List of Figures
List of development strategies
Part 1 Getting Ideas
1 Creativity and general problem solving
2 Triggering good ideas fast from screen models
3 Triggering good ideas fast from other models
4 What film are we in?
Part 2 Conventional Narrative Structure
5 Overview of conventional narrative structure
6 Planning a conventional, three-act structure
7 Normality and disturbance (the set-up)
8 Action line or relationship line?
9 Protagonists and characters who seem like protagonists but are not
10 One protagonist, many antagonists
12 The plan and first-act turning point
13 The second act
14 The third act: Climax, resolution, symbolism and myth
15 Structural analysis of The Piano
Part 3 Practical Plotting
16 The nature of the task
17 Close plotting: Beats, interweaving and condensing
18 Plotting: Tips,
A truly comprehensive overview of the craft of writing for contemporary film and video, by a multi-award winning screenwriter.
Linda Aronson is an award-winning scriptwriter, playwright and novelist. Her fiction is published in nine countries. She lectures and consults on film all over the world.