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How Does It Make You Feel?

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 DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL? Connect to the Emotional Core of Your Characters The crisis in a movie will usually compel protagonists to exert controlover a situation that is particularly challenging to them. They’ve gota pressing problem...

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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... 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

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... Neil—what I’m trying to accomplish is a way to set up an interesting opening that lets me know that . . .” And, as I’m doing that images will come to me—some way to describe the part of so-and-so as he . . . and then I start writing and stuff...

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

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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...

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

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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 catch?

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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... WHAT’S THE CATCH? Clarify the Central Conflict of Your Premise Many newer screenwriters have the tendency to begin their scriptswithout having a clue what their screenplay is about. I’m notsuggesting this should be a source of shame...

Why are we 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

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... WHY ARE WE HERE? Think of Setting and Time Period as Another Character in Your Screenplay Write what you know, and if you haven’t lived it: research. Wikipediacan be a good place to start, but you’ll need to dig deeper. Searchonline...

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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... 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...

What’s the Trap?

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

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... WHAT’S THE TRAP? Plunge Your Protagonist into Crisis at the End of Act One This crisis point will effectively ensnare your protagonist in a literal orfigurative “trap” that compels him/her into action—and often quitereluctantly. Think...

What’s the Point (of View)?

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 POINT (OF VIEW)? Add Dimension to Characters via POV, Subtext, and Dialogue Once you’ve chosen the genre, tone, premise, and perhaps centralrelationship and conflict for your movie, you then need to decideon the point of view...