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An Index to the StoryAlity Blog, by Dr. JT Velikovsky

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* …A note on the structural and functional organization of this Index is at the very end of this page.

Introduction/Background:

  1. StoryAlity #1 – About my Doctoral Research – on Film / Screenwriting / Transmedia

Question: What Are The 20 `Greatest’ Feature Films?

  1. StoryAlity #2 – What Are The Greatest 20 Movies (Feature Films) Ever..?
  2. StoryAlity #3 – The Top 20 RoI (Return on Investment) Films of the Last 70 Years
  3. StoryAlity #3B – Trailers of the Top 20 RoI Movies
  4. StoryAlity #3C – Trailers of the Bottom 20 RoI Movies
  5. StoryAlity #4 – Is `Casablanca’ (1942) the `greatest’ film ever made?
  6. StoryAlity #4B – On `Mindbender’ Movies

On The Methodology:

  1. StoryAlity #5 – Background to the Research Methodology of this study of movie RoI
  2. StoryAlity #5B – Almost Everything You Think You Know About Movie Screenwriting is: Possibly Wrong

On Creativity:

  1. StoryAlity #6 – What is Creativity and How Does It Work?
  2. StoryAlity #6B – Flow Theory, Creativity and Happiness
  3. StoryAlity #7 – On “the 10-Year Rule” and Creativity
  4. StoryAlity #8 – More on the 10-Year Rule” and Creativity
  5. StoryAlity #9 – How To Be More Creative
  6. StoryAlity #9B – Creativity in Science (and – The Arts, and Film)
  7. StoryAlity #10 – About The Creative Personality
  8. StoryAlity #11 – Wallas and the Creative Process
  9. StoryAlity #12 – Combining Practice Theory – and the Systems Model of Creativity
  10. StoryAlity #13- Creativity and Solved Domain Problems
  11. StoryAlity #14 – On some Romantic myths of Creativity
  12. StoryAlity #14B – Creativity – the missing link between “The Two Cultures”
  13. StoryAlity #14C – Two Crucial American Psychological Association speeches: J P Guilford (1950) and D T Campbell (1975).

On `The Screenwriting Convention’:

  1. StoryAlity #15 – The `Screenwriting Convention’ – Defects of the present view
  2. StoryAlity #16 – On Free Will in screenwriting: Can I write, whatever I like?
  3. StoryAlity #17- On Movie `Blockbusters’, and RoI
  4. StoryAlity #17.B – On `The Death of Cinema

The Research Question/Problem: What makes a `great’ film story?

  1. StoryAlity #18 – The Problem: 7 in 10 Feature Films Lose Money
  2. StoryAlity #19 – How Many Movies Are There?
  3. StoryAlity #20 – What Exactly is, a `Successful’ Film?
  4. StoryAlity #21 – What Makes A Film Succeed? – The Story.
  5. StoryAlity #22 – So What Doesn’t Necessarily Make a Movie Successful?
  6. StoryAlity #23 – Define “A Film Story”

On Feature Films and RoI (Return on Investment):

  1. StoryAlity #24 – On Feature Films and RoI (Return on Investment)
  2. StoryAlity #25 – Possibly: Why 7 in 10 Movies Lo$e Money
  3. StoryAlity #26 – “3 Acts”? …Did Aristotle ever say that?

A brief Literature Review:

  1. StoryAlity #27 – Narratology since Plato – A brief Literature Review
  2. StoryAlity #28 – Screenwriting Manuals since 1911

Some Problems in the existing Literature on Film Screenwriting (or: `Defects of the present view’):

  1. StoryAlity #29 – Why Aristotle’s ‘Poetics’ is so very wrong
  2. StoryAlity #30 – Abandon Aristotle..?!
  3. StoryAlity #31 – Which Screenplay `Guru’ Books To Read?
  4. StoryAlity #32 – On McKee’s `methodology’ in `Story’ (1997)
  5. StoryAlity #33 – McKee’s two (unfortunate) examples of “bad” film stories in `Story’ (1997)
  6. StoryAlity #34 – Screenplay `paradigms’, or screenplay `syntagms’?
  7. StoryAlity #35 – What do 8 screenplay `Gurus’ say about Screenplay Structure?
  8. StoryAlity #36 – On Empirical vs. Non-Empirical Film Story Research

More Detail On Method – and Methodology

  1. StoryAlity #37 – On Method: The StoryAlity Film Story Study – the Data Source
  2. StoryAlity #38 – On The StoryAlity screenplay study Methodology
  3. StoryAlity #39 – More On The StoryAlity Movie Story Study Methodology
  4. StoryAlity #40 – Is Screenwriting in a `pre-Science’ state?

On Scientific Paradigms, and on Free Will, and on `Agency and Structure’.

