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The most complete and comprehensive presentation of screenplay format and style ever written, The Screenwriter’s Manual is designed for beginning and intermediate screenwriting students. Written by an author team with extensive professional and academic experience, The Screenwriter’s Manual is the only book that offers a systematic approach to mastering the complexities of writing for the screen. With its step-by step approach, this text is appropriate for readers of all experience levels.
PART ONE: Basic Format and Style
The Elements of a Screenplay.
Putting it All Together.
PART TWO: ADVANCED FORMAT AND STYLE.
Enhancing the Narrative
All About Slug Lines.
Three Types of Slug Lines.
Utility Slug Lines.
Visual Slug Lines.
Non-Visual Slug Lines.
PART THREE: SPECIAL FORMAT SITUATIONS.
Televised and Projected Images.
Time-Shifts and Flashbacks.
Unusual Scene Beginnings.
Unusual Character Introductions.
A Character Whose Appearance or Demeanor Changes.
Dreams and Fantasies.
Written Material on Screen.
An Emblem or a Sign.
Foreign Languages (With and Without Subtitles).
PART FOUR: COMMON MISTAKES.
Scene Line / Slug Line Mistakes.
Appendix A: Sample Log Line and Treatment
Appendix B: Sample Step Outline