Connection: Hollywood Storytelling Meets Critical Thinking by Randy Olson

By Randy Olson

The ability and value of storytelling is now extensively accredited, yet this ebook is going additional to target storymaking. CONNECTION brings jointly a former scientist, a narrative advisor, and an improv actor to provide you the serious deliberating technological know-how mixed with a century of Hollywood wisdom within the construction and shaping of reports. the cloth is appropriate to attorneys, politicians, public medical experts, educators, activists-- all people. In brand new "Twitterfied" global, CONNECTION offers the narrative instruments for potent conversation.

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This is basically a gradient of intensity ranging from the highly intense thriller to the zero intensity reality clip. The results are clear as you can see in Figure 3. The more riveting the storytelling (with Alfred Hitchcock being the ultimate mass storyteller), the more uniform the brain activity patterns. Which means that when the entire audience is “on the edge of their seats,” their brains are firing almost identically. But when their attention is waning, their brain activity is all over the place.

But in the end, you really can’t deny the patterns. After a while, they are just too obvious. Let me put it in terms of my own perspective from having entered into the world of Hollywood after a full career in a completely different—and somewhat opposite—profession. I JUST TELL STORIES I was a scientist for many years, then I changed careers by going through film school at the University of Southern California. I took numerous writing courses, was in writers groups, and was exposed to all the standardized ways Hollywood tells stories.

But sometimes there exist patterns in the world that you just can’t ignore, and this is one of those times. Let me get a little more analytical about this. At the core of what we are presenting to you are two forces—the intuitive versus the cerebral. I will refer back to these forces repeatedly. ” What they are resisting is the cerebral side of storytelling—the idea that there exists structure and rules, or constraints, on how a story is told in order to be effective.  He talks about attacks on “the hero’s journey,” which is the age-old story of the one individual setting out to combat an opposing force.

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