Aristotle’s Poetics for Screenwriters - Storytelling Secrets by Michael Tierno

By Michael Tierno

An insightful how-to consultant for writing screenplays that makes use of Aristotle's nice paintings as a guide.

Long thought of the bible for storytellers, Aristotle's Poetics is a fixture of faculty classes on every thing from fiction writing to dramatic concept. Now Michael Tierno exhibits how this nice paintings could be a useful source to screenwriters or a person attracted to learning plot constitution. In rigorously prepared chapters, Tierno breaks down the basics of screenwriting, highlighting specific elements of Aristotle's paintings. Then, utilizing examples from the superior videos ever made, he demonstrates tips on how to practice those historical insights to modern day screenwriting. This hassle-free consultant covers a mess of themes, from plotting and subplotting to discussion and dramatic harmony. Writing in a hugely readable, casual tone, Tierno makes Aristotle's huge paintings obtainable to newcomers and execs alike in components comparable to screenwriting, movie thought, fiction, and playwriting.

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