Story Sense: A Screenwriter's Guide for Film and Television

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This is the first true textbook for a course in screenwriting. Story Sense provides specific strategies for writing story, character, and script. A wealth of techniques are suggested so that screenwriters can select those that work best for them. The book has been conceived as a working manual for screenwriters and offers hands-on advice for solving the many problems that crop up as the work progresses. In addition, the book includes examples of script format, a glossary of film terms, the Writer's Guild's compensation terms, and such insider examples as a sample studio script evaluation form, a sample script analysis, a sample studio reader's questionnaire, and a sample re-write.

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Extensively researched, Story Sense is based on the collected wisdom of over 100 screenwriters and the author's own experience as a screenwriter and teacher.

Chapters are arranged to follow the writing process, from generating ideas to rewriting and selling your work.

Presents a plan for developing characters with emotional depth and psychological dimension. Unique to this book.
Analyzes the basic building blocks used in motion pictures (the bit, the scene, the sequence, the act).

Includes a detailed discussion of scene dynamics.
Points are amply illustrated by examples from popular films. Four films have been chosen for in-depth study, making it easier for the instructor to work with four produced scripts and videos in class - Sleepless in Seattle; The Verdict; Witness; and The Terminator.
Each chapter includes a summary and exercises, along with suggestions from film excerpts and other media that illustrate the points presented in the chapter.

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