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Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect, 2nd Edition by Claudia H. Johnson

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Preface to the Second Edition

This book is the distillation of a decade and a half of teaching screenwriting and dramatic technique at Florida State University—and an epiphany I had halfway through.

During that decade and a half, to my delight, I’ve seen the American short film (thirty minutes or less) rise in importance from a résumé piece intended to launch a filmmaker’s career to an art form in its own right. As interest and access to short films increases, as well as outstanding venues like home-starrunner.com and triggerstreet.com, the short screenplay/film is becoming the central short narrative form of our time, analogous to the short story in the 1940s, argues Ray Fielding, former Dean of the Florida State University Film School.

“It’s ...

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