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This 4th edition of the book Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect from Focal Press emphasizes that human connection, though often overlooked, is as essential to writing effective screenplays as conflict. This book will show you how to advance and deepen your screenwriting skills, increasing your ability to write richer, more resonant short screenplays that will connect with your audience.
With her candid, conversational style, writer and director Claudia Hunter Johnson teaches you the all-important basics of dramatic technique and guides you through the challenging craft of writing short screenplays with carefully focused exercises of increasing length and complexity. In completing these exercises and applying Claudia's techniques and insights to your own work, you will learn how to think more deeply about the screenwriter's purpose, craft effective patterns of human change, and strengthen your storytelling skills.
Author Claudia Hunter Johnson is a writer/director whose feature documentary The Other Side of Silence: The Untold Story of Ruby McCollum won Best Florida Documentary Film at the 2012 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival and the Gold Jury Prize at the 2013 Social Justice Film Festival. A nationally recognized advocate for free speech, she won the inaugural P.E.N./Newman's OwnFirst Amendment Award, and her critically acclaimed memoir Stifled Laughter: One Woman's Story About Fighting Censorship was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a member of the founding faculty at the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts where she teaches screenwriting courses.
This edition has been expanded and updated to include:
A companion website with ten award-winning short films featured in the book, including two short films- "Intercambios" and the Student-Emmy-Award-winning "Underground."
A chapter on scene and structure that will help you find the right structure for your short screenplay.
A chapter on crafting effective dialogue and subtext that will teach you to make the most of every word and add further depth to your script.
Preparing to Write the Short Screenplay
Connecting to Purpose
Connecting to Self
Connecting to Process
Connecting to Screenplays
Connecting to Collaboration
The Boxing Match
The Improbable Connection
The Long Short Screenplay
Connecting to Structure
Connecting to Dialogue
Seven Screenplays that Make it Look Easy
Table of Contents
Claudia Hunter Johnson
Focal Press Book: Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect (4th Edition, Paperback) Review