Screenwriting Fundamentals: The Art and Craft of Visual Writing takes a step-by-step approach to screenwriting, starting with a blank page and working through each element of the craft. Written in an approachable anecdote-infused style that's full of humor, Bauer shows the writer how to put the pieces together, taking the process of screenwriting out of the cerebral and on to the page. Part One of the book covers character, location, time-frame and dialogue, emphasizing the particularity in writing for a visual medium. Part Two of the book focuses on the narrative aspect of screenwriting. Proceeding incrementally from the idea and story outline, through plotting and writing the treatment, the workshop-in-a-book concludes with writing the First Draft.
A unique emphasis on the visual elements of storytelling because the camera is always present-the screenplay must act as a guide for the director and the editor.
A "workshop in a book" approach that walks the reader step-by-step through a screenplay-focusing on character, location, time frame, visual components, and transitions-with plenty of exercises that generate material for the narrative writing process.
A process-oriented approach, combined with a lighthearted tone and approachable style, that allows the reader to ease into the daunting task of writing a First Draft and takes them all the way through to the end- First Draft in hand.
Irv Bauer's vast experience in teaching screenwriting includes undergraduate programs at New York University and Sarah Lawrence College, playwriting at many universities and venues, and non-performance workshops for writers at the New Dramatists. Bauer has mentored countless up-and-coming industry writers and directors and taught his own very successful classes and tutorials, drawing students from all over the world. He is the author of several produced and optioned plays and screenplays as well as many commissioned rewrites of film and television scripts and stage plays. Irv is also widely known for the animated series Courage The Cowardly Dog on Cartoon Network.
EDITOR'S NOTE FOREWORD BY MICHAEL RADFORD INTRODUCTION-ON BEING A WRITER PART I - The Gathering Phase Chapter 1 - Character, Location, Time Frame The Arbitrary Character Character Leads to Story Script Example Character Bio Location Time Frame Personal History Student Exercise Examples Exercise #1 Chapter 2 - Character Out Loud-Dialogue Sources of Dialogue Monologue Script Examples Student Exercise Examples The Character's Own Sweet Song Exercise #2 Chapter 3 - The Visual Component-I Film Form-Screenplay Format Dialogue in Film Form-Second Character Script Example Screenwriting-The Recipe Student Exercise Examples Exercise #3 Chapter 4 - The Visual Component-II A Scene without Dialogue Script Example-1 Script Example-2 Student Exercise Examples Exercise #4 Chapter 5 - The Transition The Transition Defined A Coat of Many Colors Script Examples Exercise #5 PART II - The Narrative Arc Review Chapter 6 - The Idea The Background of Film Narrow Your Focus The Mechanics of Storytelling Set Up, Build, Pay Off Questioning Student Exercise Examples Exercise #6 Chapter 7 - Story-Step Outline What Is Story? Step Outline Defined Creating the Skeleton Student Exercise Examples Questioning Your Work Evolution of an Idea Exercise #7 Chapter 8 - Plotting the Story-I Flesh on the Skeleton The Opening Scene Script Example The Bridge The African Queen-Opening Scene Plot the Opening Scene Student Exercise Examples Exercise #8 Chapter 9 - Treatment-Plotting the Story-II What Is a Treatment? Connecting the Bridges Basic Dramatic Elements Step Back and Question Questions to Ask Yourself Student Exercise Examples Recap-Treatment Exercise #9 Chapter 10 - First Draft Short Screenplay Fulfilling the Treatment The First Draft Screenplay Student Exercise Examples Exercise #10 PROTECTING YOUR SCRIPT NOTES TO MY WRITERS ABOUT THE AUTHOR INDEX