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

The Craft of Character

An invaluable tool for beginner and experienced writers. This is perfect for anyone interested in screenwriting books, fiction writing books, or character development books.

Author: Mark Boutros

Publisher: Mark Boutros

ISBN: 9781916297449

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 307

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“The most complete and comprehensive guide to character I've ever read." - Adam Croft Character is at the heart of every story. We love stories because we fall in love with characters, we want to see what happens to them, and we want to see them experience hope and despair. Yet a lot of storytelling books focus on structure and plot, when those things are worthless without a character who we want to go through that structure and plot with. International Emmy nominated writer Mark Boutros offers a guide to creating characters who are engaging, emotionally driven and memorable. With experience as a writing mentor, character consultant and comedy, drama and novel writer, Mark shares a mixture of theory, exercises and pitfalls, getting you thinking about the questions you should always have in your mind during character creation. You’ll learn about what is at the core of your character, the importance of motivation, trauma, obstacles and how every little detail can enrich an experience for an audience and ultimately make people care. How do you get to know people? By asking the questions and getting to know them so you move past the shallow. Do the same with your characters before sending them on a journey and your story will be so much better for it. This is an invaluable tool for beginner and experienced writers of screenplays and novels. “Would 100% recommend not only for beginners, but also for experienced writers looking to get to know their characters better. A bit like writer-character therapy.” Amazon review “Both the chapters and the exercises are easy to understand and get through. Mark Boutros’ clearly knows his stuff and seems happy to be able to help the reader, rather than becoming lecturing and elitist. The structure of the book also means that it is easy to dip back into, when you come across a specific problem, and as such it is a great little reference book, which any aspiring storyteller would benefit from.” Amazon review “Normally, I find myself arguing with the author of craft books, but here I would say 90% of what I read were things I either found helpful, or flat out agreed with whole heartedly and just needed a reminder on why these things are important. The exercises were a excellent touch, especially as someone who is teaching writing, it gave me ideas on what to do for my students.” Amazon review

Seeing It on Television

characters'.27 In this way, the screenplay and mise en scène in The Young Pope are carefully worked out to ... 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

View: 407


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 ...

Author: Lubomir Kocka

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 9781622735228

Category: Photography

Page: 446

View: 687


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.

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.

The Science of Writing Characters

For example, how we can make characters that are rounded and complex, why and how characters typically transform, and how we can create more emotionally engaging characters. You may find that the framework proposed in this book is ...

Author: Kira-Anne Pelican

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501357237

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

View: 182


The Science of Writing Characters is a comprehensive handbook to help writers create compelling and psychologically-credible characters that come to life on the page. Drawing on the latest psychological theory and research, ranging from personality theory to evolutionary science, the book equips screenwriters and novelists with all the techniques they need to build complex, dimensional characters from the bottom up. Writers learn how to create rounded characters using the 'Big Five' dimensions of personality and then are shown how these personality traits shape action, relationships and dialogue. Throughout The Science of Writing Characters, psychological theories and research are translated into handy practical tips, which are illustrated through examples of characters in action in well-known films, television series and novels, ranging from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and Game of Thrones to The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Goldfinch. This very practical approach makes the book an engaging and accessible companion guide for all writers who want to better understand how they can make memorable characters with the potential for global appeal.

Emotions in Contemporary TV Series

First, alignment (a similar concept to Genette's 'focalization') 'concerns the way a film gives us access to the actions, thoughts, and feelings of characters' (Engaging Characters 6). Consequently, we align with a character through a ...

Author: Alberto N. Garcφa

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137568854

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 253

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This edited collection offers a wide range of essays showcasing current research on emotions in TV series. The chapters develop from a variety of research traditions in film, television and media studies and explores American, British, Nordic and Spanish TV series.

Intermediality and Storytelling

readers' minds too — of how readers interpret particular textual details as information about characters' attempts to make sense of ... The gamer becomes part of a cybernetic loop, engaged with the game character not just emotionally, ...

Author: Marina Grishakova

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110237733

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 353

View: 459


Extending narratological analysis to media as varied as graphic novels, photography, television, musicals, computer games and advertising, the essays gathered in this volume address some of the most fundamental questions raised by the medial turn in narratology: how can narrative meaning be created in media other than language; how do different types of signs collaborate with each other in so-called multimodal works; and what new forms of narrativity are made possible by the emergence of digital media."

Art and Its Messages

Of course, I am not suggesting that we have to be emotionally engaged in the novel from start to finish before we are ... I shall try to demonstrate that the emotional process of engaging with characters and situations in a novel is ...

Author: Stephen Davies

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271044569

Category: Psychology


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Refiguring Minds in Narrative Media

One of those considerations centers on the player's emotional investment in and response to characters in the storyworld. ... then at least by some of the same means, such as, in this case, an emotionally engaging character.

