A truly comprehensive overview of the craft of writing for contemporary film and video, by a multi-award winning screenwriter.
The 21st-Century Screenplay is the long-awaited, much-expanded successor to the author's internationally acclaimed 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 alike.
'A brilliant book. Linda Aronson is one of the great and important voices on screenwriting.' - Dr Linda Seger, author of Making a Good Script Great
'A VERY WONDERFUL book. I love the strategies for plumbing the unconscious story mind. There's no other book that gives such an in-depth analysis of the 'bone structure' for all these various kinds of narratives.' - Robin Swicord, Little Women, The Jane Austen Book Club, Memoirs of a Geisha
'It's a huge achievement, an incredibly comprehensive analysis of what the screenwriter does, of what can go right and what can go wrong and how to fix it when it does. I highly recommend it.' Andrew Bovell, Lantana, Blessed, Edge of Darkness
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.
Writing & Language
Table Of Contents:
List of Figures
List of development strategies
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
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,
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
Paperback - C format
0 - 0