Dramatic Story Structure

Dramatic Story Structure is an essential resource not only for aspiring screenwriters, but also for experienced practitioners in need of a refresher on the building blocks of storytelling.

Author: Edward J. Fink

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135081225

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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A successful screenplay starts with an understanding of the fundamentals of dramatic story structure. In this practical introduction, Edward J. Fink condenses centuries of writing about dramatic theory into ten concise and readable chapters, providing the tools for building an engaging narrative and turning it into an agent-ready script. Fink devotes chapters to expanding on the six basic elements of drama from Aristotle’s Poetics (plot, character, theme, dialogue, sound, and spectacle), the theory and structure of comedy, as well as the concepts of unity, metaphor, style, universality, and catharsis. Key terms and discussion questions encourage readers to think through the components of compelling stories and put them into practice, and script formatting guidelines ensure your finished product looks polished and professional. Dramatic Story Structure is an essential resource not only for aspiring screenwriters, but also for experienced practitioners in need of a refresher on the building blocks of storytelling.

The 1 3 5 Story Structure Made Simple System

Producer, writer and story analyst Donna Michelle Anderson, best known in the industry as DMA, has been hammering this point home for more than a decade at UCLA Extension Writers Program, film fests, production companies and more, and as ...

Author: Donna Michelle Anderson

Publisher: Movie in a Box Books

ISBN: 9780978715007

Category: Motion picture authorship

Page: 82

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Hundreds of books claim they can teach you how to write the perfect script. Listen up: your script doesnt need to be perfect to sell! It does need to include nine standard story elements. Producer, writer and story analyst Donna Michelle Anderson, best known in the industry as DMA, has been hammering this point home for more than a decade at UCLA Extension Writers Program, film fests, production companies and more, and as the founder and screenwriting instructor of the Movie in a Box one-day filmmaking seminars.With this concise guide, DMA brings you the simplest steps to unifying a theme, character arc and spine, then streamlining those elements into a sellable script. She calls it The 1-3-5 System. Youre going to call it a miracle.

Screenplay Plot Structure Notebook

There are tons of versions of beat sheets and outlines but when you really remove all the fluff and the fancy terminology, you'll end up with the basic major beats that shape the story.

Author: Authorhood Designs

Publisher:

ISBN: 171235888X

Category:

Page: 122

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Capturing your ideas and mapping your story and outlining your screenplay is vital to have the clarity and the focus you need while writing. This notebook is designed to help you to capture your ideas and map the outline of your screenplay in the beat sheet template. There are tons of versions of beat sheets and outlines but when you really remove all the fluff and the fancy terminology, you'll end up with the basic major beats that shape the story. This notebook is designed with a simple beat sheet template that includes the basic beats that every screenplay should have. It includes: LOGLINE Theme Protagonist or hero defining The Adversary defining Three Acts and beats sheets Act one beats: A 'before' snapshot, Trigger, Goal (outer journey) Act Two beats: Roller coaster stage, Fork in the road (the climax) Act Three beats: Final Push, Transformation & happily ever after This Notebook has blank beat sheets enough for mapping fourteen screenplays. Specifications Size: 8.5 x 11 inches large size and enough space to collect your ideas, map and write your screenplay. Pages: Total 120 white interior pages (60 sheets). The first few pages on how to use the notebook, the next two pages have a blank table of ideas so that you can indexing and find your ideas easily. Then the templates for the beat sheet for plot mapping with plenty of space to write your outline. Cover and Binding: Paperback binding with Printed Softcover so that it is easy to store and carry. This notebook is a unique gift to a screenwriter friend.

Screenplay

The book is rounded out with discussion questions, writing exercises, a guide to the business of screenwriting, in-depth film breakdowns, and a glossary of screenwriting terms.

