Thinking in pictures is a gift; transferring them to words on paper is a craft. Put them together, and that's the screenwriter's art.
Big Screen, Small Screen is a complete guide to writing for film and television for beginners as well as more experienced writers. It covers all aspects of screenwriting from changing a film genre to picking a television timeslot.
Taking you through the basics of screenwriting with step by step guides to structure, character and the first draft script, and valuable tips and exercises, it also shows you how to find and agent, deal with producers, market your script and apply for funding.
Table of Contents
PART 1 - Preparation: Before the writing begins
1 Big Screen, Small Screen
2 Changing genres for the market
3 Who wants what - and who gets it?
PART 2 - The writing process: Getting it down on paper
4 Character function
5 Creating characters and back stories
7 Adapting the structure
8 Dialogue and scene construction
9 Subtext and visual text
10 The range of formats
11 Formatting the first draft
PART 3 - The completed script: Now the fun really starts
12 Revising the first draft
13 Pre-production relationships
14 The television serial
15 Selling your script
Film and television references
Carol Drouyn is one of Australia's most prolific and experienced screenwriters and script editors. She is an assessor and editor for Film Queensland and conducts seminars for the Australian Writer's Guild and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.