The Pleasures of Structure

"Helps develop a much deeper understanding of story structure, using case studies with short practical lessons which all emerge organically from the example at hand"--

Author: Julian Hoxter


ISBN: 1501302671

Category: Motion picture authorship


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The Pleasures of Structure

Structure is creative order and that order is also creative potential. It helps you tame those wild words and bends them to your will. In so doing it opens up the complex, contradictory, and sometimes even confounding pleasures of ...

Author: Julian Hoxter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441164261

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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The Pleasures of Structure starts from the premise that the ability to develop a well understood and articulated story structure is the most important skill a screenwriter can develop. For example, good structure requires a great premise and rigorous character development. Without clear character motivations and goals--which are themselves indicative of key structural beats--your story is going exactly nowhere. Using the simple and flexible 'W' model of screenplay structure developed in the prequel Write What You Don't Know, Hoxter sets this out as its starting point. This model is tested against a range of examples which are chosen to explore the flexibility not only of that model but of movie storytelling more generally. Writers and students often worry that they are asked to work 'to formula'. This book will test that formula to breaking point. For example, the first case study will offer the example of a well written, professional, mainstream movie against which our later and more adventurous examples can be compared. So the lessons we learn examining the animated family adventure movie How To Train Your Dragon lead us directly to ask questions of our second case study, the acclaimed Swedish vampire movie Låt den Rätte Komma In (Let The Right One In). Both movies have protagonists with the same basic problem, the same goal, and they use the same basic structure to tell their stories. Of course they are very different films and they work on their audiences in very different ways. Our linked case studies will expose how simple choices, like reversing the order of elements of the protagonist's transformational arc and shifting ownership of key story beats, has an enormous impact on how we respond to a structural model that is otherwise functionally identical.

The Pleasures of Computer Gaming

While game studies has developed a rich seam of enquiry into the formal structure of video games and their images and ... Video games as screen media texts offer visual pleasures; the attractions of Halo, Half-Life II, or The Legend of ...

Author: Melanie Swalwell

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786451203

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 203

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This collection of essays situates the digital gaming phenomenon alongside broader debates in cultural and media studies. Contributors to this volume maintain that computer games are not simply toys, but rather circulate as commodities, new media technologies, and items of visual culture that are embedded in complex social practices. Apart from placing games within longer arcs of cultural history and broader critical debates, the contributors to this volume all adopt a pedagogical and theoretical approach to studying games and gameplay, drawing on the interdisciplinary resources of the humanities and social sciences, particularly new media studies. In eight essays, the authors develop rich and nuanced understandings of the aesthetic appeals and pleasurable engagements of digital gameplay. Topics include the role of “cheats” and “easter eggs” in influencing cheating as an aesthetic phenomenon of gameplay; the relationship between videogames, gambling, and addiction; players’ aesthetic and kinaesthetic interactions with computing technology; and the epistemology and phenomenology of popular strategy-based wargames and their relationship with real-world military applications. Notes and a bibliography accompany each essay, and the work includes several screenshots, images, and photographs.

The Pleasures of Reason in Plato Aristotle and the Hellenistic Hedonists

The recognition of this structural beauty will bring a certain kind of pleasure. In so far as recognising such structural arrangements is dependent on a rational appreciation since the fineness and beauty of the structure is related to ...

Author: James Warren

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107025448

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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How did ancient philosophers understand the relationship between human capacities for thinking and our experiences of pleasure and pain?

Film Structure and the Emotion System

articulated by Mulvey into an element that can destabilize structures of power. ... Yet another body of work rejects Metz and Mulveys attempt to discuss the pleasures offered by the Hollywood cinematic apparatus as a whole, ...

Author: Greg M. Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 113943831X

Category: Performing Arts


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Films evoke broad moods and cue particular emotions that can be broadly shared as well as individually experienced. Although the experience of emotion is central to the viewing of movies, film studies have neglected to focus attention on the emotions, relying instead on vague psychoanalytic concepts of desire. Film Structure and the Emotion System synthesizes research on emotion in cognitive psychology and neurology in an effort to provide a more nuanced understanding of how film evokes emotion. Analysing a variety and range of films, including Casablanca and Stranger than Paradise, this book offers a grounded approach to the mechanisms through which films appeal to the human emotions, demonstrating the role of style and narration in this process.

