The structure of narrative: The case of film scripts

Fionn Murtagh, Adam Ganz, Stewart McKie

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Abstract

We analyze the style and structure of story narrative using the case of film scripts. The practical importance of this is noted, especially the need to have support tools for television movie writing. We use the Casablanca film script, and scripts from six episodes of CSI (Crime Scene Investigation). For analysis of style and structure, we quantify various central perspectives discussed in McKee's book, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting. Film scripts offer a useful point of departure for exploration of the analysis of more general narratives. Our methodology, using Correspondence Analysis and hierarchical clustering, is innovative in a range of areas that we discuss. In particular this work is groundbreaking in taking the qualitative analysis of McKee and grounding this analysis in a quantitative and algorithmic framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-312
Number of pages11
JournalPattern Recognition
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes

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