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The Anatomy of Story

The Anatomy of Story Author John Truby
ISBN-10 1429923709
Release 2008-10-14
Pages 464
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John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood's most successful films, including Sleepless in Seattle, Scream, and Shrek. The Anatomy of Story is his long-awaited first book, and it shares all of his secrets for writing a compelling script. Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting, The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby's own unique approach for how to build an effective, multifaceted narrative. Truby's method for constructing a story is at once insightful and practical, focusing on the hero's moral and emotional growth. As a result, writers will dig deep within and explore their own values and worldviews in order to create an effective story. Writers will come away with an extremely precise set of tools to work with—specific, useful techniques to make the audience care about their characters, and that make their characters grow in meaningful ways. They will construct a surprising plot that is unique to their particular concept, and they will learn how to express a moral vision that can genuinely move an audience. The foundations of story that Truby lays out are so fundamental they are applicable—and essential—to all writers, from novelists and short-story writers to journalists, memoirists, and writers of narrative non-fiction.



The Anatomy of Story

The Anatomy of Story Author John Truby
ISBN-10 0865479933
Release 2008-10-14
Pages 464
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"If you're ready to graduate from the boy-meets-girl league of screenwriting, meet John Truby . . . [his lessons inspire] epiphanies that make you see the contours of your psyche as sharply as your script." —LA Weekly John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood's most successful films, including Sleepless in Seattle, Scream, and Shrek. The Anatomy of Story is his long-awaited first book, and it shares all his secrets for writing a compelling script. Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting, The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby's own unique approach to building an effective, multifaceted narrative.



The Anatomy of Story

The Anatomy of Story Author John Truby
ISBN-10 9780865479517
Release 2007-10-30
Pages 445
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A respected story consultant to the film industry shares his secrets for writing a compelling script and offers fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes, alongside a unique approach to building an effective, multifaceted narrative that emphasizes the need for writers to draw on their own values, ideas, and worldviews to create an effective story.



Dialogue

Dialogue Author Robert Mckee
ISBN-10 9781455591923
Release 2016-07-12
Pages 352
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The long-awaited follow-up to the perennially bestselling writers' guide Story, from the most sought-after expert in the art of storytelling. Robert McKee's popular writing workshops have earned him an international reputation. The list of alumni with Oscars runs off the page. The cornerstone of his program is his singular book, Story, which has defined how we talk about the art of story creation. Now, in DIALOGUE, McKee offers the same in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways. From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue. DIALOGUE applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech. Famous McKee alumni include Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Haggis, the writing team for Pixar, and many others.



Wired for Story

Wired for Story Author Lisa Cron
ISBN-10 9781607742456
Release 2012
Pages 262
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"This guide reveals how writers can take advantage of the brain's hard-wired responses to story to captivate their readers' minds through each plot element"--Provided by publisher.



Take Off Your Pants

Take Off Your Pants Author Libbie Hawker
ISBN-10
Release 2015-03-10
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When it comes to writing books, are you a “plotter” or a “pantser?” Is one method really better than the other? In this instructional ebook, author Libbie Hawker explains the benefits and technique of planning a story before you begin to write. She’ll show you how to develop a foolproof character arc and plot, how to pace any book for a can’t-put-down reading experience, and how to ensure that your stories are complete and satisfying without wasting time or words. Hawker’s outlining technique works no matter what genre you write, and no matter the age of your audience. If you want to improve your writing speed, increase your backlist, and ensure a quality book before you even write the first word, this is the how-to book for you. Take off your pants! It’s time to start outlining.



Screenplay

Screenplay Author Syd Field
ISBN-10 0307423263
Release 2007-12-18
Pages 336
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From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script.. Here are easily understood guidelines to make film-writing accessible to novices and to help practiced writers improve their scripts. Syd Field pinpoints the structural and stylistic elements essential to every good screenplay. He presents a step-by-step, comprehensive technique for writing the script that will succeed. •Why are the first ten pages of your script crucially important? •How do you collaborate successfully with someone else? •How do you adapt a novel, a play, or an article into a screenplay? •How do you market your script? From the Trade Paperback edition.



Anatomy of a Premise Line

Anatomy of a Premise Line Author Jeff Lyons
ISBN-10 9781317558941
Release 2015-06-05
Pages 200
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If a story is going to fail, it will do so first at the premise level. Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success is the only book of its kind to identify a seven-step development process that can be repeated and applied to any story idea. This porcess will save you time, money, and potentially months of wasted writing. So whether you are trying to write a feature screenplay, develop a television pilot, or just trying to figure out your next story move as a writer, this book gives you the tools you need to know which ideas are worth pursuing. In addition to the 7-step premise development tool, Anatomy of a Premise Line also presents a premise and idea testing methodology that can be used to test any developed premise line. Customized exercises and worksheets are included to facilitate knowledge transfer, so that by the end of the book, you will have a fully developed premise line, log line, tagline, and a completed premise-testing checklist. Here is some of what you will learn inside: Ways to determine whether or not your story is a good fit for print or screen Case studies and hands-on worksheets to help you learn by participating in the process Tips on how to effectively work through writer’s block A companion website (www.focalpress.com/cw/lyons) with additional worksheets, videos, and interactive tools to help you learn the basics of perfecting a killer premise line



Into the Woods A Five Act Journey Into Story

Into the Woods  A Five Act Journey Into Story Author John Yorke
ISBN-10 9781468309584
Release 2014-05-29
Pages 336
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The idea of Into the Woods is not to supplant works by Aristotle, Lajos Egri, Robert McKee, David Mamet, or any other writers of guides for screenwriters and playwrights, but to pick up on their cues and take the reader on a historical, philosophical, scientific, and psychological journey to the heart of all storytelling. In this exciting and wholly original book, John Yorke not only shows that there is truly a unifying shape to narrative—one that echoes the great fairytale journey into the woods, and one, like any great art, that comes from deep within—he explains why, too. With examples ranging from The Godfather to True Detective, Mad Men to Macbeth, and fairy tales to Forbrydelsen (The Killing), Yorke utilizes Shakespearean five-act structure as a key to analyzing all storytelling in all narrative forms, from film and television to theatre and novel-writing—a big step from the usual three-act approach. Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story is destined to sit alongside David Mamet’s Three Uses of the Knife, Robert McKee’s Story, Syd Field’s Screenplay, and Lajos Egri’s The Art of Dramatic Writing as one of the most original, useful, and inspiring books ever on dramatic writing.



