Dan O'bannon's Guide To Screenplay Structure: Inside Tips From The Writer Of Alien, Total Recall And Return Of The Living Dead by Dan O'bannonDan O'bannon's Guide To Screenplay Structure: Inside Tips From The Writer Of Alien, Total Recall And Return Of The Living Dead by Dan O'bannon

Dan O'bannon's Guide To Screenplay Structure: Inside Tips From The Writer Of Alien, Total Recall…

byDan O'bannon, Matt LohrForeword byRoger Corman

Paperback | January 1, 2013

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Dan O'Bannon famously crafted his screenplays using a self-designed system which he called “dynamic structure. This book outlines how O'Bannon's method differs from those of other well-known screenwriting gurus, and illustrates with examples from classic (and not-so-classic) films how dynamic structure can be applied to craft narrative and character. O'Bannon also includes his insights on subjects such as the logic of the three-act structure, the role of the producer in screenplay development, and the psychological principle known as “hedonic adaptation, which has a unique effect on the structuring of screen stories.


Dan O'Bannon was an acclaimed screenwriter whose eleven feature writing credits include the international blockbusters Alien and Total Recall, as well as Return of the Living Dead, which he also directed.Matt R. Lohr is an award-winning screenwriter, essayist, and critic. His views on contemporary and classic cinema can be found on his...
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Title:Dan O'bannon's Guide To Screenplay Structure: Inside Tips From The Writer Of Alien, Total Recall…Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 2013Publisher:Michael Wiese ProductionsLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Roger Corman

Preface by Matt R. Lohr

Introduction, or A Fistful of Popcorn

1. LOOKING FOR THE FORMULA, or The Quest for the Watchable Sow's Ear

2. TOWARD A DEFINITION OF STRUCTURE, or Let's NOT Get Physical

3. OTHER PEOPLE'S SYSTEMS, or For Those Who Bought My Book By Mistake
Aristotle: The Plot's the Thing
Lajos Egri: Defeating the Thud
Howard & Mabley: Ironying Out the Wrinkles
Syd Field: Brother, Can You Paradigm?
Robert McKee: Falling Into the Gap

4. DYNAMIC CONFLICT DEFINED, or Guy vs. Guy

5. DAN O'BANNON'S DYNAMIC STRUCTURE, or Getting to Poof

6. DYNAMIC CHARACTER: O'BANNON ON CHARACTER AS STRUCTURE, or Choosy Writers Choose Choice

7. STRUCTURAL ANALYSES, or Don't Take My Word For It...
Casablanca
Citizen Kane
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Doll's House
Dracula (1931)
Dumb & Dumber
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
King Lear
Lawrence of Arabia
Lost Horizon (1937)
Psycho (1960)
Some Like It Hot

8. DO-IT-YOURSELF SCRIPT ANALYSIS, or Take YOUR Word For It!

9. STORY TYPOLOGY, or It's In The Way That You Use It

10. ON PACE, EXPOSITION AND TWISTS, or Introducing Hedonic Adaptation

11. WHY THREE ACTS? or Pass Ergo, Collect $200

12. LENGTH OF A SCREENPLAY, or Filling the Digital Doggy Bag

13. INSPIRATION VS. RULES, or Calling the Script Cops

14. PERSPECTIVE, or Phooey On What You Say

15. WHAT IS A PRODUCER? or Not Who, What

16. SCREEN CREDITS, or Joining the Desaparecidos

17. WHY BE A SCREENWRITER? or I'll Make This Brief

18. FEAR, or Taking in the Garbage

CONCLUSION by Matt R. Lohr

AFTERWORD by Diane O'Bannon

DAN O'BANNON: A Filmography