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Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure

Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure
Your Price: $35.95 CDN
Author: Dan O'Bannon with Matt R. Lohr
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 244
Pub. Date: 2013
ISBN-10: 1615931309
ISBN-13: 9781615931309

About the Book:

Learn the secrets behind Alien, Total Recall, and Return of the Living Dead!

With a foreword by Roger Corman, this masterful collection shares, for the first time, the wisdom of the late, great Dan O'Bannon and the storytelling techniques he used in his mega-hit motion pictures.

Dan O'Bannon famously crafted his screenplays using a self-designed system which he called "dynamic structure." Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure outlines how his method differs from those of other well-known screenwriting gurus, and illustrates with examples from classic (and not-so-classic) films how dynamic structure can be applied to craft narrative and character. Dan O'Bannon also includes his insights on subjects such as the logic of the three-act structure, the role of the producer in screenplay development, and the psychological principle known as "hedonic adaptation," which has a unique effect on the structuring of screen stories.

What people say:

"A treasure trove of secrets to writing great screenplays by a true master. Clear, concise, and inspirational (as well as great fun), this book allows us to learn from the great Dan O'Bannon himself." — Stuart Gordon, director, co-writer, Re-Animator

"How pleasant to read a screenwriting book by someone who has actually written great screenplays. Dan O'Bannon's insights and analysis make you want to throw all other screenplay manuals in the trash." — Larry Karaszewski, Golden Globe–winning writer, Ed Wood

"Sometimes angry, often funny, always insightful, this is a clear and engaging examination of story craft written by someone who has not merely studied the subject but who has also lived it." — Richard Walter, professor, UCLA Screenwriting Chairman

About the Author:

Dan O'Bannon (1946–2009) was an acclaimed American screenwriter. Best known as the brain behind Alien, his eleven feature writing credits also include the international blockbusters Total Recall and Return of the Living Dead, which he also directed.

Matt R. Lohr is an award-winning screenwriter, essayist, and critic.