How to Build A Great Screenplay

How to Build A Great Screenplay

A Master Class in Storytelling for Film

Book - 2004 | 1st ed.
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Acclaimed USC screenwriting teacher David Howard has guided hundreds of students to careers in writing for film and television. Drawing on decades of practical experience and savvy, How to Build a Great Screenplay deconstructs the craft of screenwriting and carefully reveals how to build a good story from the ground up. Howard eschews the "system" offered by other books, emphasizing that a great screenplay requires dozens of unique decisions by the author. He offers in-depth considerations of:* characterization* story arc* plotting and subplotting* dealing with coincidence in story plotting* classical vs. revolutionary screenplay structure* tone, style, and atmosphere* the use of time on screen* the creation of drama and tension* crucial moments in storytellingThroughout the book, Howard clarifies his lessons through examples from some of the most successful Hollywood and international script-oriented films, including Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, Trainspotting, North by Northwest, Chinatown, and others. The end result is what could very well become the classic text in the field - a bible for the burgeoning screenwriter.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312252113
Branch Call Number: 808.23 H848
Characteristics: xvi, 445 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: How to build a screenplay


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