Oleander : the writing of the contemporary supernatural drama

Van Poppel, Elisabeth Wilhelmina (2004) Oleander : the writing of the contemporary supernatural drama. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Oleander is a screenplay and exegesis that explores how the supernatural drama contributes to a deeper understanding of contemporary feature writing. The central theorists of the feature film, represented here by McKee, Seger, Vogler and Hauge, have created a robust model built around a three act structure, an inciting incident and clear challenge pursued and resolved by a protagonist. The thesis argues that the supernatural drama also calls for the logical treatment of the supernatural element, its managed concealment and its step by step revelation as part of the story development. The thesis tests this idea through the writing of a supernatural feature Oleander, and an analysis of Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Sixth Sense. These latter two films manage suspense in profoundly different ways to produce profoundly different effects.

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ID Code: 15995
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Glover, Stuart
Keywords: Supernatural Drama, Structure, Character, Screenplay.
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Elisabeth Wilhelmina Van Poppel
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:54
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:41

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