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Developing Story Ideas

Second Edition

Michael Rabiger

* Feeling stuck? Learn to quickly and reliably generate creative ideas for stories, scripts, and more …

* Four new chapters on basic drama concepts

* Includes over 50 exercises and projects to spark unique story ideas

* Step-by-step approach suitable for beginners

Developing Story Ideas, 2nd Ed. guides aspiring writers to generate quality story ideas in a broad range of forms: a screenplay, short story, documentary, novel or play. This book demystifies the artistic process and shows you how you can develop your own artistic identity. There are hundreds of writing books out there, but very few on how to come up with ideas in the first place - Developing Story Ideas, 2nd Ed. is one of those rare gems.

Developing Story Ideas, 2nd Ed. imparts the principles of dramatic analysis. Each project assignment is illustrated by examples from young writers, along with in-depth discussions. Dramatic language, principles, and critical method emerge in their working context. Immensely readable, this is a must-have book for anyone wanting to write but might be intimidated by the process.

Michael Rabiger has directed or edited over 35 films, founded the Documentary Center at Columbia College, Chicago, and was Chair of its Film/Video Department. Now Professor Emeritus, Rabiger has been presented with the Preservation and Scholarship Award by the International Documentary Association, as well as the Genius Career Achievement Award by the Chicago International Documentary Festival in 2005. He is the author of the enormously successful, Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics (Focal Press), now in its third edition, and Directing the Documentary (Focal Press), now in its fourth edition.

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Directing the Documentary

Michael Rabiger

Synopsis:

This book was written to answer a pressing need for works with more individuality, focus, and personal voice. Michael Rabiger, a renowned teacher, author, educator, and mentor, proves we all have the inner resources and life experiences to be creative. He guides aspiring writers step by step to come up with quality story ideas in a broad range of forms: a screenplay, short story, documentary, or play. The book begins with improvisational exercises to spark creativity and generate instant story ideas. Then, creative writing assignments put the reader to work writing in outline form. The last section covers techniques for expanding the work into its final form, including screenplay format, dialogue, structural considerations, and character development.

Synopsis:

The vast majority of screenplay and writing books focus on story development and have little to say about the initial concept that generated the piece. Developing Story Ideas offers writers a spectrum of resources and a structure of writing practice so that anyone can quickly and reliably generate a wide variety of stories in a broad range of forms. It first shows you how to observe situations, acts, and themes-and use these observations as the basis for storytelling. Exercises and projects help you draw an artistic self-profile to summarize what you most need to investigate in your creative work.

Micahel Rabiger, a renowned teacher, author, educator, and mentor, proves we all have the inner resources and life experiences to be creative. He guides aspiring writers step by step to come up with quality story ideas in a broad range of forms: a screenplay, short story, documentary, or play.

* Feeling stuck? Learn to quickly and reliably generate creative ideas for stories, scripts, and more

* Not just another screenplay book: covers the artistic work that must happen before writing the winning script or novel

* Exercises and projects help you quickly develop a wealth of material

* Step-by step approach suitable for beginners

* Author has written best-selling directing and documentary books

About the Author

Michael Rabiger has directed or edited over 35 films, founded the Documentary Center at Columbia College, Chicago, and was Chair of its Film/Video Department. Now Professor Emeritus, Rabiger has also been presented with the Preservation and Scholarship Award by the International Documentary Association. He has given workshops in many countries, led a multinational European documentary workshop for CILECT, the international association of film schools. As Visiting Professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he taught idea development, directing, and advanced production. When he retired 2001 to write full-time, Columbia renamed its documentary center “The Michael Rabiger Center for Documentary.” In 2002 he was made Honorary Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; in 2003 awarded the 2003 Preservation and Scholarship Award by the International Documentary Association in Los Angeles; in 2005 the Genius Career Achievement Award by the Chicago International Documentary Festival, and also in 2005 was made Professor Emeritus by Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of the enormously successful, Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics (Focal Press), now in its fourth edition, and Directing the Documentary (Focal Press), now in its fifth edition. He is also the author of Developing Story Ideas (Focal Press), currently in its second edition. He is currently writing a biography of Thomas Hardy.

Professor emeritus at Columbia College, founder of the Michael Rabiger Center for Documentary Film at Columbia College, recipient of the Preservation and Scholarship Award from the International Documentary Association

Table of Contents

Unique book on generating good ideas for stories and developing an artistic identity

Product Details

ISBN:
9780240807362
Author:
Rabiger, Michael
Publisher:
Focal Press
Subject:
Playwriting
Subject:
Motion picture authorship
Subject:
Film & Video - Screenwriting
Subject:
Film - Screenwriting
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Publication Date:
20051021
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , This book was written to answer a pressing need for works with more individuality, focus, and personal voice. Michael Rabiger, a renowned teacher, author, educator, and mentor, proves we all have the inner resources and life experiences to be creative. He guides aspiring writers step by step to come up with quality story ideas in a broad range of forms: a screenplay, short story, documentary, or play. The book begins with improvisational exercises to spark creativity and generate instant story ideas. Then, creative writing assignments put the reader to work writing in outline form. The last section covers techniques for expanding the work into its final form, including screenplay format, dialogue, structural considerations, and character development.
"Synopsis" by , The vast majority of screenplay and writing books focus on story development and have little to say about the initial concept that generated the piece. Developing Story Ideas offers writers a spectrum of resources and a structure of writing practice so that anyone can quickly and reliably generate a wide variety of stories in a broad range of forms. It first shows you how to observe situations, acts, and themes-and use these observations as the basis for storytelling. Exercises and projects help you draw an artistic self-profile to summarize what you most need to investigate in your creative work.

Micahel Rabiger, a renowned teacher, author, educator, and mentor, proves we all have the inner resources and life experiences to be creative. He guides aspiring writers step by step to come up with quality story ideas in a broad range of forms: a screenplay, short story, documentary, or play.

* Feeling stuck? Learn to quickly and reliably generate creative ideas for stories, scripts, and more

* Not just another screenplay book: covers the artistic work that must happen before writing the winning script or novel

* Exercises and projects help you quickly develop a wealth of material

* Step-by step approach suitable for beginners

* Author has written best-selling directing and documentary books

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