• The Nutshell Technique

  • Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting
  • By: Jill Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Sonja Field
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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"The Nutshell Technique cracks the code behind why we love the movies that we love. It guides you to organically write the story you want to tell." (Callum Greene, producer, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker)

 Veteran script consultant Jill Chamberlain discovered in her work that an astounding 99 percent of first-time screenwriters don't know how to tell a story. What the 99 percent do instead is present a situation. In order to explain the difference, Chamberlain created the nutshell technique, a method whereby writers identify eight dynamic, interconnected elements that are required to successfully tell a story.

Now, for the first time, Chamberlain presents her unique method in audiobook form with The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting. Using easy-to-follow descriptions ("nutshells"), she thoroughly explains how the nutshell technique can make or break a film script. Chamberlain takes listeners step-by-step through 30 classic and contemporary movies, showing how such dissimilar screenplays as Casablanca, Chinatown, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, Silver Linings Playbook, and Argo all have the same system working behind the scenes, and she teaches listeners exactly how to apply these principles to their own screenwriting. Learn the nutshell technique, and you'll discover how to turn a mere situation into a truly compelling screenplay story.

 Since its publication in 2016, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting was an instant classic. It is the go-to manual many professionals swear by, and it's on the syllabus at film schools across the world, including the world-renowned screenwriting program at Columbia University. It has also been published in Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Italian. This audio edition is wonderfully narrated by Sonja Field.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 Jill Chamberlain (P)2020 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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Applied Poetics

Chamberlain has a great theory. it's limited scope leaves quite a bit to be desired, but it's quite powerful. I think Northrop Frye and Solon Simmons have a more thorough take--both divide story structure into four forms rather than two--but they are also writing academic books, and for a distinct audience. as a craft book that is limited in scope, The Nutshell Technique is great.

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Must have in a Screenwriter's Writer's Library.

A very well done synopsis of how stories are told based on Aristotle's wonderful work

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  • 05-12-21

Brilliant book on screenwriting

This is the best book I've listened to to on screenwriting. I got through it in a day as it was so compelling. Where others in its category often religiously stick to beats The Nutshell technique pulls out your story allowing you to still be creative.