Author: Jule Selbo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317386964

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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Screenplay: Building Story Through Character is designed to help screenwriters turn simple or intricate ideas into exciting, multidimensional film narratives with fully-realized characters. Based on Jule Selbo’s unique 11-step structure for building story through characters, the book teaches budding screenwriters the skills to focus and shape their ideas, turning them into stories filled with character development, strong plot elements based on obstacles and conflicts, and multifaceted emotional arcs. Using examples and analysis from classic and contemporary films across a range of genres, from The Godfather to Guardians of the Galaxy, Selbo’s Screenplay takes students inside the scriptwriting process, providing a broad overview for both beginners and seasoned writers alike. The book is rounded out with discussion questions, writing exercises, a guide to the business of screenwriting, in-depth film breakdowns, and a glossary of screenwriting terms.

Story

Story provides insight and inspiration for screen and television writers, novelists, playwrights, journalists - anyone with a story to tell.

Author: Robert McKee

Publisher: Methuen Publishing

ISBN: 0413715604

Category: Motion picture authorship

Page: 466

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"In Story screenwriting guru Robert McKee presents his powerful and much sought-after knowledge in a comprehensive guide to the essentials of screenwriting and storytelling." -- Methuen.

On Story Screenwriters and Their Craft

A conversation with Randall Wallace -- 2. Story. What makes a great story : a conversation with Bill Wittliff ; Steven Zaillian on where the story originates ; Peter Hedges on crafting story ; Lawrence Kasdan on story and theme -- 3.

Author: Barbara Morgan

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292754607

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

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Introduction / by Barbara Morgan -- 1. Inspiration. A conversation with Randall Wallace -- 2. Story. What makes a great story : a conversation with Bill Wittliff ; Steven Zaillian on where the story originates ; Peter Hedges on crafting story ; Lawrence Kasdan on story and theme -- 3. Process. A conversation with John Lee Hancock ; Sacha Gervasi on getting started ; The basics with Nicholas Kazan ; Advice from Bill Wittliff ; Anne Rapp's writing routine ; Caroline Thompson's writing process ; Lawrence Kasdan on the challenges of writing -- 4. Structure. Structure and format : a conversation with Frank Pierson, Whit Stillman, Robin Swicord, and Nicholas Kazan ; Caroline Thompson on structure ; Lawrence Kasdan on the rules of script formatting ; Visual storytelling : a conversation with John August, John Lee Hancock, and Randall Wallace -- 5. Character and dialogue. Building characters and mapping their journeys : a conversation with Lawrence Kasdan and Anne Rapp ; Nicholas Kazan on writing characters ; Crafting characters : a conversation with Lawrence Kasdan ; Dialogue and finding the voice : a conversation with John August and John Lee Hancock -- 6. Rewritng. Writer's block : a conversation with Bud Shrake and Bill Wittliff ; Bill Wittliff on when to let something go ; Steven Zaillian on defining scenes : what to keep in, what to leave out ; Anne Rapp on keeping writing fresh ; Nicholas Kazan's rewriting process ; On rewriting : a conversation with Daniel Petrie Jr., Peter Hedges, and Sacha Gervasi ; Lawrence Kasdan on how to know when you're done -- 7. Collaboration. A conversation with Steven Zaillian ; Peter Hedges on collaborating ; Lawrence Kasdan on writing with a partner ; Randall Wallace on working with other writers -- 8. Go forth.

Blueprint for Screenwriting

With its unique and insightful approach to the writing process, this book will be indispensable for scriptwriters, fiction writers, and professional writers, and it will serve as a useful text in screenwriting courses.

Author: Rachel Ballon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135613853

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

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Blueprint for Screenwriting demystifies the writing process by developing a "blueprint" for writers to follow for each new screenplay--from original concept to completed script. Author and international script consultant Dr. Rachel Ballon explores the writing craft and emphasizes creativity in the writing process. She blends her expertise in script analysis and writing coaching with her personal experience as a screenwriter to help writers construct their stories and characters. Starting with the story's framework, Dr. Ballon helps readers to understand the key "building blocks" of story structure and character development, including characters' emotional and psychological states, story conflicts, and scene and act structure. She also covers the essential components in the script writing process, such as outlines, script treatments, synopses, and formats. Dr. Ballon devotes a chapter to overcoming writer's block--the writer's greatest obstacle--and offers guidance for taking the next steps once a script is completed. A practical tool for any writer, this distinctive resource: *offers a blueprint for writers to follow, breaking the writing process down into specific, easy-to-follow steps; *stresses the psychology of the characters as well as that of the writer; and *offers first-hand knowledge of the screenwriting process and gives practical advice for completing and marketing scripts. With its unique and insightful approach to the writing process, this book will be indispensable for scriptwriters, fiction writers, and professional writers, and it will serve as a useful text in screenwriting courses.

