The Art and Science of Screenwriting
Distributed for Intellect Ltd
This second edition contains:
• the different layouts for film, television, documentary and corporate screenplays
• a detailed analysis of what is required from a premise, an outline, a step outline, a treatment and a first draft
• a simple stage by stage guide to the inevitable re-write
• tips on finding an agent.
This new approach to writing for film and television covers everything from finding an idea to writing a finished screenplay. The author's framework, 'A Creative Matrix', brings together all the elements of screenplay writing - from story, character, theme, and dramatic structure to plot, genre, tone and style in an understandable way that is easy to follow. His analysis includes illustrating what comprises a good thriller, identifying the different types of sit-com, and showing the qualities of a screen romance that both works and convinces.
The author uses examples from across European, American and World Cinema, as well as television, and this revised edition now contains a comprehensive index.
1. Creative Confusion
2. A Creative Matrix
3. Tools of the Trade
4. Developing a Screen Idea
5. From Stories to Themes
6. Revealing Form and Plot
7. Explorations of Genre and Style
8. The Rewrite
9. Screen Business
10. A Few Final Words