5.0 out of 5 stars
Add this to your writers toolbox., Feb. 4 2007
Jeff Kitchen's book has had a profound and dramatic impact on my screenplay. Most "other authors" in this area have this top-down approach where they state "something happens here to kick start things" and "then a decision is made by the Protagonist and the direction of the story changes."
The tools presented in this book help you develop a compelling dramatic story from the bottom-up, anchoring Theme, Dilemma, Crisis, Action, Decision and Resolution to the spine of the story.
Brainstorming tools like The 36 Dramatic situations and The Enneagram have added depth and color to the story, characters and dramatic situations.
The Sequence, Proposition and Plot tool shows you how to identify and keep to the core of your story (easier said then done), keep it tight and logical, and get rid of waste.
The Conflict Map is an incredible tool that provides a top-down look at the screenplay, and helps identify where conflict (drama) is missing. It also shows how to keep audiences on the edge of their seat by raising the central dramatic question, and anchoring conflict between the Protagonist and Antagonist to the backbone of your story.
Bottom-line - I could not have raised the level of my writing to the degree to which I have without the help of Jeff Kitchen's work. Buy it - and if you can ever have the pleasure of attending one of his seminars, do it, as you will not regret your decision.