead of the other way around) 7. Tempting the character to the point they might break 8. Delving into emotions 9. How supporting characters can enhance the main character's journey

Virtual Character Design for Games and Interactive Media

Meanwhile, the minimalist design of Ico helps to demonstrate that, when one
character exhibits a clear dependency on the PC, this alone can generate an
emotionally engaging and moving experience. One character's dependency on
another ...

Author: Robin James Stuart Sloan

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781466598201

Category: Computers

Page: 256

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While the earliest character representations in video games were rudimentary in terms of their presentation and performance, the virtual characters that appear in games today can be extremely complex and lifelike. These are characters that have the potential to make a powerful and emotional connection with gamers. As virtual characters become more intricate and varied, there is a growing need to examine the theory and practice of virtual character design. This book seeks to develop a series of critical frameworks to support the analysis and design of virtual characters. Virtual Character Design for Games and Interactive Media covers a breadth of topics to establish a relationship between pertinent artistic and scientific theories and good character design practice. Targeted at students, researchers, and professionals, the book aims to show how both character presentation and character performance can be enhanced through careful consideration of underlying theory. The book begins with a focus on virtual character presentation, underpinned by a discussion of biological, artistic, and sociological principles. Next it looks at the performance of virtual characters, encompassing the psychology of emotion and personality, narrative and game design theories, animation, and acting. The book concludes with a series of applied virtual character design examples. These examples examine the aesthetics of player characters, the design and performance of the wider cast of game characters, and the performance of characters within complex, hyperreal worlds.

John Lasseter

Every eccentric character gets to use some unique quirky ability to contribute to
the group's success. Lasseter and Stanton concentrated on creating emotionally
engaging characters so that even the minor figures are cleverly developed and ...

Author: Richard Neupert

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252098352

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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Celebrated as Pixar's "Chief Creative Officer," John Lasseter is a revolutionary figure in animation history and one of today's most important filmmakers. Lasseter films from Luxo Jr. to Toy Story and Cars 2 highlighted his gift for creating emotionally engaging characters. At the same time, they helped launch computer animation as a viable commercial medium and serve as blueprints for the genre's still-expanding commercial and artistic development. Richard Neupert explores Lasseter's signature aesthetic and storytelling strategies and details how he became the architect of Pixar's studio style. Neupert contends that Lasseter's accomplishments emerged from a unique blend of technical skill and artistic vision, as well as a passion for working with collaborators. In addition, Neupert traces the director's career arc from the time Lasseter joined Pixar in 1984. As Neupert shows, Lasseter's ability to keep a foot in both animation and CGI allowed him to thrive in an unconventional corporate culture that valued creative interaction between colleagues. The ideas that emerged built an animation studio that updated and refined classical Hollywood storytelling practices--and changed commercial animation forever.

Seeing It on Television

characters'.27 In this way, the screenplay and mise en scène in The Young Pope
are carefully worked out to encourage ... In The Young Pope, style thematically
allows the viewer to emotionally engage with a character seeking redemption in
a ...

Author: Max Sexton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501359408

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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Seeing It on Television: Televisuality in the Contemporary US 'High-end' Series investigates new categories of high-end drama and explores the appeal of programmes from Netflix, Sky Atlantic/HBO, National Geographic, FX and Cinemax. An investigation of contemporary US Televisuality provides insight into the appeal of upscale programming beyond facts about its budget, high production values and/or feature cinematography. Rather, this book focuses on how the construction of meaning often relies on cultural discourse, production histories, as well as on tone, texture or performance, which establishes the locus of engagement and value within the series. Max Sexton and Dominic Lees discuss how complex production histories lie behind the rise of the US high-end series, a form that reflects industrial changes and the renegotiation of formal strategies. They reveal how the involvement of many different people in the production process, based on new relationships of creative authority, complicates our understanding of 'original content'. This affects the construction of stylistics and the viewing strategies required by different shows. The cultural, as well as industrial, strategies of recent television drama are explored in The Young Pope, The Knick, Stranger Things, Mars, Fargo, The Leftovers, Boardwalk Empire, and Vinyl.