A Guide to Screenwriting Success

The book breaks down this area into two parts, the one-hour teleplay and the situation comedy. Success in screenwriting is no longer a dream but an achievable goal for those who pick up Duncan's guide.

Author: Stephen V. Duncan

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742553019

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

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A Guide to Screenwriting Success provides a comprehensive overview of writing and rewriting a screenplay. Duncan's handy book teaches new screenwriters the process of creating a professional screenplay from beginning to end from character development to story templates. It shows that inspiration, creativity, and good writing are not elusive concepts but attainable goals. The book contains dozens of exercises to help writers through these steps. The second half of the book covers the teleplay, an often-overlooked but rewarding side of screenwriting. Success in screenwriting is no longer a pipe dream for those who pick up Duncan's guide."

Writing the Character Centered Screenplay Updated and Expanded edition

With this book, Horton, a film scholar and successful screenwriter, provides the definitive work on the character-based screenplay.

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520924177

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 249

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"We need good screenwriters who understand character." Everywhere Andrew Horton traveled in researching this book—from Hollywood to Hungary—he heard the same refrain. Yet most of the standard how-to books on screenwriting follow the film industry's earlier lead in focusing almost exclusively on plot and formulaic structures. With this book, Horton, a film scholar and successful screenwriter, provides the definitive work on the character-based screenplay. Exceptionally wide-ranging—covering American, international, mainstream, and "off-Hollywood" films, as well as television—the book offers creative strategies and essential practical information. Horton begins by placing screenwriting in the context of the storytelling tradition, arguing through literary and cultural analysis that all great stories revolve around a strong central character. He then suggests specific techniques and concepts to help any writer—whether new or experienced—build more vivid characters and screenplays. Centering his discussion around four film examples—including Thelma & Louise and The Silence of the Lambs—and the television series, Northern Exposure, he takes the reader step-by-step through the screenwriting process, starting with the development of multi-dimensional characters and continuing through to rewrite. Finally, he includes a wealth of information about contests, fellowships, and film festivals. Espousing a new, character-based approach to screenwriting, this engaging, insightful work will prove an essential guide to all of those involved in the writing and development of film scripts.

The Pleasures of Structure

Writers and students often worry that they are asked to work 'to formula'. This book will test that formula to breaking point.

Author: Julian Hoxter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441164261

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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The Pleasures of Structure starts from the premise that the ability to develop a well understood and articulated story structure is the most important skill a screenwriter can develop. For example, good structure requires a great premise and rigorous character development. Without clear character motivations and goals--which are themselves indicative of key structural beats--your story is going exactly nowhere. Using the simple and flexible 'W' model of screenplay structure developed in the prequel Write What You Don't Know, Hoxter sets this out as its starting point. This model is tested against a range of examples which are chosen to explore the flexibility not only of that model but of movie storytelling more generally. Writers and students often worry that they are asked to work 'to formula'. This book will test that formula to breaking point. For example, the first case study will offer the example of a well written, professional, mainstream movie against which our later and more adventurous examples can be compared. So the lessons we learn examining the animated family adventure movie How To Train Your Dragon lead us directly to ask questions of our second case study, the acclaimed Swedish vampire movie Låt den Rätte Komma In (Let The Right One In). Both movies have protagonists with the same basic problem, the same goal, and they use the same basic structure to tell their stories. Of course they are very different films and they work on their audiences in very different ways. Our linked case studies will expose how simple choices, like reversing the order of elements of the protagonist's transformational arc and shifting ownership of key story beats, has an enormous impact on how we respond to a structural model that is otherwise functionally identical.

