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Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect

Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect [Kindle Edition]

Claudia H. Johnson

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Crafting Short Screenplays that Connect introduces the essential element of 'human connection' - the ability to 'touch' the reader or observer - to the screenwriting and story creation process for short films. Claudia Hunter Johnson teaches the craft of short screenplay writing by guiding you through carefully focused writing exercises of increasing length and complexity. You will learn how to think more deeply about the screenwriter's purposes, craft an effective pattern of human change, and hone your vision and process for your short screenplays.

About the Author

Florida State University Screenwriter in Residence Claudia Hunter Johnson, Ph.D. has written numerous screenplays for feature film and television productions, including two documentary specials commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her last screenplay, Obscenity (co-written with Matt Stevens), was a finalist for the 1997 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. She has written several award-winning full-length and one-act plays. Her many awards include the Lorraine Hansberry Award, American National Theatre West Award, and Academy Award. In 1993, she won the inaugural PEN/Newman's Own First Amendment Award for her campaign to restore banned literary classics to high school classrooms in Florida. Her widely acclaimed book, Stifled Laughter: One Woman's Story About Fighting Censorship, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 906 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 024081214X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (2 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BY79JQY
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I love this book! It's smart, original, and perfect for my Film class" 29 Dec 2010
By GMillman - Published on
I teach screenwriting in Los Angeles, and am using Claudia Johnson's book for my "Short Film Screenplay" class. This is an amazing book with an original take on screenwriting -- most books tell you story is all about "conflict," but this book explains that story is also about "connection." It's a wonderful and useful writing theory. The book is smartly organized, and presents 5 short screenplay assignments -- each new assignment helps students to build on their writing "craft" and skills. I highly recommend this book for aspiring screenwriters looking for a "how to" book (even though this is geared towards short film screenplays, the principles and lessons apply to feature length scripts too), and for screenwriting instructors looking for a fun, fresh take on the art and craft of screenwriting. Bravo, Claudia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a terrific book! 27 Oct 2009
By Marie Dickson - Published on
Unique, groundbreaking, witty, and extremely educational, which is why I've adopted it for all my screenwriting classes. More than any other writing book I've required -- and trust me, I've tried a lot -- Crafting Short Screenplays inspires my students to dig deeper -- to create richer stories, more complex characters, more deeply felt films. That probably explains why it's the only screenwriting book on AFI's general recommended reading list. No slouches they.

After using the second edition for years, I was eager to read this revised version. I'm happy to report that the best keeps getting better! Dr. Johnson has expanded several sections and added a very helpful chapter about character. She's also included a new short script/film and a webisode script, which I was glad to see, since more and more of my students want to write for the internet.

The screenplays here range from thirty seconds to thirty minutes, but the book has great practical application for features as well -- and offers invaluable insights that will vastly improve, even revolutionize, the work of any newbie or established writer. Yep, it's that good.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My students love this book! 10 Sep 2013
By Alan Hines - Published on
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When someone recommended Claudia Johnson's Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect to me, I read it and then used it in a screenwriting class. It's spare and concise, with the essentials about story, characters, and structure presented in such a way that beginning screenwriters are working happily with them at once and with great results. There are so many screenwriting books out there but this one is a good find!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best in Classs 27 July 2013
By Dion Eusepi - Published on
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There are far too many books on this subject and far too few that focus on short films. This was the best in breed because of it's straight forward approach to a topic ineptly handled by even the most seasoned screenwriters who attempt to write books on their craft. Good stuff if you you are looking for a very straightforward blueprint to get the creative process started and refine your craft over time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect 29 Oct 2012
By Sarah MFA student - Published on
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This was an excellent book. Extremely insightful and helps you look at writing stories from a new perspective. Highly recommend this book.
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