Genre Screenwriting

Genre Screenwriting: How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell does not attempt to probe in the deepest psyche of screenwriters and directors of famous or seminal films, nor does it attempt to analyze the deep theoretic machinations of ...

Author: Stephen V. Duncan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501305924

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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It's simple: films need to have commercial value for the studios to produce them, distributors to sell them, and theater chains to screen them. While talent definitely plays a part in the writing process, it can be the well-executed formulaic approaches to the popular genres that will first get you noticed in the industry. Genre Screenwriting: How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell does not attempt to probe in the deepest psyche of screenwriters and directors of famous or seminal films, nor does it attempt to analyze the deep theoretic machinations of films. Duncan's simple goal is to give the reader, the screenwriter, a practical guide to writing each popular film genre. Employing methods as diverse as using fairy tales to illustrate the 'how to' process for each popular genre, and discussing these popular genres in modern television and its relation to its big screen counterpart, Duncan provides a one-stop shop for novices and professionals alike.

The Art and Science of Screenwriting

a solid relationship between dramatic structure , the genre and the emotional engagement of the audience . In some genres surprise is little more than the ...

Author: Philip Parker

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841500658

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 219

View: 858


As screenwriters come to be seen as the storytellers of the age this book presents the fundamentals of writing a really compelling screenplay. Parker's new approach to writing for film and TV covers everything from finding an idea to writing a finished piece, containing advice on how to apply creative vision and the needs of the market. Parker breaks from the dominant concerns of act structure and character-driven narratives with a six-part framework comprising story, plot, dramatic structures, narrative and style.

Screenwriting Tips You Hack

Screenwriting Tip #94: Add more genre. If you're writing comedy, dedicate an entire rewrite to adding more jokes. If you're writing horror, up the levels of ...

Author: Xander Bennett

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136038662

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 210

View: 390


Screenwriting Tip #99 Voice-over usually feels like scaffolding. You know-something you left in there when you were constructing the first draft, but really should have torn out after it served its purpose. Screenwriting Tip #120 Always remember that funny trumps everything. Your script could be written in crayon with your name spelled wrong on the cover, but if it's genuinely funny, none of that matters. Screenwriting Tip #156 The easiest way to write kick-ass protagonists is to make them incredibly good at what they do. Confused at the outline stage? Stuck in the swamp of Act Two? Don't know who your protagonist is or where she's going? You might feel like a hack. But don't worry-you're not alone. Even the most experienced writers feel like this at times. Sometimes we just need a few short pointers and reminders to set us on the path again. Xander Bennett worked as a script reader in the trenches of Hollywood, reading and covering hundreds of mediocre screenplays. After months of reading about heroic Sea World trainers, transgendered circus detectives and crime-fighting chupacabras, he couldn't take it any more. Xander started a blog called 'Screenwriting Tips, You Hack', a place designed to provide short, witty tips on screenwriting for amateur writers all the way up to journeymen scribes. This book is the evolution of that blog. Dozens of the best scripts (along with many brand-new ones) have been expanded into bite-sized chapters full of funny, insightful, highly usable advice. Let Xander's pain be your gain as you learn about the differences between film and television structure, how to force yourself to write when you really don't want to, and why you probably shouldn't base your first spec script around an alien invasion.

Next Level Screenwriting

... or expanding on the themes, intentions, and possibilities of these genres. ... can defeat all the best efforts of an entire cross-genre screenplay.

Author: David Landau

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429621536

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 152

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Next Level Screenwriting is an intermediate screenwriting book, for those that have already learned the basics of screenwriting, written a screenplay or two and want to bring their writing and stories to the next level. Each chapter of the book examines a specific aspect of screenwriting, such as character, dialogue and theme, and then provides the reader with ideas, tips and inspiration to apply to their own writing. Rather than being another “how to” book, this volume features a variety of case studies and challenging exercises throughout – derived from a broad selection of successful feature films and TV shows from the 1940s to the present day – to help spark the imagination of the writer as they work through different styles and approaches of screenwriting. An absolute must-read for any screenwriter wanting to improve their writing and storytelling skills.

Screenwriting For Dummies

Screenwriters write in part because they have something to communicate. ... screenplay's. genre. Take a walk through your local video store and jot down the ...

