Secrets of Film Writing

Secrets of Film Writing takes you behind the scenes of feature and television writing and demystifies, once and for all, the Hollywood System.

Author: Tom Lazarus

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429937856

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Most books about screenplays instruct on three-act structure, character arcs, and how to format a script. But you already know all that. Secrets of Film Writing reveals a working writer's secrets-the tips, short cuts, tricks, and insider advice that will get your story down on paper, maximize your idea, and seduce your readers. Do you know why actors pick scripts out of a stack? Why montage sequences don't work? Why the traditional three-act structure is obsolete? Lazarus lifts the veil with dozens of secrets like these. Lazarus's insights and techniques will smooth and improve any screenwriter's process and will make any script more readable and ultimately more salable. Secrets of Film Writing takes you behind the scenes of feature and television writing and demystifies, once and for all, the Hollywood System.

Screenwriting Secrets in Genre Film

By the conclusion of the book, readers will also understand the how?s and why?s of pulling elements from other genres to enrich a story for cross-genre appeal. What the Reviewers say .

Author: Sally J. Walker

Publisher: The Fiction Works

ISBN: 9781581249538

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 247

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Are they absolutely necessary? No, but you will short-change your education by not analyzing them with Sally?s explanations. Exercises and assignments will allow the driven writer to step-by-step complete his or her own screenplay if committed to the assignments. By the conclusion of the book, readers will also understand the how?s and why?s of pulling elements from other genres to enrich a story for cross-genre appeal. What the Reviewers say ... ?Sally Walker?s Screenwriting Secrets in Genre Film is a comprehensive, valuable resource that can benefit writers of many different levels. There are useful tips, strategies, examples, and recommendations throughout.? ?Stephanie Palmer, former MGM executive and CEO of Good in a Room ?I wish that I had material like this for those hungry young minds who moved beyond screenwriting fundamentals in my previous years at UCLA.

Rewriting Secrets for Screenwriters

Tom Lazarus--author of "Stigmata", among other scripts--is a working screenwriter and professor at UCLA extension. In this book, he's distilled his own experience and that of other screenwriters into a system.

Author: Tom Lazarus

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1429906359

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Every screenwriter needs to rewrite—more than once, probably many times—to make the story work and then to make a sale. And then again later on, to please producers, studios or stars. Tom Lazarus--author of "Stigmata", among other scripts--is a working screenwriter and professor at UCLA extension. In this book, he's distilled his own experience and that of other screenwriters into a system. SECRETS OF FILM REWRITING will teach writers how to: -prioritize big scenes -track transitions -plot corrections -add new information -pass through for dialogue -do an "on the nose" rewrite Hugely valuable to first-time screenwriters and to grizzled veterans of Hollywood pitch wars alike, SECRETS OF SCREENPLAY REWRITING is larded with humor and attitude as well as information. Its anatomy of a screenplay rewrite breaks down the book's lessons into their practical application—a must for anyone looking for a break in the film business.

Top Secrets for Writing Producing and Directing a Low Budget Short Film

It discusses how to write a short script, prepare it for production with a scene breakdown or storyboard, direct the film or work with a director, audition and cast the actors, participate in the shoot, work with an editor, and promote your ...

Author: Gini Graham Scott

Publisher: Booktango

ISBN: 9781468929300

Category: Performing Arts

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It's a comprehensive step-by-step overview of how to complete a low-budget short film and get it shown. It discusses how to write a short script, prepare it for production with a scene breakdown or storyboard, direct the film or work with a director, audition and cast the actors, participate in the shoot, work with an editor, and promote your film.

Lew Hunter s Screenwriting 434

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.

Author: Lew Hunter

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399529861

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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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.

Secrets of Screenwriting

The final and the most important secret of screenwriting is to finish a draft. Give
yourself a meaningful deadline, and type the script. Your idea becomes a loose
concept, then a brief outline, a formal structure, a rough draft, a final draft, then a ...

