The Short Screenplay: Your Short Film From Concept To Production by Daniel GurskisThe Short Screenplay: Your Short Film From Concept To Production by Daniel Gurskis

The Short Screenplay: Your Short Film From Concept To Production

byDaniel Gurskis

Paperback | November 20, 2006

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With the growth of film festivals, cable networks, specialty home video, and the Internet, there are more outlets and opportunities for screening short films now than at any time in the last 100 years. But before you can screen your short film, you need to shoot it. And before you can shoot it, you need to write it. The Short Screenplay provides both beginning and experienced screenwriters with all the guidance they need to write compelling, filmable short screenplays. Explore how to develop characters that an audience can identify with. How to create a narrative structure that fits a short time frame but still engages the audience. How to write dialogue that's concise and memorable. How to develop story ideas from concept through final draft. All this and much more is covered in a unique conversational style that reads more like a novel than a "how-to" book. The book wraps up with a discussion of the role of the screenplay in the production process and with some helpful (and entertaining) sample scripts. This is the only guide you'll ever need to make your short film a reality!
Dan Gurskis has more than twenty years of writing and producing experience in film and television. He has worked on projects Columbia, Paramount, RKO, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Comedy Central, and the USA Network with collaborators as varied as the director Nicolas Roeg and Monty Python¿s Graham Chapman. In all, he has written more than ...
Title:The Short Screenplay: Your Short Film From Concept To ProductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.45 inPublished:November 20, 2006Publisher:Course Technology PTRLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1598633384

ISBN - 13:9781598633382

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Table of Contents

I. IntroductionWhat is a screenplay?What is important in a screenplay?The screenwriters skill setII. ShortsThe fundamentals of the short filmThe four categories of short films: short-shorts, conventional shorts, medium shorts, long shortsFilm vs. theaterFilm vs. televisionIII. CharacterCharacter and characterizationPutting your characters in charge of the actionWhat a character wants, what a character needsAdding depth to your charactersTypes of characters and their functionSecondary charactersIV. NarrativeThe five forms of conflictThe three-part nature of screenplay structure: setup, rising action, resolutionThe importance of cause and effectThe elements of a sceneScene structureWriting the sceneV. DialogueThe goals of film dialogueThe characteristics of film dialogueWriting effective dialogueStructuring sentences and speechesDialect, slang, and insider speechVI. DevelopmentGenerating ideas for a short screenplayThe development processCreating a conceptCreating a synopsisCreating a step outlineThe first draftRevisingWriting screenplays for non-theatrical films (podcasts, Internet only, mobile phone)VII. ProductionProduction considerations for a short screenplayWorking with a directorWorking with a producerWhen the director or the producer is youConforming the screenplay to existing locations and budget limitations"Theres no such thing as a free lunch"Permissions and legal considerationsWriting the shooting scriptVIII. FormatThe standard industry format: the way a screenplay looks on a paperScreenplay form: using language to suggest film imagesWhat to avoid: directing on paper and acting on paperFilm grammar vs. English grammarIX. GlossaryX. AppendixIX. Index