The 21st Century Screenplay

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

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The 21st Century Screenplay is the much-expanded successor to the author's Scriptwriting Updated. Many books in one, it offers a comprehensive, highly practical manual of screenwriting from the classic to the avant-garde, from The African Queen and Tootsie, to 21 Grams, Pulp Fiction, Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Whether you want to write short films, features, adaptations, genre films, ensemble films, blockbusters or art house movies, this book takes you all the way from choosing the brilliant idea to plotting, writing and rewriting. Featuring a range of insider survival tips on time-effective writing, creativity under pressure and rising to the challenge of international competition, The 21st Century Screenplay is essential reading for newcomer and veteran more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 30mm | 758g
  • Allen & Unwin
  • St Leonards, Australia
  • English
  • Main
  • 1742371361
  • 9781742371368
  • 18,557

About Linda Aronson

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 more

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,show more