Screenwriter's Roadmap 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story

ISBN-10: 0240820606
ISBN-13: 9780240820606
Edition: 2012
Authors: Neil Landau
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Publication date: 11/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Finally, a GPS system for screenwriters! The potentially long and arduous journey of writing a screenplay was just made easier to navigate with The Screenwriter's Roadmap. Avoid the wrong turns, dead ends, gaping p(l)otholes, and other obstacles that result in frustration , wasted time, and wasted energy. The Screenwriter's Roadmap keeps you on track and helps you reach your destination- a finished, professional quality screenplay. Neil Landau, a successful Hollywood screenwriter and script doctor with over 2 decades of experience, provides you with 21 Guideposts, that if implemented, will help you nail down your screenplay's story structure, deepen its character arcs, bolster stakes, heighten suspense, and diagnose and repair its potential weaknesses. These Guideposts are based on field-tested, in-the-trenches experiences that have been proven to work. The Guideposts are augmented by interactive exercises, end of chapter "homework" assignments, examples from the latest blockbusters, as well as over 20 interviews with some of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters and directors, including David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel), David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, Panic Room, War of the Worlds, Angels & Demons), Melissa Rosenberg (The Twilight Saga: Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Dexter (TV)), and Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Insider, Munich, The Good Shepherd, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)..* The ideal tool to perfect your screenplay, with cutting insight from a 20+ year Hollywood screenwriting veteran on what it takes to write a successful screenplay * Revealing interviews with Hollywood screenwriting and directing heavyweights sprinkled throughout * The book also includes end of chapter exercises and examples from the latest Hollywood hits, providing practical and inspirational confidence

Clarify the Central Conflict of Your Premise
Think of Setting and Time Period as Another Character
Create an Iconic Protagonist with a Core Contradiction
Give Your Protagonist Something to Win and Something to Lose
Determine Your Protagonist's Most Significant Weakness and how they'll overcome it
Drafting the Architectural Foundation
Hook Your Audience into the Plight of Your Protagonist by Page 10
Inject a Potent Antagonistic Force to Obstruct the Goals of Your Protagonist
Plunge Your Protagonist into Crisis at the End of Act One (no later than page 25)
Fuelling and Consistently Stoking the Dramatic Fire
Infuse Your Story with a Central Mystery
The Center Can Hold: Ratcheting up the Stakes at the Midpoint of Act 2
Thicken the Plot with a Pivotal Character
Compel your Protagonist into Epiphany in Act 3
Situate Your Protagonist at a Crossroads at the End of Act 2
Set the Clock Ticking
Heighten the Climax
Pay-off the Setups
Crafting the Inevitable Conclusion
Illuminate the Central Thematic Question
Rewrites: Reconnecting to the Emotional Core of Your Screenplay

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