Author: Professor Bradley

Publisher: Professor Bradley

ISBN: 9781777017835

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 250

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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.

Writing Short Films

This new edition has been completely updated and revised along with the addition of several new chapters. Currently, this title remains the best selling university text book on writing short film screenplays.

Author: Linda J. Cowgill

Publisher: Lone Eagle

ISBN: 9780307875143

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 275

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This new edition has been completely updated and revised along with the addition of several new chapters. Currently, this title remains the best selling university text book on writing short film screenplays.

Stuck

Get this book, and get yourself unstuck.

Author: Josh Miller

Publisher: Brush Education

ISBN: 9781550597837

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Maybe you have a great idea for a movie, and you're thinking to yourself, "Man, if I only knew how to write a screenplay." Maybe you've started your screenplay already, but you get to a certain point where you JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT! Or maybe you've already finished your screenplay, printed it out, read it over again, hated it, and burned it in your trash can (but you saved a backup). Don't give up on your dreams just yet--not until you've read this book. Over the course of his successful career as a writer and producer, Josh Miller has learned plenty about the art of screenwriting. There are no fancy tricks or shortcuts to making a great screenplay, just time-honored techniques, fundamental story elements, and one secret ingredient: you. Josh will show you how to craft a compelling story and deploy advanced techniques used by professional screenwriters, but most importantly, he'll teach you how to harness your unique voice, experience and perspective to give your screenplay real substance. Get this book, and get yourself unstuck.

Screenwriting Tricks for Authors and Screenwriters

Alex dissects the elements of story-telling with clarity, wit and wisdom. Don't thank me-buy the damn book!

Author: Alexandra Sokoloff

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1508511373

Category:

Page: 404

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Are you finally committed to writing that novel or screenplay, but have no idea how to get started? Or are you a published author, but know you need some plotting help to move your books and career up to that next level? You CAN write better books and scripts-by learning from the movies. Screenwriting is based on a simple (and powerful) structure that you already know from watching so many movies and television shows in your lifetime. And it's a structure that your reader or audience unconsciously expects, and is crucial for you to deliver. In this textbook of the internationally acclaimed SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS workshop, award-winning author/screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff will show you how to jump-start your plot and bring your characters and scenes vibrantly alive on the page by watching your favorite movies and learning from the storytelling tricks of great filmmakers: The High Concept Premise The Three-Act, Eight-Sequence Structure The Storyboard Grid The Index Card Method of Plotting The Setpiece Scene Techniques of film pacing and suspense, character arc and drive, visual storytelling, and building image systems. Based on the internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshops and blog, this new print edition incorporates all the basic information from the first Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbook and doubles the material, including ten full story breakdowns. The textbook-quality edition is 8 x 10 inches and lies open flat for easy highlighting and note-taking. For information on books, workshops, and free Story Structure extras, go to www.ScreenwritingTricks.com REVIEWS: "Alex Sokoloff's STEALING HOLLYWOOD is the owner's manual that belongs in every writer's toolkit. Alex dissects the elements of story-telling with clarity, wit and wisdom. Don't thank me-buy the damn book!" -Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Ladies' Night and Summer Rental "I'd already written fifteen novels by the time I met Alex and discovered her unique approach to structuring fiction. She changed my entire writing process for the better. I couldn't live without my three-act storyboard! Alex is a gifted and generous teacher and author, and STEALING HOLLYWOOD is a must-have book for new and seasoned writers alike." -International bestselling author Diane Chamberlain "Sokoloff's advice is spot-on, and her teaching style is direct and effective. A must-have book for authors and screenwriters." -JA Konrath, bestselling author of A Newbie's Guide To Publishing "Whether you're an old pro or an apprehensive beginner, Alex Sokoloff offers a sensible nuts-and-bolts approach that puts you in control of your material." -Margaret Maron, Edgar(r), Agatha, Anthony & Macavity Award-winning author of the Deborah Knott mysteries "Sokoloff is a generous mentor with the gifted ability to address a storyteller's practical concerns while encouraging artistic integrity and every author's unique voice. Only three of my half dozen novels have been written with her unwitting guidance, but I can guarantee that with this book at my fingertips, all my future work-and my reading audience-will benefit from her advice. Recommended without reservation." -Vicki Pettersson, bestselling author of the Sign of the Zodiac seri

