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Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization

ISBN-10: 0786887400
ISBN-13: 9780786887408
Edition: 2002
Authors: Michael Tierno
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Hyperion Press
Publication date: 8/21/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572

Preface
Introduction: The Action-Idea
Let's Start at the Very Beginning, Middle, and End
Why You Want Your Movie to Be a Bomb!
The Subject Is an Action ... Not a Person
Forget Sub-plotting--the Best Plots Have One-Track Minds
Plot Is Soul
The Ends Are Always in the Means of the Plot
Why Is My Beautiful Plot Growing a Hand Out of Its Head?
The Four Species of Plot
What the Poetics Says About Epics Like Lord of the Rings
Destiny Is an Accident Waiting to Happen
Keep It in the Family ... The Tragic Deed
Oops! I Caused My Own Undeserved Misfortune Again
How a Little Moralizing Turned a Gladiator Gore Fest into a Best Picture
A Movie Is Long Enough, So It Ends Happy or Sad
If You're Happy and You Know It ... Time for a Reversal of Fortune and Discovery
"It Scared Me Because I Saw It Coming" ... The Rolls Royce of Complex Plots
The Devil Is in the Realistic Details of the Plot of Angel Heart
Whatever Causes the Action Better Be Up There on the Screen
A Movie Gave You a Bad Case of Pity and Fear? The Doctor Recommends a Catharsis
Action Speaks Louder Than Words, and Together They Can Speak Volumes!
The Perfect Hollywood Sad/Happy Plot versus the Perfect Poetics Sad Plot
Move Your Audience by Teaching Them What They Already Know
The Good, the Bad, and the Intermediate Hero
It's the Thought Behind the Action That Counts: Creating the Tone of Your Screenplay
How to Cheat If You Can't Hire a Whole Chorus
How to Create Characters That Are Really Really Really Alive
Dialog Is a Piece of the Action
If the Pitch Doesn't Fill Me with Horror and Pity, the Movie Won't Either
The Non-Linear Soul of Quentin Tarantino
If Your Story Were a Musical, Where Would the Numbers Be?
History Repeats Itself ... Real and Imagined
Aristotle's Take on the Importance of Drama
Aristotle Took Comedy Seriously
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