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Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless

At a Glance

  • Useful tips and colorful insights from master screenwriters past and present
  • Focuses on literary adaptation as the best way to learn the basics and avoid the usual formulaic approach
  • Invaluable for anyone who wants to learn the craft of screen storytelling

"Writing in Pictures" is a refreshingly practical and entertaining guide to screenwriting that provides what is lacking in most such books: a clear, step-by-step demonstration of how to write a screenplay.

Seasoned screenwriter and writing teacher Joseph McBride breaks down the process into a series of easy, approachable tasks, focusing on literary adaptation as the best way to learn the basics and avoiding the usual formulaic approach. With its wealth of useful tips, along with colorful insights from master screenwriters past and present, this book is invaluable for anyone who wants to learn the craft of screen storytelling. 

CONTENTS

Introduction: Who Needs Another Book on Screenwriting? 

Part I: Storytelling

  • So Why Write Screenplays?
  • What Is Screenwriting? 
  • Stories: What They Are and How to Find Them
  • Ten Tips for the Road Ahead 

Part II: Adaptation

Breaking the Back of the Book: or, The Art of Adaptation

STEP 1: THE STORY OUTLINE

  • Research and Development 

STEP 2: THE ADAPTATION OUTLINE

  • The Elements of Screenwriting

STEP 3: THE CHARACTER BIOGRAPHY

  • Exploring Your Story and How to Tell It

STEP 4: THE TREATMENT

Part III: Production

  • Who Needs Formatting?
  • Actors Are Your Medium 
  • Dialogue as Action

STEP 5: THE STEP OUTLINE

  • The Final Script
  • Epilogue: Breaking into Professional Filmmaking 

Appendix A: The Basic Steps in the Screenwriting Process
Appendix B: "To Build A Fire" by Jack London

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