Focal Press Book: Screenwriter's Compass: Character as True North

Focal Press Book: Screenwriter's Compass: Character as True North

Focal Press Book: Screenwriter's Compass: Character as True North

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  • Author: Guy Gallo
  • Hardcover, 200 Pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Published: February 4, 2016
  • See How to Imagine Characters Vividly
  • Learn How Script Emerges from Characters
  • Root Your Writing in Motivation & Voice
  • Offers Tools Instead of Formulas
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Learn how to imagine and present your characters vividly, so that your audience will really develop feelings for them, in Screenwriter's Compass: Character as True North, a Focal Press book by Guy Gallo. Bringing over 20 years of experience as a working screenwriter and instructor, Mr. Gallo shows you how an effective screenplay emerges from well-developed characters and is rooted in motivation and voice. Rather than offering formulas purporting to produce a great story, the book provides the tools necessary for you to chart your own path to successful screenwriting that really resonates with your audience. It shares useful ways of thinking about writing, as well as practical ideas and concepts to help you discover the unique geography of your own imagination and navigate the obstacles and pitfalls of storytelling.

Table of Contents

  • Screenwriter's Compass
  • Big Deal-You're Writing a Screenplay
  • Gear Up
  • Screenwriting Is Writing
  • Craftsmanship
  • Reading Theory
  • Upsetting Aristotle
  • Putting Aristotle to Work
  • Character-Driven versus Plot-Driven
  • Fable and Construct
  • Turning Theory to Task
  • Master Shot Screenplay
  • Reading Screenplays
  • Composition Creates Story
  • On Outlines
  • On Character Histories
  • On Treatments
  • On Adaptation
  • The Blank Page
  • Scene and Action Description
  • Camera Gestures and Paragraphing
  • Being God
  • Character Logic
  • Hearing Voices
  • Empathy
  • Thinking of Structure
  • Breaking a Block
  • First Reader
  • Looking Again for Logic
  • Questions
  • Challenges and Pitfalls
  • On Expectation
  • Wrighting a Screenplay
  • Screenplay Format
  • Series of Shots
  • Proofreading
  • Submission
  • Passion and Purpose
  • Happy Accident
  • Intuition and Analysis
  • Lessons
About the Author
Guy Gallo's first produced screenplay, Under the Volcano, was directed by John Huston and released in 1984. Since then, he has written over a dozen feature screenplays, four of which have been produced. Gallo has over 20 years of teaching experience at Columbia University's School of the Arts, New York University, and Barnard College. His students include big names in the industry, such as James Mangold (Girl Interrupted, Walk the Line), Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland), Jeannine Dominy (Dangerous Beauty), and Christopher Zalla (winner of Sundance Grand Jury Prize 2007 for Sangre di mi sangre).
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Focal Press 9781138136458 specs

Subject Creating and developing characters that move your audience and drive a powerful story
Author Guy Gallo
Hard/Soft Cover Hardcover
Number of Pages 200
ISBN Number 9781138136458
Publisher Focal Press
Date Published February 4, 2016

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