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A radically new and provocative approach for screenwriters who want to create utterly compelling characters. Everything in a screenplay is based on one overriding premise: Emotional Pull. Great screenwriting begins and ends with the emotional needs of the characters, not a tent-pole. Start off worrying about how to fit your story into a rigid structure designed to be unive A radically new and provocative approach for screenwriters who want to create utterly compelling characters. Everything in a screenplay is based on one overriding premise: Emotional Pull. Great screenwriting begins and ends with the emotional needs of the characters, not a tent-pole. Start off worrying about how to fit your story into a rigid structure designed to be universally applied to all scripts and you will more likely produce a script that’s formulaic and forgettable and won’t have a chance of being developed. How you spell-bind an audience into an irresistible involvement with your characters and keep it entranced by that magic till the end of the film – and beyond - is to arouse, provoke, intrigue, disturb, unsettle, excite, exhilarate, frighten, gladden, mesmerize, and delight the audience’s emotions. Emotional Pull is what powers the story. It’s what forces your characters to do what they do, when they do it and why. And when and why they try to resist it. It determines how you tell the story, the narrative impetus, the dramatic journey, how it moves and breathes, how it rises and falls in tension, how it climaxes, and how it ends. It shapes the textures and contours of the story’s physical and visual world, the symbolic resonances, the nuances of meaning, the rhythm of the spoken words, subtext and silence. It is the beating heart of the story. It pulls two ways. It exerts its power on the people of the story, and in turn, it pulls the audience into the story. Emotional Pull is what gets audiences intrigued, you draw them into the world of your characters with such visceral force, connecting to their emotions at the deepest level so that they’re spell-stopped, unable and unwilling to cut the cord that holds them so tightly to the inner life of the characters. It is then, the power of great cinematic story-telling. And that’s why creating character is the toughest challenge for a screenwriter. This book offers: Intensive, practical workouts which focus on your own creative vision and unique storytelling voice Think Outside The Box sections offering ideas to inspire you Power Up Your Character Writing Exercises Brainstorming prompts for how to make sure your characters are unique Online resources to look up to see for yourself the topic being discussed at that particular point in the book.: Weblinks to movie clips Weblinks to online movie scripts Weblinks to interviews with great screenwriters, directors and actors talking about the importance of compelling characters in screenplays Screenwriting They Can’t Resist. Emotional Pull for Character is for writers passionate about the wondrous potential of cinematic storytelling, who want their screenplays to challenge and disturb, excite and exhilarate an audience, and leave them emotionally and mentally stretched. Screenwriter, script consultant and award-winning playwright Pauline Kiernan is also a distinguished Shakespeare scholar, a visiting screenwriting tutor at the University of Oxford and the creator of the website UniqueScreenwriting.com


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A radically new and provocative approach for screenwriters who want to create utterly compelling characters. Everything in a screenplay is based on one overriding premise: Emotional Pull. Great screenwriting begins and ends with the emotional needs of the characters, not a tent-pole. Start off worrying about how to fit your story into a rigid structure designed to be unive A radically new and provocative approach for screenwriters who want to create utterly compelling characters. Everything in a screenplay is based on one overriding premise: Emotional Pull. Great screenwriting begins and ends with the emotional needs of the characters, not a tent-pole. Start off worrying about how to fit your story into a rigid structure designed to be universally applied to all scripts and you will more likely produce a script that’s formulaic and forgettable and won’t have a chance of being developed. How you spell-bind an audience into an irresistible involvement with your characters and keep it entranced by that magic till the end of the film – and beyond - is to arouse, provoke, intrigue, disturb, unsettle, excite, exhilarate, frighten, gladden, mesmerize, and delight the audience’s emotions. Emotional Pull is what powers the story. It’s what forces your characters to do what they do, when they do it and why. And when and why they try to resist it. It determines how you tell the story, the narrative impetus, the dramatic journey, how it moves and breathes, how it rises and falls in tension, how it climaxes, and how it ends. It shapes the textures and contours of the story’s physical and visual world, the symbolic resonances, the nuances of meaning, the rhythm of the spoken words, subtext and silence. It is the beating heart of the story. It pulls two ways. It exerts its power on the people of the story, and in turn, it pulls the audience into the story. Emotional Pull is what gets audiences intrigued, you draw them into the world of your characters with such visceral force, connecting to their emotions at the deepest level so that they’re spell-stopped, unable and unwilling to cut the cord that holds them so tightly to the inner life of the characters. It is then, the power of great cinematic story-telling. And that’s why creating character is the toughest challenge for a screenwriter. This book offers: Intensive, practical workouts which focus on your own creative vision and unique storytelling voice Think Outside The Box sections offering ideas to inspire you Power Up Your Character Writing Exercises Brainstorming prompts for how to make sure your characters are unique Online resources to look up to see for yourself the topic being discussed at that particular point in the book.: Weblinks to movie clips Weblinks to online movie scripts Weblinks to interviews with great screenwriters, directors and actors talking about the importance of compelling characters in screenplays Screenwriting They Can’t Resist. Emotional Pull for Character is for writers passionate about the wondrous potential of cinematic storytelling, who want their screenplays to challenge and disturb, excite and exhilarate an audience, and leave them emotionally and mentally stretched. Screenwriter, script consultant and award-winning playwright Pauline Kiernan is also a distinguished Shakespeare scholar, a visiting screenwriting tutor at the University of Oxford and the creator of the website UniqueScreenwriting.com

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