Author: David Ciccoricco

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803284753

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 344

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How do writers represent cognition, and what can these representations tell us about how our own minds work? Refiguring Minds in Narrative Media is the first single-author book to explore these questions across media, moving from analyses of literary narratives in print to those found where so much cultural and artistic production occurs today: computer screens. Expanding the domain of literary studies from a focus on representations to the kind of simulations that characterize narratives in digital media, such as those found in interactive, web-based digital fictions and story-driven video games, David Ciccoricco draws on new research in the cognitive sciences to illustrate how the cybernetic and ludic qualities characterizing narratives in new literary media have significant implications for how we understand the workings of actual minds in an increasingly media-saturated culture. Amid continued concern about the impact of digital media on the minds of readers and players today, and the alarming philosophical questions generated by the communion of minds and machines, Ciccoricco provides detailed examples illustrating how stories in virtually any medium can still nourish creative imagination and cultivate critical—and ethical—reflection. Contributing new insights on attention, perception, memory, and emotion, Refiguring Minds in Narrative Media is a book at the forefront of a new wave of media-conscious cognitive literary studies.

The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics

... if one is engaged emotionally with a symphony, that will get in the way of comprehending the formal structures of the work; or a literary critic might posit that being moved by the fate of a character in a novel can only interfere ...

Author: Jerrold Levinson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198250258

Category: Art

Page: 821

View: 274


'The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics' has assembled 48 brand-new essays, making this a comprehensive guide available to the theory, application, history, and future of the field.


... a way that its characters and events loom large in one's consciousness, and one becomes emotionally engaged to some ... Still, in so immersing oneself in the narrative of the work, one does not take oneself to be a character in the ...

Author: R. Michael Furr

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190204600

Category: Philosophy

Page: 720

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This collection contains some of the best new work being done on the subject of character in philosophy, theology, and psychology. From a virtual reality simulation of the Milgram shock experiments to an understanding of the virtue of modesty in Muslim societies, the 31 chapters significantly advance our understanding of character.

The Right to Difference

knowledge through reading newspapers or watching documentaries, the emotional engagement with a text differs tremendously when it comes to fiction. Following a literary character and being emotionally engaged with that character's ...

Author: Nicole Coleman

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472132751


Page: 270

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The Right to Difference examines novels that depict human rights violations in order to explore causes of intergroup violence within diverse societies, using Germany as a test case. In these texts, the book shows that an exaggeration of difference between minority and majority groups leads to violence. Germany has become increasingly diverse over the past decades due to skilled labor migration and refugee movements. In light of this diversity, this book's approach transcends a divide between migrant and post-migrant German literature on the one hand and a national literature on the other hand. Addressing competing definitions of national identity as well as the contest between cultural homogeneity and diversity, the author redefines the term "intercultural literature." It becomes not a synonym for authors who do not belong to a national literature, such as migrant writers, but a way of reading literature with an intercultural lens. This book builds a theory of intercultural literature that focuses on the multifaceted nature of identity, in which ethnicity represents only one of many characteristics defining individuals. To develop intercultural competence, one needs to adopt a complex image of individuals that allows for commonalities and differences by complicating the notion of sharp contrasts between groups. Revealing the affective allegiances formed around other characteristics (gender, profession, personal motivations, relationships, and more) allows for similarities that grouping into large, homogeneous, and seemingly exclusive entities conceals. Eight novels analyzed in this book remember and reveal human rights violations, such as genocide, internment and torture, violent expulsion, the reasons for fleeing a country, dangerous flight routes and the difficulty of settling in a new country. Some of these novels allow for affective identification with diverse characters and cast the protagonists as individuals with plural perspectives and identities rather than monolithic members of one large national or ethnic group, whereas others emphasize the commonalities of all people. Ultimately, the author makes the case for German Studies to contribute to an antiracist approach to diversity by redefining what it means to be German and establishing difference as a fundamental human right

Social Aesthetics and Moral Judgment

In the case of moral emotions, the evaluation or appraisal of a character or situation involves normative construals ... As Carroll argues, movies typically divide characters into emotionally engaging, morally admirable protagonists and ...

Author: Jennifer A. McMahon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351373326

Category: Philosophy

Page: 230

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This edited collection sets forth a new understanding of aesthetic-moral judgment organized around three key concepts: pleasure, reflection, and accountability. The overarching theme is that art is not merely a representation or expression like any other, but that it promotes shared moral understanding and helps us engage in meaning-making. This volume offers an alternative to brain-centric and realist approaches to aesthetics. It features original essays from a number of leading philosophers of art, aesthetics, ethics, and perception, including Elizabeth Burns Coleman, Garrett Cullity, Cynthia A. Freeland, Ivan Gaskell, Paul Guyer, Jane Kneller, Keith Lehrer, Mohan Matthen, Jennifer A. McMahon, Bence Nanay, Nancy Sherman, and Robert Sinnerbrink. Part I of the book analyses the elements of aesthetic experience—pleasure, preference, and imagination—with the individual conceived as part of a particular cultural context and network of other minds. The chapters in Part II explain how it is possible for cultural learning to impact these elements through consensus building, an impulse to objectivity, emotional expression, and reflection. Finally, the chapters in Part III converge on the role of dissonance, difference, and diversity in promoting cultural understanding and advancement. Social Aesthetics and Moral Judgment will appeal to philosophers of art and aesthetics, as well as scholars in other disciplines interested in issues related to art and cultural exchange.

