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Story Sense: A Screenwriter's Guide for Film and Television
Synopses & Reviews
This is the first true textbook for a course in screenwriting. Story Sense provides specific strategies for writing story, character, and script. A wealth of techniques are suggested so that screenwriters can select those that work best for them. The book has been conceived as a working manual for screenwriters and offers hands-on advice for solving the many problems that crop up as the work progresses. In addition, the book includes examples of script format, a glossary of film terms, the Writer's Guild's compensation terms, and such insider examples as a sample studio script evaluation form, a sample script analysis, a sample studio reader's questionnaire, and a sample re-write.
A textbook for courses in screenwriting. This work provides specific strategies for writing story, character and script. Various techniques are suggested so that screenwriters can select those that work best for them.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 388-391) and index.
Table of Contents
PART 1: WRITING THE STORY
CHAPTER 2: EXPANDING THE STORY IDEA
PART 2: WRITING THE SCRIPT
CHAPTER 5: CREATING EMOTIONALLY DIMENSIONAL CHARACTERS
CHAPTER 7: DRAMATIZATION
CHAPTER 9: WRITING STAGE DIRECTIONS
CHAPTER 11: REWRITING
Appendix B: The Screenwriter's Reference Shell
Appendix D: Professional Version of the "Marry Me--or Else" Scene
Appendix F: WGA TV Show List
Appendix H: Rewrite of Immigrant Scene Exercise in Chapter 13