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Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay, Updated and Expanded edition

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"We need good screenwriters who understand character." Everywhere Andrew Horton traveled in researching this book—from Hollywood to Hungary—he heard the same refrain. Yet most of the standard how-to books on screenwriting follow the film industry's earlier lead in focusing almost exclusively on plot and formulaic structures.

With this book, Horton, a film schola
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Paperback, 249 pages
Published February 23rd 2000 by University of California Press (first published September 22nd 1994)
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Steven
May 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was a huge surprise because it is not at all what its title hints it might be. Horton is, first off, putting himself in opposition to the Syd Field theory of screenplay that is focused on structure. Secondly, he takes Bakhtin's notion of carnivalesque as his foundation for a theory of character. Given that starting point, it shouldn't be too surprising that this book is actually full of literary theory and analysis. Although it does have some craft chapters and exercises designed to ge ...more
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Jul 06, 2011 rated it liked it
When approaching the beginning of any story, be it a novel, a screenplay, or an opera, spending the time to develop your knowledge of your characters is key. This book provides a variety of ways to get to know them, short of having a cocktail party with them. Beyond that it provides an excellent timeline for writing a a screenplay that is very reasonable and helps the writer get out of their own way and get the job done.

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