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Stalking the Story

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A screenplay is just a mystery waiting to be solved.

Working with the idea that writing a screenplay is a process of discovery, Stalking the Story uses the world of the detective, that prototypical master of observation, as the stage for story planning. The detective's whole reason for being is to discover bits of seemingly unrelated facts, observations, and hearsay and fashion them into a narrative that lays out whodunit. Replace detective with writer and whodunit with his ...

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Overview

A screenplay is just a mystery waiting to be solved.

Working with the idea that writing a screenplay is a process of discovery, Stalking the Story uses the world of the detective, that prototypical master of observation, as the stage for story planning. The detective's whole reason for being is to discover bits of seemingly unrelated facts, observations, and hearsay and fashion them into a narrative that lays out whodunit. Replace detective with writer and whodunit with his story, and it's evident that the writer and the detective have more than a little in common.

In this clever and unique writing manual, Jay Douglas puts the reader in the position of a detective, searching for a missing story, then guides him-with the assistance of some classic TV sleuths-through the experience of finding that story, the story that is central to the screenplay he wants to write.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615641246
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1995, Jay Douglas, Ph.D., has taught college-level courses in film and television, including beginning and intermediate screenwriting classes in the heart of the entertainment industry, Southern California. He is the author of Everything You Need to Write Great Essays You Can Learn from Watching Movies.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 The Client 1

Chapter 1 The Case of the Simple Human Truth 3

Chapter 2 The Case of the Cacophony of Voices 11

Chapter 3 The Case of the Persistent Past 23

Chapter 4 The Case of the Celebrated Story 31

Chapter 5 The Case of the Hero's Behind 49

Chapter 6 The Case of the Too-Personal Problem 59

Chapter 7 The Case of the Beached Client 71

Part 2 The Caper 79

Chapter 8 The Case of the Not-So-Lost Baggage 81

Chapter 9 The Case of the Day-to-Day Case 103

Chapter 10 The Case of the Daily Denial 125

Chapter 11 The Case of the Second Story 135

Chapter 12 The Case of the Doomed Denial 152

Chapter 13 The Case of the Back-and-Forth Battle 161

Chapter 14 The Case of the Hero's Loose Change 177

Chapter 15 The Case of the Bold Bravado 191

Chapter 16 The Case of the Other Hand 213

Part 3 The Conclusion 225

Chapter 17 The Case of the Caper Cleanup 227

Chapter 18 The Case of the Remaining Resolution 237

Chapter 19 The Case of the Inevitable Explanation 241

Epilogue 247

Appendix: Sample Final Report 253

Index 259

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