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Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters : Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization

Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters : Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0786887408

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ISBN13: 978-0786887408
ISBN10: 0786887400
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Published: 2002
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Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters : Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0786887408

Michael Tierno

ISBN13: 978-0786887408
ISBN10: 0786887400
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Hyperion Books

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

Long considered the bible for storytellers, Aristotle's Poetics is a fixture of college courses on everything from fiction writing to dramatic theory. Now story analyst Michael Tierno shows how this classic work can be an invaluable resource for beginning and advanced screenwriters or anyone interested in studying plot structure. In Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters, Tierno examines the fundamentals of screenwriting using techniques outlined in the Poetics, then applies these concepts to modern movie classics, including Citizen Kane, Rocky, Pulp Fiction, and many more. This highly readable guide covers a multitude of topics, from plotting and subplotting to dialogue and dramatic unity. Along the way, Tierno also gives tips based on his years as a story analyst, where he has learned what studios look for when they read a screenplay. His quick wit and easy-to-follow explanations of some of the Poetics' most difficult passages illuminate one of the most important books on story structure ever written.

Table of Contents

1. Let's Start at the Very Beginning, Middle, and End
2. Why You Want Your Movie to Be a Bomb!
3. The Subject Is an Action ... Not a Person
4. Forget Sub-plotting--the Best Plots Have One-Track Minds
5. Plot Is Soul 31
6. The Ends Are Always in the Means of the Plot
7. Why Is My Beautiful Plot Growing a Hand Out of Its Head?
8. The Four Species of Plot
9. What the Poetics Says About Epics Like Lord of the Rings
10. Destiny Is an Accident Waiting to Happen
11. Keep It in the Family ... The Tragic Deed
12. Oops! I Caused My Own Undeserved Misfortune Again
13. How a Little Moralizing Turned a Gladiator Gore Fest into a Best Picture
14. A Movie Is Long Enough, So It Ends Happy or Sad
15. If You're Happy and You Know It ... Time for a Reversal of Fortune and Discovery
16. "It Scared Me Because I Saw It Coming" ... The Rolls Royce of Complex Plots
17. The Devil Is in the Realistic Details of the Plot of Angel Heart
18. Whatever Causes the Action Better Be Up There on the Screen
19. A Movie Gave You a Bad Case of Pity and Fear? The Doctor Recommends a Catharsis
20. Action Speaks Louder Than Words, and Together They Can Speak Volumes
21. The Perfect Hollywood Sad/Happy Plot versus the Perfect Poetics Sad Plot
22. Move Your Audience by Teaching Them What They Already Know
23. The Good, the Bad, and the Intermediate Hero
24. It's the Thought Behind the Action That Counts: Creating the Tone of Your Screenplay
25. How to Cheat If You Can't Hire a Whole Chorus
26. How to Create Characters That Are Really Really Really Alive
27. Dialog Is a Piece of the Action
28. If the Pitch Doesn't Fill Me with Horror and Pity, the Movie Won't Either
29. The Non-Linear Soul of Quentin Tarantino
30. If Your Story Were a Musical, Where Would the Numbers Be?
31. History Repeats Itself ... Real and Imagined
32. Aristotle's Take on the Importance of Drama
33. Aristotle Took Comedy Seriously