Story

Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting
Author: Robert McKee
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062039822
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 480
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Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience. In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.

Screenplay

The Foundations of Screenwriting
Author: Syd Field
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 9780307423269
Category: Reference
Page: 336
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From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script.. Here are easily understood guidelines to make film-writing accessible to novices and to help practiced writers improve their scripts. Syd Field pinpoints the structural and stylistic elements essential to every good screenplay. He presents a step-by-step, comprehensive technique for writing the script that will succeed. •Why are the first ten pages of your script crucially important? •How do you collaborate successfully with someone else? •How do you adapt a novel, a play, or an article into a screenplay? •How do you market your script? From the Trade Paperback edition.

Dialogue

The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen
Author: Robert Mckee
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1455591920
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 352
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The long-awaited follow-up to the perennially bestselling writers' guide Story, from the most sought-after expert in the art of storytelling. Robert McKee's popular writing workshops have earned him an international reputation. The list of alumni with Oscars runs off the page. The cornerstone of his program is his singular book, Story, which has defined how we talk about the art of story creation. Now, in DIALOGUE, McKee offers the same in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways. From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue. DIALOGUE applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech. Famous McKee alumni include Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Haggis, the writing team for Pixar, and many others.

Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story


Author: John Yorke
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 1468309587
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 336
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The idea of Into the Woods is not to supplant works by Aristotle, Lajos Egri, Robert McKee, David Mamet, or any other writers of guides for screenwriters and playwrights, but to pick up on their cues and take the reader on a historical, philosophical, scientific, and psychological journey to the heart of all storytelling. In this exciting and wholly original book, John Yorke not only shows that there is truly a unifying shape to narrative—one that echoes the great fairytale journey into the woods, and one, like any great art, that comes from deep within—he explains why, too. With examples ranging from The Godfather to True Detective, Mad Men to Macbeth, and fairy tales to Forbrydelsen (The Killing), Yorke utilizes Shakespearean five-act structure as a key to analyzing all storytelling in all narrative forms, from film and television to theatre and novel-writing—a big step from the usual three-act approach. Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story is destined to sit alongside David Mamet’s Three Uses of the Knife, Robert McKee’s Story, Syd Field’s Screenplay, and Lajos Egri’s The Art of Dramatic Writing as one of the most original, useful, and inspiring books ever on dramatic writing.

The Anatomy of Story

22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller
Author: John Truby
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780865479937
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 464
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"If you're ready to graduate from the boy-meets-girl league of screenwriting, meet John Truby . . . [his lessons inspire] epiphanies that make you see the contours of your psyche as sharply as your script." —LA Weekly John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood's most successful films, including Sleepless in Seattle, Scream, and Shrek. The Anatomy of Story is his long-awaited first book, and it shares all his secrets for writing a compelling script. Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting, The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby's own unique approach to building an effective, multifaceted narrative.

Save the Cat

The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
Author: Blake Snyder
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781615931712
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 216
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This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!

Screenplay Story Analysis


Author: Asher Garfinkel
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1581158084
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 208
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Sometimes it seems like everybody’s writing a screenplay. But who reads those screenplays? Professional story analysts, that’s who. Screenplay Story Analysis explains exactly how to become a professional story analyst. Along with a basic how-to on writing a story analysis—or "coverage"—this book explains the techniques and thought processes involved in reading and evaluating a screenplay. Get familiar with terms, techniques, and general story elements. Master standard coverage format and content. Find guidelines for practicing coverage and getting work as a professional story analyst. With a foreword by Craig Perry, producer of American Pie, Final Destination, and other successful movies, and quotes from industry pros from top entertainment companies including ABC and Paramount Pictures, this is the essential guide for breaking into the business. Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

Storynomics

Story-Driven Marketing in the Post-Advertising World
Author: Robert Mckee,Thomas Gerace
Publisher: Twelve
ISBN: 1455541974
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 256
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Based on the hottest, most in-demand seminar offered by the legendary story master Robert McKee -- STORYNOMICS translates the lessons of storytelling in business into economic and leadership success. Robert McKee's popular writing workshops have earned him an international reputation. The list of alumni with Academy Awards and Emmy Awards runs off the page. The cornerstone of his program is his singular book, Story, which has defined how we talk about the art of story creation. Now in STORYNOMICS, McKee partners with digital marketing expert and Skyword CEO Tom Gerace to map a path for brands seeking to navigate the rapid decline of interrupt advertising. After successfully guiding organizations as diverse as Samsung, Marriott International, Philips, Microsoft, Nike, IBM, and Siemens to transform their marketing from an ad-centric to story-centric approach, McKee and Gerace now bring this knowledge to business leaders and entrepreneurs alike. Drawing from dozens of story-driven strategies and case studies taken from leading B2B and B2C brands, STORYNOMICS demonstrates how original storytelling delivers results that surpass traditional advertising. How will brands and their customers connect in the future? STORYNOMICS provides the answer.

Good Scripts, Bad Scripts

Learning the Craft of Screenwriting Through the 25 Best and Worst Films in History
Author: Thomas Pope
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)
ISBN: 9780609801192
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 232
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Explains how to structure a screenplay and develop characters for film, using as examples movies from "Citizen Kane" and "Casablanca" to "Cutthroat Island" and "The Bonfire of the Vanities"

Writing Short Films

Structure and Content for Screenwriters
Author: Linda J. Cowgill
Publisher: Lone Eagle
ISBN: 0307875148
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 275
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This new edition has been completely updated and revised along with the addition of several new chapters. Currently, this title remains the best selling university text book on writing short film screenplays.