Author: Laura Schellhardt

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118052624

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

View: 271


Write a great script and get it into the hands of the Hollywood players! So you want to be a screenwriter? Whether you want to write a feature film or a TV script or adapt your favorite book, this friendly guide gives you expert advice in everything from creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and selling it to the studios. You get savvy industry tips and strategies for getting your screenplay noticed! The screenwriting process from A to Z -- from developing a concept and thinking visually to plotline, conflicts, pacing, and the conclusion Craft living, breathing characters -- from creating the backstory to letting your characters speak to balancing dialogue with action Turn your story into a script -- from developing an outline and getting over writer's block to formatting your screenplay and handling rewrites Prepare for Hollywood -- from understanding the players and setting your expectations to polishing your copy and protecting your work Sell your script to the industry -- from preparing your pitch and finding an agent to meeting with executives and making a deal Open the book and find: The latest on the biz, from entertainment blogs to top agents to box office jargon New story examples from recently released films Tips on character development, a story's time clock, dramatic structure, and dialogue New details on developing the nontraditional screenplay -- from musicals to animation to high dramatic style Expanded information on adaptation and collaboration, with examples from successful screenwriting duos

Secrets of Screenwriting

If we take an inventory of genre, we find the standard film genres. Action, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Thriller, then we have Adventure, Sci-Fi, ...

Author: Professor Bradley

Publisher: Professor Bradley

ISBN: 9781777017835

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 250

View: 940


Time to cut through the crap with this entertainingly useful generation-defining screenwriting guide on modern structure. Learn some of the best-kept secrets of how to develop a script. Improve your storytelling, structure, character and screenwriting skills. Build confidence in creating better screenplays. Weave new ideas into powerful scripts. Deliver fresh content, gain a plethora of knowledge, and complete a more polished final draft. Hollywood Film Professor Bradley demonstrates authenticity to help writers become better storytellers so they can truly love what they do. You’ll want to add this book to your collection. Whether business or pleasure (or both) he helps readers successfully express themselves to be - or to train to be - amazing screenwriters. Get ready for some great ideas to organize, develop, and rewrite your next screenplay! This is a must-read book.

Creative Screenwriting

the genre will be observed scrupulously. The simplest possibility of the reversal is to establish an expectation and not realize it. Genres may be used both ...

Author: Christina Kallas

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137061140

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Christina Kallas argues for and sets out a genuinely original and creative approach to writing for the screen. This textbook aims to excite the imagination, inspiring and dramatizing stories with thematic richness, emotional depth and narrative rhythm. Structured like a screenplay, the book moves through the pre-credit sequence to the epilogue, interweaving theory, practice and case studies. Kallas combines an awareness of the history of dramatic writing with a very practical focus on how to find ideas and develop them. Supported by innovative and inspiring exercises that enable writers to create stories out of emotions and images, this book is challenging, motivating and essential reading for anyone interested in screenwriting.

The Psychology of Screenwriting

The convention in which a story is told is known as genre. It can be argued that if we set out writing deliberately for a particular genre our writing might ...

Author: Jason Lee

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781623564735

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

View: 553


The Psychology of Screenwriting is more than an interesting book on the theory and practice of screenwriting. It is also a philosophical analysis of predetermination and freewill in the context of writing and human life in our mediated world of technology. Drawing on humanism, existentialism, Buddhism, postmodernism and transhumanism, and diverse thinkers from Meister Eckhart to Friedrich Nietzsche, Theodor Adorno, Jacques Derrida, Jean Baudrillard and Gilles Deleuze, The Psychology of Screenwriting will be of use to screenwriters, film students, philosophers and all those interested in contemporary theory. This book combines in-depth critical and cultural analysis with an elaboration on practice in an innovative fashion. It explores how people, such as those in the Dogme 95 movement, have tried to overcome traditional screenwriting, looking in detail at the psychology of writing and the practicalities of how to write well for the screen. This is the first book to include high-theory with screenwriting practice whilst incorporating the Enneagram for character development. Numerous filmmakers and writers, including David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch, David Cronenberg, Pedro Almodóvar, Darren Aronofsky, Sally Potter and Charlie Kaufman are explored. The Psychology of Screenwriting is invaluable for those who want to delve deeper into writing for the screen.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Screenwriting

Most beginning screenwriters don't consider this genre, but a good script of this type is comparatively easy to sell. Homeward Bound and Babe are good ...

Author: Skip Press

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101199039

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

View: 514


This guide is for anyone who has ever thought of screenwriting. Written by someone who has "been there, done that," and lived to tell the tale, it reveals the most popular genres, explains how stories need to be structured for feature films and TV movies, offers the freshest look at workshops and online classes, and disusses how to set up a step-by-step path to success.

