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The creative screenwriter : exercises to expand your craft

Author: Zara Waldeback; Craig Batty
Publisher: London : A. & C. Black, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The film industry is seeking fresh screenwriting talent, but today's writers don't just need to be accomplished at their craft - they need to be highly creative. 'The Creative Screenwriter' is a workbook of inspiring writing exercises to sharpen the writer's talents.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Zara Waldeback; Craig Batty
ISBN: 9781408137192 1408137194 9781408155202 1408155206
OCLC Number: 757147741
Description: 216 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Being creative --
What does creativity mean to you? --
Ready, steady, go! --
Limiting yourself --
Magic moments --
Wordplay --
ABC stories --
Spontaneous storytelling --
Listening to an onion --
Having fun! --
Being bad --
2. Generating ideas --
Going to the heart --
Finding the plot, finding the emotion --
Into the unknown --
What's around you? --
Creative collisions --
Bringing people together --
What do you know? What don't you know? --
Words of wisdom --
Trading places --
In the news --
hardest choice --
Perfect fit --
3. Developing stories --
Growing up --
Finding your compass --
Assessing story potential --
What's the problem? --
Dot to dot --
Conflict vs meaningful conflict --
What happens next? --
One thing leads to another --
Back to the future --
Losing the plot --
4. Understanding characters --
Pinpointing the protagonist --
Supermarket sweep --
Character building --
creative portrait --
Inside out --
What's in a name? --
Stepping into change --
Lost baggage --
Motivating action --
Public and private spheres --
5. Shaping relationships --
odd couple --
Finding the right antagonist --
Antagonist as thematic driver --
third party --
Weaving webs --
Family values --
matter of perspective --
Generating perspective --
Listening out for relationships --
Ensembles --
Absent friends --
6. Designing structure --
Structuring the emotional journey --
Character arc as structure --
Chain reaction --
Inciting incidents --
All change --
Planning the plan --
Deepening the problem --
Rising action --
Making things worse --
Plants and payoffs --
Tying-up loose ends --
7. Reimagining structure --
Alternative routes --
Where are you going? --
Multiple protagonists --
Parallel stories --
Mix it up --
Flashing back --
Telling the time --
Shapeshifting --
8. Defining beginnings and endings --
Starting over --
Setting the dramatic question --
Image is everything --
First impressions --
Pain and problems --
Essential facts --
Opening with voiceover --
Full stop --
Last dance --
Mirror, mirror --
One step beyond --
Damp squib --
9. Weaving worlds --
Reframing the familiar --
Beyond the sea --
Television set --
Outside the comfort zone --
whole new world --
Playing by the rules --
Opening doors --
Bricks and mortar --
When are we? --
Inner worlds --
common language --
Location, location, location --
10. Exploring genre and form --
Themes and dreams --
Genre protagonists --
Home sweet home --
Fitting the bill --
Mix and match --
Setting the mood --
It's no joke --
Finding form --
11. Enhancing scene writing --
Fulfilling the function --
telling moment --
deciding factor --
Scene structure --
Turn up the heat --
Complicating factors --
Topping and tailing --
Crossing over --
Catching up --
12. Strengthening visual storytelling --
Doing, not being --
Walk the talk --
Swap shop --
Valued objects --
Say what you see --
Trading spaces --
Imprisoned --
I spy --
Compare and contrast --
Visual pleasure --
Sound and vision --
Seen and not heard --
Show, don't tell --
13. Improving dialogue --
Through their eyes --
Guess who --
Speaking relations --
Silent talk --
Lying and denying --
Writing subtext --
Key phrase --
Exposition --
creating a need to know --
Exposition --
breaking it up --
Talking in tongues --
voice of the world --
14. Managing rewrites --
Reigniting the spark --
Give yourself a break --
Filtering feedback --
Temptations --
Building blocks --
Running out of fuel --
What's really going on? --
Rhythm and tempo --
Collapsible cast --
Stuck in the mud --
15. Perfecting the pitch --
Practice runs --
heart of the matter --
Finding your focus --
Falling in love again --
Pitching the right note --
spoken word --
question is... --
16. Building outlines and treatments --
Power punch --
Mapping it out --
Step to the beat --
Bridge building --
Warm up workout --
Subsuming subplots --
Purple prose --
Title and genre --
Naming the game --
17. Discovering voice --
matter of style --
Patchwork quilt --
Treasure chest --
Harmonising voices --
Hand in hand --
Hidden resources --
joy of writing --
writer's life --
Conclusion --
DIY script surgery --
Writer's block --
Uninspiring ideas --
Sketchy characters --
Insufficient plot --
Unclear theme --
Credibility gaps --
Lacklustre prose --
Never ending stories --
Sick and tired --
Final draft polish.
Responsibility: Zara Waldeback and Craig Batty.

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A manual for teachers and students seeking inspiring exercises to encourage discussion, and a handbook for professionals wanting to hone their craft. * Writers Forum *

 
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