Next Level For Storytellers and Screenwriters by Chapman Professor Dr. Connie Shears

Film Courage What do you think can be helpful for screenwriters when they look at the science behind writing and story?

Dr. Connie Shears, Associate Professor, Chapman University, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Psychology: I think it’s profoundly helpful for a screenwriter to recognize the physiological processes that their audiences are experiencing. To have at least a minimal understanding of the visual and the auditory information that is being received is the same. Everybody’s eyes and ears work the same way but once that information is transduced into neural impulses in the brain that is where the screenwriter needs to understand that every person in there is working from a different schema, an organized set of their experiences, building up their own individual expectations.

Here is where the screenwriter can capitalize on general experiences. So in this day and age almost everybody has seen a movie or has watched video clips so there’s a certain amount of experience that exists at a general level. What can they do in their screenwriting to make that unique, to make that individual, to make their story stand out from the expected.

I think understanding the inner weaving of memory and language and emotion with the physical processes of what the audience is seeing or hearing is key to the way we dedicate our book to the success and of future storytellers.

I think storytelling will take on really fascinating new perspectives when screenwriters begin to consider the brain processes of the audience that they are telling the story to. 

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