The Pleasures of Abandonment

Because this wish - structure is so immediate , its every fulfillment – regardless of how much Hans loses in the exchange - only increases his happiness . Wutz's pleasure and happiness , while similar to Hans's , bears a very different ...

Author: Paul Fleming

Publisher: Königshausen & Neumann

ISBN: 3826032470

Category: Humor in literature

Page: 170

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The Philosophy of the Marquis de Sade

The point is that this core has a structural aspect which can be strengthened and transformed into real Poe-perversity by adding to it something like pleasure. The structure of perversion is akratic at its core, but the accompanying ...

Author: Timo Airaksinen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134831562

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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The Marquis de Sade is famous for his forbidden novels like Justine, Juliette, and the 120 Days of Sodom. Yet, despite Sade's immense influence on philosophy and literature, his work remains relatively unknown. His novels are too long, repetitive, and violent. At last in The Philosophy of the Marquis de Sade, a distinguished philosopher provides a theoretical reading of Sade. Airaksinen examines Sade's claim that in order to be happy and free we must do evil things. He discusses the motivations of the typical Sadean hero, who leads a life filled with perverted and extreme pleasures, such as stealing, murder, rape, and blasphemy. Secondary sources on Sade, such as Hobbes, Erasmusm, and Brillat-Savarin are analyzed, and modern studies are evaluated. The Philosophy of the Marquis de Sade greatly enhances our understanding of Sade and his philosophy of pain and perversion.

A System of Psychology

But since nervous vitality is concerned in all these pleasures and pains , it is desirable to ascertain as ... It is not a pleasure of perfect structure , though it depends in a degree upon structure ; it is not the pleasure of light ...

Author: Daniel Greenleaf Thompson


ISBN: UCAL:B4086107

Category: Psychology


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An Examination of the Structural Principles of Mr Herbert Spencer s Philosophy

A few lines later he continues :“ The pleasures and pains which the moral sentiments originate , will , like bodily ... Pleasure being producible by the exercise of any structure which is adjusted to its special end , ” it will be seen ...

Author: William David Ground


ISBN: UCAL:$B44995

Category: Electronic books

Page: 351

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"Perhaps it is the fate of all great systems of Philosophy that they should be open to many different interpretations, according as they strike different readers, but it can hardly be questioned, I think, that Mr. Spencer's philosophy is singularly of this character. Many claim him as a materialist, but nothing can be plainer than that he repudiates materialism with all his heart. With more justice perhaps, some claim him as the very chief of empirics, but his system seems to me to have little in common with any system of empiricism. It must be allowed that he is an agnostic, but it is very much open to question whether agnosticism is any necessary and structural part of his philosophy, and whether it may not be a mere excrescence which only deforms and degrades a true and noble system. It is in this latter aspect that it appears to myself; and this volume is written for the purpose of showing that, if the system be made one logical and consistent whole, it is congruous with nothing but theism"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).

The Pleasures of Aesthetics

... aesthetic pleasure : pleasure in an object is aesthetic when it derives from apprehension of and reflection on the objects individual character and content , both for itself and in relation to the structural base on which it rests .

Author: Jerrold Levinson

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801482267

Category: Philosophy

Page: 312

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Write What You Don t Know

The lessons we are taught by ancient ring compositions about the pleasures to be found in parallelism are vitally important for a screenwriter who is thinking her way towards her own story structure. It seems counterintuitive to imply ...

Author: Julian Hoxter

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441102102

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 285

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Encourages you to move beyond your comfort zones in search of stories.

Relaxin and the Fine Structure of Proteins

In the case of biologically important molecules, however, the slightest doubt about the structural correctness of the ... The pleasures one may experience as a consequence of this “chat with nature”, may be more readily forgiven by ...

