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What’s the Curveball?

Neil Landau

Neil Landau is a professor in the MFA in Screenwriting Programs, both at UCLA School of Film, Television and Digital Media, and USC School of Cinematic Arts. His film and television credits include Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Secret World of Alex Mack, Twice in a Lifetime, MTV’s Undressed, and the 3D animated feature Tad: The Lost Explorer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Screenwriter’s Roadmap : 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story

Focal Press, 2013

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... WHAT’S THE CURVEBALL? Ratchet Up the Stakes at the Midpoint of Act Two Act two is generally twice the length of acts one and three. As a result,it’s not uncommon for the plot to sag at the midpoint. But an effectivemidpoint will provide...

Where Is the Heat?

Neil Landau

Neil Landau is a professor in the MFA in Screenwriting Programs, both at UCLA School of Film, Television and Digital Media, and USC School of Cinematic Arts. His film and television credits include Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Secret World of Alex Mack, Twice in a Lifetime, MTV’s Undressed, and the 3D animated feature Tad: The Lost Explorer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Screenwriter’s Roadmap : 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story

Focal Press, 2013

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... WHERE IS THE HEAT? Fuel and Stoke the Dramatic Fire Ideally, your protagonist will have both a primary positive andcorresponding negative goal. It is this +/– polarity that will generatedramatic tension or “heat” to keep the story engine...

Subjective Interpretation

Kelly McErlean

Kelly McErlean has developed graduate and postgraduate programs in film and new media for local and international delivery and successfully delivered eLearning and onsite contracts for international broadcast organisations on behalf of the European Broadcasting Union. Kelly lectures on new media, film and entrepreneurship at the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland. He has won several awards including a Golden Spider Award and a Digital Media Award for his film, new media, and photographic works. Kelly holds a PhD in visual culture from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Interactive Narratives and Transmedia Storytelling : Creating Immersive Stories Across New Media Platforms

Routledge, 2018

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... Subjective Interpretation Context influences the interpretation of narrative texts. Audiences will endlessly reinterpret films during repeat viewings if the work has substance enough to promote critical analysis. Knowledge of the text...

The Power of the Premise Line

Jeff Lyons

Jeff Lyons is a working writer, story editor, script and book doctor, and has worked in the film, television, and publishing industries for more than two decades, helping thousands of screenwriters and novelists tell better stories. He is an instructor through Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio, and is a regular guest lecturer through the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Jeff’s writings on the craft of storytelling can be found in leading industry trade magazines such as Writer’s Digest Magazine, Script Magazine, and The Writer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Anatomy of a Premise Line : How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success

Focal Press, 2016

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... THE POWER OF THE PREMISE LINE The premise line is the tool that makes it possible to discover the natural structure of any story, and acts as a roadmap to keep the entire story development process on track. THE STORY STRUCTURE-PREMISE...

Synopsis

Mark Evan Schwartz

Mark Evan Schwartz is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University, School of Film and Television, in California. He’s a former Head of Story Development for Nelson Entertainment, Story Analyst for the David Geffen Company, and Production Assistant to Francis Ford Coppola. A working screenwriter, he has credits on over a dozen produced feature films and television movies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How to Write: A Screenplay : Revised and Expanded

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Act One Wanting to score with starlet Bebe, Danny is told that if he wants to get anywhere with her he’s going to have to write her a great screenplay. Unbe-knownst to Danny, someone is lurking, listening, in the shadows. With a draft...

Your First Book in Story Development

Jeff Lyons

Jeff Lyons is a working writer, story editor, script and book doctor, and has worked in the film, television, and publishing industries for more than two decades, helping thousands of screenwriters and novelists tell better stories. He is an instructor through Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio, and is a regular guest lecturer through the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Jeff’s writings on the craft of storytelling can be found in leading industry trade magazines such as Writer’s Digest Magazine, Script Magazine, and The Writer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Anatomy of a Premise Line : How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success

Focal Press, 2016

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... YOUR FIRST BOOK IN STORY DEVELOPMENT Before writing characters, before writing scenes, before worry- ing about your act breaks, you have to first know you have a story that will work. TELL ME YOUR STORY That is what this book is all...

How Did We End Up Here?

Neil Landau

Neil Landau is a professor in the MFA in Screenwriting Programs, both at UCLA School of Film, Television and Digital Media, and USC School of Cinematic Arts. His film and television credits include Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Secret World of Alex Mack, Twice in a Lifetime, MTV’s Undressed, and the 3D animated feature Tad: The Lost Explorer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Screenwriter’s Roadmap : 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story

Focal Press, 2013

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... HOW DID WE END UP HERE? Crafting the Inevitable Conclusion To entice a buyer, you need a great opening sequence. To close the deal,you need a killer ending. Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (co-written by yours truly and my former...

The Invisible Structure

Jeff Lyons

Jeff Lyons is a working writer, story editor, script and book doctor, and has worked in the film, television, and publishing industries for more than two decades, helping thousands of screenwriters and novelists tell better stories. He is an instructor through Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio, and is a regular guest lecturer through the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Jeff’s writings on the craft of storytelling can be found in leading industry trade magazines such as Writer’s Digest Magazine, Script Magazine, and The Writer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Anatomy of a Premise Line : How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success

Focal Press, 2016

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... THE INVISIBLE STRUCTURE Every story has a structure. Every story must have a structure. If it doesn’t, then it’s not a story—it’s something else. The Invisible Structure is the structure we can’t see. Okay, “invisible” kind of gave...

What’s the Rush?

Neil Landau

Neil Landau is a professor in the MFA in Screenwriting Programs, both at UCLA School of Film, Television and Digital Media, and USC School of Cinematic Arts. His film and television credits include Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Secret World of Alex Mack, Twice in a Lifetime, MTV’s Undressed, and the 3D animated feature Tad: The Lost Explorer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Screenwriter’s Roadmap : 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story

Focal Press, 2013

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... WHAT’S THE RUSH? Set the Clock Ticking In the phenomenal 24-hour film, The Clock, artist/collagist ChristianMarclay visually chronicles ticking clocks in movies (and some fromtelevision) by cutting together thousands of film clips, each...

What’s the Spark?

Neil Landau

Neil Landau is a professor in the MFA in Screenwriting Programs, both at UCLA School of Film, Television and Digital Media, and USC School of Cinematic Arts. His film and television credits include Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Secret World of Alex Mack, Twice in a Lifetime, MTV’s Undressed, and the 3D animated feature Tad: The Lost Explorer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Screenwriter’s Roadmap : 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story

Focal Press, 2013

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... WHAT’S THE SPARK? Hook Your Audience with an “Inciting Incident” Most agents, producers, and studio executives will only read the firstten pages of your script before deciding to “pass”—so getting theplot jumpstarted as soon as possible...