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Bestselling author Syd Field, who works on over 1,000 screenplays a year, shows students how to identify and fix common screenwriting problems. Students will learn to: understand what makes great stories work; make their screenplay work in the first ten pages, using such hits as "Pulp Fiction," "Thelma & Louise" and "Dances With Wolves" as models; use a "dream assignment" as a springboard to creativity; make action build character; and, overcome writer's block.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Introduction; 1.The Art of Problem Solving; 2. So, What's the Problem?; 3. Locating the Problem; 4. Approaching the Problem; Part I: Some Common Problems–5. Talking Heads; 6. Dazed, Lost, and Confused; 7. The Nature of Dull; Part II–Problems of Plot: 8. Too Much, Too Soon; 9. The Need to Explain; 10. Something's Missing; 11. Another time, Another Place: Bridging Time and Action; Part III–Problems of Character: 12. What Is Character?; 13. The Circle of Being; 14. Dull, Thin, and Boring; 15. The Passive Active; 16. The Flash Point; Part IV–Problems of Structure: 17. Sceneus Interruptus; 18. Set-Ups and Pay-offs; 19. Enter Late and Get Out Early; 20. Okay, Fasten Your Seat Belts; 21. Endings; 22. The Troubleshooter's Guide
Also by Syd Field:
The Screenwriter’s Workbook
Selling a Screenplay
The Screenwriter’s Problem Solver