Blueprint for Screenwriting

Author: Rachel Friedman Ballon

Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc Incorporated

ISBN: 0805849238

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 168

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Blueprint for Screenwriting demystifies the writing process by developing a "blueprint" for writers to follow for each new screenplay--from original concept to completed script. Author and international script consultant Dr. Rachel Ballon explores the writing craft and emphasizes creativity in the writing process. She blends her expertise in script analysis and writing coaching with her personal experience as a screenwriter to help writers construct their stories and characters. Starting with the story's framework, Dr. Ballon helps readers to understand the key "building blocks" of story structure and character development, including characters' emotional and psychological states, story conflicts, and scene and act structure. She also covers the essential components in the script writing process, such as outlines, script treatments, synopses, and formats. Dr. Ballon devotes a chapter to overcoming writer's block--the writer's greatest obstacle--and offers guidance for taking the next steps once a script is completed. A practical tool for any writer, this distinctive resource: *offers a blueprint for writers to follow, breaking the writing process down into specific, easy-to-follow steps; *stresses the psychology of the characters as well as that of the writer; and *offers first-hand knowledge of the screenwriting process and gives practical advice for completing and marketing scripts. With its unique and insightful approach to the writing process, this book will be indispensable for scriptwriters, fiction writers, and professional writers, and it will serve as a useful text in screenwriting courses.

Screenwriting

She demonstrates the importance of instilling flaws to create a balance of human qualities that evolve throughout the novel in captivating ways. You have made an excellent decision by choosing to learn more about screenwriting.

Author: Sandy Marsh

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1718950861

Category:

Page: 220

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3 Manuscripts in 1 Book, Including: How to Write a Screenplay, Story Structure and Character Development! Book 1) How to Write a Screenplay: Step-by-Step - Essential Screenplay Format, Scriptwriter and Modern Screenplay Writing Tricks Any Writer Can Learn Behind-the-Scenes Secrets to Publishing Screenplays Whether you've got a completed script, or need help off the starting-blocks, getting a Screenplay formatted correctly to catch the eye of producers is no easy task. A little, professional advice goes a long way, and How to Write a Screenplay delivers large, for those with big screen aspirations! Top Writing Tricks You Didn't Know - for TV & Film When writing for the movies, TV, video or computer games, there are essential elements you must get right to show professional competence, and avoid looking like an amateur. Marsh not only provides the answers but presents them in an easy to understand way that can be read in under a day to bring game-changing results fast. By explaining the best formatting requirements for each genre, Marsh unveils the blueprints that experts use for Feature film and Television dramas & sitcoms. She examines the best ways to edit-on-a-budget and the 6 Tips for Success that can turn your script into must-have property. Book 2) Story Structure: Step-by-Step - Essential Story Building, Story Development and Suspense Writing Tricks Any Writer Can Learn Shape Your Story Like a Pro If you have a phenomenal story to tell but find you can't quite make it flow or form in a natural, yet moving way, Story Structure will transform your approach to writing and make your novel a compelling and addictive read. Crammed full of tricks and tips to help both beginner and advanced authors complete their books in an enticing way. Get Your Acts Together! Each chapter is dedicated to one aspect of story structures, and begins with a 9-Step Process to dividing up your tale. Book 3) Character Development: Step-by-Step - Essential Story Character Creation, Character Expression and Character Building Tricks Any Writer Can Learn Need to Breathe Life into Your Characters? You may have a great story but if your characters are flat and uninteresting your readers will find your story dull. If your lead protagonist isn't generating empathy, then no one cares what happens to them. Character Development covers every aspect of character building; from developing charismatic and believable people, to making sure they work holistically to drive the narrative forward in realistic ways. Know Your Anti-Hero from Your Antagonist In order to create compelling characters your readers will love, Marsh introduces the reader to 12-character types and explains how and when they are introduced to a story. She demonstrates the importance of instilling flaws to create a balance of human qualities that evolve throughout the novel in captivating ways. You have made an excellent decision by choosing to learn more about screenwriting. So, don't delay it any longer. Take this opportunity and purchase your copy today. Order "Screenwriting" Now!

Alternative Scriptwriting

Rather than teaching writing in a tired formulaic manner, this book elevates the subject and provides inspiration to reach new creative heights.

