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Classical Storytelling and Contemporary Screenwriting by Brian Price

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

“The poet and the historian differ not by writing in verse or in prose. … The true difference is that one relates what HAS happened, the other what MAY happen … what is POSSIBLE, according to the law of probability and necessity. Poetry, therefore, is a more philosophical and a higher thing than history.”

(Poetics, Part IX)

The very first step of writing a good screenplay is to come up with a good movie PREMISE.

From that premise, you will develop a story, expand it to the specific incidents needed to tell that story, determine the proper order of those events, and finally, transform those events into words on a page. We will be getting into all those steps and what Aristotle has to say about them when ...

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