Crazy Screenwriting Secrets

In the second half, the book covers professional business side of the ever-changing industry by taking the reader through the work flow of Hollywood and explores how to work creatively with international countries like China in producing ...

Author: Weiko Lin

Publisher:

ISBN: 1615933018

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

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Through a "Crazy" approach in writing the feature screenplay, the first half of the book guides the reader in how to create and develop: Story Idea, Characters, One Page Step Outline, and the solid script. In the second half, the book covers professional business side of the ever-changing industry by taking the reader through the work flow of Hollywood and explores how to work creatively with international countries like China in producing movies that resonate with a global audience.

The Definitive Guide To Screenwriting

Written for all levels of screenwriters, this is an indispensable reference book for anyone who wants to make money as a great screenwriter.

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781409024132

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

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Published for the first time in the UK, Syd Field, acclaimed writer and director, tells you step-by-step how to identify and fix common screenwriting problems, providing the professional secrets that make films brilliant - secrets that can make your screenplay a success. He provides easily understood guidelines for writing a screenplay, from concept to finished product. The art of film-writing is made accessible to novices and helps practiced writers improve their scripts, as the author pinpoints stylistic and structural elements such as characterisation and plot. Tips and techniques on what to do after your screenplay has been completed and much more are all here. There are also practical examples from films which Syd Field has collaborated on such as Lord of the Rings, American Beauty and The Pianist. Written for all levels of screenwriters, this is an indispensable reference book for anyone who wants to make money as a great screenwriter.

Screenwriting for the 21st Century

If you've got the talent, here are the screenwriting techniques.

Author: Pat Silver-Lasky

Publisher: B T Batsford Limited

ISBN: 0713488336

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 137

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If you've got the talent, here are the screenwriting techniques. Learn all the basics--and way beyond--of writing for film and television. Pat Silver-Lasky, who has worked in the business for more than 20 years and taught screenwriting at universities, reveals all the secrets of creating a film script that could become an international blockbuster. From organizing the plot to selling the final product, this unique guide discusses: * The elements of a screenplay, constructing a scene, and character vs. characterization * How comedies translate in the international market * Adapting a novel for film * Ways to work with a formula without being formulaic * Procedures for getting a script accepted, both in Hollywood and in the UK * Marketing and the international marketplace of the 21st century, including how to protect your material. It could be the key to a screenwriting Oscar.

Secrets of the Screen Trade

These theories make up the core of this book. Ury covers everything from developing a marketable screenplay, to creating viable villains, to writing effective set pieces, to pleasing professionals readers and studio executives.

Author: Allen B. Ury

Publisher: Lone Eagle Publishing Company, LLC

ISBN: UOM:39015059580681

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 165

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Everyone in the industry -- from the 'D-girl' to the most powerful mogul -- is by now familiar with 'the three-act paradigm' and knows its rules. Ury has developed his own set of rules and guidelines that have been tested against hundreds of screenplays. These theories make up the core of this book. Ury covers everything from developing a marketable screenplay, to creating viable villains, to writing effective set pieces, to pleasing professionals readers and studio executives.

How to Make a Movie

With this background, I believed I have developed some insights in the learning process. This book is meant to be a primer for all, from the first time filmmaker to the advanced professional. The concept is to teach by example.

