Focal Press Book: The Screenwriter's Roadmap: 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story

Focal Press Book: The Screenwriter's Roadmap: 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story

Focal Press Book: The Screenwriter's Roadmap: 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story

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  • Author: Neil Landau
  • Hardcover, 310 Pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Date Published: January 29, 2016
  • Covers Structure/Character/Stakes & More
  • 21 Questions to Improve Your Story
  • Avoid Wrong Turns, Pitfalls, Obstacles
  • Interviews with Industry Heavyweights
  • End-of-Chapter Exercises
  • Examples from Hollywood Hits
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  • 1Description

Discover the 21 questions to ask yourself as you write, in order to help you produce your best work, in The Screenwriter's Roadmap: 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story, a Focal Press book by Neil Landau. Drawing on over 20 years of experience as a working screenwriter and script doctor, Mr. Landau shows you how to nail down your story's structure and enhance character arcs, stakes, suspense, and more, while diagnosing and repairing weaknesses.

Learn to avoid wrong turns, dead ends, pitfalls, and other obstacles commonly encountered in screenwriting, so you can stay on track and reach your final destination: a completed screenplay that's surprising, powerful, and ready for the marketplace. The 21 questions posed in this book have been field-tested and utilized in the creation of some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters and critically acclaimed films. Each chapter is supplemented by helpful exercises, examples from successful films, and interviews with some of Hollywood's biggest names.

Table of Contents
  • GuidePost 1: Clarify the Central Conflict of Your Premise
  • GuidePost 2: Think of Setting and Time Period as Another Character
  • GuidePost 3: Create an Iconic Protagonist with a Core Contradiction
  • GuidePost 4: Give Your Protagonist Something to Win and Something to Lose
  • GuidePost 5: Determine Your Protagonist's Most Significant Weakness and How They'll Overcome it
  • GuidePost 6: Drafting the Architectural Foundation
  • GuidePost 7: Hook Your Audience into the Plight of Your Protagonist by Page 10
  • GuidePost 8: Inject a Potent Antagonistic Force to Obstruct the Goals of Your Protagonist
  • GuidePost 9: Plunge Your Protagonist into Crisis at the End of Act One (no later than page 25)
  • GuidePost 10: Fueling and Consistently Stoking the Dramatic Fire
  • GuidePost 11: Infuse Your Story with a Central Mystery
  • GuidePost 12: The Center Can Hold: Ratcheting up the Stakes at the Midpoint of Act 2
  • GuidePost 13: Thicken the Plot with a Pivotal Character
  • GuidePost 14: Compel Your Protagonist into Epiphany in Act 3
  • GuidePost 15: Situate Your Protagonist at a Crossroads at the End of Act 2
  • GuidePost 16: Set the Clock Ticking
  • GuidePost 17: Heighten the Climax
  • Guidepost 18: Pay-off the Setups
  • GuidePost 19: Crafting the Inevitable Conclusion
  • GuidePost 20: Illuminate the Central Thematic Question
  • GuidePost 21: Rewrites: Reconnecting to the Emotional Core of Your Screenplay
Interviews with Hollywood Screenwriting and Directing Heavyweights
Includes interviews with some of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters and directors:
  • Scott Z. Burns, Contagion
  • Tony Gilroy, The Bourne Legacy
  • Laeta Kalogridis, Shutter Island
  • David Koepp, Spider Man
  • Jeff Nathanson, Catch Me If You Can
  • Eric Roth, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • David S. Goyer, The Dark Knight Rises
  • Billy Ray, The Hunger Games
  • Melissa Rosenberg, the Twilight trilogy
  • Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
  • And many more


About the Author
Neil Landau teaches in the MFA in Screenwriting and Producing Programs at both UCLA School of Film & Television and USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is also a faculty advisor in the MFA in Writing Program at Goddard College. In a career spanning over 20 years as a working screenwriter, Landau has penned many scripts--including the cult hit Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.
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Focal Press 9781138136137 specs

Subject Using 21 field-tested questions to help you create more compelling, marketable screenplays
Author Neil Landau
Hard/Soft Cover Hardcover
Number of Pages 310
ISBN Number 9781138136137
Publisher Focal Press
Date Published January 29, 2016

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