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: 1410609073

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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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.

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.

The Screenwriter Activist

In my first book, Screenwriting with a conscience, I make the case that every film
is “really about” something—that every ... over the rippling bosom of its message .
. . all movies say something even if the person who wrote them is conscious of ...

Author: Marilyn Beker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415897143

Category: Social Science

Page: 186

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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.

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
about ...

Author: Xander Bennett

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136038662

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 210

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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.

The Searchers

See also Joseph McBride, “The Pathological Hero's Conscience: Screenwriter
Frank S. Nugent Was the Quiet Man Behind John Ford,” Written By, May 2001. “
The Grapes of Wrath . . . is just about as good as any picture”: Nugent review,
NYT, ...

Author: Glenn Frankel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781620400647

Category: History

Page: 320

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New York Times Bestseller Named one of the best books of the year by: Parade The Guardian Kirkus Library Journal The true story behind the classic Western The Searchers by Pulitzer Prize-wining writer Glenn Frankel that the New York Times calls "A vivid, revelatory account of John Ford's 1956 masterpiece." In 1836 in East Texas, nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches. She was raised by the tribe and eventually became the wife of a warrior. Twenty-four years after her capture, she was reclaimed by the U.S. cavalry and Texas Rangers and restored to her white family, to die in misery and obscurity. Cynthia Ann's story has been told and re-told over generations to become a foundational American tale. The myth gave rise to operas and one-act plays, and in the 1950s to a novel by Alan LeMay, which would be adapted into one of Hollywood's most legendary films, The Searchers, "The Biggest, Roughest, Toughest... and Most Beautiful Picture Ever Made!" directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. Glenn Frankel, beginning in Hollywood and then returning to the origins of the story, creates a rich and nuanced anatomy of a timeless film and a quintessentially American myth. The dominant story that has emerged departs dramatically from documented history: it is of the inevitable triumph of white civilization, underpinned by anxiety about the sullying of white women by "savages." What makes John Ford's film so powerful, and so important, Frankel argues, is that it both upholds that myth and undermines it, baring the ambiguities surrounding race, sexuality, and violence in the settling of the West and the making of America.

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: 133


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.

Theory and Technique of Playwriting and Screenwriting

In Shaw , the social conscience seeks meaningful expression . But his characters
... We are especially concerned with O ' Neill ' s conception of the conscious will ,
and its effect on the structure and technique of his work . O ' Neill ' s genius ...

Author: John Howard Lawson


ISBN: STANFORD:36105045021420

Category: Drama

Page: 464

View: 393


The Penguin Book of Hollywood

He had at last elevated the screenwriting profession . ... this certainly 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


ISBN: IND:30000068572456

Category: Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Page: 696

View: 853


Antologi om Hollywood, sammensat af uddrag af erindringer, biografier, romaner, noveller, breve og artikler

The Social Conscience of Latin American Writing

He had many links to the film industry , having been a studenttrainee at the
Cinecittà studios , having held assistant director jobs , and at various times
having tried his hand at screenwriting . 40 Puig has said that he began Betrayed
as a ...

Author: Naomi Lindstrom

Publisher: Texas Pan American

ISBN: UOM:39015040368980

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 187

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On one level, this is a brilliant scholarly answer to the bedeviling question asked by non-Latin Americanists, 'What is Latin American literature like?' On another level, it coordinates and clarifies, for specialists, the complex of current issues that are often confusing and even discouraging because they are incompletely understood. --John S. Brushwood, Roberts Professor Emeritus of Latin American Literature, University of Kansas Literature in Latin America has long been a vehicle for debates over the interpretation of social history, cultural identity, and artistic independence. Indeed, Latin American literature has gained international respect for its ability to present social criticism through works of imaginative creation. In this comprehensive, up-to-the-minute survey of research and opinion by leading Latin American cultural and literary critics, Naomi Lindstrom examines five concepts that are currently the focus of intense debate among Latin American writers and thinkers. Writing in simple, clear terms for both general and specialist readers of Latin American literature, she explores the concepts of autonomy and dependency, postmodernism, literary intellectuals and the mass media, testimonial literature, and gender issues, including gay and lesbian themes. Excerpts (in English) from relevant literary works illustrate each concept, while Lindstrom also traces its passage from the social sciences to literature.


Screenwriters should have responsibilities to everybody and , most particularly ,
to the field in which we ' ve set our stories ... This morality and conscience will be
strongly reflected in the overall patina of your work and what gets on the screen .

Author: Lew Hunter

Publisher: Robert Hale

ISBN: IND:30000044735896

Category: Cinema film authorship

Page: 351

View: 238


The author conveys his knowledge of screenwriting in a straightforward fashion and answers the important questions which have to be considered at each stage of the process. this may be found and the essential qualities which must be present. Fascinating tricks of the trade which are applied instinctively by the professionals - such as vertical and linear stories, believable unbelievabiltty, fourth walls and flashbacks, red herrings, time locks ond telescoping of time are revealed in order that the reader too can learn to utilize them to glve their work a professional feel. The author also covers such aspects as the building of characters, basic dos and don'ts, dialogue, discipline, timing, rewriting, polishing, ties and more.

Understanding Screenwriting

Nor would an attack on a truck convoy coming out of Aqaba , which was in Bolt ' s
screenplay before the charge . Wilson ' s ... But on the journey , Daud is sucked
into quicksand and dies , which is another death on Lawrence ' s conscience .

