The Screenwriter's Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problems (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 2, 2009 - Performing Arts - 384 pages
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All writing is rewriting. But what do you change, and how do you change it? All screenplays have problems. They happened to Die Hard: With a Vengeance and Broken Arrow-and didn't get fixed, leaving the films flawed. They nearly shelved Platoon-until Oliver Stone rewrote the first ten pages and created a classic. They happen to every screenwriter. But good writers see their problems as a springboard to creativity. Now bestselling author Syd Field, who works on over 1,000 screenplays a year, tells you step-by-step how to identify and fix common screenwriting problems, providing the professional secrets that make movies brilliant-secrets that can make your screenplay one headed for success...or even Cannes. Learn how to:

•Understand what makes great stories work
•Make your screenplay work in the first ten pages, using Thelma & Louise and Dances With Wolves as models
•Use a "dream assignment" to let your creative self break free overnight
•Make action build character, the way Quentin Tarantino does
•Recover when you hit the "wall"-and overcome writer's block forever


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My first book on writing. Loads of tips. I wished, i had seen all the movies mentioned in the book. cheers, Mukesh Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Art of Problem Solving
3
So Whats the Problem?
14
Locating the Problem
23
Approaching the Problem
35
SOME COMMON PROBLEMS
49
Talking Heads 51
50
Dazed Lost and Confused
64
The Need to Explain 111
110
S0methings Missing
127
Bridging Time and Action
143
PROBLEMS OF CHARACTER 12 What Is Character? 165
162
The Circle of Being
181
Dull Thin and Boring
197
The Passive Active 215
214
The Flash Point
231

The Nature of Dull
77
PROBLEMS OF PLOT 8 Too Much Too Soon
97

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About the author (2009)

Syd Field is a screenwriter, producer, teacher, international lecturer, and author of the bestselling books Screenplay, The Screenwriter's Workbook, Selling a Screenplay, and Four Screenplays. Published in 1982, Screenplay has been translated into sixteen languages, and is used in more than 250 colleges and universities across the country. At present he is creative consultant to the governments of Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Austria, and South Africa, and has been a script consultant for Roland Jaffe's film production company, for Alfonso Arau and Laura Esquivel on Like Water for Chocolate, and for Tri-Star Pictures. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.


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