Making a Good Script Great / Edition 3

Making a Good Script Great / Edition 3

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by Linda Seger
     
 

ISBN-10: 1935247018

ISBN-13: 9781935247012

Pub. Date: 02/01/2010

Publisher: Silman-James Press

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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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:
9781935247012
Publisher:
Silman-James Press
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
230,726
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface to the Third Edition xiii

Introduction xvii

1 Gathering Ideas 1

2 The Three-Act Structure: Why You Need It and What to Do with It 19

3 What Do Subplots Do? 50

4 Act Two-How to Keep It Moving 65

5 Establishing a Point of View 86

6 Creating the Scene 108

7 Creating a Cohesive Script 127

8 Making It Commercial 137

9 Balancing Images and Dialogue 158

10 From Motivation to Goal: Finding Your Character's Spine 177

11 Finding the Conflict 186

12 Creating Multidimensional and Transformational Characters 197

13 Character Functions 212

14 A Case Study: Writer Paul Haggis in His Own Words 229

Index 239

About the Author 252

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AtlBchWriter-Producer More than 1 year ago
With the release of "Making a Good Script Great, 3rd Edition," Dr. Seger has coupled her invaluable information from the first two editions with new insights and material rich with examples from newer films and how screenwriting, and filmmaking, has evolved over the last decade. This edition will enhance any screenwriter's skills from the beginner to the veteran. I particularly enjoyed the new material on dialogue, imagery and especially, Point of View which is so often neglected in other references I've read over the last several years. She drives home the importance of a script's structure and without that structure, if it is made into a film, the audience will be confused, lost and with many films I've seen, just plain bored. Her interview with Paul Haggis is fun - he was forthcoming with his insights and experiences in writing his incredible scripts. Thank you, Dr. Seger for this fresh and compelling edition of your finest work!