Psychology for Screenwriters

Using this book, writers can make Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Erick Erikson, and Joseph Campbell their writing partners. Psychology for Screenwriters helps scribes craft psychologically resonant characters and conflict.

Author: William Indick

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ISBN: UOM:39015059314016

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 281

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"To make their stories come alive, screenwriters must understand human behavior. Using this book, writers can make Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Erick Erikson, and Joseph Campbell their writing partners. Psychology for Screenwriters helps scribes craft psychologically resonant characters and conflict. You'll learn to create convincing motivation, believable identity development, and archetypes that produce authentic screen moments."-- Cover

The Psychology of Screenwriting

This book combines in-depth critical and cultural analysis with an elaboration on practice in an innovative fashion.

Author: Jason Lee

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781623564735

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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The Psychology of Screenwriting is more than an interesting book on the theory and practice of screenwriting. It is also a philosophical analysis of predetermination and freewill in the context of writing and human life in our mediated world of technology. Drawing on humanism, existentialism, Buddhism, postmodernism and transhumanism, and diverse thinkers from Meister Eckhart to Friedrich Nietzsche, Theodor Adorno, Jacques Derrida, Jean Baudrillard and Gilles Deleuze, The Psychology of Screenwriting will be of use to screenwriters, film students, philosophers and all those interested in contemporary theory. This book combines in-depth critical and cultural analysis with an elaboration on practice in an innovative fashion. It explores how people, such as those in the Dogme 95 movement, have tried to overcome traditional screenwriting, looking in detail at the psychology of writing and the practicalities of how to write well for the screen. This is the first book to include high-theory with screenwriting practice whilst incorporating the Enneagram for character development. Numerous filmmakers and writers, including David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch, David Cronenberg, Pedro Almodóvar, Darren Aronofsky, Sally Potter and Charlie Kaufman are explored. The Psychology of Screenwriting is invaluable for those who want to delve deeper into writing for the screen.

The Psychology of Screenwriting

For a variety of reasons sometimes screenwriting is not considered to be a 'proper' or 'pure' form, as if the screenplay is inferior writing or not even writing at all. This is connected to the popularity of film versus the elitism of ...

Author: Jason Lee

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781623562519

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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The Psychology of Screenwriting is more than an interesting book on the theory and practice of screenwriting. It is also a philosophical analysis of predetermination and freewill in the context of writing and human life in our mediated world of technology. Drawing on humanism, existentialism, Buddhism, postmodernism and transhumanism, and diverse thinkers from Meister Eckhart to Friedrich Nietzsche, Theodor Adorno, Jacques Derrida, Jean Baudrillard and Gilles Deleuze, The Psychology of Screenwriting will be of use to screenwriters, film students, philosophers and all those interested in contemporary theory. This book combines in-depth critical and cultural analysis with an elaboration on practice in an innovative fashion. It explores how people, such as those in the Dogme 95 movement, have tried to overcome traditional screenwriting, looking in detail at the psychology of writing and the practicalities of how to write well for the screen. This is the first book to include high-theory with screenwriting practice whilst incorporating the Enneagram for character development. Numerous filmmakers and writers, including David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch, David Cronenberg, Pedro Almodóvar, Darren Aronofsky, Sally Potter and Charlie Kaufman are explored. The Psychology of Screenwriting is invaluable for those who want to delve deeper into writing for the screen.

The Science of Screenwriting

In a world awash in screenwriting books, The Science of Screenwriting provides an alternative approach that will help the aspiring screenwriter navigate this mass of often contradictory advice: exploring the science behind storytelling ...

Author: Paul Joseph Gulino

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501327216

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

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In a world awash in screenwriting books, The Science of Screenwriting provides an alternative approach that will help the aspiring screenwriter navigate this mass of often contradictory advice: exploring the science behind storytelling strategies. Paul Gulino, author of the best-selling Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach, and Connie Shears, a noted cognitive psychologist, build, chapter-by-chapter, an understanding of the human perceptual/cognitive processes, from the functions of our eyes and ears bringing real world information into our brains, to the intricate networks within our brains connecting our decisions and emotions. They draw on a variety of examples from film and television -- The Social Network, Silver Linings Playbook and Breaking Bad -- to show how the human perceptual process is reflected in the storytelling strategies of these filmmakers. They conclude with a detailed analysis of one of the most successful and influential films of all time, Star Wars, to discover just how it had the effect that it had.

Blueprint for Screenwriting

With its unique and insightful approach to the writing process, this book will be indispensable for scriptwriters, fiction writers, and professional writers, and it will serve as a useful text in screenwriting courses.

