Screenwriting Updated contains a number of analyses of films and several charts depicting the flashback mechanisms of various well known films like The Usual Suspects, Citizen Kane, The Remains of the Day and Shine. At last you will understand "Pulp Fiction! All the vague confusing things that teachers and studio executives say about flashback, turning points and multiple protagonists are whipped into coherent shape here, in a comprehensive, precise and extremely practical theory. She has constructed a remarkable guide to take you from that mind-numbing first blank page, over all the hurdles, through to polishing the final draft. Screenwriter Linda Aronson has a new nuts-and-bolts book that could leave the other gurus searching for day jobs.

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Mar 09, Jason Luna rated it it was amazing This book is a very good and informative read, although it is probably best approached as a manual rather than a fun read. I say that because Aronson takes great pride in her ability to list what she knows about screenwriting. And she knows a great deal. For example, she mentions in passing that more and more people ask her questions about fragmented narratives and multiple protagonist films, challenges to the This book is a very good and informative read, although it is probably best approached as a manual rather than a fun read.

And it takes over half of the book. She picks out exactly what makes the script tick. Something like "if you use a fragmented narrative, you need a source of dread, and a detective story of what will happen and how". And she writes like this in a seemingly inexhaustible way. I believe the goal is to teach the reader that they can write a screenplay if they are so inclined, and it works well.

Especially at the beginning, as she describes how to use brainstorming technique, and how to structure the writing, and all these basic things. So basically this is a book you should have if you want to compete for screenwriting tips in the modern age. Her terms for them are clear, and she provides suggestions for how to use certain films as a blueprint as well as for what kind of stories can best be told through what narratives. Many movies are referenced throughout the book - some of which she speaks about particularly because they were not successful - and it assumes an intimate knowledge of each.

I think providing a synopsis would often have made her examples clearer as Aronson shines in her breakdown of screenplays with non-linear plots. I think providing a synopsis would often have made her examples clearer as I found myself having to look up information to fully understand many of the passages.

That being said, it was worth the effort. The biggest weakness of the box is its final section - getting it on the page. As this is a book aimed at writers interested in advanced narrative structures, the examples of common mistakes given, especially the section on dialogue, came across as condescending.

It found this section wholly unnecessary. Where the book falls down is in trying, unsuccessfully, to be a practical writing guide. Without all the development strategy repetition and padding it could have been a There are some great ideas and insights buried in this overlong, rambling tome, e.

Great plums, but far, far too much pudding. Her occasional references to novel writing were oddly naive: she seems to think none of the storytelling rules apply in novels. Oh they do, they do, which is why as a novelist I read screenwriting books about storytelling. Linda Aaronson has done what needed to be done.

Instead to reducing screenwriting to a cheap formula, she takes the time to explain how structure works and how it can be used effectively for all kinds of movies. I only have two screenwriting books This is the only book on screenplay structure anyone ever needs to read. I only have two screenwriting books that I recommend without reservations


The 21st-Century Screenplay: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Tomorrow's Films

Kagakus Did not need to be pages. Screenwriting manuals often sell themselves on the notion that a sure fire way for anyone with a laptop and a good idea to get into the film industry is to write a tightly structured screenplay. Share your thoughts with other customers. So repetitive, so repetitive, so repetitive. Very often things like flashbacks, flash forwards, non-linear narratives, multiple plots and ensemble casts are regarded as optional gimmicks stuck into the conventional three act structure. Buy paperback here In N. Aronson accompanies this with 25 screenplay development strategies that rely heavily on traditional screenwriting rules such as cause and effect, inciting incidents, turning points and character development, all of which have been dealt with extensively by the likes of McKee and Syd Field.





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