The Power of the Dark Side: Creating Great Villains, Dangerous Situations, and Dramatic Conflict

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Conflict is the very heart and soul of drama, and Smith's latest work explores character conflict and the various ways to portray it both in scripts and on the stage.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781932907438
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Prod
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 808,048
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    Who doesn't love the dark side? You know you do!

    Tony Soprano, Hannibal Lechter, Louie DePalma -- everybody loves a great villain. Pamela Jaye Smith's wonderful new book gives you the tools to harness this wild horse and make your scripts come alive with The Power of the Dark Side. A great addition to the library of writing books. Ellen Sandler was a Co-Executive Producer of ¿Everybody Loves Raymond¿ and author of The TV Writer¿s Workbook from Bantam/Dell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008


    With insight, clarity and a wealth of great examples, Pamela Jaye Smith gives storytellers both a deep understanding of the power of conflict to elicit emotion, and an abundance of techniques for harnessing that power to create original, compelling stories, characters and themes. - Michael Hauge, author of Writing Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2008

    The Fascination of Evil!

    This book is not only fascinating 'what could possibly be more riveting than evil?' but is also an invaluable resource for anyone involved in the creative side of the video game business. The ultimate test of a game is that it contains exciting gameplay ¿ gripping challenges for the player to overcome. These challenges are almost always in the form of physical obstacles or living creatures of some sort ¿ human, animal, supernatural or alien life forms. Unfortunately, the physical challenges offered in most games are unimaginative and predictable and as for the bad guys, they are usually stereotypes we¿ve seen a hundred times before¿ all too often, anonymous figures firing weapons at us. Pamela Jaye Smith¿s book is a refreshing antidote to all that -- full of excellent ideas on how to create dramatic obstacles and unique, powerful, fully dimensional antagonists. Carolyn Handler Miller Writer and consultant for video games and other forms of interactive media author of Digital Storytelling: A Creator¿s Guide to Interactive Entertainment, Second Edition 'Focal Press'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

    The definitive guide to create the diabolical!

    This is an invaluable addition to any writer¿s book-shelf. Using examples from myth to popular culture, Pamela Jaye Smith illustrates the varied paths toward the creation of nefarious characters, both in fact and fiction, meanwhile providing tools to help craft our own textured characters. If you¿ve waded through other books to find clues and inspiration to make your villain a riveting one, then ¿The Power Of The Dark Side¿ is THE resource.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2008

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    Pamela Jaye Smith has brought screenwriting to a whole new level! Her mythical approach to story and screenwriting has deepened our understanding of conflict and villains and antagonists, and even how to work with the problem of evil. Rich with concepts, examples, and possibilities, any writer would find this helpful in adding dimension and credibility and depth to their characters. This is a book to be read and re-read, and worked with. Fill the margins of this book with ideas and thoughts... Read slowly and often! And besides, you'll love Pamela's wit and humor! I laughed out loud more than once! Dr. Linda Seger- Script consultant, author, screenwriting teacher

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2008

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    It's a fact that the more multi-faceted, clever and resourceful the bad guy is in your story.. then the more mulit-faceted, clever and resourceful the hero has to be to defeat him. Which means a better film for the audience. Pamela Jaye Smith's insights in 'The Power of the Dark Side' will inspire you to create villians truly worthy of the silver screen. Steven A. Finly, WGAw Screenwriter: Wishful Thinking, Blackheart, In Her Mother's Footsteps

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    Amazingly Insightful

    As a video game designer, writer and sometimes-actor, I found Inner Drives to be incredibly useful in outlining stories and breathing life into complex protagonists -- and now Ms. Smith has outdone herself. Though stories in general can come in many different forms, for video games almost invariably require an element of darkness, and we must push the boundaries of story-telling to hold the attentions of our audience in an increasingly competitive landscape. My copy of 'The Power of the Dark Side' is now dog-eared, underlined, and scribbled with notes in the margin. I assure you I will be turning back to it time and time again, whenever I need a fresh take on the darker side of humanity. And Ms. Smith's gift of comedic insight makes the learning process exceedingly enjoyable!

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