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Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure: Inside Tips from the Writer of Alien, Total Recall & Return of the Living Dead

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Dan O’Bannon famously crafted his screenplays using a self-designed system which he called “dynamic structure.” This book outlines how O’Bannon’s method differs from those of other well-known screenwriting gurus, and illustrates with examples from classic (and not-so-classic) films how dynamic structure can be applied to craft narrative and character. O’Bannon also includes his insights on subjects such as the logic of the three-act structure, the role of the producer in screenplay development, and the psychological principle known as “hedonic adaptation,” which has a unique effect on the structuring of screen stories.

Synopsis:

Dan O’Bannon was an acclaimed screenwriter whose eleven feature writing credits include the international blockbusters Alien and Total Recall, as well as Return of the Living Dead, which he also directed.

Matt R. Lohr is an award-winning screenwriter, essayist, and critic. His views on contemporary and classic cinema can be found on his blog, “The Movie Zombie.” He lives in Los Angeles.

About the Author

Matt Lohr lives in Los Angeles, CA

Table of Contents

Foreword by Roger Corman

Preface by Matt R. Lohr

Introduction, or A Fistful of Popcorn

1. LOOKING FOR THE FORMULA, or The Quest for the Watchable Sow’s Ear

2. TOWARD A DEFINITION OF STRUCTURE, or Let’s NOT Get Physical

3. OTHER PEOPLE’S SYSTEMS, or For Those Who Bought My Book By Mistake

    Aristotle: The Plot’s the Thing

    Lajos Egri: Defeating the Thud

    Howard & Mabley: Ironying Out the Wrinkles

    Syd Field: Brother, Can You Paradigm?

    Robert McKee: Falling Into the Gap

4. DYNAMIC CONFLICT DEFINED, or Guy vs. Guy

5. DAN O’BANNON’S DYNAMIC STRUCTURE, or Getting to Poof

6. DYNAMIC CHARACTER: O’BANNON ON CHARACTER AS STRUCTURE, or Choosy Writers Choose Choice

7. STRUCTURAL ANALYSES, or Don’t Take My Word For It….

    Casablanca

    Citizen Kane

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Doll’s House

    Dracula (1931)

    Dumb & Dumber

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    King Lear

    Lawrence of Arabia

    Lost Horizon (1937)

    Psycho (1960)

    Some Like It Hot

8. DO-IT-YOURSELF SCRIPT ANALYSIS, or Take YOUR Word For It!

9. STORY TYPOLOGY, or It’s In The Way That You Use It

10. ON PACE, EXPOSITION AND TWISTS, or Introducing Hedonic Adaptation

11. WHY THREE ACTS? or Pass Ergo, Collect $200

12. LENGTH OF A SCREENPLAY, or Filling the Digital Doggy Bag

13. INSPIRATION VS. RULES, or Calling the Script Cops

14. PERSPECTIVE, or Phooey On What You Say

15. WHAT IS A PRODUCER? or Not Who, What

16. SCREEN CREDITS, or Joining the Desaparecidos

17. WHY BE A SCREENWRITER? or I’ll Make This Brief

18. FEAR, or Taking in the Garbage

CONCLUSION by Matt R. Lohr

AFTERWORD by Diane O’Bannon

DAN O’BANNON: A Filmography

Product Details

ISBN:
9781615931309
Author:
O'bannon, Dan
Publisher:
Michael Wiese Productions
Author:
Corman, Roger
Author:
O'Bannon, Dan
Author:
Lohr, Matt
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Subject:
Film and Television-Screenwriting
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Dan O’Bannon was an acclaimed screenwriter whose eleven feature writing credits include the international blockbusters Alien and Total Recall, as well as Return of the Living Dead, which he also directed.

Matt R. Lohr is an award-winning screenwriter, essayist, and critic. His views on contemporary and classic cinema can be found on his blog, “The Movie Zombie.” He lives in Los Angeles.

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