Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2009-08-31
  • Publisher: Focal Press
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Includes the screenplays of a webisode and eight short award-winning student films and a website where you can view the films analyzed in the book: http://www.craftingshortscreenplays.com

Author Biography

Written by Claudia Hunter Johnson, a member of the founding faculty of the Florida State University School of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts, and Distinguished Writer in Residence. She is the author of the memoir, Stifled Laughter: One Woman's Story About Fighting Censorship-nominated for the Pulitzer Prize-and winner of the inaugural P.E.N./Newman's Own First Amendment Award. She is also the author (with Matt Stevens) of Script Partners: What Makes Film and TV Writing Teams Work and the novella A Christmas Belle, a sequel to Dickens' time-honored classic, A Christmas Carol. Two of their screenplays were finalists for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

Table of Contents

Companion Websitep. x
Preface to the Third Editionp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: The Power and Importance of Human Connectionp. xvii
Preparing to Write the Short Screenplayp. 1
Connecting to Purposep. 3
Only Connectp. 3
The Screenplay Paradoxp. 6
Connecting to Selfp. 9
Le Menup. 9
Depart the Donneep. 14
Connecting to Processp. 19
The Space-Time Conundrump. 19
Madness in Your Methodp. 21
Creating Ritualsp. 23
Taking Care of Yourselfp. 24
Just Do Itp. 24
Connecting to Collaborationp. 27
Top Ten Reasons to Write with a Partnerp. 28
Finding the Right Writing Partnerp. 30
The Space-Time Conundrum, The Sequelp. 32
Codrafting the Scriptp. 32
Dealing with Disagreementsp. 34
Connecting to Screenplaysp. 39
Surface and Deep Actionp. 41
Making Changep. 42
The Mood Exercisep. 43
The Pearl in the Oysterp. 45
Emotional Flowp. 46
Everything You Need to Know You Can Learn from City Lightsp. 47
Demystifying Formatp. 51
Connecting to Characterp. 59
An Artistic and Ethical Issuep. 59
People Watchingp. 61
People Listeningp. 62
Researchp. 63
The Character Biop. 64
The Character Checklistp. 64
The Character I.D.p. 65
The Heart of the Matterp. 67
The "I Want" Speechp. 68
Five (Not So) Easy Screenplaysp. 73
The Discoveryp. 75
The First Screenplay-The Discoveryp. 77
Choosing an Ideap. 80
Developing Character, Story, and Structurep. 81
Drafting the Screenplayp. 83
Rewriting the Screenplayp. 84
The Decisionp. 89
The Second Screenplay-The Decisionp. 89
Choosing an Ideap. 90
Developing Character, Story, and Structurep. 91
Drafting the Screenplayp. 95
Rewriting the Screenplayp. 96
The Boxing Matchp. 99
The Third Screenplay-The Boxing Matchp. 101
Choosing an Ideap. 102
Developing Character, Story, and Structurep. 104
Drafting the Screenplayp. 107
Rewriting the Screenplayp. 110
The Improbable Connectionp. 111
The Fourth Screenplay-The Improbable Connectionp. 115
Choosing an Ideap. 116
Developing Characterp. 117
Developing Story and Structurep. 119
Drafting the Screenplayp. 120
Rewriting the Screenplayp. 121
The Long Short Screenplayp. 123
The Fifth Screenplay-The Long Short Screenplayp. 123
Choosing an Ideap. 124
Developing Character, Story, and Structurep. 127
Drafting the Screenplayp. 132
Rewriting the Screenplayp. 135
Nine Screenplays That Make It Look Easyp. 139
Chillin' Outp. 141
Tough Crowdp. 147
Kosherp. 159
My Josephinep. 167
A Work in Progressp. 179
Lena's Spaghettip. 189
Cool Breeze and Buzzp. 219
The Making of "Killer Kite"p. 241
Slow Dancin' Down the Aisles of the Quickcheckp. 271
Conclusionp. 305
Available Screenwriting Softwarep. 307
Films Referencedp. 309
Further Readingp. 311
Indexp. 315
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