Author: Sumner Glimcher

Publisher: Westminster Productions Incorporated

ISBN: 0615480993

Category:

Page: 122

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I have spent about one third of my career, some twenty years, in teaching at Harvard, my alma mater, Columbia University for ten years, and NYU for eight, where I was the Director of the "Department of Film, Video and Broadcasting" at NYU's School of Continuing Education. At the latter position, I was largely responsible for creating the finest film program on the East Coast. With this background, I believed I have developed some insights in the learning process. This book is meant to be a primer for all, from the first time filmmaker to the advanced professional. The concept is to teach by example. I have made some three-dozen films in every genre imaginable, which have won dozens of awards. For this book, my plan was to write some twenty chapters, each about a specific work, and then describe one unique aspect of that film. After writing about that aspect (music, montage, aerial photography, narration, etc.) I then embed a link to an excerpt from that film (or in one case the entire film) so that the reader may view the video on his/her device or computer, and watch how that situation was resolved. Presumably reading of the problem and then seeing its resolution might inspire readers how to find their own solutions in the work they are either currently doing, or for the future. When students ask, "what is the most important rule to follow in making a film," I answer, "enjoy every minute of what you are doing."

Essentials of Screenwriting

There is never a shortage of aspiring screenwriters, and this book is their bible.

Author: Richard Walter

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101664681

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

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Hollywood's premier teacher of screenwriting shares the secrets of writing and selling successful screenplays in this perfect gift for aspiring screenwriters. Anyone fortunate enough to win a seat in Professor Richard Walter's legendary class at UCLA film school can be confident their career has just taken a quantum leap forward. His students have written more than ten projects for Steven Spielberg alone, plus hundreds of other Hollywood blockbusters and prestigious indie productions, including two Oscar winners for best original screenplay—Milk (2008) and Sideways (2006). In this updated edition, Walter integrates his highly coveted lessons and principles from Screenwriting with material from his companion text, The Whole Picture, and includes new advice on how to turn a raw idea into a great movie or TV script-and sell it. There is never a shortage of aspiring screenwriters, and this book is their bible.

Aristotle s Poetics for Screenwriters

Builds on the philosophies of the original writer's guide to consider the fundamentals of screenwriting while highlighting particular aspects of Aristotle's work, covering such topics as plot development, dialogue, and dramatic unity.

Author: Michael Tierno

Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 0786887400

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 167

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Builds on the philosophies of the original writer's guide to consider the fundamentals of screenwriting while highlighting particular aspects of Aristotle's work, covering such topics as plot development, dialogue, and dramatic unity. Original. 30,000 first printing.

The Art of Plotting

The complete, clear guide to creating compelling plots for film -Integrate plot, characterization, and exposition to make stories real - Examples from new and classic movies examine great plots in action Plot must be as much about the ...

Author: Linda J. Cowgill

Publisher: Lone Eagle

ISBN: 9780307875136

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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The complete, clear guide to creating compelling plots for film -Integrate plot, characterization, and exposition to make stories real - Examples from new and classic movies examine great plots in action Plot must be as much about the emotions of the characters as it is about the events of the story. That’s the message of The Art of Plotting, which teaches screenwriters how to integrate plot, characterization, and exposition to make stories compelling. Using examples from recent and classic movies, author Linda J. Cowgill demonstrates how the plot springs naturally from the characters--and how that technique makes audiences connect with the story on a more intimate level. Examples include American Beauty, Shakespeare in Love, Erin Brockovich, Spider-Man, Chinatown, Jaws, and more. Easy exercises reveal common plot problems and help writers overcome them. Clear and easy to understand and to use, The Art of Plotting shows exactly how great plotting evolves from characters caught in life-changing conflicts--and how to create great plots driven by that idea.

Alone in a Room

This book tackles the hard truths that other screenwriting books are afraid to confront. Film and TV writing is the most competitive literary field in the world and if an aspiring does not get the work done properly, he or she will fail.

Author: John Scott Lewinski

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015059152655

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 211

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This book tackles the hard truths that other screenwriting books are afraid to confront. Film and TV writing is the most competitive literary field in the world and if an aspiring does not get the work done properly, he or she will fail.