Rocliffe Notes for Screenwriters

'A really useful guide to getting on in the world of film' - Richard Eye 'An indispensable addition to the writer's bookshelf' - Lock and load, brides of Christ Look out for the second book in the series: Rocliffe Notes: A Guide to Low ...

Author: Farah Abushwesha

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 9781843444282

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

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Rocliffe Notes for Screenwriters is a compendium for scriptwriters and filmmakers which brings together tips and opinions from over 140 film and TV industry professionals, and provides a step-by-step, common-sense guide on how writers and writer-directors can best present themselves and their scripts to the industry. Including insider insights from award-winning industry players, it details their habits, scriptwriting processes, daily passions and preoccupations, whilst also looking at the nuts and bolts of the industry, aiming to motivate scriptwriters on their own creative journey, maximise networking opportunities and encourage a professional approach to scriptwriting. An essential armament in any writer's store, contributors include: Moira Buffini, Danny Huston, David Parfitt, Jack Thorne, Sarah Gavron, John Madden, John Yorke, Nik Powell, Peter Kosminsky, Christine Langan and Asif Kapadia.

Screenwriting is Filmmaking

With clear analyses drawn from a wide range of classical and contemporary films, alongside case studies and practical exercises, this book encourages the development of craft skills and a personal voice through the writing of short and ...

Author: Brian Dunnigan

Publisher: The Crowood Press

ISBN: 9781785006104

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 168

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To write for the unique medium of the screen, you need to be as engaged with the theory and practice of film as you are with words. Screenwriting is Filmmaking provides a wealth of insights for new and experienced writers alike on the historical, theoretical and practical essentials of screenwriting. With clear analyses drawn from a wide range of classical and contemporary films, alongside case studies and practical exercises, this book encourages the development of craft skills and a personal voice through the writing of short and feature screenplays. You will learn how to develop your screenplay from idea to final draft; apply the techniques of narrative, structure and visual language; build rounded and convincing characters; craft compelling scenes through dialogue and sub-text and maintain a meaningful and lasting creative practice. Brian Dunnigan draws on over thirty years' experience of writing, teaching and making films, to provide a practical guide on how to become an effective screenwriter as well as giving a fascinating insight into visual storytelling and the place of the screenplay in the collaborative process of filmmaking. Of great interest to all screenwriters, especially new/aspiring ones; and all those with an interest in the filmmaking world, it is illustrated with 17 colour and 17 black & white photographs. Brian Dunnigan is an award-winning filmmaker and Head of Screenwriting at the London Film School.

Screenwriting

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 ...

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813563428

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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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.

The Collaborative Art of Filmmaking

Their discussions about the art and craft of filmmaking – including how and why they make their decisions – provides filmmaking and screenwriting students and professionals with the ultimate guide to creating the best possible ...

Author: Linda Seger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351207058

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

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The Collaborative Art of Filmmaking: From Script to Screen explores what goes into the making of Hollywood’s greatest motion pictures. Join veteran script consultant Linda Seger as she examines contemporary and classic screenplays on their perilous journey from script to screen. This fully revised and updated edition includes interviews with over 80 well-known artists in their fields including writers, producers, directors, actors, editors, composers, and production designers. Their discussions about the art and craft of filmmaking – including how and why they make their decisions – provides filmmaking and screenwriting students and professionals with the ultimate guide to creating the best possible "blueprint" for a film and to also fully understand the artistic and technical decisions being made by all those involved in the process.

Screenplay

Hailed as the first new approach to screenwriting in a generation, this book offers a guide to the entire screenwriting process, from opening scene to finished script.

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Dell

ISBN: 0440576474

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 262

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Hailed as the first new approach to screenwriting in a generation, this book offers a guide to the entire screenwriting process, from opening scene to finished script.

The Basics of Filmmaking

Written by Blain Brown, a seasoned expert who has worked professionally as a cinematographer, screenwriter, director, producer, line producer, assistant director, gaffer, grip, and editor; this is a must have resource for any filmmaking ...

Author: Blain Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429677083

Category: Art

Page: 174

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The Basics of Filmmaking is an introductory textbook tailored to the needs of beginning and intermediate film students and independent filmmakers that expertly guides you through the entirety of the craft, from screenwriting all the way through to editing, with detailed chapters covering each department involved in the filmmaking process. The book takes a behind-the-scenes look at every aspect of the filmmaking process: writing the screenplay (and getting it critiqued by a professional), pre-production, cinematography, lighting, the shooting process, getting good audio, editing, and even going to a pitch meeting to sell it. It addresses the real fundamentals, the mechanics and the basic concepts of how to write, produce, direct, shoot, record, and edit your movie. Written by Blain Brown, a seasoned expert who has worked professionally as a cinematographer, screenwriter, director, producer, line producer, assistant director, gaffer, grip, and editor; this is a must have resource for any filmmaking student. Featuring an accompanying companion website with video examples of scene directing methods, continuity and coverage, working with the camera, lighting, audio, and editing, and downloadable production forms you can fill out and use for your projects.

