The 21st-Century Screenplay: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Tomorrow's Films
The 21st Century Screenplay is the much-expanded successor to the author's Scriptwriting Updated. Many books in one, it offers a comprehensive, highly practical manual of screenwriting from the classic to the avant-garde, from The African Queen and Tootsie, to 21 Grams, Pulp Fiction, Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Whether you want to write short films,...more
Paperback, 490 pages
Published February 11th 2011 by Silman-James Press
(first published October 1st 2010)
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Only read one chapter, about Flashback and Thwarted Dream narratives, but interesting reading. It helped me with my story for a novel, but it's not that applicable - it's meant for screenplays, and has a focus on the unities and time that doesn't necessarily concern a novel.
Straight forward and helpful advice on screenplays. You can't teach someone how to write, but this book certainly explains a lot about structure, what works, why certain things fail, and everything in between. It's overall a great book for screenwriters!
Linda Aronson is a working writer with awards as a scriptwriter, playwright and novelist. She has thirty years experience as a scriptwriter working for companies from Australia, UK, New Zealand and USA. As a scriptwriter, she has credits for feature film, TV series and serials, mini-series, children's TV, radio drama, stage plays, and TV drama-documentary. Her young adult fiction is published in m...moreMore about Linda Aronson...