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Emotional structure, creating the story beneath the plot; a guide for screenwriters.


Emotional structure, creating the story beneath the plot; a guide for screenwriters.

Dunne, Peter.

Quill Driver Books


405 pages




Dunne provides a guide to the process of screenwriting based on the concept that emotional structure is the core. He discusses the basics of a story and characters, different character levels, the three-act structure, how to begin at the end, creating an emotional opening, and filling in the middle. He then explains the fleshing out process act-by-act and illustrates with an example of one of his screenplays, which is used as an example throughout the book. Some writing exercises are included. A recommended list of 25 films for further study is provided. There is no bibliography. Dunne, an Emmy award- winning producer and writer, teaches screenwriting at UCLA.

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