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A Guide to Screenwriting Success


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Part 1 Part I: Writing the Feature Film Chapter 2 1 Develop a Sold Premise Chapter 3 2 Invent Interesting Characters Chapter 4 3 Craft a Strong Story Chapter 5 4 Frame an Engaging Story with Sound Structure Chapter 6 5 Visual Descriptions and Dialogue Part 7 Part II: Rewriting the Feature Screenplay Chapter 8 6 The Rewriting Process Chapter 9 7 Analyze Scene-by-Scene Chapter 10 8 Rewrite Act One Chapter 11 9 Rewrite Act Two First Half Chapter 12 10 Rewrite Act Two Second Half Chapter 13 11 Rewrite Act Three Chapter 14 12 The Polish Chapter 15 13 The First Draft Spec Feature Part 16 Part III: Writing for Television Chapter 17 14 Which Series to Write Chapter 18 15 Television Characters Chapter 19 16 Television Writing Basics Chapter 20 17 Overview of Television Structure Chapter 21 18 Developing the One-Hour Episode Chapter 22 19 Writing the One-Hour Teleplay Chapter 23 20 Rewriting the One-Hour Teleplay Chapter 24 21 Writing the Situation Comedy Chapter 25 22 The Economics of Television Writing Chapter 26 23 Writing Original Teleplays Chapter 27 24 A Career Writing for Television Chapter 28 25 Becoming a Professional Screenwriter Chapter 29 Appendix Chapter 30 Glossary of Screenwriting Terminology Chapter 31 Index

About the Author

Stephen V. Duncan is associate professor of screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television, the co-creator and executive consultant of the CBS-TV one-hour Vietnam War series Tour of Duty, writer-producer of the ABC-TV one-hour action series A Man Called Hawk, and the co-writer of the Turner Network Television original movie The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson.


In every chapter the insights just keep coming. Clear and comprehensive, a valuable cut-to-the-chase guide for screenwriters. Duncan possesses that rare teaching gift-the ability to make a challenging art form understandable while at the same time reassuring hopeful newcomers that, yes, you too can write a terrific movie. Don't start your screenplay without Steve Duncan's book close at hand. -- Eric Edson, California State University, Northridge; screenwriter, Lethal Vows, Diving In, and The Rose and the Jackal
Savvy, targeted, and on-point. . . . Steve Duncan's advice is presented in a straight, no-nonsense style. Finally, valuable information that gives any writer the tools necessary for success. A must-read for every aspiring screenwriter. -- Erica Byrne, screenwriter, La Femme Nikita, Nowhere Man, and Silk Stalkings
A Guide to Screenwriting Success is a natural extension of Steve Duncan's skill as a professional screenwriter and his prowess as one of the most respected professors in the screenwriting arena. -- Fred Rubin, producer, Night Court, Family Matters, and Step by Step

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