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Linden Publishing Co, April 2019
Softcover, 400 pages
23cm × 15.5cm

The Craft of Scene Writing Beat by Beat to a Better Script

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No one comes out of a movie talking about script structure. What audiences love and remember about a movie are great scenes, the meaningful moments in a film that reveal character and emotion. While previous screenwriting guides emphasize story structure at the macro level, this is the first book for screenwriters that focuses entirely on the micro level of writing powerful scenes.

Story structure alone does not make a successful screenplay; it is the detailed craftwork of scene writing that breathes life into a story.In The Craft of Scene Writing, accomplished screenwriter and master writing teacher Jim Mercurio explains the nuts and bolts of how to write emotionally resonant scenes that will elevate a script from ho-hum to extraordinary. The Craft of Scene Writing analyzes and systematises the individual elements that create dynamic scenes: beats, conflicts, character moments, specific actions and lines of dialogue. Mercurio demonstrates that every single scene in a script needs to be a story in itself that creates a surprise or reversal. And when a scene incorporates both a twist in the plot and a change in the characters internal states, it has the greatest potential to profoundly engage an audience. The Craft of Scene Writing cites specific examples from popular classic scripts, old and new, to show how great scenes reveal character and advance the story. The Craft of Scene Writing also gives readers practical tools to immediately improve their scenes and scripts. Writing amazing scenes will not just make a screenplay a better work of art. Great scenes also make a script more attractive to producers, directors and actors -- making a script more likely to sell. An incredibly detailed exploration of screenwriting technique, this book will help beginning writers to write great scripts and experienced writers to gain a more complete mastery of their craft.

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