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Dan O’Bannon famously crafted his screenplays using a self-designed system which he called “dynamic structure.” This book outlines how O’Bannon’s method differs from those of other well-known screenwriting gurus, and illustrates with examples from classic (and not-so-classic) films how dynamic structure can be applied to craft narrative and character. O’Bannon also includes his insights on subjects such as the logic of the three-act structure, the role of the producer in screenplay development, and the psychological principle known as “hedonic adaptation,” which has a unique effect on the structuring of screen stories.
|Publisher:||Wiese, Michael Productions|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Dan O’Bannon was an acclaimed screenwriter whose eleven feature writing credits include the international blockbusters Alien and Total Recall, as well as Return of the Living Dead, which he also directed.
Matt R. Lohr is an award-winning screenwriter, essayist, and critic. His views on contemporary and classic cinema can be found on his blog, “The Movie Zombie.” He lives in Los Angeles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dan O’Bannon's Guide To Screenplay Structure introduces the system Mr. O'Bannon used in crafting his wonderful screenplays. Called Dynamic Structure, this system is a very sound and obviously effective guide that both the established screenwriter and the total novice can benefit from. I have personally produced five independently-financed feature films and have studied the craft of screenwriting from both a formal educational basis and as a hands-on producer. Based on this experience I steadfastly believe that the screenplay remains the most important element in the difference between a good film and a forgettable one. There is no other screenwriting book that I am aware of that takes an approach anywhere close to Mr. O'Bannon's methodology. This is a must read for anyone interested in the art of screenwriting and, especially, anyone that is interested in learning a new, creative process for crafting a great script.