Author: Rachel Ballon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135613853

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

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Blueprint for Screenwriting demystifies the writing process by developing a "blueprint" for writers to follow for each new screenplay--from original concept to completed script. Author and international script consultant Dr. Rachel Ballon explores the writing craft and emphasizes creativity in the writing process. She blends her expertise in script analysis and writing coaching with her personal experience as a screenwriter to help writers construct their stories and characters. Starting with the story's framework, Dr. Ballon helps readers to understand the key "building blocks" of story structure and character development, including characters' emotional and psychological states, story conflicts, and scene and act structure. She also covers the essential components in the script writing process, such as outlines, script treatments, synopses, and formats. Dr. Ballon devotes a chapter to overcoming writer's block--the writer's greatest obstacle--and offers guidance for taking the next steps once a script is completed. A practical tool for any writer, this distinctive resource: *offers a blueprint for writers to follow, breaking the writing process down into specific, easy-to-follow steps; *stresses the psychology of the characters as well as that of the writer; and *offers first-hand knowledge of the screenwriting process and gives practical advice for completing and marketing scripts. With its unique and insightful approach to the writing process, this book will be indispensable for scriptwriters, fiction writers, and professional writers, and it will serve as a useful text in screenwriting courses.

Screenwriters and Screenwriting

We have experienced what we might call a 'screenwriting turn' in the last five or so years. By this I mean that in the fields of screen and cultural studies, we have begun to both understand and appreciate the role of the screenwriter ...

Author: C. Batty

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137338938

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 301

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Screenwriters and Screenwriting is an innovative, fresh and lively book that is useful for both screenwriting practice and academic study. It is international in scope, with case studies and analyses from the US, the UK, Australia, Japan, Ireland and Denmark. The book presents a distinctive collection of chapters from creative academics and critical practitioners that serve one purpose: to put aspects of screenwriting practice into their relevant contexts. Focusing on how screenplays are written, developed and received, the contributors challenge assumptions of what 'screenwriting studies' might be, and celebrates the role of the screenwriter in the creation of a screenplay. It is intended to be thought provoking and stimulating, with the ultimate aim of inspiring current and future screenwriting practitioners and scholars.

Screenwriting is Storytelling

As most screenwriters know , the psychology of screenwriting involves problem - solving through diverse mental strategies , including vertical thinking , lateral thinking , creating character choices , making decisions , putting ideas ...

Author: Kate Wright

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 039953024X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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While most screenwriting books focus on format and structure, Kate Wright explains how to put story at the center of a screenplay. A compelling story, complete with intriguing characters and situations created with these screenwriting tricks of the trade can become a box office blockbuster film. Screenwriters will learn: - Developing themes within the plot - Using structure to define the story - Creating memorable characters - Establishing moral dilemmas and conflicts - Achieving classic elements of storytelling in a three-act dramatic structure - Mastering different genres

The Psychology of Creative Writing

Oscar-winning screenwriters on screenwriting. New York: Hyperion. ... The new screenwriter looks at the new screenwriter. ... In P. McGilligan (Ed.), Backstory2: Interviews with screenwriters of the 1940s and 19505 (pp. 201-245).

Author: Scott Barry Kaufman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139480932

Category: Psychology

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The Psychology of Creative Writing takes a scholarly, psychological look at multiple aspects of creative writing, including the creative writer as a person, the text itself, the creative process, the writer's development, the link between creative writing and mental illness, the personality traits of comedy and screen writers, and how to teach creative writing. This book will appeal to psychologists interested in creativity, writers who want to understand more about the magic behind their talents, and educated laypeople who enjoy reading, writing, or both. From scholars to bloggers to artists, The Psychology of Creative Writing has something for everyone.

Beyond the Hero s Journey

Modern, relevant, fresh, this book unpacks the shows and movies we''re watching now. Anthony Mullins isn''t just someone who inhales stories, but gets what they''re doing - and nails what we can learn from them.

