I just wanted to formally introduce myself - and also, to make
known, a scientific prediction I'm making.
So: I'm JT Velikovsky, and I'm a filmmaker, writer, game designer,
and a doctoral candidate in Film/Screenwriting/Transmedia at the
University of Western Sydney.
I recently discovered Literary Darwinism, and so, am glad - and
grateful - to be in this (yahoo) group.
I believe my research sits within Literary Darwinism, as - I believe
my study of the Top 20 RoI (Return On Investment) films reveals,
that all share 3 common Themes:
(Life & Death), (2) Family &
and (3) Retributive
(i.e. I am also calling it: `Revenge').
This appears to fit with various findings by other scholars and
researchers in the field (in Biopoetics/Bio-Culturalism/Literary
Darwinism). For e.g.: Graphing Jane Austen
- If this research is of interest, a blog-post about my ongoing
doctoral research is here: (a summary of my recent entry in the `3
Minute thesis' competition)
And - if you get a chance to read that post, you will note, I'm also
predicting: the next `Top 20 RoI Film' will emerge in January 2014.
The reason for that (scientific) prediction is - I've discovered
that `Top 20 RoI Films' emerge every 2.05 years on average, and the
last one was in Jan 2012 (ie a film called The Devil Inside
So, the new film - whatever it is, and whenever it appears (and the
past evidence suggests - most likely
, in: Jan 2014) should
appear, online, in this list, here:
(i.e. In the 4th list down, `Most Profitable Movies, Based on
Return on Investment
' - which is the primary data-set of my
And of course, the new film could appear earlier - or later - than
Jan 2014, in which case, I will use Bayes' Theorem.
(ie - Correcting the predictive specifics of a scientific theory,
based on, new data/evidence.)
So far, I have found about 30 common patterns in the Top 20 RoI
films, (or most `viral' films in the culture) and - so far the best
(most logical and convincing) explanation for `Why They Are There'
is: Evolutionary Psychology/Literary Darwinism (i.e. a consilient
I am also a great believer in Consilience
Wilson); I believe Science and the Arts/Humanities have a lot to
offer each other.
And - if anyone has any suggestions/thoughts/comments/feedback on my
research (ie - perhaps, good articles for me to read, etc), I'd be
(I am currently halfway through my 3-year doctoral research project,
on these 20 films. And, am currently reading as much Literary
Darwinism as I can.)
PS - My thanks again to Prof. Joseph Carroll, for suggestions/leads
on good books to read, on Film & Literary Darwinism.
PPS - More on my research, here, if it's of interest: http://storyality.wordpress.com/
PPPS - Interesting UCLA article I just saw today: How the brain
creates the 'buzz' that helps ideas spread
and Transmedia Writer-Director-Producer:
Movies, Games, TV, Theatre, Books, Comics
Transmedia Writing Blog: http://on-writering.blogspot.com/
Free Screenwriting TextBook: http://www.lulu.com/shop/joe-velikovsky/feature-film-screenwriters-workbook/ebook/product-20376941.html
Transmedia Comic-Fantasy Novel: http://am-so-as.webs.com/
aka: JT Velikovsky
Research Student & Filmmaker
Doctorate of Creative Arts - Feature Film / Screenwriting
School of Humanities and Communication Arts
University of Western Sydney
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