The Screenwriter's Manual: A Complete Reference of Format and Style / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205426553
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 5/6/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 928,210
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: Basic Format and Style

Getting Started.

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.

Parallel Action.

Telephone Conversations.

Car Scenes.

Televised and Projected Images.

Time-Shifts and Flashbacks.

Unusual Scene Beginnings.

Unusual Effects.

Unusual Character Introductions.

A Character Whose Appearance or Demeanor Changes.

Dreams and Fantasies.

Written Material on Screen.

An Emblem or a Sign.

Stock Footage.

Foreign Languages (With and Without Subtitles).

Title Cards.

PART FOUR: COMMON MISTAKES.

General Mistakes.

Scene Line / Slug Line Mistakes.

Instruction Mistakes.

Dialogue-Block Mistakes.

Appendix A: Sample Log Line and Treatment

Appendix B: Sample Step Outline

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