  1. StoryAlity #41 – On Scientific Paradigms – and Screenwriting `Paradigms
  2. StoryAlity #42 – On Free Will – and Screenwriting
  3. StoryAlity #43 – On `Agency and Structure’ in Screenwriting
  4. StoryAlity #43B –  The `Creative Practice Theory’ online Agent-Based Model
  5. StoryAlity #43C – Creative Practice Theory – The Game

On Cultural Evolution – and Memes

  1. StoryAlity #44 – Biological Evolution, Cultural Evolution, and Creativity: Film
  2. StoryAlity #45 – On Movie Memes and Memetics (and: How Memes Work)
  3. StoryAlity #45B – On Tracking Memes in The Meme Pool
  4. StoryAlity #46 – On Mayans, Memes, Creativity, Darwin and Dawkins
  5. StoryAlity #47 – Why are some Screenplays/Films more `viral’ Memes?
  6. StoryAlity #47B – More on Memes & Film (and: 3 solved problems in Memetics?)

On Holons and Holarchies

  1. StoryAlity #48 – On Film Holon-Partons and Holarchies – and How Holarchies Work
  2. StoryAlity #49 – On Movie Screenplays, Viral Memes, and Cultural Evolution

StoryAlity Theory:

  1. StoryAlity #50 – The StoryAlity Screenplay Syntagm
  2. StoryAlity #51 – The Universal Story Structure – and Story Memes – of the Top 20 RoI Films
  3. StoryAlity #52 – The Golden Ratio / The Golden Spiral / The Fibonacci Sequence
  4. StoryAlity #53 – The StoryAlity High-RoI Film Story & Screenplay Checklist
  5. StoryAlity #54 – StoryAlity Screenwriting Guidelines – for any aspiring Writer of High-RoI Films
  6. StoryAlity #55 – Patterns In The Top 20 RoI (Return On Investment) Films: On Frequency
  7. StoryAlity #56 – Patterns in the Top 20 RoI Films: # of Scenes vs Film Duration/Screenplay Length – and: Elliot Waves
  8. StoryAlity #57 – What Are The Biggest-Money-Loser Movies (based on Return-On-Investment)… Doing Wrong?
  9. StoryAlity #58 – The StoryAlity Theory – applied to: some `Great Flicks
  10. StoryAlity #59 – Examining the Loglines of the Top 20 RoI Films
  11. StoryAlity #60 – On Character and Story – in the Top 20 RoI Films
  12. StoryAlity #61 – On The Storyality Probability Calculus – and the Principle of Induction
  13. StoryAlity #62 – Do Film Critics Matter?
  14. StoryAlity #63 – Creative Journal Video-Log
  15. StoryAlity #64 – Why Transmedia Is Destiny
  16. StoryAlity #64B – `Story & Transmedia’ PPT @ UNSW COFA
  17. StoryAlity #65 – The StoryAlity K-Film: Ep 1 (online i-doc – interactive documentary)
  18. StoryAlity #66 – Scientific & Empirical Proof that the StoryAlity™ Theory works: `The Devil Inside’ (2012)
  19. StoryAlity #67 – The STORYALITY™ Screenwriting Manual (2013): out now on Kindle
  20. StoryAlity #68 – StoryAlity Theory 3MT (3-Minute Thesis)
  21. StoryAlity #69 – StoryAlity Theory – 20-minute paper @ the `Interventions & Intersections’ Conference (2013)
  22. StoryAlity #69B – Some Predictions of the StoryAlity Theory

On Systems Theory and Evolution

  1. StoryAlity #70 – Key Concepts in Systems Theory, Cybernetics & Evolution
  2. StoryAlity #70B – The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision (Capra & Luisi 2014)
  3. StoryAlity #70C – Systems Philosophy (Laszlo 1972)
  4. StoryAlity #70C2 – General Systems Theory: Problems, Perspectives, Practice (Skyttner 2005)
  5. StoryAlity #70DThe Evolving Self (Csikszentmihalyi 1993)
  6. StoryAlity #70E – On Human Nature – and Evolutionary Psychology

On Consilience, Evocriticism, (a.k.a. Bioaesthetics, Biopoetics, or Literary Darwinism) and the StoryAlity Theory

