Screenwriting is Storytelling: Creating an A-list Screenplay that Sells!

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Penguin, 2004 - Performing Arts - 264 pages
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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
 

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Contents

Screenwriting Is Storytelling
3
Movies Are Entertainment
13
The Big Idea
32
The Four Story Questions
40
Form 3Act Paradigms
45
Spine The Process
65
Integrating Form and Spine
79
Critical Thinking and Creative Tools
86
Creating the Antagonist
118
Supporting Characters Who Tell the Story
123
Following the Emotional Story
146
The Step Outline
160
Creating the Scene
174
Where Good Scripts Go Wrong
190
Writing Is Rewriting
203
Breaking In
221

How does my story make the audience feel?
93
Genre
95
Plot vs Story
106
Creating the Main Character
112
Becoming a Storyteller
239
Bibliography and Recommended Reading
251
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About the author (2004)

Kate Wright is an Emmy Award-winning producer and screenwriter with more than 20 years of experience. Ms. Wright is a Senior Instructor at UCLA Extension's internationally known Writers Program where she teaches "Script Doctoring: Rewriting for Production" and "Writing the Screenplay the Professional Way."

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