Directing the Narrative and Shot Design

Three stages of attachment to the character: Your goal is to create an emotional
attachment between the audience and characters in your film. You want them to
get emotionally involved, emotionally engaged. Murray Smith's breakdown of the

Author: Lubomir Kocka

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 9781622735228

Category: Photography

Page: 446

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This book is a “directing-altering book” as it provides high-quality learning resources that encourage and challenge film enthusiasts, aspiring directors, film students, and professionals to strive for new levels of excellence and impact in their film directing, television directing, and new media directing. This book puts forward a well-informed and innovative discussion of critical director’s choices that have not previously been considered by existing texts on film and television directing. This book presents a wide range of directorial concepts and directing exercises that include: • Psycho-physiological regularities in left-right/right-left orientation transferred to a shot design. How directors can manipulate the viewer’s perception of a character and of the journey they are on using screen direction. • Methodology and visual strategy for rendering a scene based on character perspective. • The directorial concept of emotional manipulation. • Demystifying the 180-degree rule.

Theatre History Studies 2019

To delve into the stories moving within and about them, spect-characters engage
with intersections of their past and present experiences and solve problems that
require ... Such high-stakes situations can lead to highly emotional states.

Author: Sara Freeman

Publisher: University Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817371135

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 267

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Computer Games as a Sociocultural Phenomenon

Personal information about the characters allows the audience cognitively and
emotionally to approach the character ' s ... and to use emotionally engaging
metaphors to display the relationships between characters on the level of
interface .

Author: Andreas Jahn-Sudmann

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: UOM:39015076175549

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 229

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In the course of their increasing sociocultural importance, the academic interest in computer games has been growing considerably in the last years. This profound anthology comprehensibly introduces latest approaches in the central fields of game studies and provides an extensive survey of the contemporary game culture. Internationally renowned media and literature scholars, social scientists, game designers, and artists explore the cultural potential of computer games and present new concepts of researching sociocultural, industrial, and aesthetic aspects of digital entertainment.


Considered on its emotional level , opera remains as immature as a strip cartoon
: Its characters never exist in the round : the villains are too wicked to engage our
credulity , the heroes too smug to arouse our sympathy . They are , for the most ...

Author: George Henry Hubert Lascelles Earl of Harewood


ISBN: UVA:X004880431

Category: Opera


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Acting in Shakespeare

Indeed , it is this emotional bonding with the character that makes acting exciting
and special and that draws thousands of amateur actors to the stage every year ,
solely for the joy of performing in emotionally engaging roles . Certainly , actors ...

Author: Robert Cohen

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

ISBN: IND:30000044748295

Category: Acting.

Page: 230

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Acting in Shakespeare helps acting students at all levels develop Shakespearean acting skills.


Considered on its emotional level , opera remains as immature as a strip -
cartoon . Its characters never exist in the round , the villains are too wicked to
engage our credulity , the heroes too smug to arouse our sympathy . They are ,
for the ...



ISBN: UCAL:B3279138

Category: Music


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Philosophical Topics

Generally , we care about , and are therefore emotionally engaged with ,
characters who themselves have cares that ... But theater tends to isolate a
character who is to be the butt of ridicule , and we shall see that the isolation of
lead comic ...



ISBN: STANFORD:36105028733223

Category: Phenomenalism


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Vols. for 1981- include the proceedings of the Southwestern Philosophical Society.

Accessing the Emotional Core

The number of responses related to feelings of the imagined characters indicate
that the children enacting the drama ... of a text and thorough understanding of a
play are essential to the development of a character , engaging the body in the ...

Author: Susan Nanning-Sorenson


ISBN: WISC:89072024771


Page: 144

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Essentials of TAT and Other Storytelling Techniques Assessment

For instance , in Card 2 the characters in the background may be described as
the family . ... Characters who are emotionally engaged with one another
maintain appropriate boundaries by allowing independent aims and interests in
mutually ...

