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Introduction
Are You Ready?
The Goal of a Screenwriter
Avoid Writer’s Block
The Life of a Screenwriter
The Power of Screenwriting
STORY CONCEPT
Expressing the Story Concept
Finding Story Ideas
Selecting the best story concepts
Story Concept Checklist
Artistry vs. Commerciality
Modifying Story Concept
ASSIGNMENTS
“MY MOVIE” STORY DEVELOPMENT
Character Development
Developing Your Hero
Create a Rough Outline of Your Hero
Establish Character Identification
Make Your Characters Original
Motivation
Conflict
Developing the Other Characters of Your Screenplay
Primary Characters
Four Basic Categories of Primary Characters
Rules for Creating Primary Characters
Rules When Creating Nemesis:
Secondary Characters
Theme
Character growth
Keys to creating captivating characters
A Goal and an Opposition
Back-story
The Will to Act
A Point of View (POV) and Attitudes
Room to Grow
Believability
Details
A Writer Who Cares
Strong Supporting Cast
Good Character
What is character?
Tools of Character
The Visual Dynamics of Character
Choosing a name
Structure
Plot Structure
The Three Acts
Twists and Turns
Make a Good First Impression
Your Two Key Characters
The Catalyst
The Pinch and Rising Conflict
The Resolution
The low down on high concept
A Titillating Title
Its Gotta Be Big
Story layering
Goals and Needs
Two Stories in One
Plot
Examples of Plot-Driven Stories
Examples of Character-Driven Stories/Emotional story
Genre
MYTH
The Structural Checklist
7 Types of Openings: Choose 1
Treatment
Format:
The Paradigm
The First Ten Pages
The Second and Third Ten pages
Act II
Midpoint
Act III
ASSIGMENTS
Leave them laughing (comedies)
It’s not what you say but how you say it
The Good Read
Each Rewrite
Second and Third Draft Completed
About Formats
Margins and Spacing
Page Breaks:
Marketing
Three keys to marketing yourself as a screenwriter
Four categories of people in power
What to Do When Completed
Finding an Agent
Approach Production Companies and other Ways of Finance
The Screenwriter’s Deal
Three ways for a screenwriter to earn money
Your Strategic Marketing Plan
Principles
Purpose
Audience
Strategy
High Concept
Tools for Selling
Logline
The Pitch
Query Letter
Synopsis
Step Outline
Project Plan
Positioning Strategies
IDENTIFYING PROSPECTS
Weekly Action Plan
Appendix
Sample Screenplay Opening
Structure Table
List of Agents and Managers
List of Production Companies
Common Forms You’ll Encounter
Copyrighting Screenplays
What is copyright?
How do I enforce my copyright?
What if you want to write something based on someone else's work?
A Nightmare on Elm Street Screenplay
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Screenwriting Bible

Screenwriting Bible

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Published by: Frank D. Gutierrez on Sep 15, 2010
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