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Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure - Dan O'Bannon

Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure

Paperback Published: 20th February 2012
ISBN: 9781615931309
Number Of Pages: 272

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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.

Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Introduction, or A Fistful of Popcornp. xxi
Looking for the Formula, or The Quest for the Watchable Sow's Earp. 1
Exercise: Looking for the Formulap. 19
Toward a Definition of Structure, or Let's NOT Get Physicalp. 21
Exercise: Toward a Definition of Structurep. 23
Other People's Systems, or For Those Who Bought My Book by Mistakep. 25
Aristotle: The Plots the Thingp. 25
Exercise: Aristotlep. 34
Lajos Egri: Defeating the Thudp. 35
Exercise: Lajos Egrip. 41
Howard & Mabley: Ironying Out the Wrinklesp. 42
Exercise: Howard &Mableyp. 49
Syd Field: Brother, Can You Paradigm?p. 49
Exercise: Syd Fieldp. 54
Robert McKee: Falling Into the Gapp. 55
Exercise: Robert McKeep. 62
Dynamic Conflict Defined, or Guy Versus Guyp. 65
Exercise: Dynamic Conflict Definedp. 68
Dan O'Bannon's Dynamic Structure, or Getting to Poofp. 69
Exercises: Dan O'Bannon's Dynamic Structurep. 74
Dynamic Character: O'Bannon on Character as structure, or Choosy Writers Choose Choicep. 75
Exercise: Dynamic Characterp. 79
Structural Analyses, or Don't Take My Word For It…p. 81
Casablancap. 82
Exercise: Casablancap. 87
Citizen Kanep. 88
Exercise: Citizen Kanep. 93
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonp. 93
Exercise: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonp. 98
A Doll's Housep. 99
Exercise: A Doll's Housep. 104
Dracula (1931)p. 104
Exercise: Draculap. 110
Dumb & Dumberp. 111
Exercise: Dumb & Dumberp. 118
Invasion of the Body Snatchersp. 118
Exercise: Invasion of the Body Snatchersp. 124
King Learp. 124
Exercise: King Learp. 131
Lawrence of Arabiap. 132
Exercise: Lawrence of Arabiap. 143
Lost Horizon (1937)p. 144
Exercise: Lost Horizonp. 152
Psycho (1960)p. 153
Exercise: Psychop. 159
Some Like It Hotp. 160
Exercise: Some Like It Hotp. 167
Do-It-Yourself Script Analysis, or Take YOUR Word For It!p. 171
Exercise: Applying Dynamic Structure to Storyp. 172
Exercise: Applying Dynamic Structure to Characterp. 174
Story Typology, or It's in the Way That You Use Itp. 175
Exercise: Story Typologyp. 181
On Pace, Exposition, and Twists, or Introducing Hedonic Adaptationp. 183
Exercise: On Pace, Exposition, and Twistsp. 193
Why Three Acts? or Pass Ergo, Collect $200p. 197
Exercise: Why Three Acts?p. 201
Length of a Screenplay, or Filling the Digital Doggy Bagp. 203
Exercise: Length of a Screenplayp. 209
Inspiration Versus Rules, or Calling the Script Copsp. 211
Exercise: Inspiration Versus Rulesp. 213
Perspective, or Phooey On What You Sayp. 215
Exercise: Perspectivep. 217
What is a Producer? or Not Who, Whatp. 219
Exercise: What is a Producer?p. 221
Screen Credits, or Joining the Desaparecidosp. 223
Exercise: Screen Creditsp. 227
Why be a Screenwriter? or I'll Make This Briefp. 229
Exercise: Why be a Screenwriter?p. 229
Fear, or Taking in the Garbagep. 231
Exercise: Fearp. 233
Conclusionp. 235
Afterwordp. 240
Dan O'Bannon: Filmographyp. 241
About the Authorsp. 242
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ISBN: 9781615931309
ISBN-10: 1615931309
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 20th February 2012
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36

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