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

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


By (author) Linda Aronson

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 29mm | 766g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: St Leonards
  • ISBN 10: 1742371361
  • ISBN 13: 9781742371368
  • Sales rank: 71,133

Product description

A truly comprehensive overview of the craft of writing for contemporary film and video, by a multi-award winning screenwriter.

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Author information

Linda Aronson is an award-winning scriptwriter, playwright and novelist. Her fiction is published in nine countries. She lectures and consults on film all over the world.

Table of contents

List of Figures..List of development strategies..Foreword..Preface..Part 1 Getting Ideas ..1 Creativity and general problem solving..2 Triggering good ideas fast from screen models..3 Triggering good ideas fast from other models ..4 What film are we in?..Part 2 Conventional Narrative Structure..5 Overview of conventional narrative structure..6 Planning a conventional, three-act structure ..7 Normality and disturbance (the set-up)..8 Action line or relationship line?..9 Protagonists and characters who seem like protagonists but are not..10 One protagonist, many antagonists..11 Characterisation..12 The plan and first-act turning point..13 The second act..14 The third act: Climax, resolution, symbolism and myth..15 Structural analysis of The Piano..Part 3 Practical Plotting..16 The nature of the task..17 Close plotting: Beats, interweaving and condensing..18 Plotting: Tips,