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Screenplay story analysis : the art and business

Author: Asher Garfinkel
Publisher: New York : Allworth Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Learn how to become a professional story analyst. In addition to explaining the basic who, what, and why of writing story analysis--called "coverage" in the industry--this book reveals the skills and techniques needed to take your career to the next level, including: terms and story elements all professional readers must know; standard coverage format and content; methods for sharpening your analytic skills; how to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Asher Garfinkel
ISBN: 9781581154788 158115478X
OCLC Number: 76074353
Description: xx, 187 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: What is coverage, who uses it, and why? ; Why learn how to read scripts and write coverage? --
Section I: What's in a screenplay?. Plot ; Structure ; Character ; The supporting elements --
Section II: What's in coverage? : the nuts and bolts of writing story analysis. The top sheet--a look inside your coverage ; The synopsis ; Comments ; The character breakdown --
Section III: The business. Getting work ; Once you do get work. Introduction: What is coverage, who uses it, and why? ; Why learn how to read scripts and write coverage? --
Section I: What's in a screenplay? : terms, techniques, and general story elements you must know before evaluating a screenplay. Plot (central conflict; story; complications; reversals; holes) ; Subplot ; Backstory --
Structure : the three acts ; other structural considerations ; Memento: a study of nonlinear substructure and how the three acts emerge --
Character. The hero ; the villain ; archetypes ; cardboard and stereotyping ; the ensemble ; character-driven scripts ; Finding Nemo: a case study of structure in relation to character --
The supporting elements : pace ; dialogue ; believability ; predictability ; payoff ; tone ; point of view ; theme ; formatting ; concept and marketability --
Section II: What's in coverage? : the nuts and bolts of writing story analysis. The top sheet--a look inside your coverage : the top third ; the logline ; commercial potential ; element ratings ; story brief ; budget ; the recommendation (to be continued...) --
The synopsis : synopsis format ; technique and tone ; sales and the one-pager. when scripts go bad ; synopsizing other forms --
Comments : comments format ; content and "the four types" ; more about style ; at a loss for words ; commenting on other forms ; moment of truth: the recommendation ; recommending the writer --
The character breakdown --
Section III: The business : getting the work, keeping it, and using it to forward your career. Getting work : step one: practice ; taking notes ; develop your portfolio ; who's hiring and how to reach them ; and if that doesn't work... ; spec coverage; must I live on a "coast"? --
Once you do get work : the life (and pay) of a reader ; five ways to keep your client satisfied ; the issue of subjectivity ; five responses to the disgruntled client ; increasing your work load ; taking it to the next level ; staying current and looking to the future --
Appendixes. Coverage examples ; Bibliography and recommended reading ; Where to find completed screenplays tor practice ; Other resources for the story analyst ; The story analysts checklist ; Development notes guidelines ; Filmography.
Responsibility: Asher Garfinkel.
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Sometimes it seems like everybody's writing a screenplay. But who reads those screenplays? Professional story analysts, that's who. Screenplay Story Analysis explains exactly how to become a  Read more...

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