A Guide to Screenwriting Success: Writing for Film and Television

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Business & Economics - 384 pages
Sample Script 1: Act One of a Screenplay Sample Script 2: One-Hour Teleplay Sample Script 3: Situation Comedy
A Guide to Screenwriting Success provides a comprehensive overview of writing--and rewriting--a screenplay or teleplay. Duncan's handy book teaches new screenwriters the process of creating a professional screenplay from beginning to end. It shows that inspiration, creativity, and good writing are not elusive concepts but attainable goals that any motivated person can aspire to. Duncan includes sections on all aspects of screenwriting--from character development to story templates--and breaks down the three acts of a screenplay into manageable pieces. A Guide to Screenwriting Success contains dozens of exercises to help writers through these steps. The second half of Duncan's practical book covers another, often overlooked, side of screenwriting--the teleplay. Aspiring writers who also want to try their hand at writing for television will need to learn the specifics of the field. The book breaks down this area into two parts, the one-hour teleplay and the situation comedy. Success in screenwriting is no longer a dream but an achievable goal for those who pick up Duncan's guide.
 

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Contents

Invent Interesting Characters
12
Craft a Strong Story
22
Frame an Engaging Story with Sound Structure
45
Visual Descriptions and Dialogue
76
REWRITING THE FEATURE SCREENPLAY
137
Analyze ScenebyScene
147
Rewrite Act One
151
Rewrite Act Two First Half
155
Writing the OneHour Teleplay
215
Rewriting the OneHour Teleplay
220
Writing the Situation Comedy
291
The Economics of Television Writing
327
Writing Original Teleplays
332
A Career Writing for Television
343
Becoming a Professional Screenwriter
347
EXHIBIT 1 CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT TEMPLATE
350

Rewrite Act Two Second Half
163
Rewrite Act Three
168
The Polish
172
The First Draft Spec Feature
175
WRITING FOR TELEVISION
183
Television Characters
190
Television Writing Basics
193
Overview of Television Structure
197
Developing the OneHour Episode
201
BASIC STORY DEVELOPMENT TEMPLATE
351
STORY STRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT TEMPLATE
352
TELEVISION BEAT SHEET DEVELOPMENT TEMPLATE
353
BEAT SHEET TEMPLATE SAMPLE ACT STRUCTURE FORMAT
354
A STRUCTURE ANALYSIS OF THE FILM WITNESS BY STEVE DUNCAN
355
Glossary of Screenwriting Terminology
369
Index
377
About the Author
382
Copyright

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Stephen V. Duncan is associate professor of screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television, the co-creator and executive consultant of the CBS-TV one-hour Vietnam War series Tour of Duty, writer-producer of the ABC-TV one-hour action series A Man Called Hawk, and the co-writer of the Turner Network Television original movie The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson.

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