Write What You Don t Know

Light hearted and full of insight into the roundabout way film students approach their scripts, it also discusses the important issues like the difference between stories and plots and what your characters should be doing in the middle of ...

Author: Julian Hoxter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441109323

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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Write What You Don't Know is a friendly manual for aspiring screenwriters. It encourages you to move beyond your comfort zones in search of stories. We all write what we know - how could we not? Writing what you don't know and doing it in an informed and imaginative way is what makes the process worthwhile. Hoxter draws on his wealth of experience teaching young film students to offer help with every aspect of the writing process, including how we come up with ideas in the first place. Light hearted and full of insight into the roundabout way film students approach their scripts, it also discusses the important issues like the difference between stories and plots and what your characters should be doing in the middle of act two. Write What You Don't Know contains examples and case studies from a wide range of movies, both mainstream and alternative such as The Virgin Spring, Die Hard, The Ipcress File, For The Birds, (500) Days of Summer, Juno, Up In The Air, Knocked Up and Brick.

Screenwriters on Screen Writing

In each interview, not only do the writers explore the craft and technique of creating a filmic blueprint, but they recount the colorful tales of coming up in the ranks of the movie business and of bringing their stories to the screen, in a ...

Author: Joel Engel

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781401305574

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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Before any lights, camera, or action, there's the script--arguably the most important single element in filmmaking, and Screenwriters on Screen-Writing introduces the men and women responsible for the screenplays that have produced some of the most successful and acclaimed films in Hollywood history. In each interview, not only do the writers explore the craft and technique of creating a filmic blueprint, but they recount the colorful tales of coming up in the ranks of the movie business and of bringing their stories to the screen, in a way that only natural-born storytellers such as themselves can. These and other screenwriters have garnered the attention of the movie-going population not only with their words, but with headlines announcing the sales of their scripts for hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of dollars. Anyone interested in writing, making, or learning about movies will enjoy reading this fascinating behind-the-scenes compendium that brings together some of the most prominent and talented screenwriters in modern-day filmmaking. Screenwriters interviewed include: Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost), Ernest Lehman (North by Northwest, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Amy Holden Jones (Indecent Proposal), Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs), Horton Foote (To Kill a Mockingbird, Tender Mercies), Andrew Bergman (The In-Laws), Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands), Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King), and Robert Towne (Chinatown, Shampoo).

Framelines Film Tips

From the Emmy Nominated PBS series FRAMELINES comes this book with tips on screenwriting and production. Framelines creators Scott Spears and Peter John Ross contribute articles that take you from the smallest production to full sized sets.

Author: Peter Ross

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 153294456X

Category:

Page: 264

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From the Emmy Nominated PBS series FRAMELINES comes this book with tips on screenwriting and production. Framelines creators Scott Spears and Peter John Ross contribute articles that take you from the smallest production to full sized sets.

The Pleasures of Structure

Writers and students often worry that they are asked to work 'to formula'. This book will test that formula to breaking point.

Author: Julian Hoxter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441164261

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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The Pleasures of Structure starts from the premise that the ability to develop a well understood and articulated story structure is the most important skill a screenwriter can develop. For example, good structure requires a great premise and rigorous character development. Without clear character motivations and goals--which are themselves indicative of key structural beats--your story is going exactly nowhere. Using the simple and flexible 'W' model of screenplay structure developed in the prequel Write What You Don't Know, Hoxter sets this out as its starting point. This model is tested against a range of examples which are chosen to explore the flexibility not only of that model but of movie storytelling more generally. Writers and students often worry that they are asked to work 'to formula'. This book will test that formula to breaking point. For example, the first case study will offer the example of a well written, professional, mainstream movie against which our later and more adventurous examples can be compared. So the lessons we learn examining the animated family adventure movie How To Train Your Dragon lead us directly to ask questions of our second case study, the acclaimed Swedish vampire movie Låt den Rätte Komma In (Let The Right One In). Both movies have protagonists with the same basic problem, the same goal, and they use the same basic structure to tell their stories. Of course they are very different films and they work on their audiences in very different ways. Our linked case studies will expose how simple choices, like reversing the order of elements of the protagonist's transformational arc and shifting ownership of key story beats, has an enormous impact on how we respond to a structural model that is otherwise functionally identical.

