The Craft Of Scene Writing: Beat By Beat To A Better Script by Jim MercurioThe Craft Of Scene Writing: Beat By Beat To A Better Script by Jim Mercurio

The Craft Of Scene Writing: Beat By Beat To A Better Script

byJim Mercurio

Paperback | February 1, 2019

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A professional screenwriter's master class in writing the most critical and challenging script element-the individual scene.No one comes out of a movie talking about structure. What audiences love and remember about a movie are great scenes. Marlon Brando in the back seat inOn the Waterfrontgiving his "I could'a been a contender" speech. Meg Ryan's fake orgasm in Katz's Deli inWhen Harry Met Sallywith the climactic punch line: "I'll have what she's having." InSuperbad, Jonah Hill professing "I love you" to his friend Michael Cera by touching his nose with a "boop." Great scenes will elevate your script from ho-hum to extraordinary-and from the slush pile to sellable. InThe Craft of Scene Writing, accomplished screenwriter and master writing teacher Jim Mercurio analyzes and systematizes the beats, conflicts, character moments, action, dialogue, and structure that create powerful scenes. Citing examples from scripts old and new,The Craft of Scene Writingbreaks down how great scenes reveal character, advance the story, and emotionally connect with audiences, plus demonstrates how to use these techniques in your own scripts. This incredibly detailed exploration of screenwriting technique will help beginning writers to write great scripts and experienced writers to gain a more complete mastery of their craft.
Jim Mercuriois a writer, author, screenwriter and filmmaker. He has directed or produced five feature films and has helped countless writers as a teacher, story analyst and script doctor. Mercurio is a former development executive, and has sold or written as work-for-hire several screenplays. He wrote and directed the bonus material fo...
Title:The Craft Of Scene Writing: Beat By Beat To A Better ScriptFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2019Publisher:Linden PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1610353307

ISBN - 13:9781610353304


Table of Contents

Preface Quick Note from the Author Introduction Part One - Fundamentals Chapter 1 - The Story of a Scene: Beat by Beat Chapter 2 - Reversals: The Essence of Surprise Chapter 3 - Dialogue: The Beats of a Missing Horse Chapter 4 - Non-Dialogue: Using Visuals Chapter 5 - Exposition: Backdoor Drama Part Two - Advanced Topics Chapter 6 - Dilemma: Importance and Digging Deep Chapter 7 - Exploiting Concept: From Inspiration to Surprise Chapter 8 - Theme: Building Your Case Chapter 9 - Advanced Scene Writing: Breaking the Rules with Style Chapter 10 - Cinematic Writing: The Language of Visuals Part Three - The Home Stretch Chapter 11 - Rewriting I: The Big Picture Chapter 12 - Rewriting II: The Small Picture Chapter 13 - A Tale of Two Voices: The Voice of the Script Chapter 14 - Personal Voice: Your Perfect Script Appendix - 14 Steps to a Better Screenplay Acknowledgments

Editorial Reviews

"The Craft of Scene Writing breaks down the rules and how to break them, beat by beat, as a story within a story. A must read for the novice and expert filmmaker."