Screenwriter's Compass: Character As True North ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Guy Gallo

Screenwriter's Compass: Character As True North

Focal Press
Publication date: November 2012
ISBN: 9781136038730
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
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Ever watch a movie, and despite great production value, fantastic action sequences, a great cast, etc, you come away thinking-I just didn't buy it. Chances are it was because you didn't care about the characters. Screenwriter's Compass presents a new way of approaching screenwriting, examining how effective screen storytelling must be grounded in the vivid imagining and presentation of character.

Screenwriter's Compass will not offer formulas to follow but instead will give you the tools needed to chart your own path to screenwriting success. It details useful ways of thinking about writing, as well as practical ideas and concepts to help you discover the unique geography of your own imagination and navigate the problems posed by the struggle to express vision, agenda, and story. You'll learn how to root your writing in motivation and voice, to create screenplays that seduce and make your reader lean forward, and, most importantly, identify with your characters.

* Guy Gallo brings well over twenty years of experience--both as a working screenwriter and as an instructor with a list of big-name students * ...including James Mangold (Girl Interrupted, Walk the Line), Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland), Jeannine Dominy (Dangerous Beauty), and Christopher Zalla (Sundance Grand Jury 2007 for Sangre di mi sangre) * Shows screenwriters not just how to create characters, but how a screenplay emerges from these strong characters * Readers grow their understanding of their screenplays through Gallo's fresh interpretation of screenwriting

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I am an amateur and I found this book easy to understand and easy to enjoy. I was completely absorbed. It was really helpful to deconstruct films to see what makes them tick - now I think I am a little better aquainted with the mechanics of effective writing for the screen, rather than just the romance of the creative idea itself. I will endeavour to put it into practice!
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