I compare two or more works, including movies, television shows, and scripts/screenplays to provide a detailed analysis of the meaningful similarities between them, using the extrinsic test for substantial similarity, which examines the rich complexities of plot, theme, sequence of events, characters, dialogue, setting, mood, and pace, and how all of these elements are selected, arranged, and combine with one another to form the works’ artistic structure.
In order to illuminate my analysis, I also call upon my deep knowledge of other narratives and narrative conventions to contextualize the work more broadly, and I also consider whether a given work’s similarities to other works is scènes à faire, that is, the extent to which the elements of the work flow naturally from the plot itself.
My Ph.D. in Film and Television, and my focus on narrative in particular, makes me uniquely qualified to provide expert analysis of the similarities between two or more works. My scholarly pursuits focus on how narrative conventions common to many stories are applied in specific instances, thus I am keenly sensitive to how different works compare with one another, which is crucial to understanding the nuance and complexity inherent to many of the components of the extrinsic test. More than just pointing out similarities between two or more works, my expert analysis explains why similarities between the works are qualitatively important for their artistic structure, which is at the heart of mounting arguments about protectable expression of ideas.
I provide a preliminary expert report on the substantial similarities between two or more works, and a final expert report with revisions as needed.