Screenwriting Updated:- New and Conventional Ways of Writing for the Screen
Commissioned by the Australian National Film and TV school, AFTRS, Screenwriting Updated (Australia edition entitled Scriptwriting Updated) was Linda Aronson's Award-winning, groundbreaking first book on screenwriting, It quickly became an internationally-recognized desktop reference guide and do-it-yourself script doctor to help writers consolidate their skills in traditional narrative and grasp the mechanics of the new.
Screenwriting Updated was the first book to provide practical guidelines not only for conventional narrative, for non-linear forms like flashback, multiple protagonist and multiple time frames and became a set text at leading film schools around the world, including NYU, Goldsmiths, and Berkeley
Recently superseded by Linda's latest much bigger and more detailed book The 21st Century Screenplay: a comprehensive guide to writing tomorrow's films, Screenwriting Updated is still in use around the world .
Screenwriting Updated contains a number of analyses of films and several charts depicting the flashback mechanisms of various well known films like The Usual Suspects, Citizen Kane, The Remains of the Day and Shine.
Praise for Screenwriting Updated
'A lucid and eminently useful atlas of screenwriting technique. At last you will understand "Pulp Fiction! All the vague confusing things that teachers and studio executives say about flashback, turning points and multiple protagonists are whipped into coherent shape here, in a comprehensive, precise and extremely practical theory. Clear structural diagrams, up-to-date examples and thought-provoking analysis of failed films make this an essential tool in any writer's kit.'
Christopher Vogler (The Writer's Journey)
"Linda Aronson provides screenwriters with invaluable detailed strategies to lay bare the workings of the craft. She has constructed a remarkable guide to take you from that mind-numbing first blank page, over all the hurdles, through to polishing the final draft.'
Jane Scott, Producer (Shine, Head On, Crocodile Dundee I and II, Goodbye Paradise)
'A fabulous book that deal not with mechanics of writing but with the creative thinking necessary to write. Rather than showing how to make a good script great, Scriptwriting Updated shows how to get a great script in the first place '
Mario Andreacchio, Emmy award winning director, writer and producer (Captain Johno, Napoleon, Young Blades)
"Five stars.Tired of the Syd Field and Robert McKee dyad? Screenwriter Linda Aronson has a new nuts-and-bolts book that could leave the other gurus searching for day jobs."
Erick Opeka Austin Film Resource, Texas
"There’s only one book worth reading on screenwriting structure, by the way: Screenwriting Updated by Linda Aronson. She’s published one of the only two credible explications of Pulp Fiction".
"A very clear and intelligent analysis of what's going on in film structure and the advances of the last ten years. Terrific handling of Pulp Fiction and flashback. A genuine advance in the theoretical knowledge of film structure and a very clear coverage of the basics. A big advance on the standard texts. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but I learnt a thing or two "
David Williamson, playwright and film writer
"Silman-James just never misses when it comes to adding great screenwriting and other industry-related titles to their list. I really love this book. Her analysis of eight major features, followed by commentary of common script problems is worth the price of admission or cover price of this book alone. But the entire 300 pages maintains this level of quality and depth of analysis. Very strongly recommended.”
Script Magazine USA
' Unique and in-depth screenwriting book that is a MUST for the modernscreenwriter. It sits on my desk’
Screenwriters Utopia USA
“[Screenwriting Updated] … was intended as a guide to writing for TV and film, but it’s very applicable to the games industry. The focus is on the structure of a story and gives practical strategies for creating or improving your narratives. was intended as a guide to writing for TV and film, but it’s very applicable to the games industry. The focus is on the structure of a story and gives practical strategies for creating or improving your narratives.”