Just a notice, that the August 2018 Creativity Conference at SOU (Southern Oregon University) has just been announced this month. Mark Runco is one of the organizers. A great lineup! Keynote speakers are Csikszentmihalyi & Sternberg!
More meetings re: unpacking StoryAlity for storytellers. Consulting, etc. …Nice~!
Reminds me of one of the sign-artworks created by my first screenwriting mentor, Richard Kelly Tipping, whose work I was also very pleasantly surprised to see in the Tate Modern Art Gallery in London in 2005!
One of the brilliant sign-artworks Richard created and, had on his office door at Newcastle University (in 1993, when I came first in Richard’s excellent screenwriting class; gotta have good Mentors!) about: there being no avant-garde, only those left behind…!
i.e. Seems to be how Cultural Evolution works… New memes – or units of culture (ideas, processes, products – like say the StoryAlity System) give its early-adopters a massive competitive edge, while all the others play catch-up… Or else, get left in the “shadows and dust” – to cite from the movie Gladiator (2000) …
More Hollywood meetings… Hollywood folks embracing: The StoryAlity Ph.D. Bit of a game-changer. Shifted the screenwriting landscape, under our feet. Nice-!
`Motion picture profit, the stable Paretian hypothesis, and the curse of the superstar‘ (De Vany & Walls 2004)
Completed the monomyth research for my article in The Journal of Genius & Eminence:
The Special Issue containing my article is now in press, and comes out: December 2017.
See also: StoryAlity #73 – The Hero’s Journey: It’s Not What You Think
And see my post on Heroism Science – on my Transmedia Writing blog.
And see: Five Views of the Monomyth (Velikovsky 2017)
I finally got around to posting on: the ANZCA2017 Communication Conference!
Anyways so July 5th 2017 I presented on my discovery of the structure of the meme, the unit of culture (2017) and also on my (very!) recent creation, The Robo-Raconteur (artificial-writer computer-program) (2017), at a great Transmedia Panel* ,
…at the ANZCA2017 Communication conference in Sydney !!!
*(and which I will explain/unpack/decompress all that compressed information later, about our Transmedia Panel, when I blog on it all…)
Hey check out Mel’s (and Julian’s) talk from last year’s ANZCA! (2016). So cool.
And – this (below) is Assoc. Prof. Paula Gardner, also the current president of the ICA, It was so amazing to actually meet her! And to hear her speak in person. And – she gave not just one but two amazing keynote speeches at ANZCA2017-! (and I will upload them, soon!)
And – so anyway – Yes. So I talked aboit my Encyclopedia Article, and my new Writer-Robot. If you ask me, I personally think you should download them both…!
(1) the memes encyclopedia article I presented at ANZCA2017,
Here is a 30-second advertisement (okay, CHAPTER-TRAILER) for that chapter
And more about the series:
And also you should download, this artificial-writer computer-program I made:
(2) the Robo-Raconteur writer-robot].
I suspect… both are new, useful and surprising [i.e. creative] tools, for:
Building Engagement, Through NEW Narrative Worlds…
(and with a little bit of luck – they may even give some new, useful and surprising…)
Perspectives on Emerging StoryTelling Innovation…!
Check them out-! Tell me what you think.
Feedback loops are good. So is systems theory.
(…please see my PhD – below – for more on all that…)
Anyway – soon (…next month? by the end of Aug 2017? …I hope?? Kinda-crazy-busy right now…) I will blog (properly!) about the ANZCA2017 Communication Conference…
Almost-exactly like, I also blogged about, ANZCA2016 only different.
So… watch this space. Or, watch that space (above). Or, something.
But in-the-meantime, in-between-time, below is
A Teaser-Trailer (of sorts)…
for my soon-to-be-forthcoming ANZCA2017 blog-post…
Namely, a random video that I shot on impulse – and also, on: my consumer-grade $90 disposable-Telstra-Android-smartphone – at the ANZCA2017 conference…
(At the time, at ANZCA, I shot: lots of stuff. Photos, and videos, and – Stuff-! And it is all, …Coming Soon. See, above excuse, I mean – explanation.)
(My Advice: Turn on CC – CLOSED CAPTIONS, probably.)
