The great challenge in writing a feature-length screenplay is sustaining audience involvement from the opening sequence to the closing credits. Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach expounds on an often-overlooked tools can be key in solving this problem. A screenplay can be understood as being built of sequences of about fifteen pages each, and by focusing on solving the dramatic aspects of each of these sequences in detail, a writer can more easily conquer the challenges posed by the script as a whole. The sequence approach has its foundation in early Hollywood cinema (until the 1950s, most screenplays were formatted with sequences explicitly identified), and has been rediscovered and used effectively at such film schools as the University of Southern California, Columbia University and Chapman University. This book explains the concept and then provides a sequence analysis of eleven significant feature films made between 1940 and 2000: The Shop Around the Corner, Double Indemnity, Nights of Cabiria, North by Northwest, Lawrence of Arabia, The Graduate, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Toy Story, Air Force One, Being John Malkovich and The Fellowship of the Ring.
Paul Gulino is Assistant Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA.
Foreword; Chapter 1: An Introduction to Sequences; Chapter 2: Toy Story; Chapter 3: The Shop Around the Corner; Chapter 4: Double Indemnity; Chapter 5: Nights of Cabiria; Chapter 6: North by Northwest; Chapter 7: Lawrence of Arabia; Chapter 8: The Graduate; Chapter 9: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Chapter 10: Air Force One; Chapter 11: Being John Malkovich; Chapter 12: The Fellowship of the Ring