A doctoral study of the top 20 return-on-investment films since 1968's "Night Of The Living Dead" has revealed that a new film enters the Top 20 RoI list every 2.05 years on average, the most recent entry being 2012's "The Devil Inside."
The predicted (2014) Top 20 RoI film's characteristics include that it will be: a horror genre film, featuring three working-class (and/or, student) protagonists and one main antagonist (or "villain"), with a production budget of $2m, and that it will be 90 minutes in duration.
Earlier this year the "StoryAlity Theory" Screenwriting Manual (Velikovsky 2013) was published as the first feature film screenwriting manual to integrate the proven scientific research on Creativity (as per Csikszentmihalyi 1996, D K Simonton 2011, et al), and also the first screenwriting manual (of an estimated 2500+ published since 1913) to use an empirical and scientific method in the study of film and screenwriting.
The StoryAlity Theory of Film Production and Screenwriting, which has emerged from an ongoing doctoral research study (2012-2014) on Film/Screenwriting/
Previously the author/researcher published "The Feature Screenwriter's Workbook" (Velikovsky 2011), summarizing the 100 most popular screenwriting manuals. The 2011 text is used as a study guide to screenwriting in various international film schools and universities.
The researcher behind StoryAlity Theory, JT Velikovsky is a transmedia writer-producer-
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For the Top 20 Return-on-Investment Films list, see: http://www.the-
See also the StoryAlity website (http://StoryAlity.wordpress.com/)
More detail: http://storyality.wordpress.com/
Source: JT Velikovsky, StoryAlity, August 2013
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