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Story Analyses

Illustrative analyses demonstrating the use of the principles contained in the book to stories of all genres, media, and types.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

A young boy attempts to hold onto a friendship that he forms with a creature from another planet. Medium: Film Writer(s): Melissa Mathison Director: Steven Spielberg Production Co.(s): Universal Pictures; Amblin Entertainment The Story on the Screen In E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the main character, Elliot, is a young boy who lives in a...

Babette’s Feast (1987)

A pair of never-married sisters attempt to keep true to the religious teachings of their father and maintain the health and spirit of remote Danish community he helped create, even at the cost of their own desires. Medium: Film Writer(s): Gabriel Axel Director: Gabriel Axel Production Co.(s): Panorama Film A/S, Det Danske Filminstitut, Nordisk...

The Gold Rush (1925)

A likeable prospector in the Klondike Gold Rush attempts to survive the elements and pursue love. Medium: Film Writer(s): Charles Chaplin Director: Charles Chaplin Production Co.(s): Charles Chaplin Productions The Story on the Screen In the silent film The Gold Rush, the character of "The Tramp" that Charles Chaplin created for the Keystone...

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

A young man from the slums of Mumbai attempts to achieve the life that he feels destined to live with the girl whose love he feels destined to share. Medium: Film Writer(s): Simon Beaufoy Director(s): Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan Production Co.(s): Celador Films, Film4, Pathé Pictures International Story by: Vikas Swarup Adapted from: Q & A...

Alien (1979)

A crew member returning home to Earth on an interplanetary mining vessel attempts to rid the vessel of a vicious alien creature that has inadvertently been brought on board. Medium: Film Writer(s): Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett Director: Ridley Scott Production Co.(s): Brandywine Productions; Twentieth Century-Fox Productions Story by: Dan...

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

A stoic young bank executive who is wrongly convicted for killing his wife struggles to improve his lot and that of others in the terrible prison to which he has been sentenced. Medium: Film Writer(s): Frank Darabont Director: Frank Darabont Production Co.(s): Castle Rock Entertainment Story by: Stephen King Adapted from: Rita Hayworth and...

Axel Hooley’s Death Watch List (2012)

A young man weakened by a battle with cancer struggles with something tangible inside him that seeks to discover his true origins and proper place in the world. Medium: Novel Writer(s): Scotty-Miguel Sandoe Availability: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble ISBN: 978-1478297512 The Story on the Page In Axel Hooley's Death Watch List, the main...

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