Author: Anthony Mullins

Publisher: NewSouth

ISBN: 1742236995

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Telling a story is simple, right? You take a ''hero'' and send them on a ''journey''. There''s a beginning, middle and an end. But what if your story doesn''t fit into that basic structure? In Beyond the Hero''s Journey, BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Anthony Mullins presents an accessible, versatile and highly visual alternative to writing that dramatically expands the range of narratives open to writers, both emerging and experienced. Fun and easy-to-use, this book looks at much-loved films from around the world, including Moonlight, Lady Bird, The Social Network, The Godfather, A Fantastic Woman, Mulholland Drive, Shoplifters, Amour, Inside Llewyn Davis and Call Me By Your Name, to teach you the ins and outs of writing for the screen through identifying and taking control of character arcs. Beyond the Hero''s Journey is for every writer who has felt frustrated by the neat confines of writing guides. It will teach you to explore and excel in telling more complex, intricate and authentic stories -- and show you how to share your own distinctive, original voice with the world. ''Essential. Don''t start writing scripts without it. And if you''re writing scripts already, read it to explode every existing assumption. Modern, relevant, fresh, this book unpacks the shows and movies we''re watching now. Anthony Mullins isn''t just someone who inhales stories, but gets what they''re doing - and nails what we can learn from them. There''s so much here I wish I knew when I started screenwriting. Hell, there''s so much that''s helped me refine the TV show I''m writing ... right now.'' -- Benjamin Law, creator/writer of The Family Law ''Beyond the Hero''s Journey will inspire you to rethink screenwriting. Written in a readable, conversational voice and drawing on Hollywood, independent and international scripting examples, it challenges us to focus on character arcs as the screenplay''s central organising principle. It finds in arcs not only external action, but the deepest levels of internal characterisation. I cannot recommend Anthony Mullins'' approach enough; he has found a powerful path to the heart of story.'' -- Jeff Rush, co-author of Alternative Scriptwriting: Beyond the Hollywood Formula ''For decades now, screenwriting manuals have almost religiously followed the principles of "the hero''s journey" and the "three-act structure". Both great frameworks ... but only for a certain type of storytelling. In this "peak TV" era of long-form, ensemble storytelling, with its non-linear structures and anti-heroes, writers are crying out for new ways of analysing story. In this hugely engaging book, Anthony Mullins breaks down an extraordinary array of films, unveiling new analytical tools that are insightful, practical and, best of all, that just might inspire you to write something genuinely original.'' -- Michael Lucas, creator/writer of Five Bedrooms, The Newsreader and Party Tricks ''Beyond the Hero''s Journey is a wonderfully fresh approach to screenwriting and story craft. Anthony Mullins is masterful at marrying large ideas about creativity with a practical, down-to-earth approach to writing. His love of screenwriting, both film and television, is clear in the way he approaches the material, resulting in an enjoyable and thought-provoking read for all experience levels.'' -- Warren Clarke, co-creator/writer of The Heights ''The "hero''s'' journey" is a story as old as time, and the template for analysing it feels even older. Time for a revamp! Enter Anthony Mullins. His thoughtful and contemporary take on crafting and critically examining story and character is a relief to read. If our common goal as makers is to refocus attention on history''s forgotten players and stories, then we have to change how we study them. Mullins provides us with new tools for excavating the psychology of characters who don''t exactly know what they want and don''t always change in a linear direction (or at all). It''s a joy to read and a necessary evolution in critical analysis.'' -- Meg O''Connell, co-creator/writer of Retrograde

Writing for the Screen

Screenwriters and Screenwriting: Putting Practice into Context , Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 207–222. Indick, W. (2004) Psychology for Screenwriters: Building Conflict in Your Script , Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions.

Author: Craig Batty

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350309319

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 282

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This revised and refreshed edition guides the contemporary screenwriter through a variety of creative and critical approaches to a deeper understanding of how to tell stories for the screen. With a renewed focus on theme and structure, the book is an essential guide for writers, script developers and teachers to help develop ideas into rich dynamic projects, and craft compelling, resonating screenplays. Combining creative tools and approaches with critical and contextual underpinnings, the book is ideal for screenwriting students who are looking to expand their skills and reflect on practices to add greater depth to their scripts. It will also inspire experienced writers and developers to find fresh ways of working and consider how new technology is affecting storytelling voices. Comprehensive and engaging, this book considers key narrative questions of today and offers a range of exercises to address them. Integrating creative guidance with rigorous scholarship, this is the perfect companion for undergraduate students taking courses in screenwriting. Encouraging and pragmatic, it will provide a wealth of inspiration for those wishing to work in the industry or deepen their study of the practice. New to this Edition: - Refreshed and revised edition to meet the demands of contemporary screenwriting - New case studies, models, tools and approaches to writing for the screen - Updated areas of industry practice, including web series, transmedia, VR and long-form storytelling - Includes practical approaches and creative exercises that can be used in the classroom

Embodying Character

This exegesis looks at how the character in goal-driven narrative cinema is cinematically constructed through the unfolding of events within the plot.

