Scriptwriting Updated: New and Conventional Ways of Writing for the Screen

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Allen & Unwin, 2000 - Creative writing - 300 pages
Script writing has changed in the past years and this book shows today's scriptwriter how to write with the new strucutures of flash backs, parallel storytelling and multiple protagonists. "The traditional and new narrative structures are carefully explained and cross referenced. There is arange of helpful analytical aids like charts, quick reference guides and structural breakdowns. Special script development strategies help with plotting. There are highly effective concentration techniques for countering cliche and a wide variety of ways to trigger ideas." - back cover.
 

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Contents

Creativity and general problemsolving
1
Getting good ideas fast from screen models
13
Getting good ideas fast from fairytale myth and fable
23
Getting good ideas fast from nonnarrative triggers
31
Overview of traditional narrative structure
39
Development Strategies for a traditional threeact film
51
flashback
105
Varieties of flashback narrative
117
Tandem narrative and sequential narrative
185
Multiple protagonists and antagonists
221
films with structural flaws
237
Dialogue
255
Examples of flawed dialogue writing
265
Treatment writing and the script as instruction manual
279
Strategy for writing under pressure
285
Bibliography
291

Quick reference guide to using flashback narrative
129
Structure charts of flashback narrative
143

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Popular passages

Page 182 - The door in the mountain side shut fast. Did I say, all? No! One was lame, And could not dance the whole of the way; And in after years, if you would blame His sadness, he was used to say— "It's dull in our town since my playmates left!
Page 4 - I was astonished that almost every writer pitched variations of exactly the same plots. The most popular: Maddie and David are trapped together...
Page 41 - Essentially, dramatic high points come at the end of the first act, the end of the second act...
Page 181 - Because we've all lost our children. They're dead to us. They're killing each other in the streets, [Billy leaves.] as they wander comatose through shopping malls.
Page 26 - The Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk...
Page 4 - Each writer pitched this isolation idea with fervour, confident that it was the most original and compelling notion of all time.
Page 139 - The prince announces that he will marry the woman whose foot fits the shoe.

About the author (2000)

Linda Aronson has almost 20 years experience as a screenwriter, script assessor and teacher.

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