Writing Your Screenplay by Lisa Dethridge

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This guide to film writing is an ideal introduction to the craft for would-be screen scribes or film buffs who want to learn how it is done. A broad introduction to writing for the screen is provided, along with a structured system for creating strong screenplays, based on the author’s successful online college course. This book goes beyond the typical formulaic approach, offering insights into the classic mythic structures as well as contemporary storytelling techniques that underlie good screenwriting. The secrets to crafting cohesive plots, likeable characters, compelling action, and believable dialogue are all explained. Also provided is guidance on how to create strong scenes and a complete visual world that will engage audiences.

About Lisa Dethridge

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Dr Lisa Dethridge has twenty years experience as a writer and teacher of media communications in Australia and the USA. She has consulted for many studios and TV networks: Fox, Warner, CBS, MTV, E! Entertainment Television, the Australian Film Finance Corporation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Granada TV. She has also taught screenwriting at UCLA Writers' Program, the American Film Institute and New York University and she currently teaches screenwriting at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She is the author and co-designer of a new online screenwriting program at Australian Film, TV and Radio School (see Online Programs at www.aftrs.edu.au).
Published April 1, 2004 by Allen & Unwin. 272 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction