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How to build a great screenplay : a master class in storytelling for film

Author: David Howard
Publisher: New York : Griffin ; Godalming : Melia [distributor], 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Acclaimed University of Southern California screenwriting teacher David Howard has guided hundreds of students to careers in writing for film and television. Drawing on decades of practical experience and savvy, How to Build a Great Screenplay deconstructs the craft of screenwriting, and carefully reveals how to build a good story from the ground up. Howard eschews the "system" offered by other books, emphasizing  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Howard
ISBN: 031235262X 9780312352622 0312252110 9780312252113
OCLC Number: 62796179
Notes: Originally published: New York: St. Martin's, 2004.
Includes index.
Description: xvi, 445 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Story and storytelling --
The story --
The telling of the story --
Building stories --
The creation of drama --
Foundations --
Carpentry and craftsmanship --
Time and storytelling --
Basic dramatic structure --
What is drama? --
The three acts --
Sequences --
Crucial moments --
Subplots --
The classical screenplay structure --
Beyond classical dramatic structure --
The single unbreakable rule of drama --
Anything but classical screenplay structure --
The limits of classical, the beginnings of revolutionary --
How to shake up classical structure--and why --
Writing and work strategies --
Before the first draft --
The first draft --
After the first draft.
Responsibility: David Howard.

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Deconstructs the craft of writing for film, and reveals: story arc; plotting and subplotting; classical vs revolutionary screenplay structure; tone, style and atmosphere; the use of time; and the  Read more...

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