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Screenwriting is Storytelling : Creating an A-List Screenplay That Sells! - Kate Wright

Screenwriting is Storytelling

Creating an A-List Screenplay That Sells!

Paperback Published: 31st October 2004
ISBN: 9780399530241
Number Of Pages: 288

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While most screenwriting books focus on format and structure, Kate Wright explains how to put story at the center of a screenplay. A compelling story, complete with intriguing characters and situations created with these screenwriting tricks of the trade can become a box office blockbuster film.

Screenwriters will learn:

- Developing themes within the plot
- Using structure to define the story
- Creating memorable characters
- Establishing moral dilemmas and conflicts
- Achieving classic elements of storytelling in a three-act dramatic structure
- Mastering different genres

Forewordp. xv
Introduction: "Screenwriters must become storytellers."p. xvii
Screenthinking: "What is my story about?"p. 1
Screenwriting Is Storytellingp. 3
Movies Are Entertainmentp. 13
The Big Ideap. 32
The Four "Story" Questionsp. 40
Form: 3-Act Paradigmsp. 45
Spine: The Processp. 65
Integrating Form and Spinep. 79
Critical Thinking and Creative Toolsp. 86
Screenplanning: "How does my story make the audience feel?"p. 93
Genrep. 95
Plot vs. Storyp. 106
Creating the Main Characterp. 112
Creating the Antagonistp. 118
Supporting Characters Who Tell the Storyp. 123
Creating Dramatic Conflictp. 129
Moral Dilemma and the Moral of the Storyp. 135
Following the Emotional Storyp. 146
Screenwriting: "This is what my story is about."p. 153
The One-Page Summaryp. 155
The Step Outlinep. 160
Creating the Scenep. 174
Originalityp. 182
Where Good Scripts Go Wrongp. 190
Rewriting and Script Doctoring: "What is my story really about?"p. 201
Writing Is Rewritingp. 203
Breaking in and Staying Therep. 219
Breaking Inp. 221
Second Careers and Reinventing Yourselfp. 231
Postcript: "Becoming a Storyteller"p. 239
Appendices
Entertainment Industry Organizationsp. 242
Screenwriting Competitionsp. 244
Popular Internet Websites for Screenwritersp. 247
"Standard U.S. Format" and Elements of Screenwritingp. 250
Bibliography and Recommended Readingp. 251
Indexp. 253
About the Authorp. 261
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ISBN: 9780399530241
ISBN-10: 039953024X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 31st October 2004
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

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