The Art of Plotting: Add Emotion, Suspense, and Depth to your Screenplay

The Art of Plotting: Add Emotion, Suspense, and Depth to your Screenplay

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by Linda J. Cowgill
     
 

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The complete, clear guide to creating compelling plots for film
-Integrate plot, characterization, and exposition to make stories real
- Examples from new and classic movies examine great plots in action

Plot must be as much about the emotions of the characters as it is about the events of the story.

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The complete, clear guide to creating compelling plots for film
-Integrate plot, characterization, and exposition to make stories real
- Examples from new and classic movies examine great plots in action

Plot must be as much about the emotions of the characters as it is about the events of the story.

That’s the message of The Art of Plotting, which teaches screenwriters how to integrate plot, characterization, and exposition to make stories compelling. Using examples from recent and classic movies, author Linda J. Cowgill demonstrates how the plot springs naturally from the characters--and how that technique makes audiences connect with the story on a more intimate level. Examples include American Beauty, Shakespeare in Love, Erin Brockovich, Spider-Man, Chinatown, Jaws, and more. Easy exercises reveal common plot problems and help writers overcome them. Clear and easy to understand and to use, The Art of Plotting shows exactly how great plotting evolves from characters caught in life-changing conflicts--and how to create great plots driven by that idea.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307875136
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
12/08/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,279,160
File size:
3 MB

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Linda J. Cowgill teaches at the Los Angeles Film School and Loyola Marymount University. Her books Secrets of Screenplay Structure and Writing Short Films are used in writing programs across the country. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Art of Plotting: Add Emotion Suspense and Depth to Your Screenplay 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book that's about a whole lot more than just plotting. Clearly written, with lucid explanations that take the reader into the professional writer's world of plot and character. Cowgill does an amazing job of clarifying how to deepen the world through cause and effect plotting, explaining what exactly this means. Her how-to chapter, called The Real Art of Plotting, is filled with much useful information, as is her last two chapters on recognizing problems and overcoming them. All in all, a terrific book! Buy it!