SATURN RETURNS An Exploration of Narrative Structure in Film Writing

Schinkel, Vicky Jahann (2007). SATURN RETURNS An Exploration of Narrative Structure in Film Writing MPhil Thesis, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland.

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Author Schinkel, Vicky Jahann
Thesis Title SATURN RETURNS An Exploration of Narrative Structure in Film Writing
School, Centre or Institute School of English, Media Studies and Art History
Institution University of Queensland
Publication date 2007
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor Mr Venero Armanno
Subjects 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Abstract/Summary Saturn, the planet of limitations, takes nearly 29 years to first return to its position at birth. Some philosophers see birth as the first major crisis in the evolution of self ... when Saturn returns we face the second ... Brilliant neuroscientist and researcher, Emma Thale has her world turned upside down after an unknown saboteur blows up Emma, her experiment and her laboratory. Emma loses everything important to her on the night of her 29th birthday. Sunk in depression she retreats to the home of Josie to recover. Instead of dying when she tips an electrical appliance into her bath, Emma instead develops strange neurological powers. With a new sense of direction, and determined to discover who destroyed her experiment (and why) she ends up in the bowels of the sinister Neurocon, a marketing conglomerate that provides consumer analysis to the world. Emma struggles to come to terms with her developing powers, explores the strange neurological developments in the Company Laboratories, faces up to the sinister Ms Lily and tries to figure out who, if anyone, she can trust. She realises the stakes are much higher than she thought, and she unexpectedly stumbles upon the answer to the secrets of her past, and an answer to the riddle of her parents' disappearance. The critical essay assesses the role formal models of narrative structure in film play in the scriptwriting process, using the 3-Act Model advocated by Syd Field as a benchmark. The different models arise from the work of critics, theorists and writers themselves. The ways in which models are used by film-makers and writers suggests that their most valuable contribution is at an editing and script analysis level. Further, the 3-Act model in particular provides a common ground of discourse for filmmakers, critics and viewers of film. In the process of writing Saturn Returns this writer discovered that developing back-story for characters (by writing stories) and stimulation of the imagination through research and day-dreaming contributed more to the finished script than did adhering to, or following a scriptwriting model.

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