Screenwriting for Neurotics

The hook for your screenplay may include a mention of genre if your story happens to fall into a particular genre. “A romantic comedy about a young man who ...

Author: Scott Winfield Sublett

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781609382766

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 262

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Screenwriting for Neurotics is a quirky and accessible handbook for beginning screenwriters. Whether you are a student in a screenwriting class or just someone who wants to try their hand at writing for film or television, this handy guidebook makes the entire process simple and unintimidating. Scott Winfield Sublett, a veteran screenwriter and screenwriting teacher, walks you step by step from start to finish and helps you navigate potential and unforeseen difficulties along the way, offering handy tips and suggestions to keep you from becoming blocked or stalled. Rather than throwing you into the writing process headfirst, Sublett guides you through the various decisions you need to make—about plot, character, structure, conflict—in the order you need to make them. He explains in straightforward terms the terminology and jargon, the theory and industry standards, and dispels common myths about screenwriting that can discourage or hold back a beginning writer. Balancing theory and practice and offering valuable and insightful examples from recognizable and well-known classic and contemporary films, ranging from Casablanca to A Christmas Story to Clerks, Sublett provides the new writer with the necessary tools to successfully write a feature-length screenplay and offers a roadmap of where to go next. With an emphasis on helping a writer not just to begin, but also to finish a script, Screenwriting for Neurotics is the screenwriting book to help you actually write one.

Crafty Screenwriting

I can't give you an exhaustive list of genres or subgenres. Are Westerns a generic environment, like science fiction, in which dramas, action-adventures, ...

Author: Alex Epstein

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781466824720

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 797


The most innovative and creative screenwriting book yet, from an author who knows first-hand what it takes to get a movie made. Based on an award-winning website hailed as "smart enough for professional screenwriters and accessible enough for aspiring screenwriters", Crafty Screenwriting is the first book not only to offer a successful screenwriter's tricks of the trade, but to explain what development executives really mean when they complain that the "dialogue is flat," or "the hero isn't likeable." Fresh, provocative, and funny, Alex Epstein diagnoses problem that other screenwriting books barely address, and answers questions they rarely ask, like "Why is it sometimes dangerous to know your characters too well before you start writing," or "Why does your script have to be so much better than the awful pictures that get made every day?" As a development executive who has accepted and rejected countless screenplays, and a produced screenwriter himself, Epstein can take you into the heart of the most important question of all: "Is this a movie?" A crucial book for anyone who has ever wondered what it takes to get their movie made.

Complete Screenwriting Course

John Gardner, The Art of Fiction 'The artist's primary unit of thought – his primary basis for selecting and organizing – is genre.

Author: Charles Harris

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781471805516

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

View: 304


Designed to take you from the moment you first put your pen to paper to pitching and selling your completed screenplay, this is one of the most inspiring books on screenwriting you'll ever read. Practical exercises will teach you the craft of writing for film and television, both mainstream and independent, the art of building your own plots, characters, dialogue and scenes. It gives you the skills you need to succeed and helps you critique your own work, meaning that at every step of the writing process you'll be producing the best scripts you can. This book is filled with essential writing tools, including techniques for overcoming writer's block and how to find your unique voice. You will learn how to pitch and get your work optioned, how to work as part of a team and how to make the best use of social media - in all a comprehensive companion that you will keep coming back to as your career develops. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their stories. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community, at, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Film Genre for the Screenwriter

Based on Jule Selbo’s popular course, this accessible guide includes an examination of the historical origins of specific film genres, how and why these genres are received and appreciated by film-going audiences, and how the student and ...

Author: Jule Selbo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317695677

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 324

View: 845


Film Genre for the Screenwriter is a practical study of how classic film genre components can be used in the construction of a screenplay. Based on Jule Selbo’s popular course, this accessible guide includes an examination of the historical origins of specific film genres, how and why these genres are received and appreciated by film-going audiences, and how the student and professional screenwriter alike can use the knowledge of film genre components in the ideation and execution of a screenplay. Explaining the defining elements, characteristics and tropes of genres from romantic comedy to slasher horror, and using examples from classic films like Casablanca alongside recent blockbuster franchises like Harry Potter, Selbo offers a compelling and readable analysis of film genre in its written form. The book also offers case studies, talking points and exercises to make its content approachable and applicable to readers and writers across the creative field.

Reading and Writing a Screenplay

Screenwriting. as. architecture. Though Marguerite Duras had the ability to use new writing approaches to fit every genre (novels, plays, essays, articles, ...

