Screenwriting With a Conscience

This book also puts forth a livable work philosophy for dealing with the ethics of the screenwriting business, and presents a viable personal philosophy for surviving in the screenwriting world.

Author: Marilyn Beker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135637927

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 266

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Screenwriting With a Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters is for screenwriters who care deeply about what they write; who are aware that movie images matter and can influence audiences; and who want to create meaningful screenplays that make powerful statements while entertaining and winning over audiences. A user-friendly guide to ethical screenwriting, this book makes the case that social responsibility is endemic to public art while it emphatically champions First Amendment rights and condemns censorship. In this dynamic and practical volume, author Marilyn Beker provides methods for self-assessment of values, ideas, and ethical stances, and demonstrates the application of these values to the development of plot, character, and dialogue. Screenwriters are introduced to ethical decision making models and shown--through specific film examples--how they can be utilized in plot and character development. In addition, specific techniques and exercises are supplied to help screenwriters determine the difference between "good" and "evil," to write realistic and compelling characters based on this determination, and to present "messages" and write dialogue powerfully without preaching. This book also puts forth a livable work philosophy for dealing with the ethics of the screenwriting business, and presents a viable personal philosophy for surviving in the screenwriting world. Screenwriting With a Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters is an indispensible, dynamic guide for the ethics-conscious screenwriter. It is intended for screenwriters at the student and professional level, and is appropriate for beginning to graduate screenwriting courses in film and English programs, and for film courses dealing with Ethics in the Media.

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

View: 466


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.

The Screenwriter Activist

Using examples from classic and recent popular films, The Screenwriter Activist: Explores the motivation and sensibility a screenwriter needs to embark on a social issue project Gives techniques for choosing compelling subjects Provides ...

Author: Marilyn Beker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415897143

Category: Social Science

Page: 186

View: 680


Hotel Rwanda. Philadelphia. Silkwood. Some of the most important films ever made have tackled real-world social issues, from genocide to homophobia to corporate greed. As storytellers, activist screenwriters recognize that social issues make great stories that can be gut-wrenching, heart-tugging, funny, tragic, and interesting to watch. The Screenwriter Activist helps screenwriters tell those stories in compelling, non-preachy, and inspiring ways. The Screenwriter Activist is an in-depth, practical guide, appropriate for students in intermediate or graduate screenwriting courses in Film and English Programs as well as professionals who want to write a movie that can make a difference in the world. Using examples from classic and recent popular films, The Screenwriter Activist: Explores the motivation and sensibility a screenwriter needs to embark on a social issue project Gives techniques for choosing compelling subjects Provides historical context for social issue movies Explains how characters legitimize social issue themes Puts forward specific models for structuring advocacy screenplays Lays out a roadmap for how screenwriters can get a social issue movie made If you care deeply about social issues and recognize that films can be highly effective platforms for motivativng audiences to civic involvement and social action, this is the one screenwriting book you need to read.

Ethics in Screenwriting

The most fully-developed conception of the virtuous screenwriter in recent years comes from the work of Marilyn Beker, who has been a pioneer in promoting issues of ethics and screenwriting in her books Screenwriting with a Conscience ...

Author: Steven Maras

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137544933

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 263

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Ethics in Screenwriting: New Perspectives is a book that breaks new ground by forging a link between screenwriting research and a burgeoning interest in film, media, and narrative ethics. Going beyond the orthodox discussion of morality of film and television, the collection focuses on ethics in screenwriting. Building on a new wave of screenwriting research, as well as a ‘turn to ethics’ in humanities and media studies scholarship, this title forms a bridge between these areas in a unique analysis of a key area of media practice. Each essay goes beyond the general discussion of ethics and media to engage with specific aspects of screenwriting or scripting. Written for readers interested in questions of ethics as well as screenwriting, the collection offers new perspectives on ethical questions associated with Writers and their Production Environment; Actuality and History; and Character and Narrative.

Maverick Screenwriting

A manual for the adventurous screenwriter Josh Golding. a conscience behind the cocky exterior, while Woody Allen's voiceovers undercut his neurotic on-screen persona. In Fight Club, Ed Norton's detached voiceover shows how far he has ...

