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Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect (Second Edition)
by Claudia H. Johnson

Format: Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Focal Press
Pub. Date: January 21, 2005
ISBN: 0240806417
Dimensions: 6.06 × 0.69 × 9.06 inches

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This book puts emphasis on connection—as opposed to conflict—and includes a DVD containing performances of the short films and screenplays featured in the book.

The beauty and power of any story lies in its ability to connect to the reader, listener, or observer. Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect is the first screenwriting guide to introduce connection as an essential, although essentially overlooked, aspect of creating stories for the screen and of the screenwriting process itself. Written with clarity and humor, this book teaches the craft of writing short screenplays by guiding the student through carefully focused writing exercises of increasing length and complexity. Eight award-winning student screenplays are included for illustration and inspiration.

The text is divided into three parts. Part one focuses on preparing to write by means of exercises designed to help students think more deeply about the screenwriter's purposes; their own unique vision, material and process; and finally about what screenplays are at their simplest and most profound level—a pattern of human change, created from specific moments of change—discoveries and decisions.

Part two teaches students how to craft an effective pattern of human change. It guides them through the writing and re-writing of "Five (Not So Easy) Pieces"—five short screenplays of increasing length and complexity—focusing on a specific principle of dramatic technique: The Discovery, The Decision, The Boxing Match, The Improbable Connection, and The Long Short Screenplay.

Part Three presents the five screenplays used throughout the book to illustrate the dramatic principles that have been discussed, and includes interviews with the screenwriters, a look at where they are now and what they are doing, and brief discussion of how each film evolved.

  • NEW to this edition: a DVD with award-winning short films based on the screenplays in the book
  • Includes new screenplay examples
  • Ground-breaking emphasis on connection—as opposed to conflict

Includes DVD with seven award-winning short films

Product Details

Format: Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Focal Press
Pub. Date: January 21, 2005
ISBN: 0240806417
Dimensions: 6.06 × 0.69 × 9.06 inches

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