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Routledge
26 March 2020
Film movie scripts & screenplays; Creative writing & creative writing guides
Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect, Fifth Edition, stands alone among screenwriting books by emphasizing that human connection, though often overlooked, is as essential to writing effective screenplays as conflict. This ground-breaking book will show you how to advance and deepen your screenwriting skills, increasing your ability to write richer, more resonant short screenplays that will connect with your audience.

Award-winning writer and director Claudia Hunter Johnson teaches you the all-important basics of dramatic technique and guides you through the challenging craft of writing short screenplays with carefully focused exercises of increasing length and complexity. In completing these exercises and applying Johnson's techniques and insights to your own work, you will learn how to think more deeply about the screenwriter's purpose, craft effective patterns of human change, and strengthen your storytelling skills.

This 20th Anniversary Edition features 11 short screenplays, including Academy Award winning Barry Jenkins' (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk) luminous short film, My Josephine, and an accompanying companion website that features the completed films and additional screenplay examples. The book has also been expanded and updated to include two new award-winning screenplays Killer Kart and The Great Wall of Vicky Lynn. and a brand-new chapter exploring the use of genre in the short film. An absolute must-have resource for students of screenwriting.
By:   Claudia Hunter Johnson (Award-Winning Screenwriter and Florida State University's Screenwriter-in-Residence FL USA)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   5th New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   581g
ISBN:   9780367338190
ISBN 10:   036733819X
Pages:   390
Publication Date:   26 March 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
COMPANION WEBSITE PREFACE TO THE FIFTH EDITION ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INTRODUCTION: THE POWER AND IMPORTANCE OF HUMAN CONNECTION PART 1 Preparing to Write the Short Screenplay Chapter 1 Connecting to Purpose Chapter 2 Connecting to Self Chapter 3 Connecting to Genre Chapter 4 Connecting to Process Chapter 5 Connecting to Collaboration PART II Aspects of the Craft Chapter 6 Story and Screenplay Chapter 7 Character Chapter 8 Structure Chapter 9 Dialogue Part III Five (Not So) Easy Screenplays Chapter 10 The Discovery Chapter 11 The Decision Chapter 12 The Boxing Match Chapter 13 The Improbable Connection Chapter 14 The Long Short Screenplay PART IV Eleven Screenplays That Make It Look Easy Chapter 15 Chillin' Out Chapter 16 The Great Wall of Vicky Lynn Chapter 17 Killer Kart Chapter 18 Intercambios Chapter 19 Underground Chapter 20 Tough Crowd Chapter 21 Kosher Chapter 22 My Josephine Chapter 23 Lena's Spaghetti Chapter 24 Cool Breeze and Buzz Chapter 25 Slow Dancin' Down the Aisles of the Quickcheck Conclusion APPENDIX A Available Screenwriting Software APPENDIX B Films and Television Series Referenced APPENDIX C Further Reading NOTES

Claudia Hunter Johnson is the writer/director of the civil rights documentary feature, The Other Side of Silence: The Untold Story of Ruby McCollum, winner of the Gold Jury Prize at Seattle's Social Justice Film Festival and Best Florida Documentary at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. She is also the author of two memoirs, Stifled Laughter-nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the inaugural P.E.N./Newman's Own First Amendment Award-and Hurtling Toward Happiness: A Mother and Teenage Son's Road Trip From Blues to Bonding in a Really Small Car. She has taught screenwriting at the FSU Film School and the Writing for Screen & Television Division at USC's School of Cinematic Arts.

Reviews for Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect

Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect, Fifth Edition, is an incredible, insightful guide to writing an effective, engaging short screenplay. Claudia Hunter Johnson takes the reader through the journey of crafting screenplays using connection as the path. Dr. Valliere Richard Auzenne, Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts Praise for the previous edition: Claudia Hunter Johnson leads the reader through the process of writing the short film, along the way illuminating something much bigger-how to write great drama in any form. Linda Seger, Author, Making a Good Script Great


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