Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect / Edition 2

Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect / Edition 2

by Claudia Hunter Johnson, Claudia H. Johnson
     
 

The only screenwriting book that includes a DVD that contains performances of the short films and screenplays that are featured in the book!

The beauty and power of any story lies in its ability to connect to the reader, listener, or observer. Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect is the first screenwriting guide to introduce connection as an essential,

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The only screenwriting book that includes a DVD that contains performances of the short films and screenplays that are featured in the book!

The beauty and power of any story lies in its ability to connect to the reader, listener, or observer. Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect is the first screenwriting guide to introduce connection as an essential, although essentially overlooked, aspect of creating stories for the screen and of the screenwriting process itself. Written with clarity and humor, this book teaches the craft of writing short screenplays by guiding the student through carefully focused writing exercises of increasing length and complexity. Eight award-winning student screenplays are included for illustration and inspiration.

The text is divided into three parts. Part one focuses on preparing to write by means of exercises designed to help students think more deeply about the screenwriter's purposes; their own unique vision, material and process; and finally about what screenplays are at their simplest and most profound level—a pattern of human change, created from specific moments of change—discoveries and decisions.

Part two teaches students how to craft an effective pattern of human change. It guides them through the writing and re-writing of "Five (Not So Easy) Pieces"—five short screenplays of increasing length and complexity—focusing on a specific principle of dramatic technique: The Discovery, The Decision, The Boxing Match, The Improbable Connection, and The Long Short Screenplay.

Part Three presents the five screenplays used throughout the book to illustrate the dramatic principles that have been discussed, and includes interviews with the screenwriters, a look at where they are now and what they are doing, and brief discussion of how each film evolved.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780240806419
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Power and Importance of Human Connection
Part I: Preparing to Write the Short Screenplay
Chapter 1: Connecting to Purpose
Only Connect
The Screenplay Paradox
Chapter 2: Connecting to Self
Le Menu
Depart the Donnee
Chapter 3: Connecting to Process
The Space-Time Conundrum
Method in Your Madness
Creating Rituals
Taking Care of Yourself
Just Do It
Chapter 4: Connecting to Screenplays
Surface and Deep Action
Making Change
The Mood Exersize
The Pearl in the Oyster
Emotional Flow
Everything You Need to Know You Can Learn From City Lights
Demystifying Format
Chapter 5: Connecting to Collaboration
Top Ten Reasons to Write With a Partner
Finding the Right Writing Partner
The Space-Time Conundrum
Co-Drafting the Script
Dealing With Disagreements
Part II: Five (Not So) Easy Screenplays
Chapter 6: The Discovery
The First Screenplay - The Discovery
Developing Character
Developing Story and Structure
Drafting the Screenplay
Rewriting the Screenplay
Chapter 7: The Decision
The Second Screenplay - The Decision
Choosing an Idea
Developing Character
Developing Story and Structure
Drafting the Screenplay
Rewriting the Screenplay
Chapter 8: The Boxing Match
The Third Screenplay - The Boxing Match
Choosing an Idea
Developing Character
Developing Story and Structure
Drafting the Screenplay
Rewriting the Screenplay
Chapter 9: The Improbable Connection
The Fourth Screenplay - The Improbable Connection
Choosing an Idea
Developing Character
Developing Story and Structure
Drafting the Screenplay
Rewriting the Screenplay
Chapter 10: The Long Short Screenplay
The Fifth Screenplay - The Long Short Screenplay
Choosing an Idea
Developing Character
Developing Story and Structure
Drafting the Screenplay
Rewriting the Screenplay
Part III: Seven Screenplays that Make it Look Easy
Chapter 11: Kosher (by Aimee Barth)
Chapter 12: My Josephine (by Barry Jenkins)
Chapter 13: A Work in Progress (by Wes Ball)
Chapter 14: Lena's Spaghetti (by Rachel Witenstein)
Chapter 15: Cool Breeze and Buzz (by Lani Sciandra)
Chapter 16: The Making of "Killer Kite" (story
Matt Stevens, screenplay by Robert S. Gray)
Chapter 17: Slow Dancin' Down the Aisles of the
Quickcheck (by Thomas Wade Jackson)
Chapter 18: Conclusion
Appendix A: Available Screenwriting Software
Appendix B: Films Referenced
Appendix C: Further Reading
INDEX

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