Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect / Edition 1

Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect / Edition 1

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Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect / Edition 1

The beauty and power of any story lies in its ability to connect with its audience. Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect, Second Edition, is the first screenwriting guide to introduce connection as an essential aspect of creating stories for the screen and of the screenwriting process itself. Written with clarity and humor, this book teaches the craft of writing short screenplays by guiding beginning writers through carefully focused exercises.

Part One prepares you to write through exercises that will help you think more deeply about the screenwriter's purpose, about your own unique vision, and finally, about what screenplays are at their simplest and most profound level-a pattern of human change made up of specific moments in our lives, of discoveries and decisions-and how they transform us. Part Two shows how to craft an effective story of human change through a study of the writing and re-writing of five short screenplays of increasing length and complexity, each focusing on a specific principle of dramatic technique. Part Three presents seven screenplays that illustrate these dramatic principles, and includes interviews with the screenwriters discussing how each of these films evolved.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780240803784
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.03(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionxi
Introduction: the Power and Importance of Human Connection1
Part 1Preparing to Write the Short Screenplay7
Chapter 1Connecting to Purpose9
Only Connect9
The Screenplay Paradox12
Chapter 2Connecting to Self15
Le Menu15
Depart the Donnee20
Chapter 3Connecting to Process23
The Space-Time Conundrum23
Madness in Your Method25
Creating Rituals27
Taking Care of Yourself28
Just Do It29
Chapter 4Connecting to Screenplays30
Surface and Deep Action32
Making Change33
The Mood Exercise34
The Pearl in the Oyster36
Emotional Flow37
Everything You Need to Know You Can Learn From City Lights38
Demystifying Format42
Chapter 5Connecting to Collaboration50
Top Ten Reasons to Write With a Partner51
Finding the Right Writing Partner52
The Space-Time Conundrum, The Sequel54
Co-Drafting the Script55
Dealing With Disagreements57
Part IIFive (Not So) Easy Screenplays61
Chapter 6The Discovery63
The First Screenplay-The Discovery65
Choosing an Idea68
Developing Character69
Developing Story and Structure72
Drafting the Screenplay73
Rewriting the Screenplay74
Chapter 7The Decision78
The Second Screenplay-The Decision78
Choosing an Idea79
Developing Character80
Developing Story and Structure83
Drafting the Screenplay84
Rewriting the Screenplay85
Chapter 8The Boxing Match87
The Third Screenplay-The Boxing Match89
Choosing an Idea90
Developing Character92
Developing Story and Structure96
Drafting the Screenplay98
Rewriting the Screenplay101
Chapter 9The Improbable Connection102
The Fourth Screenplay-The Improbable Connection105
Choosing an Idea107
Developing Character108
Developing Story and Structure109
Drafting the Screenplay110
Rewriting the Screenplay111
Chapter 10The Long Short Screenplay112
The Fifth Screenplay-The Long Short Screenplay112
Choosing an Idea113
Developing Character116
Developing Story and Structure118
Drafting the Screenplay121
Rewriting the Screenplay124
Part IIISeven Screenplays That Make It Look Easy127
Chapter 11Kosher129
Chapter 12My Josephine137
Chapter 13A Work in Progress149
Chapter 14Lena's Spaghetti159
Chapter 15Cool Breeze and Buzz188
Chapter 16The Making of "Killer Kite"209
Chapter 17Slow Dancin' Down the Aisles of the Quickcheck239
Chapter 18Conclusion273
Appendix AAvailable Screenwriting Software275
Appendix BFilms Referenced277
Appendix CFurther Reading279

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