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.

A Guide to Screenwriting Success

For the screenwriter, to structure a story means to shape it into a dramatic form
that primarily focuses on the protagonist's journey and do it in a way that both
grabs the interest of the audience and maintains that interest. Structure offers you
a ...

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."

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.

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.

Screenwriting is Storytelling

Provides guidance for aspiring scriptwriters on how to create a successful screenplay, offering practical suggestions on how to develop themes within the plot, use structure to define the story, create memorable characters, and present ...

Author: Kate Wright

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 039953024X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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Provides guidance for aspiring scriptwriters on how to create a successful screenplay, offering practical suggestions on how to develop themes within the plot, use structure to define the story, create memorable characters, and present moral dilemmas andconflicts.

Screenplay and Narrative Theory

'Remembrance of Things Parsed: Story Structure and Recall', Cognitive
Psychology, Vol. 9, pp. 111–151. Mandler, Jean M. and Murphy, Cathleen M.
1983. 'Subjective Judgements of Script Structure', Journal of Experimental
Psychology: ...

Author: George Varotsis

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498504423

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 142

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Screenplay and Narrative Theory draws attention to the notion that in order to comprehend complex narrative dynamics, which are encountered in a great variety of narrative genres, forms, and formats, a more comprehensive theory of narrative is required. George Varotsis explains how a work of narrative functions synergistically and systemically, as well as elucidates the heuristic problem-solving mechanisms that are employed in various structural levels of thought processes, which allow the coherent accumulative derivative we call a story to emerge. The transition from an empirical to theoretical perspective is achieved by introducing characteristics of complex narrative systems: a network of narrative components, i.e. characters, structure, goals, motivations, theme, plot and subplots, narrative action, etc., which are arranged hierarchically over three fundamental levels of structure, i.e. deep, intermediate, and surface structure, that interact parallel to one another in non-linear ways. Varotsis tackles questions about how stories semantically emerge in the underlying dynamics that allow a work of narrative to function as a unified whole.

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.

Screenplay

In Screenplay, Syd Field can help you discover: • Why the first ten pages of every script are crucial to keeping professional readers’ interest • How to visually “grab” these influential readers from page one, word one • Why ...

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 0307423263

Category: Reference

Page: 336

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Hollywood’s script guru teaches you how to write a screenplay in “the ‘bible’ of screenwriting” (The New York Times)—now celebrating forty years of screenwriting success! Syd Field’s books on the essential structure of emotionally satisfying screenplays have ignited lucrative careers in film and television since 1979. In this revised edition of his premiere guide, the underpinnings of successful onscreen narratives are revealed in clear and encouraging language that will remain wise and practical as long as audiences watch stories unfold visually—from hand-held devices to IMAX to virtual reality . . . and whatever comes next. As the first person to articulate common structural elements unique to successful movies, celebrated producer, lecturer, teacher and bestselling author Syd Field has gifted us a classic text. From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script, here are fundamental guidelines to help all screenwriters—novices and Oscar-winners—hone their craft and sell their work. In Screenplay, Syd Field can help you discover: • Why the first ten pages of every script are crucial to keeping professional readers’ interest • How to visually “grab” these influential readers from page one, word one • Why structure and character are the basic components of all narrative screenplays • How to adapt a novel, a play, or an article into a saleable script • Tips on protecting your work—three ways to establish legal ownership of screenplays • Vital insights on writing authentic dialogue, crafting memorable characters, building strong yet flexible storylines (form, not formula), overcoming writer's block, and much more Syd Field is revered as the original master of screenplay story structure, and this guide continues to be the industry’s gold standard for learning the foundations of screenwriting.

How to Build a Great Screenplay

THE CLASSICAL SCREENPLAY STRUCTURE What is ideal or classical in a
story confers no more importance and exclusivity than having 20-20 vision . If you
can , you want to have good eyesight , but if you can't , you live with it and put
your ...

Author: David Howard

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429994789

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

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How to Bulid a Great Screenplay is a definitive guide on the mechanics of screenwriting--filled with examples--from the author of The Tools of Screenwriting. Acclaimed USC screenwriting teacher David Howard has guided hundreds of students to careers in writing for film and television. Drawing on decades of practical experience and savvy, How to Build a Great Screenplay deconstructs the craft of screenwriting and carefully reveals how to build a good story from the ground up. Howard eschews the "system" offered by other books, emphasizing that a great screenplay requires dozens of unique decisions by the author. He offers in-depth considerations of: * characterization * story arc * plotting and subplotting * dealing with coincidence in story plotting * classical vs. revolutionary screenplay structure * tone, style, and atmosphere * the use of time on screen * the creation of drama and tension * crucial moments in storytelling Throughout the book, Howard clarifies his lessons through examples from some of the most successful Hollywood and international script-oriented films, including Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, Trainspotting, North by Northwest, Chinatown, and others. The end result is what could very well become the classic text in the field---a bible for the burgeoning screenwriter.

Raindance Writers Lab

Story Structure Paradigms: Three-Act Story Structure There probably isn't a
screenwriting book that does not use the term 'three-act story structure'. It has
become the term used by mainstream story analysts and story development
executives.

Author: Elliot Grove

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136055690

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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If you're looking for a straightforward, practical, no-nonsense guide to scriptwriting that will hold your hand right the way through the process, read on! The Raindance Writers' Lab guides you through the tools that enable you to execute a strong treatment for a feature and be well on the way to the first draft of your script. Written by the creator of the Raindance Film Festival himself, Elliot Grove uses a hands-on approach to screenwriting based on his many years of experience teaching the subject for Raindance training. He uses step-by-step processes illustrated with diagrams and charts to lend a visual structure to the teaching. Techniques are related to real-life examples throughout, from low budget to blockbuster films. The Companion Website contains interviews with British writers and directors as well as a handy series of legal contracts, video clips and writing exercises. In this brand new 2nd edition, Grove expands on his story structure theory, as well as how to write for the internet and short films. The website also contains sample scripts and legal contracts, a writing exercise illustrated with a video clip, a folder full of useful hyperlinks for research, and a demo version of Final Draft screenwriting software.

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

flowing: Narrative. economy. and. screenplay. format. This section is about
getting the most value from your structure in the ... screenplay should be between
90 and 120 pages long.21 As a screenwriter, your job is to get the most story
possible ...

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.

Alternative Scriptwriting

William Goldman, in his amusing book about screenwriting, Adventuresin the
Screen Trade, advises that new screenwriters realize that an excellent
screenplay isawell-structured screenplay, but no one knows what constitutesa
successful screenplay.1 Anentire world of difference exists between thesetwo ...
In this chapter,we reiterate screen story conventions and how to write against
those conventions.

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 Tyranny of Story Audience Expectations and the Short Screenplay 2nd Edition

... I wanted to leave it behind forever by writing what I hope will be the definitive
book on short-form screenwriting. ... Section One is about the basic elements of
storytelling and story structure—material that relates to just about any form of ...

Author: Ric Beairsto

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780557047734

Category: Motion picture authorship

Page: 280

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This is the 2nd, expanded edition of the successful 1998 book about the art of storytelling in general, and the craft of short screenplay writing in particular.

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.

How to Write a Screenplay in 3 Days

This is how my thought process works when I'm brainstorming or creating story
structure. Below are my actual notes for the screenplay entitled, In Your Dreams,
which I introduced to you as a synopsis on page 17. This screenplay originated ...

Author: Jackie Lynn Young

Publisher: Young Films & Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9780977432875

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 314

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A screenwriting book that takes a look at the creative process behind screenwriting and details a proven method for writing a screenplay in a 3 day marathon.