Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story (Paperback)

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In the exciting and wholly original Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story, John Yorke not only shows that there is truly a unifying shape to narrative—one that echoes the great fairytale journey into the woods, and one, like any great art, that comes from deep within—he explains why, too.

“A marvelous analysis of screenwriting and, with any luck, should help a great many people achieve their dreams.” —Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey

With examples ranging from The Godfather to True Detective, Mad Men to Macbeth, and fairy tales to Forbrydelsen (The Killing), John Yorke utilizes Shakespearean five-act structure as a key to analyzing all storytelling in all narrative forms, from film and television to theatre and novel-writing—a big step from the usual three-act approach. Chapters here include:
  • Three-Act Structure
  • Five-Act Structure
  • The Importance of Change
  • How We Tell Stories
  • The Inciting Incident
  • Putting It All Together
  • Character and Characterization
  • Exposition
  • Subtext
  • And much more!
The idea of Into the Woods is not to supplant works by Aristotle, Lajos Egri, Robert McKee, David Mamet, or any other writers of guides for screenwriters and playwrights, but to pick up on their cues and take the reader on a historical, philosophical, scientific, and psychological journey to the heart of all storytelling.

Into the Woods is destined to sit alongside David Mamet’s Three Uses of the Knife, Robert McKee’s Story, Syd Field’s Screenplay, and Lajos Egri’s The Art of Dramatic Writing as one of the most original, useful, and inspiring books ever on dramatic writing.

“Brilliant on story structure.” —Ken Follett, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

John Yorke is Managing Director of Company Pictures, the UK drama independent behind "Shameless," "The White Queen," and "Wolf Hall." A former Head of BBC Drama Production, he championed some of the defining works of British television including "Life On Mars," "The Street," "Shameless," and "Waterloo Road." In 2005 he created the BBC Writers Academy. John Yorke is Visiting Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and lives and works in London.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781468310948
ISBN-10: 1468310941
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: October 20th, 2015
Pages: 336
Language: English