The Multimedia Scriptwriting Workshop

The Multimedia Scriptwriting Workshop

by Douglas J. Varchol

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ISBN-13: 9780782118391
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/1996
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.47(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction ..... xix

Part One: Getting Started

Chapter 1: What Is This Thing?
The Interactive Environment ..... 4
Up-Close and Personal ..... 5
Far Away and Distant ..... 6
Trudging the True Path ..... 7
The Theory of Interactivity ..... 7
As Shlain Sees It ..... 7
Riding the Light Beam ..... 8
Back to the Future ..... 8
Hypertext Happenings ..... 9
Node Knowledge ..... 10
Shifting with the Paradigm ..... 10
What's So Different ..... 10
Where the Scripter Fits ..... 12
Literary Linchpins ..... 13
The Most Incredible Thing ..... 13
The Glass Bead Game ..... 14
The Alexandria Quartet ..... 16
Possession ..... 17

Chapter 2: The Multimedia Landscape
Take Care Out There! ..... 22
Some Statistics ..... 23
Hardware Wise ..... 23
Titles That Do and Don't Fly ..... 24
Dollars and Sense ..... 24
The Players ..... 25
The Artist ..... 25
The Developer ..... 26
The Publisher ..... 27
The Distributor ..... 27
Putting It All Together ..... 28
The Distribution Cycle ..... 29
Tis the Season ..... 30
If You're Naughty or Nice ..... 30
The Title Chase ..... 30

Chapter 3: The Creative Concept
Where Ideas Come From ..... 34
You Know You ..... 35
Through the Looking Glass ..... 35
Yours versus Theirs ..... 37
Your Own Pro and Con ..... 39
The Other Wise Guy's ..... 40
A Good Place to Start ..... 41

Part Two: Learning the Basics

Chapter 4: Preparing Your Ideas
Knowledge Is Power ..... 46
Surfing the Marketplace ..... 46
Retail Therapy ..... 47
Turning Pages ..... 47
Going On-Line ..... 48
Joining the Service ..... 51
Back at the Beginning ..... 52
Putting a Team Together ..... 52
Two to Tango ..... 52
Reality Checks ..... 53
Partnering Up ..... 54
Documenting Your Pitch ..... 56
Joey's Way ..... 56
The Reel Won't Do It ..... 56
Carolynn's Collage ..... 56
Bruce and Jeff's Excellent Approach ..... 57
For the Rest of Us ..... 58
The Walking Paper ..... 58
What to Make and Take ..... 62
In the Afterglow ..... 66

Chapter 5: Defining a Winning Pitch
The Strategy ..... 70
Setting Things Up ..... 70
Educational Intros ..... 71
Professional Possibilities ..... 72
Trade Show Fast Tracking ..... 72
The Meeting ..... 74
Going to Contract ..... 75
Playing Hardball ..... 76
And Mister Softee Too ..... 76
Dealing with Rejection ..... 78

Chapter 6: The ABCs of Interactive Writing
May the Muse Be with You ..... 82
Breaking the Blockade ..... 82
Living the Creative Life ..... 83
The Hero's Journey ..... 83
Mr. Campbell's Take ..... 84
And Hollywood's Too ..... 86
Beyond Story Structure ..... 87
Losing the Linear Line ..... 88
The Collectively Unconscious ..... 88
Lounging in LimboLand ..... 89
Cashing in on Chaos ..... 89
Closing the Loop ..... 90
Just Going for It ..... 92
With an Erector Set ..... 92
Or Out of Thin Air ..... 93
In the Multimedia Way ..... 94

Chapter 7: The Interactive Model
Breaking All the Rules ..... 100
A Scripter's Mindset ..... 100
No Free Ride ..... 101
I, the Audience ..... 101
A Voyage of Self-Discovery ..... 102
Paradigm Shift Blues ..... 102
Nuts and Bolts ..... 104
The Universe ..... 104
Mapping It Out ..... 105
The Rules of Interaction ..... 106
The Interface ..... 106
The Aesthetics ..... 107
Music and Sound ..... 107
Story and Character ..... 108
The Operation of Chance ..... 108
The Inference Engine ..... 109
The Technology ..... 110
Relative Time ..... 110
On-Line Linkages ..... 111
In a Nutshell ..... 112

Part Three: The Anatomy of Success

Chapter 8: Psychic Detective
Who Done It ..... 120
In Walks Laina ..... 121
That Old Black Magic ..... 121
Chapter-by-Chapter ..... 122
The Concept Backstory ..... 123
When Jim Met John ..... 123
And Along Came Michael ..... 124
Eric on Steroids ..... 124
Where That Takes Us ..... 125
Pods of Knowledge ..... 126
Scripting It All Out ..... 127
The Deconstruction ..... 131
The Universe ..... 131
The Interaction and the Interface ..... 132
Beyond the Three Act Structure ..... 151
The Black Diamond Game ..... 155
Tone and Character Development ..... 158
An Interactive Movieola ..... 161

Chapter 9: Pyramid: Challenge of the Pharaoh's Dream
The Pyramid Scheme ..... 167
Dare You Enter? ..... 168
A Little Piece of Your Heart ..... 169
From Out of the Past ..... 169
Mummy Mall Contractor ..... 170
Venomar and Dendara ..... 170
And Then Some Time Passes ..... 171
Before You Rediscover Yourself ..... 172
The Concept Backstory ..... 173
Virtual Wonders of the World ..... 173
Fusion, Feminism and Family Values ..... 174
A Cool Core Interactive Concept ..... 175
The Deconstruction ..... 176
The Universe ..... 176
The Interaction and the Interface ..... 176
Story and Character ..... 178
Structure and Design ..... 181
Music and Ambient Sound ..... 197
The Technology ..... 199

Chapter 10: Wing Commander IV-The Price of Freedom
A Mission Briefing ..... 207
Methods of Interaction ..... 208
The Plot Synopsis ..... 210
The Concept Backstory ..... 215
The Enemy Within ..... 215
Melding Mission and Game ..... 217
Cue the Courtroom Closing ..... 220
The Deconstruction ..... 227
The Universe ..... 227
The Interface ..... 231
The Interactivity ..... 233
Character Development ..... 235
The Writing Method ..... 239
Turning It into a Script ..... 241

Appendix A: A Proposal and Demo Script deusX: Ghost in theMachine
The Story ..... 257
The World ..... 257
The Characters ..... 260
The Backstory ..... 260
The Look and Sound ..... 261
The Interface ..... 262
A Sample of the Scripter's Art ..... 263

Appendix B: The Classics, Some Contacts, and a Contract
A Few Good Reads ..... 270
Who's Who and How to Reach Them ..... 272
The WGA Website and Interactive Program Contract ..... 274

Appendix C: The Credits
Psychic Detective ..... 278
Pyramid: Challenge of the Pharaoh's Dream ..... 284
Wing Commander IV-The Price of Freedom ..... 286

Appendix D: What's on the CD
Writing Like a Pro ..... 298
A Very Personal Trainer ..... 299
Getting Started ..... 299
Interactive Writing ..... 301
The Vertical Line ..... 301
The Horizontal Line ..... 301
How Do I Install It? ..... 301
How Do I Order? ..... 302

Index

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