Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization

Michael Tierno


Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization

Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization

  • Title: Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization
  • Author: Michael Tierno
  • ISBN: 9780786887408
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback



An insightful how to guide for writing screenplays that uses Aristotle s great work as a guide.Long considered the bible for storytellers, Aristotle s Poetics is a fixture of college courses on everything from fiction writing to dramatic theory Now Michael Tierno shows how this great work can be an invaluable resource to screenwriters or anyone interested in studying plotAn insightful how to guide for writing screenplays that uses Aristotle s great work as a guide.Long considered the bible for storytellers, Aristotle s Poetics is a fixture of college courses on everything from fiction writing to dramatic theory Now Michael Tierno shows how this great work can be an invaluable resource to screenwriters or anyone interested in studying plot structure In carefully organized chapters, Tierno breaks down the fundamentals of screenwriting, highlighting particular aspects of Aristotle s work Then, using examples from some of the best movies ever made, he demonstrates how to apply these ancient insights to modern day screenwriting This user friendly guide covers a multitude of topics, from plotting and subplotting to dialogue and dramatic unity Writing in a highly readable, informal tone, Tierno makes Aristotle s monumental work accessible to beginners and pros alike in areas such as screenwriting, film theory, fiction, and playwriting.


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این‌ بخشی از موخره‌ی همین کتاب است:«سخت‌ترین جنبه‌ی نوشتن این کتاب این بود که هربار درباره‌ی یکی از اصول فیلمنامه‌نویسی در بوطیقا می‌نوشتم، فوراً فیلمی به ذهنم خطور می‌کرد که آن اصل را زیرپا گذشته است نکته‌ دقیقاً همین جاست: فیلم عمداً از انتظارات بیننده سرپیچی می‌کند [...]

As a storyteller/screenwriter, I'm always looking for hints and ideas to strengthen my plot, enrich my characters, and keep the through-line filled with action.This book really does reveal 'secrets', that once revealed made key items perfectly clear. Michael brings Aristotle's Poetics to life (at least for me).I feel confident my stories will be elevated immensely from reading this book.I may even forget about trying to get my script produced, and go straight to carving it on granite slabs, bury [...]

the introduction is great. talking about "the idea-action" and the rest is good enough but if you are an intermediate then you will find this book a little basic. but I personally liked it.

کتابی کوچک و ساده با ترجمه‌یی بسیار روان خوب از محمد گذرآبادی موجب می‌شود بوطیقای ارسطو را آنقدر که برای فیلم‌نامه‌نویسی لازم است بخوانید و بهرمند شوید.

اگر این وقتی که گذاشتم این را خواندم، میگذاشتم و خود بوطیقا را میخواندم بهتر نبود؟اگر به جای این متنِ میان مایه، این راهنمای فیلم نامه نویسی هالیوودی برای احمق ها، که احتمالا برای این که نویسنده اش جایی بالاتر در هالیوود پیدا کند آن را نوشته، چیز دیگری میخواندم بهتر نبود؟ اگر [...]

کتاب جالبی بود، از جهت بررسی "بوطیقا" (فن شعر) ارسطو و کاربردش توی فیلمنامه نویسی امروزی.بوطیقای ارسطو، برای مدتی طولانی، یکی از مرجع های تراژدی نویسان غربی بوده و دستور العمل های کلی یک تراژدی خوب رو بیان می کرده. این کتاب توضیح می ده که هنوز هم که هنوزه، خیلی از این دستور العمل [...]

This book was recommended by an author of books on writing screenplays. It's a great book, I especially love the emphasis on beginnings, middles, and endings. Within the sections of the book are numerous selections of movies (Gladiator, Rocky, American Beauty, Rosemary's Baby, Terminator, and more) that exemplify the discussions within the text. I have highlighted this book throughout, an example, "A good movie reveals poignant truths of the human experience in either a small or big way, dependi [...]

Aristotle laid the foundation for everything that writers now view as conventional storytelling techniques. The only problem is the original "Poetics" is a tough read, as stated by author Michael Tierno. What Tierno has done is take the major points emphasized by Aristotle and applied them to screenwriting with examples of films ranging from The Godfather to Rocky. This is a wonderful tool for a screenwriter, no matter where they are in their career.

