The Multimedia Scriptwriting Workshop

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Join filmmaker and multimedia scriptwriter Douglas J. Varchol as he demystifies writing for interactive media. With wit, candor, and a healthy dose of reality, the author shows you how to assess your audience; generate and evaluate new ideas; assemble a creative team; and write exciting, successful scripts for interactive media. Explore the essential, universal appeal of the hero's journey. Meet your audience's need for involvement, quest, and ultimate reward. Discover the key elements of the interactive model. ...
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Join filmmaker and multimedia scriptwriter Douglas J. Varchol as he demystifies writing for interactive media. With wit, candor, and a healthy dose of reality, the author shows you how to assess your audience; generate and evaluate new ideas; assemble a creative team; and write exciting, successful scripts for interactive media. Explore the essential, universal appeal of the hero's journey. Meet your audience's need for involvement, quest, and ultimate reward. Discover the key elements of the interactive model. Learn from the creative minds behind Psychic Detective, Pyramid: Challenge of the Pharaoh's Dream, and Wing Commander IV. Discover where their original ideas came from and how these concepts were developed. Get insider information on the highlights and potential pitfalls of the production process. See storyboards evolve into screen shots, and read excerpts from the actual scripts.

A hands-on tutorial that walks readers through the basics of writing from CD-ROM products, this book shows how it differs from traditional scriptwriting, with side-by-side examples of how what it is written is transformed to the computer screen. It also includes interviews with professional writers who have made the transition from traditional scriptwriting to excel in this medium.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780782118391
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.47 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 What Is This Thing? 3
Ch. 2 The Multimedia Landscape 21
Ch. 3 The Creative Concept 33
Ch. 4 Preparing Your Ideas 45
Ch. 5 Defining a Winning Pitch 69
Ch. 6 The ABCs of Interactive Writing 81
Ch. 7 The Interactive Model 99
Ch. 8 Psychic Detective 117
Ch. 9 Pyramid: Challenge of the Pharaoh's Dream 165
Ch. 10 Wing Commander IV - The Price of Freedom 205
Appendix A: A Proposal and Demo Script 255
Appendix B: The Classics, Some Contacts, and a Contract 269
Appendix C: The Credits 277
Appendix D: What's on the CD 297
Index 303
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