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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...

Introduction: Merging Content with Context

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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...Books on screenwriting flood the market, crowding shelves in libraries and bookstores, cluttering the desks of people with sure-fire movie ideas burning in their heads. As a professor at Loyola Marymount University School of Film...

Dramatic Voice/Narrative Voice

Ken Dancyger

Ken Dancyger is the author of numerous books on screenwriting, editing, and production. He conducts screenwriting forums and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. A past chair of Undergraduate studies in the Department of Film and Television at NYU, he is currently Professor of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Jeff Rush

Jeff Rush is an associate professor at Temple University's Department of Film & Media Arts. He has served as director of the MFA program and as Department Chair in Film & Media Arts. He received an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from the American Film Institute and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop. In addition to teaching, Jeff has worked as a freelance screenwriter and has published numerous articles and books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Alternative Scriptwriting : Beyond the Hollywood Formula

Focal Press, 2013

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... D ramatic Voice/ Narrative Voice David Burdwell notes that maintstream fi lm subordinates everything to n arrative causality and character motivation. “In Hollywood cinema, a spe- cifi c sort of narrative causality operates...

Visual Montage

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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... Visual Montage Visuals presented in montage format can include several images on screen at the same time, arranged into a pre-specified order along a timeline. Their relative position and juxtaposition indicates their spatial...

A Story vs. a Situation

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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... A STORY VS. A SITUATION Situations are parts of stories; they are not stories themselves. WHAT IS A STORY? In chapter two, I touched upon the phenomena of the terminology-language disconnect, and the fact that just because people use...

Story

Federico Arditti Muchnik

Federico Muchnik has been making films for 30 years. He studied film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and worked as a producer for PBS. He has also produced content for Disneyland, ABC Television, and HBO. He played the lead role in The Golden Boat, directed by Raul Ruiz, shown at Sundance, New York, and Toronto, and distributed by Strand Releasing. He co-wrote and co-edited Secret Courage, a documentary about the Jewish resistance movement during World War 2. He has made many fiction-based long form series for the educational markets and filmed numerous projects throughout North America, Europe, and Latin America. He has taught filmmaking at Boston University, Emerson College, and in New York and Los Angeles. Most recently, he produced and directed the feature length This Killing Business distributed by Filmbox Arthouse in Europe and shown at numerous festivals in the U.S. More at his production company site www.mightyvisual.com and his film blog http://filmadvisor.blogspot.com. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Strategic Producer : On the Art and Craft of Making Your First Feature

Routledge, 2017

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... Story There is no suspense in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.—Alfred Hitchcock A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end . . . but not necessarily in that order.—Jean-Luc Godard Our species has spent thousands of years...

Topology

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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...The topology of screen-space is the mind-map of the creators of the image: writers, concept artists, directors, sound engineers, editors, cinematographers, as fitted together under the production budget and design. Technically...