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The Theory of Story

The Theory of Story



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Published by: Ramsubramani on Jan 01, 2009
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Dramatica, A New Theory of Story
-- Copyright (c) 1993 - 2001 Screenplay Systems Inc. All Rights Reserved
 A New Theory of Story 
Developed and written by
Melanie Anne Phillips & Chris Huntley
Fourth Edition
Screenplay Systems Incorporated
FOURTH EDITION: February, 2001
Dramatica, A New Theory of Story
-- Copyright (c) 1993 - 2001 Screenplay Systems Inc. All Rights Reserved
The Dramatica Theory was developed by Melanie AnnePhillips and Chris Huntley and was not researched nor based upon any other theories of story design or analysis.NOTE: This special fourth edition is only available inelectronic form and differs from the third edition in one sig-nificant aspect. Some of the terminology in this version hasbeen updated to match the language changes made in the4.0 version of the Dramatica software. Otherwise, thisversion is comparable to the third edition published in 1996.
Copyright NoticeCopyright © 1993, 1994, 1996, 2001 by ScreenplaySystems Incorporated. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. No partof this publication may be reproduced, transmitted, tran-scribed, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into anyhuman or computer language, in any form or by any meanswhatsoever, without the express written permission of Screenplay Systems Incorporated, 150 East Olive Avenue,Suite 203, Burbank California 91502, United States of  America. Phone: (818) 843-6557. Internet Electronic Mail Address:DRAMATICA@SCREENPLAY.COMTrademarksDramatica is a trademark of Screenplay Systems Incor-porated. Scriptor and Screenplay Systems are trademarksof Screenplay Systems Incorporated. References may bemade in this manual to "Macintosh"; this name is a trade-mark of Apple Computer, Inc. References may be made inthis manual to IBM and-Windows; this name is a trademarkof IBM &/or Microsoft, Inc. All other trademarks are held bytheir respective owners.ISBN 0-918973-01-6
Last updated: February 2, 2001
Dramatica, A New Theory of Story
-- Copyright (c) 1993 - 2001 Screenplay Systems Inc. All Rights Reserved
The authors would like to thank all those who have beeninfluential in guiding our paths and inspirational in shining alight for us to follow. Though each of us can point to scoresof such friends, relatives, associates and distant pioneers,Chris would particularly like to thank Stephen Greenfield for bugging him (for 10 years!) about writing down the stuff inthis book, and Melanie would like to thank her mother,whose brilliance laid the foundations for many of the insightsthat ultimately led to the Dramatica theory.The concise and extensive support materials contained inthis book would not have been possible without the help andinput of many dedicated and insightful contributors. Whilegratefully acknowledging everyone's efforts, we would like togive a special thank you to members of the industry whoattended our early seminars, our compatriots in the aca-demic community who reviewed and scrutinized our work for accuracy. In addition, special thanks goes to Mark Haslett,who started as an intern with the Dramatica Project anddeveloped into a master of the theory, and contributed manyside notes and corrections to this book. Finally, our deepestappreciation to Sandy Stone, Mary Parrillo, Katy Monahan-Huntley, and J.D. Cochran (associates with the DramaticaProject), and to all our friends and relatives who suffered our long-winded requests for opinions of these materials per-haps more than we suffered in creating them. Our profoundgratitude to a gathering of great minds in support of a newidea.

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