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Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure: Inside Tips from the Writer of Alien, Total Recall & Return of the Living Dead

At a Glance

  • Screenwriters new and experienced can take something away from Dan O'Bannon's style
  • Learn Dan O'Bannon's "dynamic structure" of screenwriting
  • A new, unique take on screenwriting structure from one of the industry's greatest horror and sci-fi writers

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.

Product Details

  • Date available: 02/01/2013
  • Publication date: 01/01/2013
  • Return policy: 30 days

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Meet the Author: Dan O'Bannon

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. 

Meet the Author: Matt R. Lohr

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Matt R. Lohr, is an award-winning screenwriter, essayist and critic. He holds an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman University in Orange, CA, where he first met Dan O’Bannon and agreed to work with him on the book that became Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure. He is a regular book critic for JazzTimes Magazine, and his views on contemporary and classic cinema can be found on his blog, “The Movie Zombie”(themoviezombie.blogspot.com).

Matt is also the host of the forthcoming Dan O’Bannon Writing Workshops™, which will bring a hands-on presentation of Dan’s “dynamic structure” screenplay system to semin...

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