Collaborative Scriptwriting: Social and Psychological Factors
Because script writing is fundamentally a collaborative act, the first part of this chapter considers the social interactions before and through the writing process. The second part describes the psychological factors associated with different stages of the creative process as experienced by professional screenwriters. The last part focuses on the role of experience and education in the development of functional and collaborative skills. In exploring the underlying mechanisms that promote the emergence, the selection and implementation of creative ideas during script writing, our discussion is based on central ideas from a number of psychological, socio-cultural and neuropsychological theories.
KeywordsScriptwriting Creativity Collaboration Process Education Skills Experience
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