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Psychology for Screenwriters : Building the Conflict in Your Script - William Indick

Psychology for Screenwriters

Building the Conflict in Your Script

Paperback Published: 17th November 2004
ISBN: 9780941188876
Number Of Pages: 281

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Screenwriters must understand human behavior to make their stories come alive. This book clearly describes theories of personality and psychoanalysis with simple guidelines, thought provoking exercises, vivid film images and hundreds of examples from classic movies.

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"This book is a must for any aspiring writer, screenwriter, or film buff, and a handy tome for any filmmaker - irrespective of whether they are making drama, documentary of corporate films - because it will allow you as a writer, producer, or documenter to give your audience compelling reasons for watching and enjoying your work." - Focus magazine Screenwriters, filmmakers, psychologists and film enthusiasts alike will find his book engaging and enlightening. Dr. Kendell Thornton, Assistant Professor of Psychology Dowling College, New York This book is destined to become an essential volume for all those who aspire to write a successful script or make a successful movie. Dr. Indicks treatment of complex psychological concepts, character traits and plot lines is clear and direct. Dr. Suzanne Johnson, Professor of Psychology, Author of For Lesbian Parents (Guilford Press, 2001) and The Gay Baby Boom(New York University Press, 2002) An insightful account of how psychological knowledge can elucidate and guide any filmmaking experience. Unquestionably, it is must read material for screenwriters and anyone interested in understanding the intricacies of storytelling in the motion picture industry. Dr. Maura Pilotti, Assistant Professor of Psychology Dowling College I found the book extremely well written and readable and more importantly easy to understand even without a Ph. D. in psychology. It is a hands-on study of character traits and how they define people and their enacting with the social world around them. Great stuff. Guido Henkel, DVD Review Indicks love of cinema comes through and the information is structured for a thought-provoking read. Psychology for Screenwriters can provide a better understanding of the human condition and a richer appreciation for the characters and stories of the films that have been universally accepted by audiences and/or judged to be great. Indie Slate Magazine, 2005

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Sigmund Freudp. 1
The Oedipal Complexp. 3
Neurotic Conflictp. 15
The Psychosexual Stagesp. 29
The Ego Defense Mechanismsp. 47
Dreamworkp. 67
Erik Eriksonp. 77
Normative Conflictp. 79
Identity Crisis and Beyondp. 91
Carl Jungp. 111
Archetypes of Characterp. 113
Archetypes of Plotp. 133
Joseph Campbellp. 143
The Hero with a Thousand Facesp. 145
The Heroine's Journeyp. 165
Alfred Adlerp. 175
The Inferiority Complexp. 177
Sibling Rivalryp. 189
Life Stylesp. 197
Rollo Mayp. 207
Existential Conflictp. 209
Archetypes for the Age of Narcissismp. 219
Conclusionp. 231
About the Authorp. 235
Illustrations (Courtesy of...)p. 237
Filmographyp. 239
Bibliographyp. 271
Subject Indexp. 275
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ISBN: 9780941188876
ISBN-10: 0941188876
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 281
Published: 17th November 2004
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.49