Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay

ISBN-10: 0520221656

ISBN-13: 9780520221659

Edition: 2nd 1999 (Revised)

Authors: Andrew Horton

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"We need good screenwriters who understand character." Everywhere Andrew Horton traveled in researching this book--from Hollywood to Hungary--he heard the same refrain. Yet most of the standard how-to books on screenwriting follow the film industry's earlier lead in focusing almost exclusively on plot and formulaic structures. With this book, Horton, a film scholar and successful screenwriter, provides the definitive work on the character-based screenplay. Exceptionally wide-ranging--covering American, international, mainstream, and "off-Hollywood" films, as well as television--the book offers creative strategies and essential practical information. Horton begins by placing screenwriting in the context of the storytelling tradition, arguing through literary and cultural analysis that all great stories revolve around a strong central character. He then suggests specific techniques and concepts to help any writer--whether new or experienced--build more vivid characters and screenplays. Centering his discussion around four film examples--includingThelma & LouiseandThe Silence of the Lambs--and the television series,Northern Exposure, he takes the reader step-by-step through the screenwriting process, starting with the development of multi-dimensional characters and continuing through to rewrite. Finally, he includes a wealth of information about contests, fellowships, and film festivals. Espousing a new, character-based approach to screenwriting, this engaging, insightful work will prove an essential guide to all of those involved in the writing and development of film scripts.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/23/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 249
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Character
The Feast of Becoming: Carnival and Character
Varieties of Voices Within Character
Five Not-So-Easy Pieces: Analysis of Character-Centered Scripts
Narrative and Structure
Beyond the Classical Hollywood Structure
Developing a Character-Centered Narrative
Pitching
Writing
Prelude to a Screenplay
The Fourteen-Week Character Developing Schedule
The Fourteen-Week Feature Screenplay
Launching Your Script
From Rewrite to Screen: An Overview of Options
Live Writers Talking: Screenwriting 2000 and Beyond
Coverage
Self-Critiques
Your Personal Screenwriting and Video Library
At Long Last the Recipe for a Screenwriter's Gumbo with Character!
Index
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