Author: Ken Dancyger

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136053696

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 424

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Alternative Scriptwriting 4E is an insightful and inspiring book on screenwriting concerned with challenging you to take creative risks with genre, tone, character, and structure. Concerned with exploring alternative approaches beyond the traditional three-act structure, Alternative Scriptwriting first defines conventional approach, suggests alternatives, then provides case studies. These contemporary examples and case studies demonstrate what works, what doesn't, and why. Because the film industry as well as the public demand greater and greater creativity, one must go beyond the traditional three-act restorative and predictable plot to test your limits and break new creative ground. Rather than teaching writing in a tired formulaic manner, this book elevates the subject and provides inspiration to reach new creative heights.

The 15 Minute Movie Method

Once you understand how this four part story structure works, you can use it as a guide to help shape your story into a well-crafted screenplay. “The 15-Minute Movie Method” isn't a formula for writing a story, but a set of guidelines ...

Author: Wallace Evan Wang

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1494300907

Category: Reference

Page: 330

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If you've always wanted to write a screenplay or a novel, you may be wondering, “What makes a great story?” It's not just interesting characters, memorable dialogue, or explosive action scenes. What makes a great screenplay (or novel) is a great story. Every great story, from classic novels and stage plays to today's modern films, follow the same basic, proven story structure that alternates between contrasting problems and solutions to maintain and maximize suspense. In the traditional three Act structure, a story looks like this: Act I -- Exposition Act II -- Rising Action Act III -- Climax Act I and Act III are roughly the same length (corresponding to a 30-minute length in a 120-minute screenplay), but Act II is typically twice as long as either Act I or Act III. The result is that the traditional three Act structure sets you up for failure by forcing you to write a huge chunk of your story without any guidelines whatsoever. In contrast, a four Act structure makes each Act manageable while also providing the necessary contrast to create a compelling story. Stories are interesting and suspenseful because they alternate between problems facing the hero followed by solutions that the hero achieves. In the four Act structure, a story looks like this: Act I -- Exposition Act IIa -- Positive Rising Action Act IIb -- Negative Rising Action Act III -- Climax Another way to look at this four part story structure is as follows: Act I -- Problem facing the hero Act IIa -- Hero solves the problem and appears to achieve success Act IIb -- New problems occur Act III -- Hero finally solves the problem Let's look at how this four part story structure works in “Star Wars”: Act I -- (Problem) Luke is stuck in a dead end life on his uncle's farm Act IIa -- (Solution) Luke leaves with Obi-wan to deliver the stolen Death Star plans Act IIb -- (Problem) Luke gets trapped on the Death Star Act III -- (Solution) Luke blows up the Death Star The four Act structure clearly lets you tell a story with alternating problems and solutions, which is how you generate suspense to keep an audience glued to the edge of their seats. Notice that with Act IIa, the action continues to rise, but in a positive direction. Yet in Act IIb, the action also continues to rise, but in a negative direction. This subtle difference is what the typical three Act structure fails to identify, which is why the three Act structure so easily misleads writers to create less than compelling stories. Once you understand how this four part story structure works, you can use it as a guide to help shape your story into a well-crafted screenplay. “The 15-Minute Movie Method” isn't a formula for writing a story, but a set of guidelines that you can test for yourself with your own favorite movies. By following “The 15-Minute Movie Method” guidelines, you can learn how to structure your screenplay to tell a compelling, intriguing story with any idea. You'll learn the four basic parts of any story, how to divide your screenplay into eight, 15-minute segments that each tell a mini-story, what type of information each story segment needs to show the audience, how the beginning and end of your story is related, how to create the toughest villain for your particular hero, who the most important character of your story really is (Hint: it's not your hero), and much more with specific exercises that anyone can follow whether you're a novice trying to write a first screenplay or a veteran screenwriter who needs to fix a problem with an existing screenplay. By taking you step-by-step through the process of turning a good idea into a well-structured story, “The 15-Minute Movie Method” can show you how to write a screenplay with less hassle, frustration, and confusion so you can spend more time actually writing and enjoying the process of creating the story that you want to share with the world.

Screenplay Primary Draft

This notebook is designed to help you map the outline of your screenplay in the beat sheet template. Then you can write the primary draft of your screenplay on the formatted pages. The first few pages will show how to use this notebook.