Author: Josh Golding

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408154939

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 382

View: 498


Every film development executive says they're looking for original stories. Maverick Screenwriting will teach you how to play with advanced narrative techniques - time, logic and reality - that change the way we look at the world. Discover the techniques that give films like The Matrix, The Truman Show and Avatar an original twist. You will learn: * the difference between plot-driven and concept-driven films * how to play with time, reality and point-of-view in radical ways * how to emotionally connect with your audience * how to create a 'Matrix' that will hold your story together * how to push your concept to the limit- how to tell a story that expresses the unique way you look at the world In Maverick Screenwriting, writers, development executives, producers and directors will all find inspiration and new approaches that will help your film project stand out.

Ethics in Human Communication

Screenwriting With a Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 2003. Bertrand, Jean-Claude. Media Ethics and Accountability. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publications, 2000. Bivins, Thomas.

Author: Richard L. Johannesen

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 9781478609124

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 347

View: 697


Broad in scope, yet precise in exposition, the Sixth Edition of this highly acclaimed ethics text has been infused with new insights and updated material. Richard Johannesen and new coauthors Kathleen Valde and Karen Whedbee provide a thorough, comprehensive overview of philosophical perspectives and communication contexts, pinpointing and explicating ethical issues unique to human communication. Chief among the authors objectives are to: provide classic and contemporary perspectives for making ethical judgments about human communication; sensitize communication participants to essential ethical issues in the human communication process; illuminate complexities and challenges involved in making evaluations of communication ethics; and offer ideas for becoming more discerning evaluators of others communication. Provocative questions and illustrative case studies stimulate reflexive thinking and aid readers in developing their own approach to communication ethics. A comprehensive list of resources spotlights books, scholarly articles, videos, and Web sites useful for further research or personal exploration.

Screenwriting for a Global Market

Laughing Out Loud: Writing the Comedy-Centered Screenplay. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. ———. ... Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay. 2d ed. ... “The Pathological Hero's Conscience: Screenwriter Frank Nugent.

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520937529

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 227

View: 266


Cinema is a truly global phenomenon and screenwriters who limit their ambitions to Hollywood can unnecessarily limit their careers. This book, loaded with information on every page, provides the practical know-how for breaking into the global marketplace. It is the first book to offer specific advice on writing for screens large and small, around the world from Hollywood to New Zealand, from Europe to Russia, and for alternative American markets including Native American, regional, and experimental. The book provides valuable insider information, such as * Twenty-five percent of German television is written by Hollywood writers. Screenwriters just need to know how to reach that market. * Many countries, including those in the European Union, have script development money available—to both foreign and local talent--from government-sponsored film funds. * The Web's influence on the film industry has been profound, and here you can find out how to network through the Web. The book also lists the key Web addresses for writers. Andrew Horton, author of two acclaimed books on screenwriting, includes personal essays by accomplished screenwriters from around the world and offers insightful case studies of several films and television scripts, among them My Big Fat Greek Wedding; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and The Sopranos. Full of endless enthusiasm for great films and great scripts, this book will be an essential resource for both aspiring writers and accomplished writers hoping to expand their horizons, improve their skills, and increase their chances for success. Includes an interview with Terry Gilliam and contributions from Bernard Gordon, writer for The Day of the Triffids and The Thin Red Line; Lew Hunter, Chair of Screenwriting at UCLA; Karen Hall, writer/producer for Judging Amy and M*A*S*H; and other screenwriters

Screenwriting in a Digital Era

Linda Aronson, The21st Century Screenplay: A Comprehensive Guide toWriting Tomorrow's Films (Crows Nest:Allen &Unwin, 2010), p.172. ... Bert Cardullo, 'A Cinema of Social Conscience: An Interviewwith Ken Loach', The Minnesota Review, ...

Author: Kathryn Millard

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137319104

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

View: 828


Screenwriting in a Digital Era examines the practices of writing for the screen from early Hollywood to the new realism. Looking back to prehistories of the form, Kathryn Millard links screenwriting to visual and oral storytelling around the globe, and explores new methods of collaboration and authorship in the digital environment.

Memo from Darryl F Zanuck

... I had " confined my extraordinary talents to screenwriting " I would be the President of the Screen Writers Guild today . ... in the days when a screenwriter had a guilty conscience unless he turned in an " original " once a month .

