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Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay

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In Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay, Andrew Horton, a film scholar and successful screenwriter, provides the definitive work on the character-based screenplay. Exceptionally wide-ranging-covering American, international, mainstream and "off-Hollywood" films, as well as television-it offers both creative strategies and essential information. He takes the reader step-by-step through the screenwriting process, starting with the development of multi-dimensional characters and continuing through to rewrite. ...
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Overview

In Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay, Andrew Horton, a film scholar and successful screenwriter, provides the definitive work on the character-based screenplay. Exceptionally wide-ranging-covering American, international, mainstream and "off-Hollywood" films, as well as television-it offers both creative strategies and essential information. He takes the reader step-by-step through the screenwriting process, starting with the development of multi-dimensional characters and continuing through to rewrite. Finally, he includes a wealth of information about contests, fellowships, and film festivals.

Esposing a new, character-based approach to screenwriting, this engaging, insightful work will prove an essential guide to all those involved in the writing and development of film scripts.

Andrew Horton--Professor of Film and Literature at Loyola University and a successful screenwriter--presents a definitive work on the character-centered screenplay. Focusing on the screenplays of The Silence of The Lambs, Thelma and Louise, Northern Exposure and other works, he takes readers step-by-step through the entire writing process.

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Tired of the hundreds of plot- and structure-oriented script books on the market? Tired of the "formula writing" espoused in an equal number of screen-writing seminars and weekend workshops? Horton (The Films of George Roy Hill, LJ 11/15/84) walks away with an Oscar in the "valuable tools for the prospective scripter" category with his latest rendering. He takes the reader step-by-step through the screen-writing process, with an emphasis on tried-and-true methods of developing stronger and more imaginative characters. Fully drawn characters are Horton's forte, and he pulls out every stop in his quest to educate the reader, even including a 14-week "character-building" exercise. Obstacles to writing the character-centered script are also discussed. Instructional books don't get much better than this. A great value; essential for all screen-writing collections.-Marty D. Evansvold, Magnolia P.L., Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520084575
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/1994
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Feast of Becoming: Carnival and Character 25
Ch. 2 Varieties of Voices Within Character 45
Ch. 3 Five Not-So-Easy Pieces: Analysis of Character-Centered Scripts 63
Ch. 4 Beyond the Classical Hollywood Structure 91
Ch. 5 Developing a Character-Centered Narrative 101
Ch. 6 Pitching 113
Ch. 7 Prelude to a Screenplay 123
Ch. 8 The Fourteen-Week Character Developing Schedule 130
Ch. 9 The Fourteen-Week Feature Screenplay 154
Ch. 10 From Rewrite to Screen: An Overview of Options 179
Appendix A: Coverage 193
Appendix B: Self-Critiques 195
Appendix C: Your Personal Screenwriting and Video Library 199
Appendix D: At Long Last the Recipe for a Screenwriter's Gumbo with Character! 204
Index 207
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