The Four Magic Questions of Screenwriting

Offers a technique for composing, writing, and editing a screenplay based on four questions about the main character's underlying motivations and goals.

Author: Marilyn Horowitz

Publisher: Artmar Productions

ISBN: 0979908949

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 103

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Offers a technique for composing, writing, and editing a screenplay based on four questions about the main character's underlying motivations and goals.

Now Write Screenwriting

She's written five books on screenwriting, including her latest, The Four Magic Questions of Screen writing. When I sold my first novel and was asked to adapt it into a screenplay, it seemed impossible even though I was a film-school ...

Author: Sherry Ellis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101486078

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

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

Rocliffe Notes for Screenwriters

... The Four Magic Questions of Screenwriting (books and seminars) • Michael Hauge – Writing Screenplays That Sell • Phil Parker – The Writers' Factory (courses in the UK) • Pilar Alessandra – The Coffee Break Screenwriter, On the Page ...

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.

Maverick Screenwriting

Maverick Screenwriting is about getting back to the original magic of the movies and showing us something we've never seen before. It's about finding the form that fits the theme. It's about asking the big questions in life, ...

Author: Josh Golding

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408154939

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 382

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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.

Screenwriting

Some examples of feature films with strong dramatic questions might be A concert pianist's hands are damaged in an ... 4. Write down all your interests or passions, in any order. Group your interests together, to find a pattern ...

Author: Paul Kooperman

Publisher: Insight Publications

ISBN: 9781921088810

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

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An essential resource to help you master the craft and connect you with the world of screenwriting.

David Mamet

Mamet identifies himself here as a filmmaker rather than segregating himself as a screenwriter or director. It is one of his most sustained and successful ... The Three Magic Questions,” Mamet sets out one principle and three questions.

Author: I. Nadel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230378728

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 294

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This comprehensive biography uses extensive theater and film archives to reveal Mamet's ideas on writing, acting, and directing, covering his beginnings in Chicago, his relationship to Judaism and reputation for machismo, as well as discussions of and excerpts from early plays and stories that have never before been referenced in print.

Naked Screenwriting

Twenty-Two Oscar-Winning Screenwriters Bare Their Secrets to Writing Lew Hunter. for me. You get a kind of energy and magic from your resources that are not normally available to you. It's good to go through that.

Author: Lew Hunter

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781538137963

Category:

Page: 530

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Through interviews with world-renowned UCLA screenwriting professor Lew Hunter, Oscar-winning screenwriters and multiple award-winners reveal their Hollywood secrets in crafting brilliant stories and methodology. Interviewees include Francis Ford Coppola, William Golden, Alexander Payne, Ernest Lehman, Horton Foote and Billy Wilde.

Screenwriting is Storytelling

BECOMING A STORYTELLER Screenwriting Is Storytelling is meant to give you the foundation and tools necessary to develop your ... Storytellers begin by asking questions like “ What is a story ? ... “ Is there a secret to the magic ?

Author: Kate Wright

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 039953024X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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While most screenwriting books focus on format and structure, Kate Wright explains how to put story at the center of a screenplay. A compelling story, complete with intriguing characters and situations created with these screenwriting tricks of the trade can become a box office blockbuster film. Screenwriters will learn: - Developing themes within the plot - Using structure to define the story - Creating memorable characters - Establishing moral dilemmas and conflicts - Achieving classic elements of storytelling in a three-act dramatic structure - Mastering different genres

Magic

Starting out as a boy in the Catskills, Corky develops into a brilliant and famous magician whose long-hidden secret and expert skills attract dark forces intent on destroying him

Author: William Goldman

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015056199758

Category: Fiction

Page: 243

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Starting out as a boy in the Catskills, Corky develops into a brilliant and famous magician whose long-hidden secret and expert skills attract dark forces intent on destroying him

Real Screenwriting

Isolate the most interested person there and ask him a question related to your story , such as " If the genie gave you the magic lamp and you ... Making the Pitch Here is Marc Norman's winning pitch for 74 Chapter 4 - The Art of the Pitch.

Author: Ron Suppa

Publisher: Course Technology

ISBN: STANFORD:36105114533263

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 409

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This book covers the field of screenwriting in an enthusiastic, passionate, optimistic, but also (at times painfully) honest voice that cuts to the chase of the business of writing a screenplay. It also will cover areas that have only been marginally treated elsewhere -- such as the ins, outs, and hot tips on the art of pitching, developing contacts both in and out of Los Angeles and New York, using publicity to build your profile, the possibilities, pitfalls, and practical advantages to producing and/or directing it yourself, etc. It will use personal stories, anecdotes, and lessons learned as well as using topical and classic movie scripts to illustrate points of the art, craft, and business.

Going to the Movies

What makes a great movie great? ... An actor legendary? ... A screenplay extraordinary or just ordinary? Syd Field has spent a lifetime seeking answers to these questions.

