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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...

What’s the “Aha” Moment?

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 “AHA” MOMENT? Position Your Protagonist at a Crossroads at the End of Act Two The end of the second act is often referred to as the “all is lost” moment. It might seem like the Worst Thing That Could Happen—but things...

What’s the Movie Really About?

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 MOVIE REALLY ABOUT? Illuminate the Central Thematic Question A theme is a universal truth about life. There’s the movie, and thenthere’s what the movie is really about. The legendary UCLA filmprofessor, Howard Suber, posits...

Beat Outline

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: Set Up: Bebe’s penthouse apartment. Danny puts the make on her. She tells him if he wants to score to write her a great screenplay. Inciting Incident: Dejected Danny gets drunk. Meets mysterious Virgil in bar. Virgil tells him he...

The Science of Cause and Effect, or, Did the Packers Really Lose Because I Didn’t Wear My Cheesehead Hat?

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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...A long time ago, the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384–322 bce) made a simple and eloquent argument about cause and effect in drama: A whole is that which has a beginning, a middle, and an end. A beginning is that which does not itself...