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Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate (Anglais) Broché – 11 janvier 2010

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Acclaimed by successful screenwriters and authors, Invisible Ink is a helpful, accessible guide to the essential elements of the best storytelling. Brian McDonald, an award winning screenwriter who has taught his craft at several major studios, supplies writers with tools to make their work more effective and provides readers and audiences a deeper understanding of the storyteller's art. When people think of a screenplay, they usually think about dialogue-the "visible ink" that is readily accessible to the listener, reader, or viewer. But a successful screenplay needs Invisible Ink as well, the craft below the surface of words. Invisible Ink lays out the essential elements of screenplay structure, using vivid examples from famous moments in popular movies as well as from one of his own popular scripts. You will learn techniques for building a compelling story around a theme, making your writing engage audiences, creating appealing characters, and much more. Praise for Invisible Ink: "...If I manage to reach the summit of my next story it will be in no small part due to having read Invisible Ink." -Andrew Stanton (cowriter Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., and cowriter/director Finding Nemo and WALL-E) "...Brian McDonald uses his deep understanding of story and character to pass on essential truths about dramatic writing. Ignore him at your peril." -Jim Taylor (Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Sideways and Election) "... I recommend this fine handbook on craft to any writer, apprentice or professional, working in any genre or form." -Dr. Charles Johnson (National Book Award-winning author of Middle Passage) "If you want to write scripts, listen to Brian. The guy knows what he's talking about." -Paul Feig (creator of NBC's Freaks and Geeks, co-executive producer The Office) "With Invisible Ink Brian McDonald has written us a book to keep and heed forever because through the simple, graceful, graspable, original wisdom of it, we might just save our screenwriting lives." -Stewart Stern (Screenwriter of Rebel Without a Cause)

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Better than Breakfast! 22 juin 2016
Par Dawn Lawson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I think I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again just for emphasis: This book is OFFICIALLY my bread and butter! I’ll stop here and backtrack, before I get ahead of myself…

My Origin Story

The fact of me being an aspiring storyteller didn’t click until college, funny enough. I’m an illustrator first and foremost; I’ve been drawing since I was a kid. Secondly, character development and stories in general have always fascinated me for this reason. No matter how hard I tried, though, I just couldn’t connect some crucial dots.

The big-whammy was story structure. The dots of this structure have an order, but everytime I’d read an explanation or asked someone what this structure meant, all I often got was an outline complete with the matter-of-fact expresion “Isn’t it obvious?” (i.e. exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution). Great! …Now what? Other situations left me just plain confused, all the while, the listener would just AGAIN give me a matter-of-fact look. This structure wasn’t odvious to me. What’s the climax? Oh! It’s the major conflict of the story? Okay!....what even every other SCENE appears to be a major conflict though! One could’ve related my plight to tackling a sculpture for the first time: the teacher told me to start with a base or wireframe; they didn’t tell me build one. They didn’t tell me whether I could buy the wireframes premade or just make them myself. What do I use? I haven’t even tackled clay yet! No one told me what the purpose of each stage of storytelling is; they just said “This goes here. Because that’s how it works.” Okay…but why does it work this way?

Nobody told me that storytelling was a language too – that each piece needed to flow together to make sense; that I would even dialog with readers in this sense. I didn’t need the answer to the universe. I DID learn about the mechanics and syntax of English grammar. I could’ve taken a basic English sentence and plug in verbs and nouns when necessary. If I borrow random elements of other languages and plug them in my English sentence, however, my sentence isn’t my language anymore. No one told me about consistency. I used to think filler was okay—required even, like extras in a movie. I assumed adding random characters would just automatically fill out my story; make it seem more “real” or relatable. I was wrong. All wrong. I took a dang fiction workshop class in high-school and NO ONE CORRECTED ME! Students read each other’s short-story assignments, gave each other suggestions, but most of the critique I got was about that reader’s preference. (e.g., “This character’s name should be more American”.) …Seriously?! (-_-) Nothing at all was said about my story’s STRUCTURE. One story I wrote got a lot more positive feedback than my previous story. But I was lucky! It was a first-person narrative about a female office worker and I wrote it with a casual tone; it was relatable. My teacher liked it and recommended I do an alternative ending-add an extra 100 words. It went more flat than fast-food soda. I didn’t know what the heck I DID for the first round. Why? Because I got lucky and didn’t know structure. I don’t think we all knew what to look for. No one taught us.

