21st-Century Screenplay A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Tomorrow's Films

ISBN-10: 1935247034

ISBN-13: 9781935247036

Edition: 2010

Authors: Linda Aronson

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Silman-James Press
Publication date: 1/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 490
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

List of figures
List of development strategies
Getting Ideas
Creativity and general problem solving
Triggering good ideas fast from screen models
Triggering good ideas fast from other models
What film are we in?
Conventional Narrative Structure
Overview of conventional narrative structure
Planning a conventional, three-act structure
Normality and disturbance (the set-up)
Action line or relationship line?
Protagonists and characters who seem like protagonists but are not
One protagonist, many antagonists
The plan and first-act turning point
The second act
The third act: Climax, resolution, symbolism and myth
Structural analysis of The Piano
Practical Plotting
The nature of the task
Close plotting: Beats, interweaving and condensing
Plotting: Tips, traps and rewriting
Genres with particular plotting problems
Parallel Narrative
An introduction to parallel narrative
Six categories of parallel narrative
Which structure suits my film?
Tandem narrative
Tandem narrative: An introduction
The macro in tandem narrative
Writing your tandem narrative film
City of Hope: Tandem narrative case study
Multiple protagonist narrative
Multiple protagonist narrative: An introduction
Multiple protagonists: Preliminary plotting
Multiple protagonists: Plotting the group action line
Multiple protagonists: Plotting relationship lines
Plotting issues in multiple protagonist quests, reunions and sieges
American Beauty: Multiple protagonist social siege
Double journeys narrative
Double journeys
Flashback narrative
Flashback: An introduction
Simple flashback forms
Complex or double narrative flashback: An introduction
Thwarted dream and case history flashback
Flashback: Protagonists, antagonists, and the enigmatic outsider
Autobiographical voice-over flashback
Planning a double narrative flashback film
Case studies of flashback films: Hybrids and oddities
Consecutive stories narrative
Consecutive stories narrative: An introduction
Consecutive stories: Stories walking into the picture
Consecutive stories: Different perspectives
Consecutive stories: Different consequences
Consecutive stories: Portmanteau films
Consecutive stories: Fixing journey stories with a portmanteau (Homer's Odyssey)
Fractured tandem narrative
Fractured tandem: An introduction
Pace, connection, meaning and closure in fractured tandem
Fractured tandem: The structure of 21 Grams
Four fractured tandem films
Lost in the Telling: Films with Structural Flaws
Conventional narrative films with structural flaws
Parallel narrative films with structural flaws
Getting It on the Page
Scene writing: Exposition, backstory and subtext
Treatment/outline writing and the script as an instruction manual
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