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Data Mining Reveals the 6 Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling

Courtesy MIT Tech Review

This is a fascinating take on using Big Data to arrive at (or at least confirm) a result that we’ve seen demonstrated in many screenwriting books.

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Local Indie Film Starts Production: “Hope Dances”

It’s very exciting to see this feature film I consulted on getting into production! I did some dialog and character development and a little story consulting… now it’s finally in front of the camera! Congratulations to writer/director Andrew and all…

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From Screenplay to Novel – How One Short Scene Became A Whole Chapter

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Here’s the story behind what turned a simple cutaway scene in the screenplay’s third act into a whole *new* chapter in the novel – and why I think it works.

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Color me prescient: More momentum for Western / genre mashups

Is the Western/Genre mashup gaining momentum? I hope so.

First a little self-congratulatory pimping:

Back in 2009 I wrote about the forthcoming Cowboys and Aliens movie, and discussed its potential to launch a new genre.

So the Science Fiction Western, while not new, may be welling toward a resurgence as a genre. God knows it deserves a reboot in the theaters after the horrific Wild Wild West (one of only one or two truly unwatchable Will Smith joints), and TV could use another crack at it too post the failure of The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (an underrated show that never got its due, which also dipped a toe into SteamPunk, and got Bruce Campbell in front of an audience that wasn’t simply a gaggle of B-horror movie fanboys much like Burn Notice has done).

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