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 9780307569578

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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Featuring insights ... analysis ... great films and filmmakers from “the most-sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world” (The Hollywood Reporter). A life in film. An extraordinary career. An unforgettable story — from noted lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author Syd Field. What makes a great movie great? ... An actor legendary? ... A screenplay extraordinary or just ordinary? Syd Field has spent a lifetime seeking answers to these questions. His bestselling books on the art and craft of screenwriting have become the film industry’s gold standard. Now Syd Field tells his own remarkable story, sharing the insight and experience gleaned from an extraordinary career. Using classic movies from the past and present — from Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane to Andy and Larry Wachowski’s The Matrix — Field provides a guided tour of the basic elements common to all great films. Learn what makes La Grande Illusion a groundbreaking, timeless classic ... how Casablanca teaches one of the most important elements of creating memorable characters for the screen ... why Pulp Fiction might be one of the most influential films of our time. Discover the legendary filmmakers, films, and stars who shaped Field’s understanding of the medium.... Meet Jean Renoir, the great French director who steered his young Berkeley protégé away from medicine into film.... Watch a dazzling young Francis Ford Coppola as he directs his thesis film at UCLA.... Spend an amazing summer with Sam Peckinpah as he shares the screenwriting techniques behind his classic western The Wild Bunch. Rich in anecdote and insight, Going to the Movies will both entertain and inform, deepening every moviegoer’s appreciation of the magic behind the silver screen.

Going to the Movies A Personal Journey Through Four Decades of Modern Film

The bestselling author of Screenwriting and The Screenwriter's Workbook shares the exciting highlights that have shaped his career and taught him to understand and appreciate the magic behind the silver screen.

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Turtleback Books

ISBN: 1417713143

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page:

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Featuring insights ... analysis ... great films and filmmakers from "the most-sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world" "(The Hollywood Reporter)." A life in film. An extraordinary career. An unforgettable story -- from noted lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author Syd Field. What makes a great movie great? ... An actor legendary? ... A screenplay extraordinary or just ordinary? Syd Field has spent a lifetime seeking answers to these questions. His bestselling books on the art and craft of screenwriting have become the film industry's gold standard. Now Syd Field tells his own remarkable story, sharing the insight and experience gleaned from an extraordinary career. Using classic movies from the past and present -- from Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane to Andy and Larry Wachowski's "The Matrix -- Field provides a guided tour of the basic elements common to all great films. Learn what makes "La Grande Illusion a groundbreaking, timeless classic ... how "Casablanca teaches one of the most important elements of creating memorable characters for the screen ... why "Pulp Fiction might be one of the most influential films of our time. Discover the legendary filmmakers, films, and stars who shaped Field's understanding of the medium.... Meet Jean Renoir, the great French director who steered his young Berkeley protege away from medicine into film.... Watch a dazzling young Francis Ford Coppola as he directs his thesis film at UCLA.... Spend an amazing summer with Sam Peckinpah as he shares the screenwriting techniques behind his classic western "The Wild Bunch. Rich in anecdote and insight, Going to the Movies will both entertain and inform, deepeningevery moviegoer's appreciation of the magic behind the silver screen.

Writing Short Films

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

Author: Linda J. Cowgill

Publisher: Lone Eagle Publishing Company

ISBN: UOM:39015062829034

Category: Gardening

Page: 256

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Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Lucas all began their careers making a short film. By contrasting and comparing the differences and similarities between feature films and short films, 'Writing Short Films, 2nd Edition', offers readers the essential requirements necessary to make their writing crisp, sharp and compelling. Emphasising characters, structure, dialogue and story, Linda Cowgill dispels the 'magic formula' concept that screenplays can be constructed by anyone with a word processor and a script formatting program. This new edition has been completely updated and revised along with the addition of several new chapters and new film examples. Currently, this title remains the best selling university text book on writing short film screenplays.

Telling Science Stories

... just ask yourself those same questions. Think in turning points and plot twists that changed your state of knowledge. The greatest thing about turning points? They are strongly cause and effect-based. Their “magic” lies in being ...

Author: Martin W. Angler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351035088

Category: Social Science

Page: 262

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A practical manual for anyone who wants to turn scientific facts into gripping science stories, this book provides an overview of story elements and structure, guidance on where to locate them in scientific papers and a step-by-step guide to applying storytelling techniques to writing about science. In this book, Martin W. Angler outlines basic storytelling elements to show how and where fledgling science storytellers can find them in scientific output. Journalistic techniques like selection through news values and narrative interviews are covered in dedicated chapters. A variety of writing techniques and approaches are presented as a way of framing science stories in ways that are informative and compelling in different media – from short films to news articles. Practical examples, selected interviews and case studies complement each chapter, with exercises and experimentation suggestions included for deeper understanding. Review questions at the end of each chapter cement the newly gained knowledge to make sure readers absorb it, with links to articles and online tools inviting further reading. A valuable resource for students of journalism and science communication as well as professional journalists, scientists and scientists-in-training who want to engage with the public or simply improve their journal papers. This book is a one-stop shop on science storytelling with a clear focus on providing practical techniques and advice on how to thrive as science writers and communicate science in all of its complexity.

