The screenwriter’s GPS for writing a great screenplay!
Avoid the wrong turns, dead ends, gaping p(l)otholes, and other obstacles commonly encountered when writing a screenplay. The Screenwriter’s Roadmap: 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story keeps you on route and helps you reach your final destination: a completed screenplay that’s full of surprises, emotionally resonant, and ready for the marketplace.
Neil Landau, an established Hollywood screenwriter and script doctor, provides 21 questions for you to ask yourself as you write, to help you nail down your screenplay’s story structure, deepen its character arcs, bolster stakes, heighten suspense, and diagnose and repair its potential weaknesses. These 21 vital questions have been field-tested and utilized in the creation of some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and critically acclaimed films.
Each chapter is augmented by end of chapter “homework” assignments, examples from recent blockbusters and timeless classic films, as well as interviews with some of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters including Scott Z. Burns (Contagion), Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy), Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), David Koepp (Spider-Man), Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can), Eric Roth (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Rises), Billy Ray (The Hunger Games), Melissa Rosenberg (the Twilight trilogy), Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air), and many others.
Neil Landau is a professor in the MFA in Screenwriting Programs at both UCLA School of Film, Television and Digital Media, and USC School of Cinematic Arts. His movie and TV credits include the cult teen comedy Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, and the 3D animated feature Tad: The Lost Explorer.