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Screenwriting The Sequence Approach by Paul Gulino

Screenwriting The Sequence Approach


Screenwriting The Sequence Approach by Paul Gulino

The great challenge in writing a feature-length screenplay is sustaining audience involvement from the opening sequence to the closing credits. Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach expounds on an often-overlooked tools can be key in solving this problem. A screenplay can be understood as being built of sequences of about fifteen pages each, and by focusing on solving the dramatic aspects of each of these sequences in detail, a writer can more easily conquer the challenges posed by the script as a whole. The sequence approach has its foundation in early Hollywood cinema (until the 1950s, most screenplays were formatted with sequences explicitly identified), and has been rediscovered and used effectively at such film schools as the University of Southern California, Columbia University and Chapman University. This book explains the concept and then provides a sequence analysis of eleven significant feature films made between 1940 and 2000: The Shop Around the Corner, Double Indemnity, Nights of Cabiria, North by Northwest, Lawrence of Arabia, The Graduate, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Toy Story, Air Force One, Being John Malkovich and The Fellowship of the Ring.


With a fresh take on the oft-mystifying subject of screenplay structure, Gulino breaks some new ground in what I like to call 'screenwriteology' .the analyses are detailed, clear and insightful .In conclusion, if you're slaving for answers about structure, there's plenty to digest in The Sequence Approach. Bring you appetite, and Chef Gulino will make sure you don't go home with a hungry mind. Dave Trueman, Script, December 2004

About the Author

Paul Gulino is Assistant Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University, USA.

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Publication date

17th June 2004


Paul Gulino

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


224 pages


Creative writing & creative writing guides
Films, cinema



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