*In case you wondered… (And you may not have…) The reason my phone is considered “disposable” (by, er: me) is that: I may well be at a bushfire or some kind of conflagration or whatever, and it (that phone) may well fall out of my pocket, or else maybe even fall into a dam, while we’re (re)filling the tanker-truck up with water.
An Inconvenient Truth (the first one) is the highest Return-on-Investment documentary ever. (I know this, because my (2016 )PhD was on: the top 20 RoI movies.
Anyway, stuff sometimes falls out of your pockets, when you’re racing around kinda fast, and, doing: lots of stuff, all at once at a fire. So, probably, whatever is in your pockets had better be disposable – or else it may get: melted. Or lost. Or something.
(Some Random Anecdata…I accidentally did this, [dropped a piece of live electronic equipment in a dam] with one of our fire brigade’s walkie-talkies, at a machinery-fire, last year. Yikes. But – the
But – the good news is, I then saved it – mainly by using science. i.e. by dismantling it – and by sticking it in a container of rice for 24 hours, so the rice dried out the water, Long Story.
In my view, it was an astonishing resurrection. There was like, water all INSIDE the walkie-talkie. All through the internal electronics – and even in the LCD display screen, and everything…
But – guess what – I fixed it! And, it works great again now. We’ve used it at a few fires since. (Amazing… Then again, maybe all life is doing science …???)
Though I don’t recommend dropping a walky-talky, or even a smartphone, in a dam, (or lake or river or swimming pool, or glass of water, or even cup of hot coffee) ever.
Still and all, it can all get pretty hectic and busy, when: lots of stuff is on fire, and, folks are running around and screaming, and, whatnot.)
In other random News – it’s Winter, Down Under – and we had the usual winter-solstice Wicker Man bonfire. And us local fireys hung around to make sure it was all safe and all good.
In Still Other Environmental News: It’s minus-8-degrees here, some nights. It’s like living in Sparta! LOL.
(I LOVE it. It’s home! I’ve lived there – i.e. Sparta, in my mind, my whole life! 🙂
Side Note: There was actually something kinda uncool in the video above. I don’t have time to explain what it was right now. But, Think about it. Still, most of it was cool. And funny.
In other NEWS, been getting right into: Heroism Science. Check it out, it’s awesome. i.e., It’s: Positive Psychology (Csikszentmihalyi”s Flow, and Seligman, etc). Meets Heroism Studies. …Heroism Science!
And it’s exciting and new! And New and Useful and Surprising (ie CREATIVE!)
Oh and if you haven’t heard of CONSILIENCE, check these posts out:
On Consilience, Evocriticism, (a.k.a. Bioaesthetics, Biopoetics, or Literary Darwinism) and the StoryAlityTheory
- StoryAlity #71 – On Consilience in the Arts / Humanities / Communication
- Before you even try, see – StoryAlity #71B – Invalid criticisms of Consilience
- StoryAlity #71C – Consilience and Vertical Integration
Hey – and also, check out the brilliant chapter by Csikszentmihalyi in this book below, for how the domain of Positive Psychology got kicked off…
(Also – if you have only read those 2 words, Positive and Psychology together, and that’s all you know about it so far, then I need to tell you something: It’s not what you think it is!
As we say in the fire department:
…Never ASSUME 🙂 … Cos sometimes… (…Makes an ASS, outta U an ME….!!! 🙂
Anyway here is that genius chapter. It’s in the Wiley Handbook of Genius (2014).
Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2014). The Systems Model of Creativity and Its Applications. In D. K. Simonton (Ed.), The Wiley Handbook of Genius (pp. 533-545). Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Oh – and also –
…DeeeSH… eeeeeSH… SCHPARTAAAAAA-!!!!
And Now Here – for your viewing pleasure – is a very short documentary on Bin Chickens. I also got some great footage of these amazing creatures in the wild at the ANZCA-Conf, too… wait till you see it.
Actually there were some Bin Chickens lurking around in the background when this shot (below) was taken! (see if you can spot them) –
Or else, stay tuned for the full ANZCA2017 post! (hmmm… Think I said that already.)
My encyclopedia chapter, on The structure of the meme, the unit of culture published, in The Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, 4th Edition (Velikovsky 2017).
