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Author Rabiger, Michael, author.

Title Developing story ideas : the power and purpose of storytelling / Michael Rabiger
Edition Third edition
Published New York ; London : Routledge, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (218 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Part I: Overview. 1 Goals and getting started ; 2 About the creative process -- Part II: The roots of invention. 3 Finding your artistic identity ; 4 Autobiography and influences ; 5 Playing CLOSAT and pitching ideas ; 6 Working from life -- Part III: Craft and concepts of drama. 7 Characters, their problems and conflicts ; 8 Developing characters of your own ; 9 Analyzing drama ; 10 Understanding story structure ; 11 The tools of drama ; 12 Giving critical feedback -- Part IV: Writing assignments. 13 Tale from childhood ; 14 Family story ; 15 A myth, legend, or folktale retold ; 16 Dream story ; 17 Adapting a short story for the screen ; 18 Ten-minute, news-inspired story ; 19 Documentary subject ; 20 Thirty-minute original fiction ; 21 Feature film -- Part V: Creating collaboratively. 22 Catalyzing drama -- Part VI: Developing as a writer. 23 Artistic identity and career ; 24 Story-editing your outline ; 25 Expanding to the finished product -- Index
Summary The vast majority of screenplay and writing books that focus on story development have little to say about the initial concept that inspired the piece. Developing Story Ideas: The Power and Purpose of Storytelling, Third Edition provides writers with ideational tools and resources to generate a wide variety of stories in a broad range of forms. Celebrated filmmaker and author Michael Rabiger demonstrates how to observe situations and themes in the writer's own life experience, and use these as the basis for original storytelling.? This new edition has been updated with chapters on adaptation, improvisation, and cast collaboration's roles in story construction, as well as a companion website featuring further projects, class assignments, instructor resources, and more. ? Gain the practical tools and resources? you need to spark your creativity and generate a wide variety of stories in a broad range of forms, including screenplays, documentaries, novels, short stories, and plays Through hands-on, step-by-step exercises and group and individual assignments, learn to use situations and themes from your own life experience, dreams, myth, and the news as the basis for character-driven storytelling; harness methods of screenplay format, dialogue, plot structure, and character development that will allow your stories to reach their fullest potential
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Motion picture authorship.
Plots (Drama, novel, etc.)
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Composition & Creative Writing.
Motion picture authorship.
Plots (Drama, novel, etc.)
REFERENCE -- Writing Skills.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315665220