Making a Good Script Great / Edition 2

Making a Good Script Great / Edition 2

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by Linda Seger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0573699216

ISBN-13: 9780573699214

Pub. Date: 08/28/1994

Publisher: Samuel French, Incorporated

Making a good script great is more than just a matter of putting a good idea on paper. It requires the working and reworking of that idea.

Making a Good Script Great takes you through the whole screenwriting process-from initial concept through final rewrite-providing specific methods that will help you craft tighter, stronger, and more salable scripts.

While

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Overview

Making a good script great is more than just a matter of putting a good idea on paper. It requires the working and reworking of that idea.

Making a Good Script Great takes you through the whole screenwriting process-from initial concept through final rewrite-providing specific methods that will help you craft tighter, stronger, and more salable scripts.

While retaining the invaluable insights that placed its first two editions among the all-time most popular screenwriting books, this expanded, revised, and updated third edition adds rich and important new material on dialogue, cinematic images, and point of view, as well as an interview with screenwriter Paul Haggis.

If you're writing your first script, this book will help develop your skills for telling a compelling and dramatic story. If you're a veteran screenwriter, it will help you articulate the skills you know intuitively. And if you're currently stuck on a rewrite, this book will help you analyze and solve your script's problems and get it back on track.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780573699214
Publisher:
Samuel French, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Author's Preface
Introduction
Ch. 1Gathering Ideas3
Ch. 2The Three-Act Structure: Why You Need It and What to Do with It18
Ch. 3What Do Subplots Do?39
Ch. 4Act Two - How to Keep It Moving60
Ch. 5Creating the Scene74
Ch. 6Creating a Cohesive Script101
Ch. 7Making It Commercial117
Ch. 8Creating the Myth135
Ch. 9From Motivation to Goal: Finding the Character Spine149
Ch. 10Finding the Conflict165
Ch. 11Creating Dimensional Characters180
Ch. 12Character Functions199
Ch. 13On the Road to the Academy Award: A Case Study of the Rewrite of Witness215
Epilogue225
Index227

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Making a Good Script Great 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've never written a screenplay or you've written several Linda Seger's book is the best of its kind. Motivating, informing, and jammed with details that are easy to follow. Buy this book and write a sceenplay. You'll have fun, you'll learn things about yourself, family and friends, and you might sell it and make a ton of money. Send me an email if you want to chat about this book and screenplay writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has down-to-earth tips and helps that are not only practical, but inspirational as well. I believe that this book helped me truly turn a good script into a great script! I got an offer for one of my scripts by Rodger Corman (I graciously declined), and I owe such a great milestone in my life to Linda Seger! I'm using this book for a textbook in my class!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A year ago, I made a 'bet the ranch' decision to quit my job and write a novel. I gave myself one year to complete this project--and met my own deadline. A big chunk of credit goes to this book. Although aimed at writing for the big and small screens, it's far better than most of the overly theoretical dreck written for would-be novelists. It is practical, readable advice that any writer can use immediately.