StoryCode Sydney is super excited to have screenwriter Steve Vidler deliver a keynote presentation:
WHAT MONKEYS CAN TEACH US ABOUT SCREEN STORY:
Or how I learned to stop worrying about 3 act structure and love neuroscience
Viewer engagement is the holy grail of screen story. Without it we’re toast. Most screenwriting manuals focus on prescriptive structures (that don’t translate well to multiplatform & transmedia) and have little to say about how and why we connect to characters & stories. The explosion of neuroscience studies over the past few decades has produced real, practical insights into what makes us connect, care and invest in other people and their stories. Join us for a fun and enlightening tour of three key monkey studies that illustrate where the manuals get it wrong – and how you can get it right, whatever medium you’re working in.
The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Steve, Nathan Anderson (Multiplatform Exec Producer); Michela Ledwidge (Artist and Interactive Media Producer); Chris Phillips (TV Screenwriter and Story Producer); and Samuel Jensen (Games Designer).
Following the panel, there will be networking, drinks and nibbles.
This is an opportunity for writers, directors, user experience designers and makers from all walks of life to participate in a discussion about the nature of story and hopefully leave with fresh ideas about engaging audiences across platforms.
Really looking forward to seeing you next week!
Ester, Pete and the StoryCode Sydney team.