A Guide to Screenwriting Success provides a comprehensive overview of writing-and rewriting-a screenplay. Duncan's handy book teaches new screenwriters the process of creating a professional screenplay from beginning to end-from character development to story templates. It shows that inspiration, creativity, and good writing are not elusive concepts but attainable goals. The book contains dozens of exercises to help writers through these steps. The second half of the book covers the teleplay, an often-overlooked but rewarding side of screenwriting. Success in screenwriting is no longer a pipe dream for those who pick up Duncan's guide.
Stephen V. Duncan is associate professor of screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television, the co-creator and executive consultant of the CBS-TV one-hour Vietnam War series Tour of Duty, writer-producer of the ABC-TV one-hour action series A Man Called Hawk, and the co-writer of the Turner Network Television original movie The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson.
Part 1 Part I: Writing the Feature Film Chapter 2 1 Develop a Sold Premise Chapter 3 2 Invent Interesting Characters Chapter 4 3 Craft a Strong Story Chapter 5 4 Frame an Engaging Story with Sound Structure Chapter 6 5 Visual Descriptions and Dialogue Part 7 Part II: Rewriting the Feature Screenplay Chapter 8 6 The Rewriting Process Chapter 9 7 Analyze Scene-by-Scene Chapter 10 8 Rewrite Act One Chapter 11 9 Rewrite Act Two First Half Chapter 12 10 Rewrite Act Two Second Half Chapter 13 11 Rewrite Act Three Chapter 14 12 The Polish Chapter 15 13 The First Draft Spec Feature Part 16 Part III: Writing for Television Chapter 17 14 Which Series to Write Chapter 18 15 Television Characters Chapter 19 16 Television Writing Basics Chapter 20 17 Overview of Television Structure Chapter 21 18 Developing the One-Hour Episode Chapter 22 19 Writing the One-Hour Teleplay Chapter 23 20 Rewriting the One-Hour Teleplay Chapter 24 21 Writing the Situation Comedy Chapter 25 22 The Economics of Television Writing Chapter 26 23 Writing Original Teleplays Chapter 27 24 A Career Writing for Television Chapter 28 25 Becoming a Professional Screenwriter Chapter 29 Appendix Chapter 30 Glossary of Screenwriting Terminology Chapter 31 Index