Film Making

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 1230639500

Category:

Page: 42

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 40. Chapters: Film editing, Screenplay, Storyboard, Steenbeck, Post-production, Screenwriting, Machinima: Virtual Filmmaking, Cinematography, Digital storytelling, Participatory video, Cinematic techniques, Film distribution, Robert Patton-Spruill, The Big Pitch, Film Location Services, Microfilmmaking, Western Costume, Post-production hell, Pre-production, Three-act structure, Pakistan New Cinema Movement, Film Music Guild, DVcreators.net, Principal photography, Concert video design, Housekeeping deal, Motion blur: graphic moving imagemakers, Hollywood Script Express, Silhouette rule, City of Film, Charge scenic artist, Film release. Excerpt: Screenwriting is the art and craft of writing scripts for feature films, television productions or video games. It is a freelance profession. Screenwriting is the fourth most powerful profession in Hollywood (behind studio executives, producers, and directors). The act of screenwriting takes many forms across the entertainment industry. Often, multiple writers work on the same script at different stages of development with different tasks. Over the course of a successful career, a screenwriter might be hired to write in a wide variety of roles. Some of the most common forms of screenwriting jobs include: Spec scripts are feature film or television show scripts written on speculation, without the commission of a studio, production company, or network. The spec script is a Hollywood sales tool. The vast majority of scripts written each year are spec scripts, but only a small percentage make it to the screen. A spec script is usually a wholly original work, but can be an adaptation of an existing. In television writing, a spec script is a sample teleplay written to demonstrate the writer's knowledge of a show and ability to imitate its style and conventions. It is submitted to the show's...

Write to Shoot

Write to Shoot teaches budding screenwriters and screenwriting filmmakers how to write a short script with production in mind.

Author: Marilyn Beker

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317548256

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 180

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Write to Shoot teaches budding screenwriters and screenwriting filmmakers how to write a short script with production in mind. Beker instructs them how to showcase their strengths, tailor projects to shoestring budgets, resources, and practical production parameters without sacrificing the quality and punch of their screenplays, whether they're creating a sizzle short for an unproduced feature script, an independent creative work, or a soapbox to promote a cause. Write to Shoot: Writing Short Films for Production is a must-have guide for anyone who wants to be sure there will be no surprises on set that come from a script that's not ready for production.

Screenwriting for Profit

This book teaches readers how global trends define the marketplace for saleable screenplays in key international territories as well as the domestic market.

Author: Andrew Stevens

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317361763

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

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This book teaches readers how global trends define the marketplace for saleable screenplays in key international territories as well as the domestic market. Veteran writer, producer, and director Andrew Stevens gives you the insider edge you need to write for the global marketplace, sharing his decades of experience producing and financing everything from micro-budget independent films to major studio releases. In leveraging Stevens’ comprehensive experience, you will learn how to determine specific subject matter, genre, and story elements to make the most of international sales trends, and harness the power of these insider strategies to craft a screenplay that is poised to sell.

There s No Business Like Soul Business

Rydall not only breaks down all the rules of the Hollywood game -so that you know how it's played and don't get kicked down the field - he also lays out the spiritual truths that will help you transcend them, tap into your true power, and ...

Author: Derek Rydall

Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions

ISBN: 1932907246

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 237

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Rydall not only breaks down all the rules of the Hollywood game -so that you know how it's played and don't get kicked down the field - he also lays out the spiritual truths that will help you transcend them, tap into your true power, and fulfill your higher purpose -- Mark Harris, Producer,Crash, Academy Award, Best Picture, 2006 "Advance Review".

On Screen Writing

With On Screen Writing, director Edward Dmytryk offers a clear, methodical overview of the needs, practices, and problems of screenwriting, including extensive coverage of adaptation.

Author: Edward Dmytryk

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429000539

Category: Art

Page: 210

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With On Screen Writing, director Edward Dmytryk offers a clear, methodical overview of the needs, practices, and problems of screenwriting, including extensive coverage of adaptation. Written In an informal, anecdotal style and using script examples from Hollywood classics, Dmytryk presents a practical set of principles for writing engaging, filmable screenplays. Originally published in 1985, this reissue of Dmytryk’s classic screenwriting book includes a new critical introduction by Mick Hurbis-Cherrier, as well as chapter lessons, discussion questions, exercises, and a glossary.

The Basics of Filmmaking

Written by Blain Brown, a seasoned expert who has worked professionally as a cinematographer, screenwriter, director, producer, line producer, assistant director, gaffer, grip, and editor, this is a must have resource for any filmmaking ...