Velikovsky, J. T. (2017). Chapter 405: The Holon/Parton Structure of the Meme, or, The Unit Of Culture. In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition (pp. 4666-4678). New York: IGI Global.
The discovery of the structure of the meme (the unit of culture) in that encyclopedia chapter, emerged from my (2016) PhD thesis.
My longer chapter (on the same discovery), is in the book Creative Technologies for Multidisciplinary Applications (2016), and was an Appendix to the PhD thesis. (You can read that longer chapter, here.)
A Random Factoid: When Watson & Crick made the equivalent discovery in biology (in 1953), they won a Nobel Prize for it; so 40 years after The Selfish Gene (Dawkins 1976), it’s about time that we discovered the structure of the unit of culture. In 1999, in the Foreword to The Meme Machine (Blackmore 1999), the great Richard Dawkins also noted: `Memes have not yet found their Watson and Crick; they even lack their Mendel.’ (Dawkins in Blackmore 1999, p. xii – bold emphasis mine).
Anyway – the chapter is out now – see what you make of it..!
More about the Encyclopedia:
The launch of The Robo-Raconteur artificial-writer computer-program!
You can download it, here.
I’ll also be talking about (i.e., presenting on) the Robo-Raconteur at the ANZCA2017 Communications conference, in early July, on a Transmedia Panel. (Yay-team.)
I was promoted to an Associate Editor role, on The International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies (IJACDT). (Yay, Team!)
The Contents/Abstract of the latest issue (Volume 6, Issue 1, January – June 2017) is here.
Note: The International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies (IJACDT) has an Open Access option, which allows individuals and institutions unrestricted access to its published content. Unlike traditional subscription-based publishing models, open access content is available without having to purchase or subscribe to the journal in which the content is published. All IGI Global manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.
Click to download a free sample issue (i.e., Jan-Jun 2011 issue, a 16MB PDF) of the journal.
And in fact this article in the above free issue is sensational.
`Becoming Creative Through Self Observation: A (Second Order) Cybernetic Learning Strategy for the Metaverse’ in the International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies 1 (1) (Ayiter 2011, pp. 22-35) – By Elif Ayiter, Sabanci University and Planetary Collegium, Turkey. DOI: 10.4018/ijacdt.2011010103
Not least because – its findings are very similar to this post of mine:
In fact you may even enjoy all these:
- StoryAlity #6 – What is Creativity and How Does It Work?
- StoryAlity #6B – Flow Theory, Creativity and Happiness
- StoryAlity #7 – On “the 10-Year Rule” and Creativity
- StoryAlity #8 – More on the 10-Year Rule” and Creativity
- StoryAlity #8B – On the 10-year-rule and creativity in Standup Comedy
- StoryAlity #9 – How To Be More Creative
- StoryAlity #9B – Creativity in Science (and – The Arts, and Film)
- StoryAlity #10 – About The Creative Personality
- StoryAlity #11 – Wallas and the Creative Process
- StoryAlity #12 – Combining Practice Theory – and the Systems Model of Creativity
- StoryAlity #13- Creativity and Solved Domain Problems
- StoryAlity #14 – On some Romantic myths of Creativity
- StoryAlity #14B – Creativity – the missing link between “The Two Cultures”
- StoryAlity #14C – Two Crucial American Psychological Association speeches: J P Guilford (1950) and D T Campbell (1975).
April 21st 2017
I graduated with my Ph.D. degree! (Yay-Team-!!!)
(It takes a global-village of academics, to raise a scholar, as they say… And, when I say “they”, I mean: I just made that proverb up, right now.)
Many thanks again, to my excellent supervisors, Dr Michael Meany and Dr Susan Kerrigan at University of Newcastle.
My (2016) PhD dissertation (on: Movie Screenwriting creativity & success) is also free, online, here.
The thesis title is:
Velikovsky, J. T. (2016). `Communication, Creativity and Consilience in Cinema: A comparative study of the top 20 Return-on-Investment (RoI) Movies and the Doxa of Screenwriting’. PhD Thesis, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia. (Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1959.13/1324018 )
A Side-Note: Our School is now: School of Creative Industries, Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle.
