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21st Century Screenplay : A comprehensive guide to writing tomorrow's films - Linda Aronson

21st Century Screenplay

A comprehensive guide to writing tomorrow's films

Paperback Published: 1st July 2010
ISBN: 9781742371368
Number Of Pages: 512

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The 21st-Century Screenplay is the long-awaited, much-expanded successor to the author's internationally acclaimed Scriptwriting Updated. Many books in one, it offers a comprehensive, highly practical manual of screenwriting from the classic to the avant-garde, from The African Queen and Tootsie, to 21 Grams, Pulp Fiction, Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Whether you want to write short films, features, adaptations, genre films, ensemble films, blockbusters or art house movies, this book takes you all the way from choosing the brilliant idea to plotting, writing and rewriting.

Featuring a range of insider survival tips on time-effective writing, creativity under pressure and rising to the challenge of international competition, The 21st-Century Screenplay is essential reading for newcomer and veteran alike.

'A brilliant book. Linda Aronson is one of the great and important voices on screenwriting.' - Dr Linda Seger, author of Making a Good Script Great

'A VERY WONDERFUL book. I love the strategies for plumbing the unconscious story mind. There's no other book that gives such an in-depth analysis of the 'bone structure' for all these various kinds of narratives.' - Robin Swicord, Little Women, The Jane Austen Book Club, Memoirs of a Geisha

'It's a huge achievement, an incredibly comprehensive analysis of what the screenwriter does, of what can go right and what can go wrong and how to fix it when it does. I highly recommend it.' Andrew Bovell, Lantana, Blessed, Edge of Darkness

List of Figures

List of development strategies



Part 1 Getting Ideas

1 Creativity and general problem solving

2 Triggering good ideas fast from screen models

3 Triggering good ideas fast from other models

4 What film are we in?

Part 2 Conventional Narrative Structure

5 Overview of conventional narrative structure

6 Planning a conventional, three-act structure

7 Normality and disturbance (the set-up)

8 Action line or relationship line?

9 Protagonists and characters who seem like protagonists but are not

10 One protagonist, many antagonists

11 Characterisation

12 The plan and first-act turning point

13 The second act

14 The third act: Climax, resolution, symbolism and myth

15 Structural analysis of The Piano

Part 3 Practical Plotting

16 The nature of the task

17 Close plotting: Beats, interweaving and condensing

18 Plotting: Tips,

ISBN: 9781742371368
ISBN-10: 1742371361
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st July 2010
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.84
Edition Number: 1

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