Emotional Transportation and Identification in Screenwriting: A Pilot Study

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
Date
2023-12-21
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Language
en
Pages
16
68-83
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Baltic Screen Media Review, Volume 11, issue 1
Abstract
Within the academic domain focused on the artisticpractice of screenwriting, this exploratory study assessesthe presence of emotional transportation and characteridentification processes within the solitary screenwriter’screative imagination during the writing process. Screen-writing research is facing a dichotomy of the screenwriterwho embodies both the role of a narrative specialist andthat of a visual storytelling poet. Screenwriters often work inisolation, even in collaborative projects, leading to a tensionbetween solitary work and collaborative roles. Narrativetheories in screenwriting have mainly centered on identi-fication of the audience, neglecting the screenwriter’s per-spective. However, screenwriting can serve as a platform forexperimentation and a reflection of new ideas, insights, andhands-on experience, meeting the demand for a systematicunderstanding of the writer’s processes. The results of thisstudy provide preliminary insights into the mechanismsof emotional transportation, identification,and eurekamoments in screenwriting practice. The study suggests thatthe transportation effect in writers is induced by a feelingof security, which arises from the limitations of the assign-ment. The data also suggests that pressure can lead to moreoriginal dramaturgical solutions. As such, this experimentalpilot study already sheds light on the screenwriter’s artisticprocess. Yet, it has limitations, including a small numberof informants and the novelty of the research method.
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identification, emotional transportation, screenwriting, imagination
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Reinola , K 2023 , ' Emotional Transportation and Identification in Screenwriting: A Pilot Study ' , Baltic Screen Media Review , vol. 11 , no. 1 , pp. 68-83 . https://doi.org/10.2478/bsmr-2023-0005