Philosophy of the Performing Arts

How are we to account for this it “generally, a play fails when the watchers do not engage emotionally with the characters and action of the play itself' (Woodruff 2008, 152). As noted earlier. Woodruff thinks that his account of ...

Author: David Davies

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444343440

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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This book provides an accessible yet sophisticated introduction to the significant philosophical issues concerning the performing arts. Presents the significant philosophical issues concerning the performing arts in an accessible style, assuming no prior knowledge Provides a critical overview and a comprehensive framework for thinking about the performing arts Examines the assumption that classical music provides the best model for thinking about artistic performance across the performing arts Explores ways in which the ‘classical paradigm’ might be extended to other musical genres, to theatre, and to dance Applies the thinking on performing arts to the issue of ‘performance art’

Creative Arts Therapies Manual

In the process of creatively and emotionally engaging with their character's problem and challenges, clients begin to see perspectives from the character's point of view. They form an intimate relationship with their chosen character ...

Author: Stephanie L. Brooke

Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher

ISBN: 9780398076207

Category: Psychology

Page: 282

View: 158


The Creative Arts Therapies Manual: A Guide to the History, Theoretical Approaches, Assessment, and Work with Special Populations of Art, Play, Dance, Music, Drama, and Poetry Therapies, edited by Stephanie L. Brooke, Ph.D. NCC, a nationally and internationally known author, is a unique contribution to the field of the creative arts therapies. It covers art, play, dance/movement, music, drama, and poetry therapies. Specifically, each of these creative disciplines is broken down into the following categories: history of the field, theoretical approaches, assessments, and work with special populations. No such book exists to this date which covers these critical areas in the creative arts therapies. The most well known, famous therapists in these creative arts therapies fields have contributed chapters to this manual. This distinctive handbook will be useful for creative arts therapists, mental health professionals, psychologists, counselors, educators, and students who are interested in these fields or use these disciplines as their main or their adjunct approach to working with clients.

The Philosophy of Art

The emotionally engaged film viewer directs appropriate emotions toward the characters, and these emotions are not identical with the emotions thatthe characters display. When Frodo experiences hopelessness, wefeela mixtureof fear and ...

Author: Theodore Gracyk

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780745680910

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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The Philosophy of Art is a highly accessible introduction to current key issues and debates in aesthetics and philosophy of art. Chapters on standard topics are balanced by topics of interest to today's students, including creativity, authenticity, cultural appropriation, and the distinction between popular and fine art. Other topics include emotive expression, pictorial representation, definitional strategies, and artistic value. Presupposing no prior knowledge of philosophy, Theodore Gracyk draws on three decades of teaching experience to provide a balanced and engaging overview, clear explanations, and many thought-provoking examples. All chapters have a strong focus on current debates in the field, yet historical figures are not neglected. Major current theories are set beside key ideas from Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Marx, and Hegel. Chapters conclude with advice on further readings, and there are recommendations of films that will serve as a basis for further reflection and discussion. Key ideas are immediately accompanied by exercises that will test students' reactions and understanding. Many chapters call attention to ideology, prejudices, and common clichés that interfere with clear thinking. Beautifully written and thoroughly comprehensive, The Philosophy of Art is the ideal resource for anyone who wants to explore recent developments in philosophical thinking about the arts. It is also provides the perfect starting point for anyone who wants to reflect on, and challenge, their own assumptions about the nature and value of art.

A Companion to Literature and Film

While film introduced the practice of consuming fictions and emotionally engaging with characters to a male audience for the first time, it did so at the expense of the novelistic conception of character and the idea of female ...

Author: Robert Stam

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470999110

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 480

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A Companion to Literature in Film provides state-of-the-art research on world literature, film, and the complex theoretical relationship between them. 25 essays by international experts cover the most important topics in the study of literature and film adaptations. Covers a wide variety of topics, including cultural, thematic, theoretical, and genre issues Discusses film adaptations from the birth of cinema to the present day Explores a diverse range of titles and genres, including film noir, biblical epics, and Italian and Chinese cinema

John Lasseter

Thus, Thomas and Johnston, first in their own animation and then in their mentorship of Lasseter and the CalArts students, helped establish visual and narrative guidelines for successful models of emotionally engaging character ...

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.

Short Films

This someone is known as the protagonist or hero and should be an interesting and emotionally engaging character, someone we can empathise with. The greatest obstacle facing them will be the antagonist who can be either a person – the ...

Author: Patrick Nash

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 9781842435199

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Every award-winning short film begins life with a clever idea, a good story and a screenplay. Patrick Nash analyses the process of writing short film screenplays and gives advice on: Story and structure Ideas generation Plot and pace Screenplay format Dos and don'ts Eliciting emotion Dialogue and subtext Character design Protagonists and antagonists Character motivation and goals Conflict, obstacles and stakes Clichés and Stereotypes Beginnings, middles and ends Hooking the viewer Screenplay competitions Loglines, outlines and synopses Rewriting and length Practicalities and budgets The book also includes a number of award-winning scripts and interviews, advice and contributions from their award-winning screenwriters and a discussion of the benefits to writers of writing short screenplays.