This guide to film writing is an ideal introduction to the craft for would-be screen scribes or film buffs who want to learn how it is done. A broad introduction to writing for the screen is provided, along with a structured system for creating strong screenplays, based on the author???s successful online college course. This book goes beyond the typical formulaic approach, offering insights into the classic mythic structures as well as contemporary storytelling techniques that underlie good screenwriting. The secrets to crafting cohesive plots, likeable characters, compelling action, and believable dialogue are all explained. Also provided is guidance on how to create strong scenes and a complete visual world that will engage audiences.
Cinema creates a parallel universe -- Know the rules before you break them -- Psychology of the protagonist -- Time is the basic building block -- Devices for manipulating story chronology -- Your premise governs three acts -- Scene construction -- DIalogue and characterisation -- Plotlines, supblots and secondary characters -- Act one structure -- Act two structure -- Act three structure -- Fleshing out your screenplay.