I was appointed to the Editorial Review Board of The International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies (IJACDT).
The International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies (IJACDT) links art, design, science, and culture with emerging technologies. IJACDT provides a forum for exchanging ideas and findings from researchers across the design, arts, and technology disciplines. This journal covers theoretical and practice experiences among industrial design fields, architecture, art, computer science, psychology, cognitive sciences, humanities, cultural heritage, and related fields. IJACDT presents different arguments within project culture from the historical, critical, philosophical, rhetorical, creative, pedagogic, and professional points of view.
Mission and Scope
The mission of the International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies (IJACDT) is to promote an interdisciplinary research approach to understand cutting-edge theories and practices arising from the influence of technological innovation on creativity. IJACDT bridges the knowledge communication gap across humanities, scientific, and technical disciplines. IJACDT is at the epicenter of technological-scientific-artistic research and provides a common platform for information exchange between academia and industry, between scholarship and professionalism, between theory, criticism, and practice.
For more, visit: IJACDT online.
I authored an encyclopedia-article in this 10-volume set (forthcoming in July 2017, see the online brochure).
`IGI Global is proud to announce the July 2017 release of the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition edited by the esteemed Dr. Mehdi Khosrow-Pour.
More than 1,300 international experts contributed 705 new, peer-reviewed articles to this commanding 10-volume set that covers over 80 timely and trending categories.’
The encyclopedia article is a condensed version of this article below:
`The Holon/Parton structure of the Meme, the unit of culture‘, (Velikovsky 2016) *
*(the original 2016 book-chapter is free to download, at this link)
(If it helps to explain: movies, novels, songs, jokes, and even scientific theories are all: memes, or units of culture. The above article explains how all memes are structured. Why it matters: If you need to track and/or measure memes, e.g. using Big Data [or, even small data] or if you perhaps aim to create a unit of culture, then, the structure [of the meme] is: useful / important to know).
My PhD thesis was published, online:
Velikovsky, J. T. (2016). `Communication, Creativity and Consilience in Cinema: A comparative study of the top 20 Return-on-Investment (RoI) Movies and the Doxa of Screenwriting’. PhD Thesis, University of Newcastle, Australia. http://hdl.handle.net/1959.13/1324018
Won some awards!
This book was published this month, I have 5 x chapters in it:
The 5 x chapters:
Popular Albums, Australia (pp. 41-5)
Popular Novels, Australia (pp. 108-11)
Popular Movies, Australia (pp. 175-8)
Popular Transmedia, Australia (pp. 254-7)
Popular Video Games, Australia and New Zealand (pp. 340-3)
For more detail on the book, see also: https://storyality.wordpress.com/2016/10/20/storyality136-pop-culture-in-asia-and-oceania-2016/
Been working on various feature films, and whatnot. All secret-squirrels stuff.
I have a chapter in the new book: Creative Technologies for Multidisciplinary Applications (2016).
Velikovsky, J. T. (2016). `The Holon/Parton Theory of the Unit of Culture (or the Meme, and Narreme): In Science, Media, Entertainment and the Arts‘, in: A. Connor & S. Marks (Eds.), Creative Technologies for Multidisciplinary Applications. New York: IGI Global.
A universal problem in the disciplines of communication, creativity, philosophy, biology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, history, linguistics, information science, cultural studies, literature, media and other domains of knowledge in both the arts and sciences has been the definition of ‘culture’ (see Kroeber & Kluckhohn, 1952; Baldwin et al., 2006), including the specification of ‘the unit of culture’, and, mechanisms of culture. This chapter proposes a theory of the unit of culture, or, the ‘meme’ (Dawkins, 1976; Dennett, 1995; Blackmore, 1999), a unit which is also the narreme (Barthes, 1966), or ‘unit of story’, or ‘unit of narrative’.
The holon/parton theory of the unit of culture (Velikovsky, 2014) is a consilient (Wilson, 1998) synthesis of (Koestler, 1964, 1967, 1978) and Feynman (1975, 2005) and also the Evolutionary Systems Theory model of creativity (Csikszentmihalyi, 1988-2014; Simonton, 1984-2014). This theory of the unit of culture potentially has applications across all creative cultural domains and disciplines in the sciences, arts and communication media.
