8Case Studies

Now that we have examined each layer of the Screenwriters Taxonomy, let’s look at all six layers together to see how they can be used as a collaborative approach to screenwriting. First look at how we might use this creative roadmap to discuss eight different award-winning screenplays. Using the taxonomy, it is easy to distinguish similarities and differences among these famous stories and thereby draw decision points for our own creative decision making. Secondly, let’s revisit our earlier attempt to modernize Romeo and Juliet, exploring how a creative conversation might develop by using the taxonomy.

Comparison A: Two Historical Docudramas

Argo won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2012. The next year, 12 Years ...

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