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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...

Time

Felicity Colman

Felicity Colman is Director of Research Programmes at Kingston University, London, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Deleuze and Cinema : The Film Concepts

Berg, 2011

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...Deleuze provides an extensive array of different types and forms of time-images that screen images produce and express. Deleuze’s description of the time-image provides a philosophical and mathematical explanation for different aspects...

Signs (Vector)

Felicity Colman

Felicity Colman is Director of Research Programmes at Kingston University, London, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Deleuze and Cinema : The Film Concepts

Berg, 2011

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...In the Deleuze’s taxonomy, over twenty different signs generated by the movement-image and over a dozen from the time-image are charted. The way that the ciné-system works, by infinite generation, means that there is no limit to the number...

What is a Story Premise and Why Should You Care?

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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... WHAT IS A STORY PREMISE AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? If a story is going to fail, it will first do so at the premise level, i.e., at the level of the idea itself. The “7-Step Premise Development Process” is all about developing your story’s...

The Science of Exposition, or, What’s Wrong with an Information Dump?

Paul Joseph Gulino

Paul Gulino is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Connie Shears

Connie Shears is Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Science of Screenwriting : The Neuroscience Behind Storytelling Strategies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...In order to become emotionally involved in a film, the audience needs to know the answers to the questions of who, what, when, where, and under what conditions the picture will take place. This information is called exposition. If we don’t...

Log Line

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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...A loose parody of Dante’s Inferno, in which struggling writer Danny, needing to learn how to write a great screenplay so he can score with a hot actress, is guided by mysterious Virgil through the netherworld, where each level of Hades...