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Author Duncan, Stephen V., 1949-

Title Genre screenwriting : how to write popular screenplays that sell / Stephen V. Duncan.

Published New York : Continuum, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  808.23 Dun    DUE 20-11-19
Physical description xvii, 203 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Why Write Popular Film Genres? -- Expectations & the Unexpected -- The Drama & Popular Film Genres -- Jumpstart Your Writing Career -- This Book's Approach -- A Bonus Section: Popular Genres & Television -- 1. The Basic Concepts of Dramatic Screenwriting -- Create an Enticing Film Premise -- Use Theme in Your Story -- Create Interesting Characters -- Create a Love Story -- Use Suspension of Disbelief -- Create an Appealing Story & Plot -- Use the Seven Elements of a Scene or Sequence -- Use the Sequence Approach -- Screenplay Structure: The Classic Approach -- Screenplay Structure: The Alternate Approach -- Use Cinematic Storytelling -- Combine the Rules with the "Visceral" Approach -- Your Assignment -- 2. Writing the Action-Adventure Genre -- Lights! Camera! Action! -- Origins of the Action-Adventure Genre -- Some Genre Distinctions -- Hollywood's Love Affair with Action-Adventure -- Choose What to Write -- Do the "Heavy Lifting" -- Heavy Lifting & the Fairytales -- Exploring Morality in Action-Adventure -- Develop Your Action-Adventure Story & Plot -- Create Your Blueprint -- Key Elements of the Action-Adventure Screenplay -- Essential Guidelines for Writing Style -- Writing Style Examples from Produced Screenplays -- Action-Adventure & Television Series -- A Brief History of Television Programming -- Action-Adventure on TV -- Your Assignment -- 3. Writing the Thriller Genre -- A Spine-Tingling Nail-Biter -- First Things First: Key Elements to the Murder Mystery -- Understand Crime Basics -- Origins & Key Elements of Noir -- Origins & Key Elements of Suspense Drama -- How to Write a Contemporary Thriller -- Popular Thriller Film Sub-Genres -- Hollywood's Love Affair with "Thrilling" Suspense -- Choose What to Write -- Do the "Heavy Lifting" -- Heavy Lifting & the Fairytales -- Key Elements of the Thriller -- Create a Blueprint -- Use the Thriller Writing Style -- Thriller Writing Examples from Produced Screenplays -- The Thriller & Television Series -- Your Assignment -- 4. The Science-Fiction-Fantasy Genre -- The Illusion of Reality -- Origins of Science-Fiction-Fantasy -- Popular Science-Fiction-Fantasy Sub-Genres -- Hollywood's Addiction to Computer Generated Images (CGI) -- Choose What to Write -- Do the "Heavy Lifting" -- Heavy Lifting & the Fairytales -- The Five Essential Elements of Science-Fiction-Fantasy Storytelling -- The Sci-Fi Writing Style -- Science-Fiction-Fantasy & Television Series -- Your Assignment -- 5. The Horror-Fantasy Genre -- The Fear Factor -- Origins of the Horror-Fantasy Genre -- Popular Horror Sub-Genres -- Hollywood's Fascination with Scaring Audiences -- Choose What to Write -- Heavy Lifting & the Fairytales -- The Horror-Fantasy Writing Style -- Horror-Fantasy & Television -- Your Assignment -- 6. Comedy-Centered & Romantic Comedy Genres -- Make 'Em Laugh -- The Origins of Comedy -- Popular Comedy Sub-Genres -- Hollywood's Fascination with Making People Laugh -- Choose What to Write -- Heavy Lifting & the Fairytales -- How to Write Funny: The Golden Rule of Threes -- Does Comedy Have Rules? -- Comedy Writing Style -- The Romantic Comedy -- Origins of Romantic Comedy -- Popular Romantic Comedy Sub-Genres -- Hollywood's Fascination with Romantic Comedy -- Choose What to Write -- Heavy Lifting &. the Fairytales -- Create Romantic Comedy Characters -- Develop a Romantic Comedy Premise -- Romantic Comedy Storytelling: Structure & Plot -- Writing Funny in Romantic Comedy -- Romantic Comedy Writing Style -- Comedy Television Series -- Comedy on TV -- Your Assignment -- 7. Marketing Your Finished Popular Genre Screenplay -- The Screenplay is a Product -- The Four Quadrants -- From Script to Screen: How Films Get Made -- Selling Your Screenplay -- Land a Representative -- Go to Pitch Festivals -- Enter Screenwriting Contests -- Networking & Self Promotion -- The Standard Release Form -- Copyrights & Registration -- The Writers Guild of America, West -- The Screenplay Marketplace by Genre -- App. A. Character Development Template -- App. B. Action-Adventure Worksheet -- App. C. Thriller Worksheet -- App. D. Science-Fiction-Fantasy Worksheet -- App. E. Horror-Fantasy Worksheet.
Summary This book reveals the secrets of writing a successful screenplay across a range of genres. It's simple: films need to have commercial value for the studios to produce them, distributors to sell them and cinemas to screen them. While talent definitely plays a part in the writing process, it can be the well-executed formulaic approaches to the popular genres that will first get you noticed in the industry. Duncan's simple goal is to give the reader a practical guide to writing each popular film genre. Employing diverse methods to illustrate his processes, Duncan provides a one-stop shop for novices, screenwriters and professionals alike.
Subject Motion picture authorship.
Film genres.
ISBN 9780826429933 (paperback: alk. paper)
0826429939 (paperback: alk. paper)