Author: Sebastian Byrne

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:802637222

Category: Cinematography

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This exegesis looks at how the character in goal-driven narrative cinema is cinematically constructed through the unfolding of events within the plot. While screenwriting manuals often separate plot from character, by collapsing action into a focus on the character's psychology, I argue that it is the psychology of the character and the bodily performance of the actor that motivate plot development. A closer analysis of how the character operates within the plot could be of particular relevance to film criticism when discussing the spectacle sequences contained in sports and action films, in which the body of the actor is more heavily foregrounded than in conventional narrative scenes. Through an analytical case study of the sports film Wimbledon, the exegesis demonstrates how the film privileges a focus on the psychology of the main protagonist, and the narrative, at the expense of a closer investigation into the ways in which their body operates within the tennis sequences. Furthermore, this bodily incongruity can be traced back to the film's production methods, in which there is a disjunction between the tennis training of the actor and their cinematic construction. I look to address this disjunction through a short rehearsal video which represents an alternative form of scripting, known as scripting with the body, and serves as an accompaniment to the creative component of this Doctorate of Creative Arts, which is a written screenplay, entitled Game, Set and Murder, in the genre of the psychological sports romance. The video carefully choreographs the movements of the actor as tennis player, training them to move in accordance with the camera. As a result of this previsualisation method, the actor's bodily technique is foregrounded, culminating in the cinematic construction of the heightened sports performance and the delineation of the corporeal, tactile and sensory nature of the character. On another level, scripting with the body provides the screenwriter with a more dynamic role in the filmmaking process, facilitating a more corporeal collaboration between screenwriter, actor, cinematographer and director that could ultimately translate into an embodied, multisensory viewing experience.

Creative Writing Practice

Educational Psychologist 39 (1): 5–18. Lee, J. 2013. The Psychology of Screenwriting: Theory and Practice. London: Bloomsbury. Lee, S.J.S., A.M. Lomdahl, L. Sawtell, S. Sculley, and S. Taylor. 2016. Screenwriting and the Higher Degree ...

Author: Debra Adelaide

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030736743

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 260

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Creative Writing Practice: reflections on form and process explores the craft of creative writing by illuminating the practices of writers and writer-educators. Demonstrating solutions to problems in different forms and genres, the contributors draw on their professional and personal experiences to examine specific and practical challenges that writers must confront and solve in order to write. This book discusses a range of approaches to writing, such as the early working out of projects, the idea of experimentation, of narrative time, and of failure. With its strong focus on process, Creative Writing Practice is a valuable guide for students, scholars and practitioners of creative writing.

Transcultural Screenwriting

In this sense, Eugene Vale recommends that the screenwriter should probe into the psychology of the characters (1998). Verisimilitude is also understood as coherence with the target genre. Thus, Guy Gallo suggests that the screenwriter ...

Author: Carmen Sofia Brenes

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443893909

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 199

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The world in which we live and work today has created new working conditions where storytellers, screenwriters and filmmakers collaborate with colleagues from other countries and cultures. This involves new challenges regarding the practice of transcultural screenwriting and the study of writing screenplays in a multi-cultural environment. Globalisation and its imperatives have seen the film co-production emerge as a means of sharing production costs and creating stories that reach transnational audiences. Transcultural Screenwriting: Telling Stories for a Global World provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of screenwriting as a creative process by integrating the fields of film and TV production studies, screenwriting studies, narrative studies, rhetorics, transnational cinema studies, and intercultural communication studies. The book applies the emerging theoretical lens of ‘transcultural studies’ to open new perspectives in the debate around notions of transnationalism, imperialism and globalisation, particularly in the screenwriting context, and to build stronger links across academic disciplines. This volume combines methods for studying, as well as methods for doing. It draws on case studies and testimonials from writers from all over the globe including South America, Europe and Asia. Transcultural Screenwriting: Telling Stories for a Global World is characterised by its scope, broad relevance, and emphasis on key aspects of screenwriting in an international environment.