So naturally, Invisible Ink saved my muse’s life. Words cannot express how grateful I am to Mr. McDonald for taking the time to craft this together. I truly believe that the more knowledge someone has (regarding people or otherwise) leaves less room for fear. This author really takes the time to break down not just the elements of storytelling but gives many reasons why the storyteller doesn’t have to fear the craft. I will definitely be rereading this book REPEATEDLY! Each page is water: your thirst will be quenched, but then you’ll crave something to write with.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Why "Writing" Is The Wrong Word 26 octobre 2012
Par J. Sexton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I think the first question that pops into someone's mind when he sees this book is: what does "Invisible Ink" even mean?

It means the storytelling craft that has nothing to do with stringing words together and everything to do with dramatization -- with conveying an emotional understanding of an intellectual idea or theme. Invisible Ink is one of the very best books I've come across at conveying this.

Invisible Ink is an incredibly insightful book, but more than that, it is breathtakingly concise and clear. In fact, the one negative review you'll likely find on this book mostly dings it because it is such a slim work. Frankly, that reviewer is... well, I won't call him an idiot, but I think he'll do nicely until a real idiot comes along. The kind of clarity and concision on display is breathtakingly hard to achieve and only comes after years, if not decades of pondering, working with, and internalizing ideas and concepts. And lucky you gets to come along and pluck all that insight and wisdom through the course of an evening of easy reading.

But only if you buy the book...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read for Any Creative Type 23 juin 2013
Par KelciDCrawford - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I had gotten this thanks to a book recommendation from the Paper Wings Podcast. I had heard that Brian McDonald taught story workshops at Pixar and LucasFilms, so I was anxious to read his book and see if it could be useful.

And I found it was MORE than useful. It's practically my Bible now.

If you don't know how to write stories, read this book. If you THINK you know how to write stories, read this book.

"Invisible Ink" talks about the essentials of storytelling and that's it. There's no extra fluff like in other books. This book will help you solve many sticky issues about writing in the simplest manner. Problems from how to structure a plot to how to handle your characters to what you should make the story about.

I HEAVILY recommend this to anyone who wants to make a career with stories: whether it's comics, writing, screenplays, or whatever. This book is most likely the only book you'll need.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 REQUIRED READING 22 juin 2013
Par Ron - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is the best d*mn screenwriting book you will find. Period. It cuts out all of the pretension of other books and goes right to the core of what works, what doesn't, and why. It's the book you end up reading after every other book on the subject to put everyone else's work into context. And that's if you ever need another book and you might not.
Brian McDonald has written a fantastic book that isn't just one of my favorite books on story telling, it's one of my favorite books period.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best Book On Storytelling EVER! 19 mars 2012
Par Chris Oatley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Brian McDonald has written THE book for the 21st century storyteller.

The lessons in 'Invisible Ink' can be applied to any form of storytelling and now, with the rapid changes in format, distribution and culture, it's exactly what we need to keep us focused on what really matters.

'Invisible Ink' teaches the essence of great stories. McDonald empowers his readers to transcend medium and genre and regardless of when, where and how, to achieve excellence and ultimately, mastery of the craft.

This is the best book on storytelling I have ever read... ...hands down.

I've read all of the popular books on screenwriting and several less-popular ones. I've read a bunch of books specifically about Visual Storytelling (comics, storyboarding, animation etc...). I've listened to countless Audio Commentaries on DVD/ Blu-Ray. ...I've even been in classes taught by some of the best Story teachers in the movie business.

...and NEVER, have I EVER heard such an insightful, challenging and practical approach to storytelling.
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