Author: Christian Schwabe

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783662129098

Category: Science

Page: 200

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Relaxin, perhaps more than any other hormone, has a varied history of eliciting enthusiasm, rejection, skepticism, and long lapses of neglect. Long after its discovery, it was a hormone in search of a physiological role in humans. Today, relaxin is implicated in mammary growth, development and function, ionotropic and chronotropic action on the heart, and angiogenic activity in both the peripheral tissues and the endometrium. It is best known for its effect on the uterus and the symphysis pubis in preparation for parturition. However, the literature suggests that not all functions occur in one species. This book describes how to obtain the necessary molecules or derivatives for research, reaching right into the design of new molecules for specific applications.

Jacques Lacan and the Logic of Structure

8 Ellie Ragland, Essays on the Pleasures of Death: From Freud to Lacan, cf. the Intro- duction ... 10 Jacques Lacan, “Topology is structure” taken from livre XXII (1974–1975): R.S.I., unedited Seminar, forthcoming in French.

Author: Ellie Ragland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317684084

Category: Psychology

Page: 176

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Lacan postulated that the psyche can be understood by means of certain structures, which control our lives and our desires, and which operate differently at different logical moments or stages of formation. Jacques Lacan and the Logic of Structure offers us a reading of the major concepts of Lacan in terms of his later topological theory and aims to show how this was always a concern for Lacan and not only an issue in the last seminars. Ellie Ragland discusses how various stages of formation can be uncovered topologically within language itself, and operate to place certain properties – fantasy, the drive, jouissance, discourse and ethics in language itself. In this way she explores not only how language actually works in tandem with the properties, but also gives a different idea of what knowledge actually is and what implications that may have for reimagining and reworking differential/diagnostic structures. Jacques Lacan and the Logic of Structure is a compelling exponent of the innovative approaches Lacan takes to rethinking what psychoanalysis is and what it can do to enlighten psychoanalysts and treat patients. It will be essential reading to psychoanalysts, psychoanalytic psychotherapists training graduate students in the fields of film, literary, gender and cultural studies.

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Aristotle and the Poetics

sensory pleasure (Poetics 1448b18). Even if Poetics 4 does not clearly recognize the pleasure in craftsmanship as a distinct pleasure, there is reason to think that this pleasure in a work's organization or structure is needed to make ...

Author: Angela Curran

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317677055

Category: Philosophy

Page: 338

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Aristotle’s Poetics is the first philosophical account of an art form and the foundational text in aesthetics. The Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Aristotle and the Poetics is an accessible guide to this often dense and cryptic work. Angela Curran introduces and assesses: Aristotle’s life and the background to the Poetics the ideas and text of the Poetics the continuing importance of Aristotle’s work to philosophy today.

Star Gazing

It is 'the structure of feeling' in Dallas which many women recognise and take pleasure in: 'Many letter-writers contend that the pleasures of Dallas come from the “lifelike” character of the serial . . . what is experienced as “real” ...

Author: Jackie Stacey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136142048

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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In a historical investigation of the pleasures of cinema, Star Gazing puts female spectators back into theories of spectatorship. Combining film theory with a rich body of ethnographic research, Jackie Stacey investigates how female spectators understood Hollywood stars in the 1940's and 1950's. Her study challenges the universalism of psychoanalytic theories of female spectatorship which have dominated the feminist agenda within film studies for over two decades. Drawing on letters and questionnaires from over three hundred keen cinema-goers, Stacey investigates the significance of certain Hollywood stars in women's memories of wartime and postwar Britain. Three key processes of spectatorship - escapism, identification and consumption - are explored in detail in terms of their multiple and changing meanings for female spectators at this time. Star Gazing demonstrates the importance of cultural and national location for the meanings of female spectatorship, giving a new direction to questions of popular culture and female desire.

Resources Production and Structural Dynamics

The idea that we can rely on the felicific calculus to solve our ethical problems and any problem of choice, be it individual or concerning policy issues, has a basic prerequisite: a full knowledge of the pleasures and pains consequent ...

Author: Mauro L. Baranzini

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107079090

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 520

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New approach to the economic theory of resources, showing the positive role that scarcities can play in triggering economic growth.