Finding the Personal Voice in Filmmaking

Lee, J. (2013). The Psychology of Screenwriting: Theory and Practice. London: Bloomsbury. McKee, R. (1999). Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting. New York: Methuen. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

Author: Erik Knudsen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030003777

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 130

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This book philosophically and creatively examines ways in which independent filmmakers may explore, through practice, the discovery and development of a personal voice in the making of their films. Filmmaker and academic, Professor Erik Knudsen, uses a combination of autoethnographic experience derived from his own filmmaking practice and new insights gained from a series of ethnomediaological StoryLab workshops with independent filmmakers in Malaysia, Ghana and Colombia to drive this innovative examination. The book contextualises this practice exploration within an eclectic psychological and philosophical framework that ranges from Jungian psychological theories of the collective unconscious to Sheldrakian scientific theories of morphic resonance, from Christian mystical ideas about creative motivation to structuralist theories that underpin our linguistic understanding of story and narrative. Why should we create? What is a creative act? This in-depth study tackles these questions by examining the early ideation stages of cinematic expression and ultimately seeks to understand the practical ways in which ideas are shaped into stories and narratives.

Screenwriting With a Conscience

Ethics for Screenwriters Marilyn Beker. The idea that they have to think before they write, that they actually have to say something, makes some writers really anxious. It's not always fun to sit down, go deep inside of yourself, ...

Author: Marilyn Beker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135637934

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 266

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Screenwriting With a Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters is for screenwriters who care deeply about what they write; who are aware that movie images matter and can influence audiences; and who want to create meaningful screenplays that make powerful statements while entertaining and winning over audiences. A user-friendly guide to ethical screenwriting, this book makes the case that social responsibility is endemic to public art while it emphatically champions First Amendment rights and condemns censorship. In this dynamic and practical volume, author Marilyn Beker provides methods for self-assessment of values, ideas, and ethical stances, and demonstrates the application of these values to the development of plot, character, and dialogue. Screenwriters are introduced to ethical decision making models and shown--through specific film examples--how they can be utilized in plot and character development. In addition, specific techniques and exercises are supplied to help screenwriters determine the difference between "good" and "evil," to write realistic and compelling characters based on this determination, and to present "messages" and write dialogue powerfully without preaching. This book also puts forth a livable work philosophy for dealing with the ethics of the screenwriting business, and presents a viable personal philosophy for surviving in the screenwriting world. Screenwriting With a Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters is an indispensible, dynamic guide for the ethics-conscious screenwriter. It is intended for screenwriters at the student and professional level, and is appropriate for beginning to graduate screenwriting courses in film and English programs, and for film courses dealing with Ethics in the Media.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Screenwriting

I also wanted to acknowledge every person who ever thought that I couldn't make it as a writer or screenwriter. ... Arthur Taussig is an internationally recognized authority on the psychology and sociology of film who teaches and ...

Author: Skip Press

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101199039

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

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This guide is for anyone who has ever thought of screenwriting. Written by someone who has "been there, done that," and lived to tell the tale, it reveals the most popular genres, explains how stories need to be structured for feature films and TV movies, offers the freshest look at workshops and online classes, and disusses how to set up a step-by-step path to success.

Screenwriting for a Global Market

Consider the psychology of that for a moment, and you'll have a new understanding of the phrase “at war with oneself.” I've written three featurelength scripts, only one of which made it kicking and screaming to the screen.

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520232709

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 210

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Cinema is a truly global phenomenon and screenwriters who limit their ambitions to Hollywood can unnecessarily limit their careers. This text provides the practical know-how for breaking into the global marketplace.

Genre Screenwriting

The psychology of horror storytelling embraces the notion of fear of self-annihilation: that people—the audience—hide in false security of anonymity and individual isolation makes us vulnerable to physical and mental forces.

Author: Stephen V. Duncan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501305924

Category: Performing Arts

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It's simple: films need to have commercial value for the studios to produce them, distributors to sell them, and theater chains to screen them. While talent definitely plays a part in the writing process, it can be the well-executed formulaic approaches to the popular genres that will first get you noticed in the industry. Genre Screenwriting: How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell does not attempt to probe in the deepest psyche of screenwriters and directors of famous or seminal films, nor does it attempt to analyze the deep theoretic machinations of films. Duncan's simple goal is to give the reader, the screenwriter, a practical guide to writing each popular film genre. Employing methods as diverse as using fairy tales to illustrate the 'how to' process for each popular genre, and discussing these popular genres in modern television and its relation to its big screen counterpart, Duncan provides a one-stop shop for novices and professionals alike.

Cultural Studies

He is currently working on a book on culture and addiction, with Cambria and a book on screenwriting with Continuum, New York, The Psychology of Screenwriting. Anything to declare? Desire and employability in the film industry: film ...

Author: Intellect Books

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781841504988

Category: Reference

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This volume of Who's Who in Research series offers a useful guide for current researchers in Intellect's subject area of Cultural Studies.