Dinosaur Theory: uncovering a new approach to screenwriting

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'a wonderful addition to the library of anyone hoping to write a good screenplay.' Andrew Bovell, award-winning screenwriter ‘This is something fresh. It adds another tool to the writer’s kit and provides a way of grappling with a story idea. I just LOVE the ‘shape’ idea. It’s a solid, accessible concept, easy to grasp and explain.’ Henry Sheppard – www.adelaidescreenwriter.blogspot.com.au ‘This is a must read book NOT just for screen writers but also novelists and other creative writers!' Lou Denley (via amazon.com) Each and every great screen story has a natural and seamless shape that lies within the script. That shape might be a journey, a task, a place or a time limit. Screenwriter and teacher Chris Tugwell draws on more than 20 years of industry experience to introduce a revolutionary step-by-step approach to an age-old problem – uncovering your story's own singular shape. Dinosaur Theory helps free you from the tyranny of the three act structure and reveal the real shape that is hidden within your story. Dinosaur Theory shows you how to use that shape to create your own powerful and unique screenplay.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475275781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475275780
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces

Customer Reviews

This is a must read book NOT just for screen writers but also novelists and other creative writers!

 on May 17, 2013
By Lou Denley
I came across this book when I had just finished the first draft of my novel. I knew the second draft required a major rework and frankly I felt overwhelmed by the task and at a loss as to where to start. It was as if this book was written as a guide book for me and I didn’t put it down until I’d finished it. Tugwell encouraged me to identify the fundamental shape of my work which has now become the map for my rewrite. He compares and contrasts his concept of shape with traditional structures of screenplays and explains the Aristotelian concept of ‘unity’ in a way I actually now understand.He fills each chapter with examples from the contemporary cinema and uses his own experience as a playwright and screenwriter to bring concepts to life.

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