(Velikovsky in Marks & Connor 2016, p. 208)
Cited in an article in Script Mag: `WHY SPEC SCRIPTS FAIL: Aristotle – Part 1′ By: Stewart Farquhar | February 18, 2016.
See also, the post, cited: StoryAlity #26 – “3 Acts”? …Did Aristotle ever say that?
I have some articles in “Miller’s Compendium of Timeless Tools for the Modern Writer” by Greg Miller (Author, Editor, 2015)
Amazing book, and not just because I’m in it. Nice work Greg.
(And, the illustrations are amazing too.)
Also December 2015
A chapter I wrote on Nia Vardalos (writer-star of, one-time top 20 RoI movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) appears in Women Screenwriters: An International Guide (2015).
I also see the sequel is coming soon:
StoryAlity Post #100 – The Holon-Parton Structure of the Meme – the Unit of Culture (Velikovsky 2013) named a Best Meme of the Year.
December 2014 – published Why Some Things Are Popular (Velikovsky 2014)
December 2014 – Attended (and presented a paper, at) the IE2014 Conference.
November 2014 – Attended a great Masterclass with the evocritic, Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd.
[In here, I’ve been totally forgetting to update my News. (Probably I was just busy, or something.)]
October 2013 – A great post on `Film, Genre and RoI’ (or `Filmonomics’, by Colin Brown) here on Hope For FIlm:
September 2013 – a review of the StoryAlity Screenwriting Manual, at The Pen & Muse:
June 2013 – The STORYALITY™ Theory presented at the 2013 Interventions and Intersections postgraduate conference.
I posted on the StoryAlity Theory 3 Minute Thesis, here.
May 2013 – The STORYALITY™ Screenwriting Manual is out now on Kindle – i.e.:
The STORYALITY™ Screenwriting Manual – or, PLOTTING PROFITABLE PICTURE$ – A Screenwriting Manual based on The Common Patterns and Practices in the Top 20 RoI (Return on Investment) Films of the Past 70 Years – by JT Velikovsky (2013).
For (much) more, see this post: StoryAlity #67 – The STORYALITY™ Screenwriting Manual: out now on Kindle
April 2013 – This Blog just passed 10,000 visits. Thanks everyone – for all the STORYALITY™ love-!
Also, people are now starting to thank me for doing all this research. – Nice.
And – people in the US, UK (and international) Film Industries are now using STORYALITY™ Theory in creating their Screenplays and Films. Inevitable I guess. (STORYALITY™ is destiny, after all.)
March 2013 – Karel Segers and the guys at The Story Dept discovered the StoryAlity Blog, and very kindly invited me to write a series of Guest Posts for them – so they’re publishing 12 x posts, one a month all year.
Here are the first 3 StoryAlity Guest Posts:
(As it happens, Karel and I are also both Assessors for the national Writer’s Guild: http://www.awg.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=203&Itemid=312)
February 2013 – I presented a paper on Transmedia in the Top 20 RoI Films, at the TM1 Transmedia Conference in Sydney.
I blogged about it here.
So I attended the 2012 National Young Writer’s Festival and presented some of my doctoral research findings in a presentation called “Indie Screenwriting Analysis”:
For official NYWF press coverage of this event, see:
I also presented on another panel, with Christian Lander:
Best Idea Wins: On Pitching – with Joe Velikovsky and Christian Lander
Also at NYWF 2012, DCA candidate and million-selling transmedia writer JT Velikovsky (http://on-writering.blogspot.com.au/) and Christian Lander (author of the satirical book and 90m+ hits Blog, `Stuff White People Like’ http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/) presented a Pitching seminar: “Best Idea Wins”.
For official NYWF press coverage of this event,see: http://pressroom12.youngwritersfestival.org/reviews/best-idea-wins-saturday-29-september/
That is all.
(For now, anyways.)
Dr JT Velikovsky PhD
High-RoI Story/Screenplay/Movie and 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, filmmaking and creativity researchers. For more, see https://aftrs.academia.edu/JTVelikovsky
JT Velikovsky is also 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/