Really 4.5 stars.This was amazing! If you're looking for inspiration and how to get more, well, anything or everything into your writing, this book is perfect. Aaron Sorkin recommends Aristotle's Poetics, and instead of trying to struggle through the original text, try this instead. Tierno tells you what Aristotle really meant with his word choices and rules. He also gives you clear and concise examples. My biggest "problem" with it was that it wasn't long enough. I felt it could've delved deepe [...]

The Aristotle refresher and applications were great, but I didn't find the text incredibly useful, having read other script books, and the author's writing style, particularly his conclusions to each chapter, were hokey.

Great little book that not only helps in writing and film analysis, but thanks to Dan Miller's musings in A Million Miles and/or Stranger Than Fiction, it's got great advice for life--because "the elements that make up a good story, make up a good life."[return][return]This is not a book for someone who just wants to write a successful screenplay. If you're simply interested in advice on screenwriting, there are books like Screenwriting for Dummies and such that will teach you the craft in a muc [...]

My first screenwriting book.It actually talks about three act structure as it relates to screenplays. Whodathunkit?I got this book AFTER I tried getting about halfway through Aristotle's Poetics, when I (happily) realized that I was reading the wrong book. I say happily, because at halfway through Aristotle's Poetics, anyone would begin to wonder if they were actually trying to read something written in Greek, not English, trying to glean what in the sam *&%$# three act structure was, Greek- [...]

This book gives the step by step process for creating a successful plot structure. It uses quotes from Aristotle's ideas and then goes into deeper explanation fully breaking down the theories. This book used relatable examples, using movies that most people have seen, that helped me visualize the concepts the book was trying to teach. I really enjoyed reading this and I can definitely say I took a lot away from it. This book gives prospective writers the tools they need to create a successful an [...]

This is an interesting read for screenwriters, I think. It's not very practical but if you've read syd field and robert mcKee type stuff and you have an interest in classical plays, you might find this interesting. I think reading this book can give you a good perspective on modern advice for screenwriters and could possibly help you filter out some of the b.s. to find the more essential and useful qualities of the three act story structure modern screenwriting paradigm. But most of this work wi [...]

Great book, was recommended reading for my Storytelling Strategies class at NYU. I don't plan to go into screenwriting, but this is still a good book if you want to understand what makes a film or story work. There's a couple cheesy jokes/puns thrown in there, but whatever. The films that are used as examples are good too. There's a lot of repetition, but that's my only complaint. Decided to keep it after the class was done, will probably be useful in the future.

This book is a quick read and filled with good introductory information on Aristotle's Poetics.The movies that were referenced (American Beauty, The Gladiator, The Godfather, Dead Poets Society and Rocky) really helped to explain the "Action-Idea" and the structure of plot. Some of the chapters end with cheesy comments about hitting it big and the book ends with encouragement for the reader to write a screenplay with the creative tools that Aristotle wrote about.

I now see why this book is so acclaimed as a resource to screenwriters (and writers in general). The only downside is that the chapter endings are kind of ridiculous and corny, but it's a small complaint for an otherwise useful read. Packed with useful information, presented clearly and with impressive insight, it's a great resource for anyone interested in writing, movie-making, and drama.

Great book. Chock full of useful info. Read it, then turned around and read it again, making notes on it the whole way thru. One of the most valuable books I've read on the subject, and I've read a bunch of them. Get it now.

Maybe just because I've been reading craft books on plot non-stop, but this one didn't feel like it was adding much to the literature But hey, comprehensive discussion of Aristotle is a plus, yeah? So just an average 3 stars.

This book is very helpful. However, I feel like Tierno was trying a bit too hard to make the information seem "modern" or "hip". This book will definitely stay in my library. I am a screenwriter and often refer back to this book when I'm stuck or confused about something.

Fantastic, read it twice. Solid analysis, simple chapters which are solid and straightforward. This can be very helpful for screenwriting, fiction, playwriting and even songwriting.

Rife with irritating typographical errors and asinine encouragement, but an interesting breakdown of the Poetics. It also lacks a full text of Aristotle's text, which was a little shocking.

I should probably give this back to Mike at some point.

As a result of this book, I re-watched a lot of good movies. And I watched "Slackers", which for some reason, I had never seen. Ending of Slackers is fantastic.


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