Author: Isabelle Raynauld

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351068185

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 234

View: 464


Reading and Writing a Screenplay takes you on a journey through the many possible ways of writing, reading and imagining fiction and documentary projects for cinema, television and new media. It explores the critical role of a script as a document to be written and read with both future readers and the future film it will be giving life to in mind. The book explores the screenplay and the screenwriting process by approaching the film script in three different ways: how it is written, how it is read and how it can be rewritten. Combining contemporary screenwriting practices with historical and academic context, Isabelle Raynauld provides key analytical tools and reading strategies for conceptualizing and scripting projects based on the impact different writing styles can have on readers, with various examples ranging from early cinema to new media and new platforms throughout. This title offers an alternative, thought-provoking and inspiring approach to reading and writing a screenplay that is ideal for directors, producers, actors, students, aspiring screenwriters and readers interested in understanding how an effective screenplay is created.

A Guide to Screenwriting Success

Drama Romance Western Comedy Thriller Action Science Fiction Horror Fantasy Then there are also popular hybrids of these fundamental genres : Action Drama ...

Author: Stephen V. Duncan

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742553019

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 941


Sample Script 1: Act One of a Screenplay Sample Script 2: One-Hour Teleplay Sample Script 3: Situation Comedy A Guide to Screenwriting Success provides a comprehensive overview of writing-and rewriting-a screenplay or teleplay. Duncan's handy book teaches new screenwriters the process of creating a professional screenplay from beginning to end. It shows that inspiration, creativity, and good writing are not elusive concepts but attainable goals that any motivated person can aspire to. Duncan includes sections on all aspects of screenwriting-from character development to story templates-and breaks down the three acts of a screenplay into manageable pieces. A Guide to Screenwriting Success contains dozens of exercises to help writers through these steps. The second half of Duncan's practical book covers another, often overlooked, side of screenwriting-the teleplay. Aspiring writers who also want to try their hand at writing for television will need to learn the specifics of the field. The book breaks down this area into two parts, the one-hour teleplay and the situation comedy. Success in screenwriting is no longer a dream but an achievable goal for those who pick up Duncan's guide.


Exploitation screenplays pushed the boundaries of acceptable content, particularly in the horror genre. Screenplay by David Newman and Robert Benton.

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813574356

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 913


Screenwriters often joke that “no one ever paid a dollar at a movie theater to watch a screenplay.” Yet the screenplay is where a movie begins, determining whether a production gets the “green light” from its financial backers and wins approval from its audience. This innovative volume gives readers a comprehensive portrait of the art and business of screenwriting, while showing how the role of the screenwriter has evolved over the years. Reaching back to the early days of Hollywood, when moonlighting novelists, playwrights, and journalists were first hired to write scenarios and photoplays, Screenwriting illuminates the profound ways that screenwriters have contributed to the films we love. This book explores the social, political, and economic implications of the changing craft of American screenwriting from the silent screen through the classical Hollywood years, the rise of independent cinema, and on to the contemporary global multi-media marketplace. From The Birth of a Nation (1915), Gone With the Wind (1939), and Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) to Chinatown (1974), American Beauty (1999), and Lost in Translation (2003), each project began as writers with pen and ink, typewriters, or computers captured the hopes and dreams, the nightmares and concerns of the periods in which they were writing. As the contributors take us behind the silver screen to chronicle the history of screenwriting, they spotlight a range of key screenplays that changed the game in Hollywood and beyond. With original essays from both distinguished film scholars and accomplished screenwriters, Screenwriting is sure to fascinate anyone with an interest in Hollywood, from movie buffs to industry professionals.

Alternative Scriptwriting

Alternative Scriptwriting takes a mixed-genre approach not only to its content, but also to its form. Theory and practice are intentionally intermingled to ...

Author: Ken Dancyger

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781136053702

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 424

View: 132


Alternative Scriptwriting 4E is an insightful and inspiring book on screenwriting concerned with challenging you to take creative risks with genre, tone, character, and structure. Concerned with exploring alternative approaches beyond the traditional three-act structure, Alternative Scriptwriting first defines conventional approach, suggests alternatives, then provides case studies. These contemporary examples and case studies demonstrate what works, what doesn't, and why. Because the film industry as well as the public demand greater and greater creativity, one must go beyond the traditional three-act restorative and predictable plot to test your limits and break new creative ground. Rather than teaching writing in a tired formulaic manner, this book elevates the subject and provides inspiration to reach new creative heights.

Now Write Screenwriting

Screenwriting Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers Sherry Ellis, Laurie Lamson. Part 3. The Surprising Genre Score Next I put some fast-paced ...

