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<p class=MsoNormal><span style="COLOR: black">Uniquely inspired by the work of mythologist Joseph Campbell and psychologist Jean Houston, <em>The Soul of Screenwriting </em>demonstrates how the "screenwriting by numbers" approach that offers templates into which the writer may mechanically drop his or her story idea is fundamentally incomplete. Keith Cunningham maintains that in doing so, one ignores the process of writing. Screenwriting is a long journey and even the most gifted screenwriters get lost along the way. Getting lost, Cunningham reminds us, is part of the process too.</span></p><br/><p class=MsoNormal><span style="COLOR: black">What the writer experiences in the act of writing has never been taken into account, yet this is where the screenplay comes from: the writer's here-and-now experience while working on the story. Information—left-brain concepts and techniques about plot structure, character development and orchestration, the dynamics of scenes and  sequences—is all necessary. But it is what one does with the information that makes a truly great screenplay. In The Soul of Screenwriting, Cunningham demonstrates that good screenwriting is more than hitting the big "plot points" with exciting action. G ood screenwriting also has integrity and authenticity. It has a "voice," and because it has a voice it speaks to the audience. To gain a voice, the writer needs the heat of creative imagination: passion, commitment, enthusiasm, a drive to know the truth of the characters, and an urge to get to the core of the dramatic conflict without resorting to escapism. These are qualities of the heart, and as Cunningham argues, screenwriting can indeed be, in Carlos Castañeda's phrase, a path with heart.<br/></span></p><br/><p class=MsoNormal></p>>

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Cunningham argues that the typical formulaic method of screenwriting leaves out the important role of the screenwriters and their creative processes that shape the story. Coming from this perspective, he identifies fundamental principles of the process, discusses the Hero's Journey based on ideas of Joseph Campbell, and outlines elements such as character development and structure. The book is not indexed. Cunningham, a screenwriter and consultant, leads seminars on screenwriting and story development for the Director's Guild, Writer's Guild of America, and others. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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<p class=MsoNormal><span style="COLOR: black">Uniquely inspired by the work of mythologist Joseph Campbell and psychologist Jean Houston, <em>The Soul of Screenwriting </em>demonstrates how the "screenwriting by numbers" approach that offers templates into which the writer may mechanically drop his or her story idea is fundamentally incomplete. Keith Cunningham maintains that in doing so, one ignores the process of writing. Screenwriting is a long journey and even the most gifted screenwriters get lost along the way. Getting lost, Cunningham reminds us, is part of the process too.</span></p><br/><p class=MsoNormal><span style="COLOR: black">What the writer experiences in the act of writing has never been taken into account, yet this is where the screenplay comes from: the writer's here-and-now experience while working on the story. Information—left-brain concepts and techniques about plot structure, character development and orchestration, the dynamics of scenes and  sequences—is all necessary. But it is what one does with the information that makes a truly great screenplay. In The Soul of Screenwriting, Cunningham demonstrates that good screenwriting is more than hitting the big "plot points" with exciting action. G ood screenwriting also has integrity and authenticity. It has a "voice," and because it has a voice it speaks to the audience. To gain a voice, the writer needs the heat of creative imagination: passion, commitment, enthusiasm, a drive to know the truth of the characters, and an urge to get to the core of the dramatic conflict without resorting to escapism. These are qualities of the heart, and as Cunningham argues, screenwriting can indeed be, in Carlos Castañeda's phrase, a path with heart.<br/></span></p><br/><p class=MsoNormal></p>>

Table of Contents

Part One : The Living Story                  

Chapter One: The Night of the King Coho 

Chapter Two: Mirrored in the Story 

Chapter Three: The Mythic Dimension of Screenwriting 

Chapter Four: Need vs. Mode, The Core of Conflict 

Chapter Five: The Story Molecule 
Chapter Six: Character Webs and Story Worlds

Chapter Seven: Orchestrating Character and Style 

Part Two: Plot and the Dynamics of Creation 

Chapter Eight: The Soul of Screenplay Structure 

Chapter Nine: The Journey in Four Movements 

Chapter Ten: Act, Sequence, Scene, Beat: The Dramatic Present  

Chapter Eleven: The Sixteen Story Steps 

Chapter Twelve: The Creative Journey of Story Development 
 
Epilogue: Writing Practice is Life Practice

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826428691
Author:
Cunningham, Keith
Publisher:
Continuum
Subject:
Film & Video - Screenwriting
Subject:
Motion picture authorship
Subject:
Film and Television-Screenwriting
Subject:
Film - Screenwriting
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.17 x 6.36 x 1 in

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<p class=MsoNormal><span style="COLOR: black">Uniquely inspired by the work of mythologist Joseph Campbell and psychologist Jean Houston, <em>The Soul of Screenwriting </em>demonstrates how the "screenwriting by numbers" approach that offers templates into which the writer may mechanically drop his or her story idea is fundamentally incomplete. Keith Cunningham maintains that in doing so, one ignores the process of writing. Screenwriting is a long journey and even the most gifted screenwriters get lost along the way. Getting lost, Cunningham reminds us, is part of the process too.</span></p><br/><p class=MsoNormal><span style="COLOR: black">What the writer experiences in the act of writing has never been taken into account, yet this is where the screenplay comes from: the writer's here-and-now experience while working on the story. Information—left-brain concepts and techniques about plot structure, character development and orchestration, the dynamics of scenes and  sequences—is all necessary. But it is what one does with the information that makes a truly great screenplay. In The Soul of Screenwriting, Cunningham demonstrates that good screenwriting is more than hitting the big "plot points" with exciting action. G ood screenwriting also has integrity and authenticity. It has a "voice," and because it has a voice it speaks to the audience. To gain a voice, the writer needs the heat of creative imagination: passion, commitment, enthusiasm, a drive to know the truth of the characters, and an urge to get to the core of the dramatic conflict without resorting to escapism. These are qualities of the heart, and as Cunningham argues, screenwriting can indeed be, in Carlos Castañeda's phrase, a path with heart.<br/></span></p><br/><p class=MsoNormal></p>>
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