Screenwriting For Dummies

Screenwriting For Dummies Author Laura Schellhardt
ISBN-10 9781118052624
Release 2011-02-02
Pages 360
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Write a great script and get it into the hands of the Hollywood players! So you want to be a screenwriter? Whether you want to write a feature film or a TV script or adapt your favorite book, this friendly guide gives you expert advice in everything from creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and selling it to the studios. You get savvy industry tips and strategies for getting your screenplay noticed! The screenwriting process from A to Z -- from developing a concept and thinking visually to plotline, conflicts, pacing, and the conclusion Craft living, breathing characters -- from creating the backstory to letting your characters speak to balancing dialogue with action Turn your story into a script -- from developing an outline and getting over writer's block to formatting your screenplay and handling rewrites Prepare for Hollywood -- from understanding the players and setting your expectations to polishing your copy and protecting your work Sell your script to the industry -- from preparing your pitch and finding an agent to meeting with executives and making a deal Open the book and find: The latest on the biz, from entertainment blogs to top agents to box office jargon New story examples from recently released films Tips on character development, a story's time clock, dramatic structure, and dialogue New details on developing the nontraditional screenplay -- from musicals to animation to high dramatic style Expanded information on adaptation and collaboration, with examples from successful screenwriting duos



The Story Solution

The Story Solution Author Eric Edson
ISBN-10 1615930841
Release 2011
Pages 349
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Eric Edson has developed a new tool for bringing depth and passion to any screenplay — the "23 Steps All Great Heroes Must Take." It's an easy to understand paradigm that provides writers and filmmakers the interconnecting, powerful storytelling elements they need. With true insight, a master teacher of screenwriting pinpoints the story structure reasons most new spec scripts don't sell – then uses scores of examples from popular hit movies to present, step by step, his revolutionary Hero Goal Sequences® blueprint for writing blockbuster movies. The Story Solution empowers a writer like never before, immediately putting him or her on the fast track toward writing scripts that sell. This step-by-step system for building powerful screen stories cannot be found anywhere else – it's a paradigm so unique that it has been granted Registered Trademark status by the U.S. government.



Something Startling Happens

Something Startling Happens Author Todd Klick
ISBN-10 1615930590
Release 2011
Pages 200
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Everyone knows you need a beginning, a middle, and an end. But then what? What about all the in-betweens between major plot points? For the first time, Something Startling Happens breaks down what successful movies do exactly the same during every single minute, and how industry professionals can use that knowledge to elevate the drama in their screenplay or movie. • 120 distinct, minute-by-minute story beats keep writers from getting 'lost in the soup.' • Easy-to-remember catch phrases for each minute beat. • 42 successful movies of all genres are used as examples, including: Star Wars, Forrest Gump, Being John Malkovich, The Godfather, Rashomon, Halloween, Jaws, Juno, Knocked Up, The Matrix, Pulp Fiction, The Sixth Sense, and Spider-Man.



Writing Short Films

Writing Short Films Author Linda J. Cowgill
ISBN-10 9780307875143
Release 2010-10-20
Pages 275
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This new edition has been completely updated and revised along with the addition of several new chapters. Currently, this title remains the best selling university text book on writing short film screenplays.



Dramatica R for Screenwriters How to Get the Most Out of Dramatica R Pro Write Great Scripts

Dramatica  R  for Screenwriters  How to Get the Most Out of Dramatica  R  Pro   Write Great Scripts Author Armando Salda A-Mora
ISBN-10 0918973031
Release 2005-07
Pages 274
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Dramatica for Screenwriters by Armando Saldana Mora is a must for any writer who wishes to get the most out of the Dramatica(r) Pro story development software. Written by a working screenwriter, this book gives real world, practical applications for using Dramatica to develop and write Screenplays. Book topics include: * What Dramatica offers the screenwriter * Dramatica in thirty seconds * Characters: Beyond the archetypes * Character Relationships as subplots * Note and sketch story development * How to get a complete plot * Four Dramatica Acts, Three Classical Acts * Narrative flow & writing the screenplay * And many more...



Save the Cat

Save the Cat Author Blake Snyder
ISBN-10 1615931716
Release 2013-07-01
Pages 216
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This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!



Beat by Beat

Beat by Beat Author Todd Klick
ISBN-10 1615932461
Release 2016
Pages 296
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This groundbreaking guide describes six seemingly different popular movies and genres (Skyfall, The Avengers, The Hangover, A Beautiful Mind, The Conjuring, Gone Girl) and shows screenwriters how they all follow the exact same 120 Universal Story Beats minute by minute. The book also reveals the top 10 archetypes they use, and where and why the Inciting Incident, Act 2 & 4 Quests, Midpoints, and the other five main Turning Points happen in all successful movies.



The Storytelling Animal

The Storytelling Animal Author Jonathan Gottschall
ISBN-10 9780547391403
Release 2012
Pages 248
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Explores the latest beliefs about why people tell stories and what stories reveal about human nature, offering insights into such related topics as universal themes and what it means to have a storytelling brain.