Author: Sherry Ellis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101486078

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

View: 392


An essential handbook featuring never-before-published writing exercises from the acclaimed screenwriters of Raging Bull, Ali, Terminator 2, Fame, Groundhog Day, Cape Fear, "Lost", "True Blood", "The Shield", and many other hit films and television shows. Now Write! Screenwriting-the latest addition to the Now Write! writing guide series-brings together the acclaimed screenwriters of films like the Oscar-winning Raging Bull, Oscar- nominated Ali, era-defining blockbuster Terminator 2, musical classic Fame, hit series "Lost" "True Blood" and "The Shield," Groundhog Day, Cape Fear, Chicken Run, Reversal of Fortune, Before Sunrise, Mystic Pizza, Indecent Proposal, and many more, to teach the art of the story. *Learn about why it is sometimes best to write what you don't know from Christina Kim ('Lost') *Find out how Stephen Rivele (Ali, Nixon) reduces his screenplay ideas down to their most basic elements, and uses that as a writing guide *Learn why you should focus on your character, not your plot, when digging yourself out of a plot home from Danny Rubin (Groundhog Day) *Take tips from Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run, The Spiderwick Chronicles) on how to give an inanimate object intense emotional significance *Let Kim Krizan (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset) teach you how to stop your internal critic dead in his tracks This lively and easy-to-read guide will motivate both aspiring and experienced screenwriters. No other screenwriting book offers advice and exercises from this many writers of successful, iconic films.

Basics Film Making 02 Screenwriting

Stories can shift genre with very little effort. Groundhog Day (1993) is a comedy, but the idea could also work as the basis for a psychological horror ...

Author: Robert Edgar

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350034709

Category: Photography

Page: 208

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Basics Film-Making: Screenwriting is the second in the Basics Film-Making series and is aimed both at students on film production courses, as well as those wishing to write a short film. The book teaches the key elements of screenwriting through examining areas such as dialogue, sound, setting, shots and structure. It also provides advice to new film-makers on how to market their productions. This is an essential guide to screenwriting and will teach you to write and produce artistically satisfying shorts.

Disaster Genre Secrets for Screenwriters

Disaster Genre Secrets for Screenwriters distills their mastery for you and is here to serve as your screenwriting coach-in-a-book. Don't worry! None of the ideas and techniques in this book are rocket science.

Author: Anthony Metivier


ISBN: 1481981390

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 94

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Have you ever dreamed of writing the screenplay for a Disaster movie? If so, then here is how some of the world's top Disaster screenwriters do it ... and how you can succeed in this genre too. Believe it or not, it doesn't matter how much you already know about the Disaster genre. The information in this book will teach you: * How to truly disrupt everyday life in the narrative world of your screenplay with a catastrophic disaster. * Why everything you've been taught about the Oedipus complex is wrong, and how to really use this story form to explosive effect in any Disaster genre screenplay. * How to tap into three fundamental human anxieties that none of the screenwriting "gurus" ever discuss. * The real reasons why and how the most famous memory Disaster movies succeed at the box office - including the screenwriting responsible for Jaws and Titanic. * How to use cities, vehicles, animals, monsters and storms from natural forces to create thrills and chills your audience will never forget. * Unique ideas that will have you literally "tuning in" on this genre and generating at least 2 new epic ideas for your screenwriting on every page. * A simple strategy for using Google Earth or Google maps for narrative worldbuilding in your screenwriting. * How to unlock the major conventions of the Disaster genre for massive effect in your screenplay. * A list of Disaster genre clichés and instructions on how to avoid them * Two secret ways that pro screenwriters use concepts like destiny, fate and chance to please audiences around the world. * And much, much more ... The ideas in this book have been used by real screenwriters of major blockbusters - whether they realized it or not. Disaster Genre Secrets for Screenwriters distills their mastery for you and is here to serve as your screenwriting coach-in-a-book. Don't worry! None of the ideas and techniques in this book are rocket science. Frankly, if you can watch a Disaster movie, you can write one. But it'll only be as good as the deep human needs you're able to satisfy through theme, imagery, archetype, characterization and effectively structured plot. Plus, everything you'll learn in this book applies to every other every other genre, either directly or indirectly. And with a little imagination, you'll find that these ideas connect to real life too, which we all know is exactly what most screenwriting needs. But there's really no time to lose. Every day that you are not using these ideas in your Disaster genre screenwriting, you are literally stealing from yourself the joy of writing a Disaster movie that will entertain audiences around the world as a result of your newly enhanced screenwriting mind.