  1. StoryAlity #71On Consilience in the Arts / Humanities / Communication
  2. StoryAlity #71BInvalid criticisms of Consilience
  3. StoryAlity #71CConsilience and Vertical Integration
  4. StoryAlity #71D – CineMetrics
  5. StoryAlity #72Gene Theory and Story: G,T,C,A… (coincidence..?)
  6. StoryAlity #73The Heros Journey: It’s Not What You Think
  7. StoryAlity #74 – How Does Life – and the Universe Work, in Literature and Film? (Carroll)
  8. StoryAlity #75 – The 5 Key `Factors of Life’ in the Top 20 RoI Films
  9. StoryAlity #76 – On – The new `RoI’ Numbers – at The-Numbers.com…
  10. StoryAlity #77 – On the bio-cultural approach to Film Study
  11. StoryAlity #78 – On `the war of nature’ (from Origin of Species) by Charles Darwin
  12. StoryAlity #79 – `These instincts are highly complex…’ (The Descent of Man) by Charles Darwin
  13. StoryAlity #80 – `Our civilizations were jerry-built around the biogram’ (E O Wilson)
  14. StoryAlity #81 – `Human Universals’ (Donald Brown) and, E O Wilson on Sociobiology
  15. StoryAlity #82 – Pinker on `Evolution, Emotion and Explanation’
  16. StoryAlity #83 – David Sloan Wilson on Evolutionary Social Constructivism, and BVSR
  17. StoryAlity #84 – Pinker on `Art and Adaptation’
  18. StoryAlity #85 – The Arts and Their Interpretation (E O Wilson)
  19. StoryAlity #86 – Arts of Seduction (Miller)
  20. StoryAlity #87 – `Does Beauty Build Adapted Minds?’ (Tooby & Cosmides)
  21. StoryAlity #88 – On Evolution, Emotion and Film (David Bordwell)
  22. StoryAlity #89 – Demonism breeds demonism (Gottschall)
  23. StoryAlity #90 – Freud was wrong about Oedipus (Sugiyama) 
  24. StoryAlity #91 – Status and Mating Games (Nettle) – Part 1
  25. StoryAlity #92 – Status and Mating Games (Nettle) – Part 2
  26. StoryAlity #93 – Jealousy in `Othello’ (Nordlund)
  27. StoryAlity #94 – Freud was wrong (Easterlin)
  28. StoryAlity #95 – Human Nature in `Wuthering Heights’ (Carroll)
  29. StoryAlity #96Transmedia Practice: A Collective Approach (2014)
  30. StoryAlity #97 – Biocultural Dissertations (A list of 120 biocultural PhDs and MAs)
  31. StoryAlity #98 – What were the first feature films of 15 great Directors – and what do they all have in common?
  32. StoryAlity #9912 x Guest blog-posts on StoryAlity Theory @ The Story Dept

On the structure of the Meme (the unit of culture) – and: towards a true Science of Memetics

  1. StoryAlity #100 – The Holon-Parton Structure of the Meme – the Unit of Culture (Velikovsky 2013, 2014, 2016)
  2. StoryAlity #100AThe 3 Universal Laws of Holon/Partons (Velikovsky 2015)
  3. StoryAlity #101 – A Science of Memetic Culturology (Velikovsky 2013)
  4. StoryAlity #102 – Reply to 4 critics of “Memetics as a pseudo-science” (Part 1 of 4) – Hallpike 2004
  5. StoryAlity #103 – Reply to 4 critics of “Memetics as a pseudo-science” (Part 2 of 4) – Polichak 2002
  6. StoryAlity #104 – Reply to 4 critics of “Memetics as a pseudo-science” (Part 3 of 4) – Benitez-Bribiesca 2001
  7. StoryAlity #105 – Reply to 4 critics of “Memetics as a pseudo-science” (Part 4 of 4) – Lanier 1996
  8. StoryAlity #106Movie Pitches, Hybrid Memes, and Steve Worland’s `Combustion
  9. StoryAlity #107Preliminary Remarks on Literary Memetics (Rancour-Laferriere)
  10. StoryAlity #108Memetics – and `An Ecopoetics of Beauty and Meaning’ (Turner)
  11. StoryAlity #109Memetics and Film
  12. StoryAlity #110Twenty(-Something) Controversies, in Ten Domains
  13. StoryAlity #111 – `Weapons of Mass Instruction: Memetic Engineering and Directed Biocultural Evolution’ (includes a YouTube video of a paper I delivered at the 2014 ICD Symposium)
  14. StoryAlity #112 – On Reductionism and Determinism – and – Expansionism and Indeterminism
  15. StoryAlity #113 – `Schools of Thought’ in the Arts / Humanities / Communication – A Survey
  16. StoryAlity #114ASPERA Conference 2014 (includes a YouTube video of a paper on The StoryAlity Theory K-Film which I delivered at ASPERA 2014). See also: Post #65 above, for the online StoryAlity K-film.
  17. StoryAlity #114BThe Less Than 1% Problem in the Domain of Novels
  18. StoryAlity #115The `Less-Than-1%’ Problem in the Domain of Film
  19. StoryAlity #116StoryAlity Theory @ `Interventions and Intersections’ 2014 (UWS PG Conference)
  20. StoryAlity #117Velikovsky’s 40 Domain Problems in Screenwriting (or: “Consilient PhDs We’d Like To See”) 
  21. StoryAlity #118The 1000 Project – The 1000 `Rules’ of Screenwriting (Velikovsky)
  22. StoryAlity #119The holarchy of StoryAlity Theory
  23. StoryAlity #119BModernist Times Symposium (2014) – and Professor Brian Boyd Masterclass