Author: Hedwig Teglasi

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: UOM:39015053512094

Category: Psychology

Page: 325

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Acquire the knowledge and skills you need to administer, score, and interpret a variety of storytelling techniques. Storytelling techniques are a popular projective approach for assessing many aspects of a person's personality, such as cognitive processes, emotional functioning, and self-regulation. The broad spectrum of techniques includes the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT-the most widely embraced), Roberts Apperception Test for Children, and TEMAS (Tell-Me-A-Story). To use these tests properly, professionals need an authoritative source of advice and guidance on how to administer, score, and interpret them. This book is designed to help busy mental health professionals quickly acquire the knowledge and skills they need to make optimal use of major psychological assessment instruments. Each chapter features callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and illustrative material, as well as test questions that help you gauge and reinforce your grasp of the information covered. Essentials of TAT and Other Storytelling Techniques Assessment provides instruction in test administration, scoring, and interpretation. As well, the author provides assessment of the methods' relative strengths and weaknesses, advice on their clinical applications, and case studies to illustrate best practices for implementing the storytelling approach to personality assessment.

Journal of Game Development

But in all times , you would expect a male character to treat a woman differently
than he would another man . All of this defines a baseline ... Which brings us to
the next and final level of simulation : emotionally engaging characters . This is
an ...



ISBN: STANFORD:36105132691002

Category: Computer games


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Character Education

Nancy Sherman writes in The Fabric of Character “ to act rightly is to act rightly in
affect and conduct . It is to be emotionally engaged . . . It is to reason and see in a
way that brings to bear the lessons of the heart as much as the lessons of a ...

Author: Holly Shepard Salls

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN: STANFORD:36105124080503

Category: Education

Page: 153

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Character Education juxtaposes John Dewey's philosophy of the person and values education with Alasdair MacIntyre's treatment of Aristotle's virtue theory in order to highlight the importance of virtue in developing good character. The initial overview of character education from colonial times to the present provides a context for understanding character formation and education taking place now. Salls' own contributions to the topic temper the text with her practical suggestions about character education for educators and administrators. The years she has spent as a teacher of character lend Character Education the wisdom and experience of a seasoned educational practitioner.

Emotion and the Arts

Why is so much time and elaboration being spent on showing us how this vicious
character comes into his just deserts ? It will not compute , unless we are
attending to the story in the emotionally appropriate way . But the emotions
engaged by ...

Author: Mette Hjort

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39015040344817

Category: Art

Page: 302

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Literatuuropgave : p. 283-298 Under four headings the relationship between the arts and emotions is discussed by mainly philosophers. The headings are the paradox of fiction; emotion and its expression through art; the rationality of emotional responses to art; and the value of emotion art forms discussed are literature, music, theatre, visual arts.

The Golden Labyrinth

She gave herself totally to the character in a performance that is utterly
mesmerising and emotionally engaging , she says . “ I was fascinated by the fact
that there were no loose ends in the story , like there usually is in this film genre
and ...

Author: Steve Earles

Publisher: Noir Pub

ISBN: STANFORD:36105124113833

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 255

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The first comprehensive study of the films of Guillermo del Toro. Now having directed the forthcoming Peter Jackson production of The Hobbit, del Toro seems set to become the future of the 21st-century fantasy film. The Golden Labyrinth covers all of del Toro's work to date but goes even further, exploring the inspiration, genesis and production of unique films such as Cronos, Hellboy or Pan's Labyrinth.

Aesthetics Issues and challenges

If we are genuinely engaged emotionally with a novel , we are frequently
uncertain what we believe about the characters , and what they should and
should not do , until the end of the novel . It is often only after we have finished a
novel that ...

Author: James O. Young

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 041533893X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 394

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This collection brings together classic and contemporary writings on the philosophy of art. All of the various artistic genres are addressed, with sections on film, dance and architecture as well as music, literature and the visual arts.

Teach Yourself Screenwriting

A screenplay structures that emotional experience , giving it direction and
meaning and a final climatic moment of catharsis . The modern mainstream film
screenplay may be defined thus : the story of a character who is emotionally
engaging ...

Author: Ray Frensham


ISBN: GENT:900071419665



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Game Informer Magazine

Looking back at Heavenly Sword , it feels like we were taking the first steps
towards bringing emotionally engaging characters through a traditional game
design keyhole , " Serkis tells us . " This time our sights were set beyond creating



ISBN: PSU:000061842540

Category: Computer games


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