Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect / Edition 1

Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect / Edition 1

by Claudia Hunter Johnson, Claudia H. Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0240803787

ISBN-13: 9780240803784

Pub. Date: 09/28/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The beauty and power of any story lies in its ability to connect with its audience. Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect, Second Edition, is the first screenwriting guide to introduce connection as an essential 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…  See more details below

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The beauty and power of any story lies in its ability to connect with its audience. Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect, Second Edition, is the first screenwriting guide to introduce connection as an essential 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 beginning writers through carefully focused exercises.

Part One prepares you to write through exercises that will help you think more deeply about the screenwriter's purpose, about your own unique vision, and finally, about what screenplays are at their simplest and most profound level-a pattern of human change made up of specific moments in our lives, of discoveries and decisions-and how they transform us. Part Two shows how to craft an effective story of human change through a study of the writing and re-writing of five short screenplays of increasing length and complexity, each focusing on a specific principle of dramatic technique. Part Three presents seven screenplays that illustrate these dramatic principles, and includes interviews with the screenwriters discussing how each of these films evolved.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780240803784
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the power and importance of human connection1
Pt. IPreparing to write the short screenplay7
Ch. 1Connecting to purpose9
Ch. 2Connecting to self15
Ch. 3Connecting to process23
Ch. 4Connecting to screenplays30
Ch. 5Connecting to collaboration50
Pt. IIFive (not so) easy screenplays61
Ch. 6The discovery63
Ch. 7The decision78
Ch. 8The boxing match87
Ch. 9The improbable connection102
Ch. 10The long short screenplay112
Pt. IIISeven screenplays that make it look easy127
Ch. 11Kosher129
Ch. 12My Josephine137
Ch. 13A work in progress149
Ch. 14Lena's Spaghetti159
Ch. 15Cool breeze and buzz188
Ch. 16The making of "Killer kite"209
Ch. 17Slow dancin' down the aisles of the Quickcheck239
Ch. 18Conclusion273

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