Next Level Screenwriting is an intermediate screenwriting book, for those that have already learned the basics of screenwriting, written a screenplay or two and want to bring their writing and stories to the next level.
Each chapter of the book examines a specific aspect of screenwriting, such as character, dialogue and theme, and then provides the reader with ideas, tips and inspiration to apply to their own writing. Rather than being another “how to” book, this volume features a variety of case studies and challenging exercises throughout – derived from a broad selection of successful feature films and TV shows from the 1940s to the present day – to help spark the imagination of the writer as they work through different styles and approaches of screenwriting.
An absolute must-read for any screenwriter wanting to improve their writing and storytelling skills.
‘Whether you’re writing your first script or your twentieth, this book will help you take your screenplay to the next level. An absorbing read – great examples and explanations from well-known films and television shows, all with practical applications to your own work!’
—Anna Weinstein, Series Editor, PERFORM: Succeeding as a Creative Professional, and Screenwriting Instructor, Auburn University
Chapter 1: Don’t be afraid of Genre – keeping your promise to your viewer
Chapter 2: The Write Approach – Finding how to approach telling your story and the
point of attach
Chapter 3: Character depth – Thinking about more layered characters and their motivations
Chapter 4: Dialogue that does more than further the plot
Chapter 5: Poetic Description – Writing your settings can be as creative as writing your story
Chapter 6: Finding the Theme – Discovering what your writing is all about
Chapter 7; First Person Narrative Screenwriting – Writing voice over narration and found footage stories
Chapter 8: Dealing with Multiple Protagonist Syndrome or Navigating the ensemble screenplay
Chapter 9: Based on True Events & Research – Writing the core of the truth without being boring
Chapter 10: Set-up, Pay-off and the Twist – Writing in things that go around and came around
Chapter 11: Writing for a Budget – Writing screenplays under budget constraints
Chapter 12: Rewriting: The Pain and the Gain
Chapter 13: Wrote the Script, Now What?