This video will address the topic of the science of entertainment value. Moreover, writers will learn about state-of-the-art content scoring technology. These tools can help writers hack and elevate their screenwriting and storytelling abilities. So, for those people who are new to this, keep your minds open. It’s truly hard for some people to grasp the idea of the science behind storytelling.
Content scoring algorithms
As script developers, people look at their job as story engineers. It’s obvious that mechanics are a part of the craft of writing. These mechanics have a clear impact on how the audience reacts. Whether the audience sees entertainment or not depends on mechanics. This principle is true most of the time. Likewise, content scoring algorithms aim to identify these principles across multiple variants.
It’s no secret that scripted content scoring competitions are completely broke. Since their creation, they have made zero sense and made access to the film industry very obscure. Think of it as though your future is in the hands of a random subjective opinionated person. This is infuriating and demoralizing. So here the focus is on quantifying the value of screenplay structure accurately without involving random readers.
This video will scratch the surface of the conclusions that will be informative for readers. They will inform your decisions as screenwriters. Everything that writers understand about screenwriting is purely subjective. It’s problematic because it’s unprincipled and exclusionary. If people cannot come to an objective data-backed agreement on the entertainment value of content then there is no surety if things are right. It creates and nurtures the system of favoritism. People prefer the writers they know instead of picking someone creative. It is really miserable because really good writers have to return unsuccessful due to this system. The parameters in which the Industry functions don’t have protocols to make access plausible
Understanding the principles of the scoring system
At SAN the main focus is on discovering talented individuals. There is a framework and forum that puts everyone at the same level. This is exactly what the quantifying entertainment value of the scripted content does. It’s accurate. Of course, there are subjective elements to any art but that’s a completely different topic. However, one cannot deny the universal truths regarding stories. Let’s get into how all of this works and how it gives an advantage on the page. To understand all of this, writers need to understand the principles that govern the system of scoring.
To date, there is a multitude of algorithms for different genres. All of them have the same hierarchy of principles and are not meant for art-house projects. They are made to identify commercially viable projects. By now writers are aware of financially viable or commercially successful projects from all genres. Their science of attention, interest, and entertainment, and the common denominator is evident. The algorithm for these content scoring machines started with one common question. The question was that what constitutes entertainment in a motion picture.
It might seem vague and there are many elements that go into a piece of scripted content. However, the point is to look for something that is true and applicable. It helped in the extraction of universal truths that are agreed upon by everyone. After much discussion, a climax was reached which would be acceptable to any skilled writer. Even if there can be hundreds of questions in relation to this topic, the central question remained the same.
Focusing on the central question
Think about it, what can be that one element that is all that a writer needs. One thing that can entertain audiences and that needs to be present in every script outline. The answer is simple, characters. It’s the first concept in every screenwriting school and screenplay lesson. The entertainment of a script hinges on the value of the main character. Nobody goes to the theatre to watch the background actors or the setting. Everyone wants to watch the leading actor in action. To have an entertaining character within a scripted narrative, writers need to focus on two common denominators. These denominators are goals and motives.
What the character wants and why does the character want it. These two things in character development, make a script successful. Regardless of genre, every script needs these elements. Goals are what the character wants in a narrative and motive is the reason for pursuing something. These goals can be emotionally resonant or emotional reasoning for engaging in the procurement of the goal. The motive supports the goal and is the glue that links the entire narrative script together. If someone wants to explore character development in detail, follow the links in the description box. There are free courses for character development.
Attributes for a successful screenplay
Goals and motives are central to the success of a screenplay but there are other elements as well. Such as backstory, stakes, and dynamics. The inter-character relationships and how they create harmony within the composition of the story are the dynamics. Character dynamics have a huge weightage in the overall value of character development. So, it is right to say that character goals and motives have a very clear domino effect throughout a narrative. There is a direct correlation between the executions of these fundamentals of character development.
For example, a writer cannot have a character arc without goals and motives. A character arc is only complete when goals and motives intersect. Without characters, having strong dynamics is just not possible. Even motives define characteristics that distinguish the features of a character. A serial killer can emerge as the hero of the story and people will love it if the motive is understandable.
Likewise, writers can’t have stakes without motives. It’s not an opinion, it’s the science and logic of the story. What a writer stands to lose must have an emotional tether. Each one of these things will be discussed in detail in near future but for now, let’s focus on characters.
Character development function
It’s a great indicator of how other mechanisms of the story work. For example, someone cannot have a well-structured script without strong character fundamentals. No script can have a strong pace or logic without these fundamentals. To have nuance in your dialogue, again these fundamentals come into use.
The success of a screenwriter has everything to do with fundamental’s execution. If writers want to learn a few additional tips, click on the links below. Along with this, there is a link for content evaluation algorithm software. It’s accessible to screenwriters and provides structured datasets for writers. Moreover, it gives an insight into the strengths and weaknesses of a script. To expedite the screenwriting process, do use this software. Writers will get an intuitive and in-depth value of the screenplay.
For average screenwriters who still have no idea how to get into the industry, can get a helping hand for their scripts. The industry is a tough place. Getting into the system is really difficult. That is why people at SAN work hard to facilitate writers stuck in such situations. The resources and scientific approach offered at this platform create an even playing field for newbies. Also, this technology elevates the quality of content and increases the entertainment value.
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