Author: Authorhood Designs

Publisher:

ISBN: 171345730X

Category:

Page: 202

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Writing is different from one person to another ... there are plotters and there are panthers. Plotters like mapping and planning before even writing a word. Pantsers, on the other hand, start writing when they have a kernel of an idea, they let the pen flow without knowing what will happen in their story. But at one point both need to structure their story so that it's interesting and really sells. Either you are a Plotter or a Pantser; you probably will gain clarity after mapping your story and actually sitting to write your primary draft. This notebook is designed to help you map the outline of your screenplay in the beat sheet template. Then you can write the primary draft of your screenplay on the formatted pages. The first few pages will show how to use this notebook. Beat sheet template includes the basic beats that every screenplay should have. It includes: LOGLINE Theme Protagonist or hero defining The Adversary defining Three Acts and beats sheets Act one beats: A 'before' snapshot, Trigger, Goal (outer journey) Act Two beats: Roller coaster stage, Fork in the road (the climax) Act Three beats: Final Push, Transformation & happily ever after The vomit sheets are preformatted to guide you while writing. Specifications Size: 8.5 x 11 inches large size and enough space to collect your ideas, map and write your screenplay. Pages: Total 200 white interior pages (100 sheets). The first few pages on how to use the notebook, the next two pages have a blank table of ideas so that you can indexing and find your ideas easily. Then the templates for the beat sheet for plot mapping with plenty of space to write your outline. Then guided formatted pages to help you write your screenplay vomit draft. Cover and Binding: Paperback binding with Printed Softcover so that it is easy to store and carry. This notebook is a unique gift to a writer friend or family. Scroll up and get your copy.

Emotional Structure

The leap from concept to final draft is great, and the task is filled with hard work and horrors. It is here that most writers struggle to get the plot right at the expense of the story's real power.

Author: Pete Dunne

Publisher: Linden Publishing

ISBN: 9781610350815

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 405

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The leap from concept to final draft is great, and the task is filled with hard work and horrors. It is here that most writers struggle to get the plot right at the expense of the story's real power. The result is a script that is logical in every way, yet unmoving. ""Emotional Structure,"" by Emmy- and Peabody-Award winning producer, writer, and teacher, Peter Dunne, is for these times, when the plot fits nicely into place like pieces in a puzzle, yet an elemental, terribly important something remains missing.

Stuck

Get this book, and get yourself unstuck.

Author: Josh Miller

Publisher: Brush Education

ISBN: 9781550597837

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Maybe you have a great idea for a movie, and you're thinking to yourself, "Man, if I only knew how to write a screenplay." Maybe you've started your screenplay already, but you get to a certain point where you JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT! Or maybe you've already finished your screenplay, printed it out, read it over again, hated it, and burned it in your trash can (but you saved a backup). Don't give up on your dreams just yet--not until you've read this book. Over the course of his successful career as a writer and producer, Josh Miller has learned plenty about the art of screenwriting. There are no fancy tricks or shortcuts to making a great screenplay, just time-honored techniques, fundamental story elements, and one secret ingredient: you. Josh will show you how to craft a compelling story and deploy advanced techniques used by professional screenwriters, but most importantly, he'll teach you how to harness your unique voice, experience and perspective to give your screenplay real substance. Get this book, and get yourself unstuck.

Creative Screenwriting

Supported by innovative and inspiring exercises that enable writers to create stories out of emotions and images, this book is challenging, motivating and essential reading for anyone interested in screenwriting.

Author: Christina Kallas

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137061140

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Christina Kallas argues for and sets out a genuinely original and creative approach to writing for the screen. This textbook aims to excite the imagination, inspiring and dramatizing stories with thematic richness, emotional depth and narrative rhythm. Structured like a screenplay, the book moves through the pre-credit sequence to the epilogue, interweaving theory, practice and case studies. Kallas combines an awareness of the history of dramatic writing with a very practical focus on how to find ideas and develop them. Supported by innovative and inspiring exercises that enable writers to create stories out of emotions and images, this book is challenging, motivating and essential reading for anyone interested in screenwriting.