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Power Screenwriting: The 12 Stages of Story Development

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This book offers a clear and straightforward framework upon which to build story plots. Replete with hundreds of film references and a step-by step breakdown of some of the greatest movies ever written, this is an inspiring and must-own manual for any serious modern day storyteller. Standing on the broad shoulders of Joseph Campbell, Christopher Vogler, and others who have ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Lone Eagle
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Kayley
Sep 02, 2015 Kayley rated it really liked it
It was my first book to ever read on screenwriting or story development. It was lent to me by a friend who primarily works as a Director doing TVC. From this book, I learned that the point of story telling is not to rush. A good story takes time and one needs to follow certain procedures for proper development. I think there should have been more sources in the book instead of referencing on a limited number of concrete external sources, as well as him seemingly only to praise a few 80s/90s film ...more
Jerjonji
Jan 18, 2013 Jerjonji rated it it was amazing
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Every writer needs to have this book as a reference: well used with underlining and a broken spine- not just screenplay writers. I work my way through this book with each new screenplay, and it adds depth to each one. Each story requires time spent in another section, but his sections on The World of Story and Working in Genre are critical.

You have to know the rules in order to break them if you want to be a good storyteller, if you want your story to have punch and life. This books teachs the
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Allison
Apr 23, 2013 Allison rated it really liked it
A great book about developing a story before turning it into a script. There was tons of advice on how to frame a story, one of my favorites being the simple 1st Act/2nd Act/3rd Act, ex: Obsessive love/leads to/murder. I think that's an effective way to sum up what you're writing, whether it's fiction, an essay, a script, and build from there. The author establishes his credentials in the opening pages of the book, and uses a lot of movie references to help showcase what he's demonstrating with ...more
LaRisse
Jan 27, 2008 LaRisse rated it really liked it
Michael Chase Walker is actually one my mentors that I keep in phone/email contact with on occasion. Michael, more than anyone else fed my fire to be subversive in screenwriting, penning stories on taboo subjects that challenge social convention.

This book focuses on the essence of the screenwriter as modern day philosopher.
Tiffany
Feb 13, 2008 Tiffany rated it really liked it
great teaching tool thanks to recommendation by Cauleen and Dwayne!
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