The Craft of Screenwriting

by Charles Deemer



Book Details

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Publication Date : 3/29/1999

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 220
ISBN : 9780738803364
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 220
ISBN : 9780738803357

About the Book

From concept to pitch, structure paradigm to step outline to script - or from the mystery of writing by the seat of your pants - Screenwright guides the reader through the full process of writing a screenplay for the competitive Hollywood market.  

Analyzing the structure of such hit movies as E.T., Atlantic City, Thelma and Louise, North by Northwest, and many more, Deemer establishes the overwhelming logic of the three-act story structure - and then applies its lessons in different environments for those who write from the head first and those who write from the heart first.  

Both inspirational and comprehensive, this book analyzes many other existing paradigms in the screenwriting marketplace and shows how they all reduce to the oldest one in the culture, Aristotle's insight that stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end.  Screenwright is based on Deemer's popular electronic screenwriting course of the same name, which has been called "the bible of screenwriting for the novice."

Deemer teaches undergraduate and graduate screenwriting at Portland State University and also online.  He has had six screenplays optioned and over three dozen plays produced.  His play Famililly won the 1997 "Crossing Borders" international new play competition.

About the Author

Charles Deemer is a playwright, screenwriter, short story author and college teacher of writing classes. 39 of his plays have been produced and 6 of his screenplays optioned. His short fiction has appeared widely in literary magazines.