On Videogames:

  1. StoryAlity #120Videogames as Art
  2. StoryAlity #121How To Build a Box-Office Bomb: Base It On A Board Game!
  3. StoryAlity #122The IE2014 International Interactive Entertainment Conference

Okay back to Movies

  1. StoryAlity #123How To Make A Film (2012 documentary)
  2. StoryAlity #124 – Fellini (1963) nailed it: `Do you have a good box-office record?’
  3. StoryAlity #125Women Screenwriters: An International Guide (2015)
  4. StoryAlity #126 – Miller’s Compendium of Timeless Tools for the Modern Writer (2015)
  5. StoryAlity #127 – The Science of Cinema articles – at WIRED.com
  6. StoryAlity#128 – Evocriticism, STEM, and STEAM (Walker 2013)
  7. StoryAlity#129 – Post-Modernist `Theory’ is dead as disco

On Memetics and Cultural Evolution:

  1. StoryAlity #130Why Some Things Are Popular (Velikovsky 2014)
  2. StoryAlity #131 – Why Things (like, some Movies) Are Popular – and – The Anna Karenina principle
  3. StoryAlity #132The holon/parton structure of the Meme, the unit of culture – and the narreme, or unit of story – book chapter (Velikovsky 2016)
  4. StoryAlity #133On the giallo genre
  5. StoryAlity #134The ANZCA2016 Conference
  6. StoryAlity #135PhD Dissertation Addendum
  7. StoryAlity #136Pop Culture in Asia and Oceania (2016)

And: To Be Continued

Spiralityness

(This Blog updated weekly. Usually. Unless I’m really busy or something.)

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Dr JT Velikovsky, PhD.

High-RoI Story/Screenplay/Movie/Transmedia Researcher

The above is (mostly) an adapted excerpt, from my doctoral thesis: “Communication, Creativity, and Consilience in Cinema” It is presented here for the benefit of fellow screenwriting and filmmaking researchers.

JT Velikovsky is a produced feature film screenwriter and million-selling transmedia writer-director-producer. He has been a professional story analyst for major film studios, film funding organizations, and for the national writer’s guild. For more see: http://on-writering.blogspot.com/

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Roger (Corman) And Me. (Me, with my x-ray eyes, JT Velikovsky, staring intently at the back of Roger’s head) at The Open City Film Festival, Newcastle NSW, Australia, way back when in 1996. Nash and Joel Edgerton’s (and Keiran DArcy- Smith’s!) wonderful first short film (`LOADED’) actually won the festival.

Roger (Corman) And Me. (Me with my x-ray eyes, JT Velikovsky, staring intently at the back of Roger’s head) at The Open City Film Festival, Newcastle NSW, Australia, way back when in 1996. Nash and Joel Edgerton’s (and Keiran DArcy- Smith’s!) wonderful first short film (`LOADED’) actually won the Festival.

And, as promised:

A NOTE ON THE STRUCTURAL & FUNCTIONAL ORGANIZATION OF THIS WEBLOG INDEX:

Given that `the feature film screenwriting convention’ is composed of a deep and complex web of assumptions (most of which – are possibly  incorrect, as the empirical evidence might suggest) we perhaps first may need to go through each individual `accepted truth’ (or, doxa, or piece of `received wisdom’ – many of which are often taken on faith, yet are not, necessarily, correct) in `the screenwriting convention’ (as, Dr Ian W. Macdonald, the greatly-esteemed founder of the SRN and the Journal of Screenwriting calls it in his excellent 2004 PhD thesis on screenwriting). And, so we should ideally examine more closely, whether these beliefs (some of which I would note, are very widely and deeply held) are currently correct / true.

Once that `complex web of assumptions’ about `the screenwriting convention’ is first fact-checked, we can then present The StoryAlity Film/Story Screenplay Theory. For this reason – it’s not until StoryAlity Post #50-60 above, that we actually explain/elaborate StoryAlity Theory. (Though you can of course, simply skip to StoryAlity post #50 – but, I would probably advise reading from Posts #1-#49 at some point, to see “the broader picture” with regard to, the screenwriting domain.)

And – please do, check any and all of the empirical evidence, for yourself. As Einstein once said: `The most important thing of all, is to question the accepted truths.’ It is exactly there – where the major scientific discoveries and breakthroughs occur.

And – Thanks so much for reading! Comments and critiques always welcome; Karl Popper notes that is how Science works: critical rationalism.

– JT Velikovsky

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