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The words that make pictures move: an implicit theory of viewer empathy in the tacit knowledge of expert screenwriters

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posted on 28.03.2022, 15:30 authored by Steven Vidler
Screenwriters have been neglected by film theory as a primary source of knowledge concerning how the experience of viewing narrative film is constructed. In this thesis I argue that by directly interrogating expert screenwriters' conceptions and practices we may develop better theories of how film is understood. As evidence, I explore screenwriters' understanding of one aspect of narrative film: viewer engagement with character. I identify an implicit theory of viewer empathy in the tacit knowledge of expert screenwriters. I situate this implicit theory within the context of recent cognitive film theory. And I evaluate specific narrative strategies generated by this theory, with reference to current cognitive neuroscience. By doing so, I aim to demonstrate that by directly considering the knowledge of expert screenwriters we may enhance understanding of how film is understood.

History

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Fade in -- Chapter 2. Schmucks with Macbooks -- Chapter 3. Cigarette butts, chewing gum wrapers & tears -- Chapter 4. Deus not-so-absconditus -- Chapter 5. Mind, the gap -- Chapter 6. Inside the Russian doll -- Chapter 7. The viewer with three brains -- Chapter 8. Fade out.

Notes

Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 272-306

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD

Degree

PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Department, Centre or School

Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Year of Award

2015

Principal Supervisor

Kathryn Millard

Rights

Copyright Steven Vidler 2015. Copyright disclaimer: http://mq.edu.au/library/copyright

Language

English

Extent

1 online resource (iii, 316 pages)

Former Identifiers

mq:53831 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1137964