Life Or Movie: An Aspiring Screenwriter's Discovery Of. . . : Which Comes First?

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Universal-Publishers, 2002 - Education - 132 pages
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"Life or movie: Which comes first?" is a glimpse into an aspiring screenwriter's mind as he tries to figure out the inner workings of high concept movies. The author starts out with the premise that there are very easy rules that govern storytelling, rules which are universal and tolerate no exceptions. That is how he was led to discard traditional perspectives of movie analysis one after the other (Field, Campbell, Jung, Freud) which all proved to be unfaithful to observable facts. The author proposes then a change of paradigm and a different look at storytelling: fiction is like magic; you cannot explain it or it will break the spell, ruin the magic. But when you think about it, there are no two rational ways of making a rabbit appear from a hat.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
when the title says it all
13
Foundation of Screenwriting
17
the 12 stages to success
29
the foray in the dream
33
Shadow and ominous anima over The Beach
40
the wakeup call
47
Fight Club or the paranoia of castration
49
The Se7en sins of the spectator
71
a story in the story
81
Movie magic exposed
93
Yielding to the facts
99
Sell your soul for 5 bucks
102
the magic never ends
109
Filmography
117
Bibliography
123

for a masochistic audience
62
the reality check
69

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