Dialectic of Romanticism

They also give pleasure. The pleasures of the civilization of the cosmopolitan city are not those of terrible-sublime catharsis or orgiastic ecstasy but the pleasures of architectonic beauty. These are pleasures of rhythmical structure ...

Author: Peter Murphy

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781847142658

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Dialectic of Romanticism presents a radical new assessment of the aesthetic and philosophical history and future of modernity. An exploration of the internal critique of modernism treats romanticism (later historicism and post-modernism) as central to the development of European modernism alongside enlightenment, and, like the enlightenment, subject to its own dead-ends and fatalities. An external critique of modernism recovers concepts of civilization and civic aesthetics which are trans-historical -simultaneously modern and classically inspired - and provides a counter both to romantic historicism and enlightened models of progress. Finally, a retrospective critique of modernism analyses what happens to modernism's romantic-archaic and technological-futurist visions when they are translated from Europe to America. Dialectic of Romanticism argues that out of the European dialectic of romanticism and enlightenment a new dialectic of modernity is emerging in the New World-one which points beyond modernism and postmodernism.

Handbook of Emotions Fourth Edition

Subjectively, the sensory pleasure of a delicioustasting food feels very different from the sensory pleasures of sex or of ... The list of brain structures activated by all these pleasures includes several limbic regions within the ...

Author: Lisa Feldman Barrett

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 9781462525362

Category: Psychology

Page: 928

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Recognized as the definitive reference, this handbook brings together leading experts from multiple psychological subdisciplines to examine one of today's most dynamic areas of research. Coverage encompasses the biological and neuroscientific underpinnings of emotions, as well as developmental, social and personality, cognitive, and clinical perspectives. The volume probes how people understand, experience, express, and perceive affective phenomena and explores connections to behavior and health across the lifespan. Concluding chapters present cutting-edge work on a range of specific emotions. Illustrations include 10 color plates. New to This Edition *Chapters on the mechanisms, processes, and influences that contribute to emotions (such as genetics, the brain, neuroendocrine processes, language, the senses of taste and smell). *Chapters on emotion in adolescence, older age, and in neurodegenerative dementias. *Chapters on facial expressions and emotional body language. *Chapters on stress, health, gratitude, love, and empathy. *Many new authors and topics; extensively revised with the latest theoretical and methodological innovations.

Structural Depths of Indian Thought

When the material particles of the body come together in a particular ratio and pattern and form a particular structure , the quality of consciousness emerges . It is only an emergent quality . But when the pattern deteriorates and the ...

Author: P. T. Raju

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0887061397

Category: Philosophy

Page: 599

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"No other work treating Indian philosophy on a comparable scale contains the illuminating comparisons between doctrines of Indian schools and the thought of Western philosophy ranging from Plato to Sartre and Wittgenstein...It will, moreover, contribute to the understanding of Western philosophy by Indian thinkers and vice versa...Raju has an intimate acquaintance with a remarkable range of Western thinkers and this distinguishes his work from most of what has gone before...Raju, moreover, is himself a critical thinker and consequently, although he has written a history, he treats the ideas and doctrines in a philosophical mode and his assessments of positions are often original and illuminating." -- John E. Smith, Clark Professor of Philosophy, Yale University "Purpose: To deal with Indian philosophy in a fashion reflecting the way the best German historians of philosophy deal with Western philosophy...The book is remarkable for its comprehensiveness in combination with extensive critical discussions...Raju's more critical than Radhakrishnan's and more philosophical than Dasgupta's. Radhakrishnan's comments are far less philosophically sophisticated and interesting than Raju's....a monument to a senior Indian philosopher's lifelong study and thoughtful critical consideration of the great classical systems of his tradition." -- Karl H. Potter, Professor of Philosophy, University of Washington "Raju's credentials are impeccable. He is one of the few scholars in the world who could presume to write a major work on Indian thought. Accordingly, his knowledge of the Indian schools is accurate and impressive. To the extent that one of his intentions is to cast those schools in terms which make them more intelligible to western readers, his work measures up very well." -- Harold H. Oliver, Professor of Philosophy, Boston University