Scenario: The Craft of Screenwriting

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The author of Barbarella and other successful screenplays analyzes the basic structures of effective screenplays, from initial plot lines to realized scripts. All the essential building blocks are discussed in depth: the need for a strong premise; the roles of protagonist and antagonist; the orchestration of plot, characters and dialogue leading to a clear resolution. This book not only instructs first-time writers on how to go about their work but also serves as a valuable check-list for established authors, and...

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Overview

The author of Barbarella and other successful screenplays analyzes the basic structures of effective screenplays, from initial plot lines to realized scripts. All the essential building blocks are discussed in depth: the need for a strong premise; the roles of protagonist and antagonist; the orchestration of plot, characters and dialogue leading to a clear resolution. This book not only instructs first-time writers on how to go about their work but also serves as a valuable check-list for established authors, and for actors, directors and teachers, in their task of deconstructing and assessing the value of the material placed before them.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781903364260
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Short Cuts Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Tudor Gates has written over a hundred teleplays and episodes, sixteen feature films, including Barbarella (1967), and ten plays.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
So you want to be a writer 4
What's it all about, Alfie? 8
In the beginning was ...? 11
The General 14
The Gold Rush 15
Make your argument 16
Sound ... and all that jazz 20
All Quiet on the Western Front 22
Duck Soup 23
The play's the thing 24
Play it again, Sam 26
The Big Sleep 27
Bicycle Thieves 28
Macbeth and Reservoir Dogs 29
The Bridge on the River Kwai 33
Rules of Engagement 34
The grammar of writing 36
On the box 38
A memoir 39
Starting to write 41
It's a Wonderful Life 45
The Maltese Falcon 46
Character 47
Rashomon 56
The Seventh Seal 56
Recap 57
Character again - nothing matters more 58
The social background - environment 61
Erin Brockovich 65
The Third Man 65
The necessity of change 66
Psycho 69
Lawrence of Arabia 70
Another memoir 71
Orchestrating your characters 73
Character - the psychological factors 74
Finding your characters 75
More about conflict 77
The logic of screenwriting 79
Dialogue 81
'The British are coming!' (but when?) 85
Raging Bull 86
Gregory's Girl 87
The turning point 88
'And now the end is near' 90
Three Colours: Red 91
Pulp Fiction 92
Sub-text 92
A modern screenplay 94
Six questions about your screenplay 102
Form, lay-out, presentation 102
A final recap 108
Marketing your script 109
The producer 110
The director 112
The cast 113
The agent 113
Unions 115
The Film Council 117
Training 119
Filmography 123
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