Guide To Screenwriting Success / Edition 1

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Sample Script 1: Act One of a Screenplay ~ Sample Script 2: One-Hour Teleplay ~ Sample Script 3: Situation Comedy A Guide to Screenwriting Success provides a comprehensive overview of writing—and rewriting—a screenplay or teleplay. Duncan's handy book teaches new screenwriters the process of creating a professional screenplay from beginning to end. It shows that inspiration, creativity, and good writing are not elusive concepts but attainable goals that any motivated person can aspire to. Duncan includes sections on all aspects of screenwriting—from character development to story templates—and breaks down the three acts of a screenplay into manageable pieces. A Guide to Screenwriting Success contains dozens of exercises to help writers through these steps. The second half of Duncan's practical book covers another, often overlooked, side of screenwriting—the teleplay. Aspiring writers who also want to try their hand at writing for television will need to learn the specifics of the field. 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Eric Edson
In every chapter the insights just keep coming. Clear and comprehensive, a valuable cut-to-the-chase guide for screenwriters. Duncan possesses that rare teaching gift—the ability to make a challenging art form understandable while at the same time reassuring hopeful newcomers that, yes, you too can write a terrific movie. Don't start your screenplay without Steve Duncan's book close at hand.
Erica Byrne
Savvy, targeted, and on-point. . . . Steve Duncan's advice is presented in a straight, no-nonsense style. Finally, valuable information that gives any writer the tools necessary for success. A must-read for every aspiring screenwriter.
Fred Rubin
A Guide to Screenwriting Success is a natural extension of Steve Duncan's skill as a professional screenwriter and his prowess as one of the most respected professors in the screenwriting arena.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742553019
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen V. Duncan is associate professor of screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television, the co-creator and executive consultant of the CBS-TV one-hour Vietnam War series Tour of Duty, writer-producer of the ABC-TV one-hour action series A Man Called Hawk, and the co-writer of the Turner Network Television original movie The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Part I: Writing the Feature Film Chapter 2 1 Develop a Sold Premise Chapter 3 2 Invent Interesting Characters Chapter 4 3 Craft a Strong Story Chapter 5 4 Frame an Engaging Story with Sound Structure Chapter 6 5 Visual Descriptions and Dialogue Part 7 Part II: Rewriting the Feature Screenplay Chapter 8 6 The Rewriting Process Chapter 9 7 Analyze Scene-by-Scene Chapter 10 8 Rewrite Act One Chapter 11 9 Rewrite Act Two First Half Chapter 12 10 Rewrite Act Two Second Half Chapter 13 11 Rewrite Act Three Chapter 14 12 The Polish Chapter 15 13 The First Draft Spec Feature Part 16 Part III: Writing for Television Chapter 17 14 Which Series to Write Chapter 18 15 Television Characters Chapter 19 16 Television Writing Basics Chapter 20 17 Overview of Television Structure Chapter 21 18 Developing the One-Hour Episode Chapter 22 19 Writing the One-Hour Teleplay Chapter 23 20 Rewriting the One-Hour Teleplay Chapter 24 21 Writing the Situation Comedy Chapter 25 22 The Economics of Television Writing Chapter 26 23 Writing Original Teleplays Chapter 27 24 A Career Writing for Television Chapter 28 25 Becoming a Professional Screenwriter Chapter 29 Appendix Chapter 30 Glossary of Screenwriting Terminology Chapter 31 Index

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