Author: Tom Stempel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum

ISBN: STANFORD:36105124015368

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 230

View: 850


No Marketing Blurb

Genre Screenwriting

In fact , the screenwriter of American Pie ( 1999 ) , Adam Herz , explained in an
interview that he created the story by ... In What Women Want ( 2000 ) , a
womanizing man actually hears the conscience - voice of women and discovers
how to ...

Author: Stephen V. Duncan

Publisher: Continuum

ISBN: UOM:39076002888332

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 203

View: 985


A guide to writing commercial screenplays concentrates primarily on five film genres and details the formula used to construct each type.

Creative Screenwriting

The road to the resort was untraveled ; she lay three whole hours on the road . By
the time she was discovered , it was too late . Too late to fall in love with another
woman . His heart had turned to stone . He is devoured by pangs of conscience ...

Author: Christina Kallas

Publisher: Red Globe Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105215511168

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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"Kallas proposes an original approach to writing for the screen. Both theory and method aims at exciting the imagination to inspire and dramatize stories with thematic richness, emotional depth and narrative rhythm. Accompanying exercises support the book and enable writers to create stories out of emotions and images"--

Zen and the Art of Screenwriting 2

Announce to as many people as possible that you are writing a screenplay that
you will finish on a particular date . This helps generate the guilt ... They will nag
you , prey on your conscience , corner you so that you have no escape except to

Author: William Froug


ISBN: UOM:39015050469066

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 330

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A tapestry of Froug's essays and interviews with top screenwriters, producers, and directors. Once again, Froug proves that he can skilfully pull engaging thoughts from his interviewees and, with his own essays, can use both novice and seasoned screenwriters to rethink what they do. The essays are wide-ranging, covering such diverse subjects as creating your own talent, getting your scripts read, avoiding story-structure gurus, entering screenplay contests, a scene-by-scene look at the film Body Heat, Hollywood's rewrite panic, Hollywood's ephemeral enthusiasms, why rooting interest isn't necessary, the stop-start method for studying films, guarding your surprises, reinventing old ideas, and guilt as a writer's tool.

The Soul of Screenwriting

Or the guide may be a rather minor character who appears occasionally as a
voice of conscience or of balance . The amiable Dr . Dreyfuss , who is C . C .
Baxter ' s neighbor in Billy Wilder ' s comedy The Apartment , functions
unobtrusively in ...

Author: Keith Cunningham

Publisher: Continuum

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131610466

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 478

View: 503


No Marketing Blurb

The Complete Book of Screenwriting

Writer / producers of conscience who don ' t break the line can sometimes find
themselves out of a career . Nonetheless , in a show of solidarity and will , many
did just that during the terrible strike of 1988 . The other freelancer / hyphenate
hot ...

Author: J M Straczynski

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 0898795125

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 448

View: 881


An experienced scriptwriter and producer explains how to write and sell plays for television, radio, motion pictures, animated features, and the stage and surveys the characteristics and requirements of each medium. Original.

Screenwriting for Film and Television

Talking with father ' s other ( grown ) daughter from previous marriage , they learn
she has some strange memories but nothing definite . But learn father pays for

Author: William Charles Miller

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: UOM:39015041748669

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 276

View: 887


More and more people are writing scripts as they try to break into the "Hollywood scene." What makes a script stand out? Readers will find out in this comprehensive volume. This invaluable tool to the film and television scriptwriter offers two especially unique features: It contains valuable information on writing for TV (most books just cover film or tv, not both), and secondly, it contains a full chapter on Comedy (other books briefly touch this genre). Chock full of sample scripts and scenes, this book provides readers with the techniques that will enable them to move from concept to draft to final script with ease. Topics include: the writing process; choosing a story; character development; story structure; television narrative; comedy; dialogue/sound/music; marketing the script; and much more. Ideal for both novice and experienced screenwriters.

The American Humorist Conscience of the Twentieth Century

War work , politics , screenwriting , and personal problems largely account for this
, but the legitimate theater too has taken up part of her time . In 1924 , she
collaborated with Elmer Rice on a play , “ Soft Music , " which had a short run in
1929 ...

Author: Norris Wilson Yates

Publisher: Ames : Iowa State University Press

ISBN: PSU:000029578177

Category: American literature

Page: 410

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"The LIVES - IDEAS - ATTITUDES of such celebrated writers as Ade, Mencken, Benchley, Dunne, Lardner, Perelman, Rogers, Marquis, Thurber and others"--Front cover of dust jacket.

The American Humorist Conscience of the Twentieth Century

War work , politics , screenwriting , and personal problems largely account for this
, but the legitimate theater too has taken up part of her time . In 1924 , she
collaborated with Elmer Rice on a play , “ Soft Music , ” which had a short run in
1929 ...

Author: Norris W. Yates





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Everybody Wins

A Screenplay Arthur Miller. (although not this one). They are like a guilty
conscience arriving at the scene of a crime, necessary for upholding civilization
but not really much fun. Their presence crowds the director, inhibits the actors.

Author: Arthur Miller

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 0802132006

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 109

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"Everybody Wins," with a provocative preface on the role of language in screenwriting is a richly atmospheric, masterfully plotted suspense story, but of course, in the hands of Arthur Miller, it is much more.