The Last Bookstore is pleased to present UCLA Screenwriting Instructor Brian Price as he discusses his new book Classical Storytelling and Contemporary Screenwriting. If you write movies, have ever aspired to write them, or just enjoy watching a good one, come hear Brian as he discusses how to craft a successful screenplay by examining the recurring elements and observable patterns that exist in all the great stories that have stood the test of time. Q&A and signing to follow. All welcome!
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Since we first arrived on the planet, we’ve been telling each other stories, whether of that morning’s great saber-tooth tiger hunt or the latest installment of the Star Wars saga. And throughout our history, we’ve been telling those stories in essentially the same way. Why?
Because there is a RIGHT way to tell a story, one built into our very DNA.
In his seminal work Poetics, Aristotle identified the patterns and recurring elements that existed in the successful dramas of his time as he explored precisely why we tell stories, what makes a good one, and how to best tell them.
In Classical Storytelling and Contemporary Screenwriting, Brian Price examines Aristotle’s conclusions in an entertaining and accessible way and then applies those guiding principles to the most modern of storytelling mediums, going from idea to story to structure to outline to final pages and beyond, covering every relevant screenwriting topic along the way.
The result is a fresh new approach to the craft of screenwriting—one that’s only been around a scant 2,500 years or so—ideal for students and aspiring screenwriters who want a comprehensive step-by-step guide to writing a successful screenplay the way the pros do it.
Brian Price is an award-winning screenwriter who has worked with major studios, television networks, and independent film producers from around the world. As an instructor, he has taught screenwriting at Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Brooks Institute, among others, and is a proud member of the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television screenwriting faculty.
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