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DAVID HOWARD by no means MET MABLEY, yet SIMPLIFIED & DUMBED-DOWN MABLEY'S considerate & WIDE-RANGING booklet, WHICH COVERS DRAMA FROM SOPHOCLES TO GIRAUDOUX TO WEISS' MARAT/SADE. MABLEY'S booklet is unfortunately OUT OF variation. there are various greater BOOKS THAN THIS - try out LINDA COWGILL, OR YVES LAVANDIER. HOWARD IS THE DECEASED FRANK DANIEL'S such a lot AVID DISCIPLE, yet LACKS DANIEL'S studying, expertise & instinct. I paintings FULL-TIME WITH specialist movie WRITERS, & i have by no means MET one that RATED HOWARD. an individual should still post MABLEY'S unique booklet, WHICH FRANK DANIEL USED FOR instructing, AS it really is EMBARRASSING to work out HIS identify ON HOWARD'S booklet as though THEY COLLABORATED.

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The beginning screenwriter would be better advised to gain some com­ mand over the tools of the craft while pursuing a story that can readily be changed, developed, and emphasized for greatest dramatic impact. Once a screenwriter develops a degree of finesse with the tools discussed at length in this work, an adaptation becomes a worthwhile effort. THE Everybody AUTEUR OF A FILM gets together and everybody makes a picture. -WILLIAM GOLDMAN I say this as a writer: there is no more important person on a set than a director.

TOM RICKMAN � here are three kinds of time in a film story: real time, screen time, and time frame. Real time is the time an action actually takes-the four minutes it takes a world-class runner to run a mile. Screen time is the time the depiction of an action takes up on screen-perhaps the first thirty seconds, another ten seconds in the middle of the race, and the last fifteen seconds of it, edited together with shots of a significant cheering fan in between, for a total of about a minute. The time frame is a deadline or an end to an action that the audience can anticipate; in the race it is the 34 • T h e T o o l s o f Screenwriting finish line, the moment we all know the race is leading up to, when the action will be over.

All of builds toward the moment of truth, the big fight. In whole quest is to get down into the lake to sink know that when we have reached that spot, there will be a moment of truth very soon. Some films have a time frame set from their title on; others are only established within the story, often at the end of the first act; and still others never have an overall time frame, no deadline. But often there will be use of a time frame within smaller portions of a story. For instance, one se­ quence in The Sting involves sneaking into the telegraph office to hold a fake meeting with the target of the sting.

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