Author: Darryl Francis Zanuck

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 0802133320

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 276

View: 929


This volume provides an insider's view of Hollywood's most glamorous era and the elements of film production.

The Grove Book of Hollywood

He had at last elevated the screenwriting profession. ... is Utopia for those of us who were here on the job with our pencils in the days when a screenwriter had a guilty conscience unless he turned in an 'original' once a month.

Author: Christopher Silvester

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9780802195494

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 720

View: 374


A “treasure trove” of insider accounts of the movie business from its earliest beginnings to the present day—“exceedingly savvy . . . astute and entertaining” (Variety). The Grove Book of Hollywood is a richly entertaining anthology of anecdotes and reminiscences from the people who helped make the City of Angels the storied place we know today. Movie moguls, embittered screenwriters, bemused outsiders such as P. G. Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh, and others all have their say. Organized chronologically, the pieces form a history of Hollywood as only generations of insiders could tell it. We encounter the first people to move to Hollywood, when it was a dusty village on the outskirts of Los Angeles, as well as the key players during the heyday of the studio system in the 1930s. We hear from victims of the blacklist and from contemporary players in an industry dominated by agents. Coming from a wide variety of sources, the personal recollections range from the affectionate to the scathing, from the cynical to the grandiose. Here is John Huston on his drunken fistfight with Errol Flynn; Cecil B. DeMille on the challenges of filming The Ten Commandments; Frank Capra on working for the great comedic producer Mark Sennett; William Goldman on the strange behavior of Hollywood executives in meetings; and much more. “A masterly, magnificent anthology,” The Grove Book of Hollywood is a must for anyone fascinated by Hollywood and the film industry (Literary Review, London).

Great Adaptations Screenwriting and Global Storytelling

Great Adaptations: Screenwriting and Global Storytelling is the Second Place Winner in the 2019 International Writers Awards!

Author: Alexis Krasilovsky

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317363583

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 262

View: 842


Great Adaptations: Screenwriting and Global Storytelling is the Second Place Winner in the 2019 International Writers Awards! A vast majority of Academy Award-winning Best Pictures, television movies of the week, and mini-series are adaptations, watched by millions of people globally. Great Adaptations: Screenwriting and Global Storytelling examines the technical methods of adapting novels, short stories, plays, life stories, magazine articles, blogs, comic books, graphic novels and videogames from one medium to another, focusing on the screenplay. Written in a clear and succinct style, perfect for intermediate and advanced screenwriting students, Great Adaptations explores topics essential to fully appreciating the creative, historical and sociological aspects of the adaptation process. It also provides up-to-date, practical advice on the legalities of acquiring rights and optioning and selling adaptations, and is inclusive of a diverse variety of perspectives that will inspire and challenge students and screenwriters alike. Please follow the link below to a short excerpt from an interview with Carole Dean about Great Adaptations:

Screenwriters and Screenwriting

'Dickens writes Sikes as aman with a conscience, turnedbad through experience and necessity. You can feel him getting excited when he writes abouthim and Nancy.' In herversion, Bill hasatragic momentof reflection after Nancy's murderand ...

Author: C. Batty

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137338938

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 301

View: 522


Screenwriters and Screenwriting is an innovative, fresh and lively book that is useful for both screenwriting practice and academic study. It is international in scope, with case studies and analyses from the US, the UK, Australia, Japan, Ireland and Denmark. The book presents a distinctive collection of chapters from creative academics and critical practitioners that serve one purpose: to put aspects of screenwriting practice into their relevant contexts. Focusing on how screenplays are written, developed and received, the contributors challenge assumptions of what 'screenwriting studies' might be, and celebrates the role of the screenwriter in the creation of a screenplay. It is intended to be thought provoking and stimulating, with the ultimate aim of inspiring current and future screenwriting practitioners and scholars.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Screenwriting

When I think of movies of great social conscience that I've admired, I think of films such as Ghandi, Sir Richard Attenborough's great triumph. Well, guess what? Mahatma Ghandi changed the world. With nonviolent methods, he got the ...

Author: Skip Press

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101199039

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

View: 248


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 is Storytelling

The story flashes back to tell the story of how a hack screenwriter named Joe Gillis ( William Holden ) ended up dead in ... His conscience is overwhelmed with lechery in a disturbingly realistic way , and despite the black comedic tone ...