Lew Hunter's Screenwriting 434

The Industry's Premier Teacher Reveals the Secrets of the Successful Screenplay
Author: Lew Hunter
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101007181
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 352
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For decades, Lew Hunter's Screenwriting 434 class at UCLA has been the premier screenwriting course, launching a generation of the industry's most frequently produced writers. Here, he shares the secrets of his course on the screenwriting process by actually writing an original script, step by step, that appears in the book.

The Art of Dramatic Writing

Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives
Author: Lajos Egri
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439123799
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 320
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Amid the hundreds of "how-to" books that have appeared in recent years, there have been very few which attempted to analyze the mysteries of play-construction. This book does that -- and its principles are so valid that they apply equally well to the short story, novel and screenplay. Lajos Egri examines a play from the inside out, starting with the heart of any drama: its characters. For it is people -- their private natures and their inter-relationships -- that move a story and give it life. All good dramatic writing depends upon an understanding of human motives. Why do people act as they do? What forces transform a coward into a hero, a hero into a coward? What is it that Romeo does early in Shakespeare's play that makes his later suicide seem inevitable? Why must Nora leave her husband at the end of A Doll's House? These are a few of the fascinating problems which Egri analyzes. He shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise -- a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behavior -- and to develop his dramatic conflict on the basis of that behavior. Premise, character, conflict: this is Egri's ABC. His book is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in a literary creation.

Presentation Zen

Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
Author: Garr Reynolds
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 0321601890
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
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FOREWORD BY GUY KAWASAKI Presentation designer and internationally acclaimed communications expert Garr Reynolds, creator of the most popular Web site on presentation design and delivery on the Net — presentationzen.com — shares his experience in a provocative mix of illumination, inspiration, education, and guidance that will change the way you think about making presentations with PowerPoint or Keynote. Presentation Zen challenges the conventional wisdom of making "slide presentations" in today’s world and encourages you to think differently and more creatively about the preparation, design, and delivery of your presentations. Garr shares lessons and perspectives that draw upon practical advice from the fields of communication and business. Combining solid principles of design with the tenets of Zen simplicity, this book will help you along the path to simpler, more effective presentations.

The Screenwriter's Bible

A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script
Author: David Trottier
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781935247104
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 442
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The 20th anniversary edition of one of the most popular, authoritative, and useful books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold over 250,000 copies in its twenty-year life. Always up-to-date and reliable, it contains everything that both the budding and working screenwriter need under one cover - five books in one! A Screenwriting Primer -- that provides a concise course in screenwriting basics; A Screenwriting Workbook -- that walks you through the complete writing process, from nascent ideas through final revisions; A Formatting Guide -- that thoroughly covers todays correct formats for screenplays and TV scripts; A Spec Writing Guide -- that demonstrates todays spec style through sample scenes and analysis, with an emphasis on grabbing the readers interest in the first ten pages; A Sales and Marketing Guide -- that presents proven strategies to help you create a laser-sharp marketing plan. Among this books wealth of practical information are sample query letters, useful worksheets and checklists, hundreds of examples, sample scenes, and straightforward explanations of screenwriting fundamentals. This 6th edition is full of new examples, the latest practices, and new material on non-traditional screenplay outlets.

Alternative Scriptwriting

Beyond the Hollywood Formula
Author: Ken Dancyger,Jeff Rush
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 113605362X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 466
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Learn the rules of scriptwriting, and then how to successfully break them.Unlike other screenwriting books, this unique guide pushes you to challenge yourself and break free of tired, formulaic writing--bending or breaking the rules of storytelling as we know them. Like the best-selling previous editions, seasoned authors Dancyger and Rush explore alternative approaches to the traditional three-act story structure, going beyond teaching you "how to tell a story" by teaching you how to write against conventional formulas to produce original, exciting material. The pages are filled with an international range of contemporary and classic cinema examples to inspire and instruct. New to this edition. New chapter on the newly popular genres of feature documentary, long-form television serials, non-linear stories, satire, fable, and docudrama. New chapter on multiple-threaded long form, serial television scripts. New chapter on genre and a new chapter on how genre’s very form is flexible to a narrative. New chapter on character development. New case studies, including an in-depth case study of the dark side of the fable, focusing on The Wizard of Oz and Pan’s Labyrinth.

The Art and Science of Screenwriting


Author: Philip Parker
Publisher: Intellect Books
ISBN: 9781841500652
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 219
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As screenwriters come to be seen as the storytellers of the age this book presents the fundamentals of writing a really compelling screenplay. Parker's new approach to writing for film and TV covers everything from finding an idea to writing a finished piece, containing advice on how to apply creative vision and the needs of the market. Parker breaks from the dominant concerns of act structure and character-driven narratives with a six-part framework comprising story, plot, dramatic structures, narrative and style.

The Complete Book of Scriptwriting


Author: J. Michael Straczynski
Publisher: Titan Books (UK)
ISBN: 9781852868826
Category: Broadcasting
Page: 424
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J. Michael Straczynski, writer/producer of Murder, She Wrote and xreator of Babylon 5 teaches scriptwriters how to write and sell work for television, movies, animation, radio and the theatre. Straczynski covers each medium in depth. He reveals facts, tells stories and offers observations from the vantage point of a career in the business.

Inside Story

The Power of the Transformational Arc
Author: Dara Marks
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408109425
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 384
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The inside scoop on how to write a screenplay with depth, dimension and substance.

The Three Wells of Screenwriting

Discover Your Deep Sources of Inspiration
Author: Matthew Kalil
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781615932863
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 200
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Working from a writer's perspective, this book explores these Three Wells and helps you con-sciously draw from them to develop new scripts, or strengthen old ones. It includes 29 exercises and techniques that help you to write stories that contain fresh ideas, intriguing characters, original scenes, inventive dialogue, unique locations, and important themes.