Author: Blain Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 042939876X

Category: Art

Page: 174

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"The Basics of Filmmaking is an introductory textbook tailored to the needs of beginning and intermediate film students and independent filmmakers that expertly guides you through the entirety of the craft, from screenwriting all the way through to editing, with details chapters covering each department involved in the filmmaking process. The book takes a behind-the-scenes look at every aspect of the filmmaking process: writing the screenplay (and getting it critiqued by a professional), pre-production, cinematography, lighting, the shooting process, getting good audio, editing, and even going to a pitch meeting to sell it. It addresses the real fundamentals, the mechanics and the basics concepts of how to write, produce, direct, shoot, record, and edit your movie. Written by Blain Brown, a seasoned expert who has worked professionally as a cinematographer, screenwriter, director, producer, line producer, assistant director, gaffer, grip, and editor, this is a must have resource for any filmmaking student. Featuring an accompanying companion website with video examples of scene directing methods, continuity and coverage, working with the camera, lighting, audio, and editing and downloadable production forms you can fill out and use for your projects"--

Off the Page

Designed for students, producers, and writers who want to understand what studios want and why they want it, this book also examines how scripting is developing in the convergent media, beneath and beyond the Hollywood tentpole.

Author: Daniel Bernardi

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520961043

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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Off the Page examines the business and craft of screenwriting in the era of media convergence. Daniel Bernardi and Julian Hoxter use the recent history of screenwriting labor coupled with close analysis of scripts in the context of the screenwriting paraindustry—from “how to write a winning script” books to screenwriting software—to explore the state of screenwriting today. They address the conglomerate studios making tentpole movies, expanded television, Indiewood, independent animation, microbudget scripting, the video games industry, and online content creation. Designed for students, producers, and writers who want to understand what studios want and why they want it, this book also examines how scripting is developing in the convergent media, beneath and beyond the Hollywood tentpole. By addressing specific genres across a wide range of media, this essential volume sets the standard for anyone in the expanded screenwriting industry and the scholars that study it.

Selling a Screenplay

Selling a screenplay can mean earning $250,000 or more, so competition is fierce. Syd Field gives you an insider’s look at the movie and TV industry, packed with essential tips from the pros.

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 9780307570642

Category: Reference

Page: 304

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- Breaks Down the Business of Screenwriting - Explains What the Buyer Looks For - Shows You What to Do to Get in the Door - Tackles the Pitching Process - Provides Personal Insights from Famous Screenwriters Everybody has a story to tell. Everybody wants to write the great American screenplay. But what do you do after it’s written? How do you sell it? Studio honchos. Development Executives. Independent Producers. What do they want? Do you need an agent or manager to get it into production? Selling a screenplay can mean earning $250,000 or more, so competition is fierce. Syd Field gives you an insider’s look at the movie and TV industry, packed with essential tips from the pros. Selling a Screenplay is a must-have guide for every screenwriter, filled with frank real-life advice from Hollywood’s most powerful deal makers and most celebrated screenwriters. They all started somewhere.

Filmmaker s Notebook

Specially designed for screenwriters, directors, writers, films students and filmmakers. Each page has a large blank film frame where you can visualise / draw scenes and then make notes in the writing area below.

Author: Film Journals

Publisher:

ISBN: 1720520534

Category:

Page: 150

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Specially designed for screenwriters, directors, writers, films students and filmmakers. Each page has a large blank film frame where you can visualise / draw scenes and then make notes in the writing area below. It's the perfect format to capture screenwriting ideas. A simple yet very effective notebook to write scripts and keep track of ideas. DETAILS: 150 Pages Perfect Bound Crisp White Pages with a Thick Cardstock Cover Elegant Cover Art Dimensions: 6" x 9"

Shooting for the Mob

Alex Ferrari is a first-time film director who just got hired to direct a $20 million feature film, the only problem is the film is about Jimmy, an egomaniacal gangster who wants the film to be about his life in the mob.

Author: Alex Ferrari

Publisher: Ifh Books

ISBN: 0578722658

Category: Art

Page: 210

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A bipolar gangster, a naive, young film director and Batman. What could go wrong? Alex Ferrari is a first-time film director who just got hired to direct a $20 million feature film, the only problem is the film is about Jimmy, an egomaniacal gangster who wants the film to be about his life in the mob. From the backwater towns of Louisiana to the Hollywood Hills, Alex is taken on a crazy misadventure through the world of the mafia and Hollywood. Huge movie stars, billion-dollar producers, studio heads, and, of course, a few gangsters, populate this unbelievable journey down the rabbit hole of chasing your dream. Would you sell your soul to the devil to make your dream come true? By the way, did we mention that this story is based on true events? no, seriously it is.