The Essential Screenplay 3 Book Bundle

Screenplay: Foundations of Screenwriting, Screenwriter's Workbook, and Screenwriter's Problem Solver Syd Field ... the questions I knew there was no definitive answer—because building character is part of the mystery and magic of the ...

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9781101969595

Category: Reference

Page: 1040

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Hollywood’s script guru teaches you how to write a screenplay in the ultimate three-volume guide to writing for film, featuring “the ‘bible’ of screenwriting” (The New York Times), Screenplay—now celebrating forty years of screenwriting success! This blockbuster ebook bundle includes: SCREENPLAY: FOUNDATIONS OF SCREENWRITING • THE SCREENWRITER’S WORKBOOK • THE SCREENWRITER’S PROBLEM SOLVER Syd Field was “the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world” according to The Hollywood Reporter. His pioneering insights into structure, concept, and character launched innumerable careers. Now in one handy collection, his invaluable expertise is available to aspiring writers and working professionals alike. The Essential Screenplay contains Syd Field’s Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting, the industry standard for script development; The Screenwriter’s Workbook, a hands-on workshop full of practical exercises for creating successful screenplays; and The Screenwriter’s Problem Solver, a guide to identifying and fixing problems in your latest draft. Throughout, you’ll learn: • why the first ten pages of your script are crucially important • how to visually “grab” the reader from page one • what makes great stories work • the basics of writing dialogue • the essentials of creating great characters • how to adapt a novel, a play, or an article for the screen • the three ways to claim legal ownership of your work • tips for allowing your creative self to break free when you hit the “wall” • how to overcome writer’s block forever Featuring expert analysis of popular films including Pulp Fiction, Thelma & Louise, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Essential Screenplay will transform your initial idea into a screenplay that’s destined for success—and maybe even Cannes. Praise for Syd Field “The most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world.”—The Hollywood Reporter “Syd Field is the preeminent analyzer in the study of American screenplays.”—James L. Brooks, Academy Award–winning writer, director, producer

Creativity and Copyright

Although written with the writer in mind, I would easily argue it's also a must-know for filmmakers, producers, managers—a no-regrets resource that finally reveals the creative power to be unleashed by your own legal muscle."—Demetra J. ...

Author: John L. Geiger

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520303539

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 216

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Inspired by Strunk & White's The Elements of Style, this elegant, short reference is the perfect guide for screenwriters and creative artists looking to succeed as industry professionals. Readers will quickly understand the laws that govern creativity, idea-making, and selling, and learn how to protect themselves and their works from the legal quagmires they may encounter. Written by an unrivaled pair of experts, John L. Geiger and Howard Suber, who use real-life case studies to cover topics such as clearance, contracts, collaboration, and infringement, Creativity and Copyright is poised to become an indispensable resource for beginners and experts alike.

Script Magic

The reference librarian is also available to answer research questions with a four minute limit . ... Easier and more fun than research is learning about the company through conversations with fellow screenwriters .

Author: Marisa D'Vari

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000066156799

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 191

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This antidote for writer's block is one from which both professional and aspiring creative writers can benefit. Readers will learn to tap into the rich creative resources of the subconscious mind to revitalize their writing.

Roger Ebert s Four Star Reviews 1967 2007

Some movies work their magic in the minds of the audience; this one stays resolutely on the screen, ... but then, when his screenwriting skills are needed, negotiating for better food, wine, and cigarettes in order to keep working while ...

Author: Roger Ebert

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 9780740792175

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 944

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Spanning the length of Roger Ebert's career as the leading American movie critic, this book contains all of his four-star reviews written during that time. A great guide for movie watching.

The Best American Magazine Writing 2013

Terry Southern: The Art of Screenwriting would go on to write or contribute to the screenplays of Barbarella (1968), Easy Rider (1969), End of the Road (1969), and The Magic Christian (1969). His only other credited script to make it to ...

Author: Sid Holt

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231537063

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 544

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Chosen by the American Society of Magazine Editors, the stories in this anthology include National Magazine Award–winning works of public interest, reporting, feature writing, and fiction. This year's selections include Pamela Colloff (Texas Monthly) on the agonizing, decades-long struggle by a convicted murderer to prove his innocence; Dexter Filkins (The New Yorker) on the emotional effort by an Iraq War veteran to make amends for the role he played in the deaths of innocent Iraqis; Chris Jones (Esquire) on Robert A. Caro's epic, ongoing investigation into the life and work of Lyndon Johnson; Charles C. Mann (Orion) on the odds of human beings' survival as a species; and Roger Angell (The New Yorker) on aging, dying, and loss. The former infantryman Brian Mockenhaupt (Byliner) describes modern combat in Afghanistan and its ability both to forge and challenge friendships; Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic) reflects on the complex racial terrain traversed by Barack Obama; Frank Rich (New York) assesses Mitt Romney's ambiguous candidacy; and Dahlia Lithwick (Slate) looks at the current and future implications of an eventful year in Supreme Court history. The volume also includes an interview on the art of screenwriting with Terry Southern from The Paris Review and an award-winning short story by Stephen King published in Harper's magazine.