Story Sense: A Screenwriter's Guide for Film and Television / Edition 1

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This is the first true textbook for a course in screenwriting. Story Sense provides specific strategies for writing story, character, and script. A wealth of techniques are suggested so that screenwriters can select those that work best for them. The book has been conceived as a working manual for screenwriters and offers hands-on advice for solving the many problems that crop up as the work progresses. In addition, the book includes examples of script format, a glossary of film terms, the Writer's Guild's compensation terms, and such insider examples as a sample studio script evaluation form, a sample script analysis, a sample studio reader's questionnaire, and a sample re-write.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070389960
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Selecting an Idea for a Motion Picture Story 3
2 Building the Story Structure 35
3 Writing the Plot 68
4 Scene Structure and the Basic Dramatic Units 109
5 Creating Emotionally Dimensional Characters 141
6 Dialogue and Character 164
7 Dramatization 189
8 Writing for the Camera: Visual Storytelling 222
9 Writing Stage Directions 254
10 Script Format for Feature Films and Television 273
11 Rewriting 288
12 Career Counseling for New Screenwriters 317
App. A. Media That Illustrate Points Made in the Chapters 341
App. B. The Screenwriter's Reference Shelf 345
App. C. Cast List, Sequence Breakdown, and Shot Numbers of The Verdict 347
App. D. Professional Version of the "Marry Me - or Else" Scene 359
App. E. Rewrite of Immigrant Scene Exercise in Chapter 11 361
App. F. Writers Guild of America TV Market List 366
App. G. Script Evaluation Forms 368
App. H. Writers Guild of America Minimum Basic Agreement 1991-1995 373
App. I. Writer's Deal Memorandum 375
Glossary 378
Bibliography 388
Index 393
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