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by Chris Huntley
Feb 14, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: The Writing Process
Topic: Must one OUTroduce a character if one INtroduced one?
Replies: 1
Views: 411

Re: Must one OUTroduce a character if one INtroduced one?

A dismissal is the 'OUTroduce' you referenced. Since the 'rule of threes', intro-interaction-dismissal, is a storytelling convention, they are guidelines not truly rules. If you introduce something but don't use it, it has no story purpose and sets up an unrealized potential in your audience. Charac...
by Chris Huntley
Jan 27, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Dramatica 4.0 font size / resizeable windows
Replies: 1
Views: 280

Re: Dramatica 4.0 font size / resizeable windows

It will be. The newer Mac version already has that capability.
by Chris Huntley
Nov 11, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: The Writing Process
Topic: Clarifying your characters utilizing the Meyers Briggs personality types.
Replies: 3
Views: 4288

Re: Clarifying your characters utilizing the Meyers Briggs personality types.

I think it is applicable. In fact, there is a book called "Reel People" by Dr. Howard Gluss where he identifies characters by how they fit into the Meyers Briggs personality types. You can find an online version of it here: http://www.screenplay.com/resources/research/reel_people/index.html
by Chris Huntley
Aug 08, 2016 8:58 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: MC as Antagonist - any examples please?
Replies: 13
Views: 17667

Re: MC as Antagonist - any examples please?

Ah, but you see the Goal is to stop Voldemort, so Harry really is a protagonist and Voldemort the antagonist. This is why it is so important to establish what the goal is before identifying who is a "protagonist" or not. That said, it is likely neither of these two characters are complex c...
by Chris Huntley
Aug 08, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Action Driver and OS Catalyst of Choice
Replies: 1
Views: 5366

Re: Action Driver and OS Catalyst of Choice

The Driver changes the direction of the story, e.g. inciting event, act turns, closing event. The OS Catalyst moves the story faster toward resolution (or failure to achieve) the OS throughline, but does not change the direction of events like the driver does. Using a car analogy, the Catalyst is th...
by Chris Huntley
Jul 27, 2016 7:12 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: An absent IC in the Relationship Throughline
Replies: 2
Views: 579

Re: An absent IC in the Relationship Throughline

Each throughline has a complete set of elements. The Relationship throughline is not about the objective characters, which is where the Guardian and Protagonist exist. The objective characters play their roles in the Overall Story throughline. The relationship throughline describes the relationship ...
by Chris Huntley
Jul 07, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Screenwriting
Topic: What if names change?
Replies: 1
Views: 542

Re: What if names change?

The point of scene description (action) is to describe to the READER what is going on. Unless there is a story reason not to reveal the children's names, I recommend using them. You can do so without making too much of it, but there should be something that distinguishes them from one another. For e...
by Chris Huntley
Jun 12, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Using the Forums
Topic: The publishing of own script
Replies: 1
Views: 7022

Re: The publishing of own script

Hi Gerlinde -- You may post material for discussion, but understand that we do not have any provisions for privacy and there are always concerns with protecting your ideas. That said, we welcome using this forum as a place to get feedback from other writers. One other place you may consider is the D...
by Chris Huntley
Jun 09, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Gist creation?
Replies: 1
Views: 2706

Re: Gist creation?

I recommend reading some of Jim Hull's suggestions on the process by Googling "gists site:narrativefirst.com"

This google produces a list of 'gists' references on his site. There are quite a few hits.
by Chris Huntley
Jun 06, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Using Screenwriter
Topic: Identifying a non-speaking character
Replies: 1
Views: 6955

Re: Identifying a non-speaking character

Generally one tags the character using the built-in tagging option in Movie Magic Screenwriter. Then you may export key information to a .SEX file, which can be imported into Movie Magic Scheduling. The Tagger can be invoked by choosing the Production>Breakdowns>Tagging Mode menu command, or by pres...
by Chris Huntley
Apr 21, 2016 8:56 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Errors/typos in the Dramatica Theory book?
Replies: 6
Views: 7552

Re: Errors/typos in the Dramatica Theory book?

Thanks for the suggestions, adambein.
by Chris Huntley
Mar 16, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Deciding story point elevation amounts. How? Evaluation?
Replies: 1
Views: 1039

Re: Deciding story point elevation amounts. How? Evaluatio

There is no formula for emphasis. Emphasis items that are of greater interest to you, or you believe are of greater interest to the audience. Some story points need more explanation because they may be subtle, or culturally unfamiliar to your audience. Other story points need only a brief exposure t...
by Chris Huntley
Feb 24, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: A challenge to the Dramatica team and others – can you help
Replies: 7
Views: 4587

Re: A challenge to the Dramatica team and others – can you h

I believe the issue you have is trying to use the Story Guide to develop your story, especially Level I or Level II. The StoryGuide paths are designed to be a linear process, and as such are not set up to explore your story as you want, but in a fixed order. I suggest moving away from Level I and Le...
by Chris Huntley
Feb 24, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Using Screenwriter
Topic: IS THERE A RECENT UPDATE?
Replies: 2
Views: 1769

Re: IS THERE A RECENT UPDATE?

For Mac, yes...with caveats. For Windows, not yet though we are working on a major revision of the software (still no ETA). Here is the content of an update correction notice we sent out on Thursday, Feb 11, 2016: ----------- Despite eight months+ of active beta testing, there appears to be one majo...
by Chris Huntley
Feb 24, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Screenplay.com Website
Topic: Difficult to Get to Forums from Homepage
Replies: 5
Views: 18554

Re: Difficult to Get to Forums from Homepage

Unfortunately it was moved to the second set of resources toward the bottom of the page. Click on the Right Arrow and you'll see the link boldly identified.
by Chris Huntley
Feb 24, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Is conflict inequity?
Replies: 3
Views: 1427

Re: Is conflict inequity?

No, Conflict is NOT inequity.

Conflict is the byproduct of the effort to resolve inequity meeting resistance. Conflict is the "smoke" indicating that something is burning.
by Chris Huntley
Feb 10, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Mental Relativity
Replies: 8
Views: 6684

Re: Mental Relativity

Correct. I believe that is a link to the site before it was revised. Melanie has a copy of it on her site: http://storymind.com/dramatica/archive/pdf/11.pdf
by Chris Huntley
Feb 05, 2016 12:01 pm
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: When does one use page 390 as opposed to pg 391?
Replies: 13
Views: 6739

Re: When does one use page 390 as opposed to pg 391?

Not really. I don't suggest writing from the structure because the structure itself does not contain meaning. The STORYFORM mapped on the structure contains meaning. A lame analogy is like looking at car parts and a manual that shows how they go together and trying to use that to learn how to drive....
by Chris Huntley
Feb 01, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Screenwriter Wishlist
Topic: MovieMagic Screenplay - What is happening with it?
Replies: 10
Views: 16597

Re: MovieMagic Screenplay - What is happening with it?

Excellent suggestions. We are remiss in self-promotion. I'll see about getting our staff to monitor those forums and comment when appropriate. Cheers! By the way, the whole "unpublished writer" thing had to do with how many comments users have left, not their actual status in the real worl...
by Chris Huntley
Jan 25, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Screenwriter Wishlist
Topic: MovieMagic Screenplay - What is happening with it?
Replies: 10
Views: 16597

Re: MovieMagic Screenplay - What is happening with it?

Thanks. We are taking our time and it is coming along nicely...just slowly. Screenwriter has so many features in it that its taking us a while to catch up to it while making design and functionality enhancements along the way.

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