Short Screenplay Your Short Film from Concept to Production

ISBN-10: 1598633384
ISBN-13: 9781598633382
Edition: 2007
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Course Technology
Publication date: 11/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

With the proliferation of digital video and the ease of access to relatively powerful editing software, many people of all ages and backgrounds are now making films. While there is certainly no shortage of books on the subject of screenwriting, none really address the needs and interests of these filmmakers, whether they be digital neophytes, dedicated amateurs, or future Fellinis. The problem is that the vast majority of screenwriting books treat the creation of the screenplay as somehow apart from the hands-on work of filmmaking. These books tend to focus on writing the initial draft of a Hollywood-style spec screenplay, or ?calling card script.? The Short Screenplay is aimed at people interested in writing films rather than screenplays, people who wish to see their cinematic ideas on the screen rather than on the page, and people who envision themselves as actively engaged in the process of bringing a film to life as screenwriters, screenwriter-directors, screenwriter-producers, or any other screenwriting hyphenate. The information in the book comes from real world experience: the author is an Emmy Award-winner with over twenty years experience in screenwriting and film production.

Key Concepts
The Fundamentals
Keep your screenplay focused
Limit the time frame of the action
Limit the number of characters
Say more with less
Make it new
What to Avoid
The extensive use of special or visual effects
Multiple subplots
Resolution through death (either murder or suicide)
Serial killing
Parodies and mockumentaries
Dreams and fantasies
Characters who are obviously walking contradictions
Film and Theater
The Writer's Goals
The Script
Film and Television
Take Two-Chapter Review
Key Concepts
Character and Characterization
Why Are Character Choices Active and External?
Putting Your Characters in Charge of the Action
Objective and Need
Adding Depth to Your Characters
Outlook is the way a character views the world
Attitude is the way the world views a character
Arc is the growth or the change that a character undergoes during the course of the film's action
Types of Characters
Secondary Characters
Take Two-Chapter Review
Key Concepts
Character vs. Character
Character vs. Self
Character vs. Society
Character vs. Nature
Character vs. Fate
The Three-Part Nature of the Screenplay
A hint of the conflict to come
The direction of the plot
The inciting incident
Rising Action
Some Additional Devices
Condition lock
Plant and payoff
Red herring
Scene-protagonist vs. Scene-antagonist
Creating the Scene
What is the dramatic point of the scene?
What is the major beat in the scene?
Which characters do I need to make the scene work?
Who is the scene-protagonist?
What does the scene-protagonist want in the scene?
What is the form of the conflict in the scene?
What is the subtext for the scene?
Where will the scene play?
At what time of day will the scene play?
Take Two-Chapter Review
Key Concepts
The Goals of Film Dialogue
Move the plot forward
Reveal character
Provide story information
Establish tone
Convey theme
Add to the backdrop of the story
The Characteristics of Film Dialogue
Writing Effective Dialogue
Write dialogue that's dynamic and progressive
Be concise
Keep lines simple
Keep speeches short
Take care in the way that you represent a dialect or an accent on the page
Don't turn every beat through the dialogue
Don't write "on the nose."
Avoid filler phrases
Avoid stammering or stuttering except when the dramatic situation absolutely demands it
Don't be inflexible (unless you enjoy extreme frustration)
Making Every Word Count
Keeping Dialogue Concise: A Case in Point
Take Two-Chapter Review
Key Concepts
Where Do Film Ideas Come From?
The Stages of Development
Character interview
Step outline
Scene outline
Sequence outline
First draft
Common problems in the setup
Common problems in the rising action
Common problems in the resolution
Principles of rewriting
Take Two-Chapter Review
Key Concepts
Pitfalls and Money Pits
Too Many Roles
"Scenery Chewing"
Locations (too many)
Locations (too public)
Working with Others
Locking the Pages of a Script
A Brief Word about Rehearsal
Take Two-Chapter Review
Key Concepts
Scene Headings
Scene Directions
Character Cues
Parenthetical Directions
The Standard Industry Format (Traditional)
The Standard Industry Format (Updated)
The Title Page
Special Situations
Some Simple but Essential Rules of Punctuation
Take Two-Chapter Review
Sample Screenplay: Early Draft
Sample Screenplay: Shooting Script
A Filmmaker's Dozen: Thirteen Short Films Every Filmmaker Should See

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