Author: Kate Wright

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 039953024X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

View: 946


Provides guidance for aspiring scriptwriters on how to create a successful screenplay, offering practical suggestions on how to develop themes within the plot, use structure to define the story, create memorable characters, and present moral dilemmas andconflicts.

Screenwriting is Rewriting

Plot: When a whistleblower is killed to keep him from testifying to the Waterfront Crime Commission, Terry must decide between following his conscience to testify, or following his sense of obligation to mob boss Johnny Friendly and the ...

Author: Jack Epps, Jr.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781628927382

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 616


If there is one skill that separates the professional screenwriter from the amateur, it is the ability to rewrite successfully. From Jack Epps, Jr., the screenwriter of Top Gun, Dick Tracy, and The Secret of My Success, comes a comprehensive guide that explores the many layers of rewriting. In Screenwriting is Rewriting, Epps provides a practical and tested approach to organizing notes, creating a game plan, and executing a series of focused passes that address the story, character, theme, structure, and plot issues. Included are sample notes, game plans, and beat sheets from Epps' work on films such as Sister Act and Turner and Hooch. Also featured are exclusive interviews with Academy Award® winning screenwriters Robert Towne (Chinatown) and Frank Pierson (Dog Day Afternoon), along with Academy Award® nominee Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich).

Screenwriting Tips You Hack

150 Practical Pointers for Becoming a Better Screenwriter Xander Bennett. Get out late to emphasize a point. ... Actually no, don't do that – I don't want your death by alcohol poisoning on my conscience. Soft outs are generally more ...

Author: Xander Bennett

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136038662

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 210

View: 836


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.

Vault Guide to Screenwriting Careers

Let's return once again to the film “Jerry Maguire,” in which Tom Cruise's eponymous character goes through a crisis of conscience and decides to head out on his own to service clients in a decent and ethical way.

Author: David Kukoff

Publisher: Vault Inc.

ISBN: 9781581313703

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 116

View: 194


Get the inside scoop on exciting film careers with this new Vault guide to writing a screenplay and to how the entertainment industry works.

Lew Hunter s Screenwriting 434

It should be both hang - up and blessing to you , too . This morality and conscience will be strongly reflected in the overall patina of your work and what gets on the screen . A patina called “ honesty . " You'll get applause .

Author: Lew Hunter

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399529861

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

View: 562


The conductor of UCLAUs legendary graduate workshop--Screenwriting 434--guides readers through every stage of the screenwriting process by actually having them write an original screenplay. "I heartily recommend (this book) for beginners and pros alike."--Steven Bochco.

The Rules of Screenwriting and Why You Should Break Them

And, while most of the material was his, the screenplay did nicely mix our sensibilities. ... movie set in the early 1960s about a kid (Matt Dillon) having generally similar crises of conscience and identity as Larry Carrett.

Author: Bill Mesce, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476668505

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

View: 574


[An industry professional's insider's look at the craft, practice, and business of screenwriting, exploding some of the most popular myths about writing for the movies by showing how little relevance they have to actual working conditions. Analytical essays stand side by side with not only the author's own in-the-field experiences, but commentary offered by veteran industry pros including Josh Sapan, CEO of AMC Networks; bestselling author and writer/director Adriana Trigiani; and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nicholas (Goodfellas) Pileggi.]

Cesare Zavattini s Neo realism and the Afterlife of an Idea

His screenwriting method consisted of a three-stage approach that matched what he had told Michele Gandin in the many interviews later edited as 'Some Ideas on Cinema'. First, a filmmaker should identify an ... My conscience is clear.

Author: David Brancaleone

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501317002

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 746


How many Zavattinis are there? During a life spanning most of the twentieth century, the screenwriter who wrote Sciuscià, Bicycle Thieves, Miracle in Milan, and Umberto D. was also a pioneering magazine publisher in 1930s Milan, a public intellectual, a theorist, a tireless campaigner for change within the film industry, a man of letters, a painter and a poet. This intellectual biography is built on the premise that in order to understand Zavattini's idea of cinema and his legacy of ethical and political cinema (including guerrilla cinema), we must also tease out the multi-faceted strands of his interventions and their interplay over time. The book is for general readers, students and film historians, and anyone with an interest in cinema and its fate.