Scenario

Written by a highly-experienced and successful screenwriter, this is a book which not only instructs first-time writers how to go about their work but also serves as a valuable check-list for established authors, and for actors, directors ...

Author: Tudor Gates

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 1903364264

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 129

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Scenario: The Craft of Screenwriting presents a system of logical analysis of the basic structures of successful screenplays, from initial plot-lines to realised scripts. All the essential building blocks are discussed in depth: the need for a strong premise, the roles of protagonist and antagonist, the orchestration of plot, characters and dialogue leading to a clear resolution. Written by a highly-experienced and successful screenwriter, this is a book which not only instructs first-time writers how to go about their work but also serves as a valuable check-list for established authors, and for actors, directors and teachers, in their task of deconstructing and assessing the value of the material placed before them.

Craft of the Screenwriter

Six noted screenwriters offer advice to future writers and filmmakers, and discuss the craft--from researching to directing--in this collection of interviews.

Author: John Brady

Publisher: Touchstone

ISBN: 1476774749

Category: Drama

Page: 464

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The Craft of Interviewing

Brady has also filled the book with a myriad of anecdotes revealing the experiences of some of the best known interviewers of our times. A noteworthy appendix on the history of the interview is included.

Author: John Brady

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307778284

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 260

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John Brady, editor of Writer's Digest and himself an accomplished interviewer, has put together an indispensable guide to the art of questioning. In a lively, down-to-earth manner, "The Craft of Interviewing" covers all aspects of the interview process -- getting the interview, doing research, handling the subject face-to-face, hurdling hazards, getting tough, taking notes (on the sly, if need be), taping, dealing with off-the-record types, concluding the interview, verifying it, and writing it up. Brady has also filled the book with a myriad of anecdotes revealing the experiences of some of the best known interviewers of our times. A noteworthy appendix on the history of the interview is included.

Good Scripts Bad Scripts

Explains how to structure a screenplay and develop characters for film, using as examples movies from "Citizen Kane" and "Casablanca" to "Cutthroat Island" and "The Bonfire of the Vanities"

Author: Thomas Pope

Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)

ISBN: 0609801198

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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Explains how to structure a screenplay and develop characters for film, using as examples movies from "Citizen Kane" and "Casablanca" to "Cutthroat Island" and "The Bonfire of the Vanities"

The Screenwriter s Way

Designed by a working Hollywood screenwriter, this breakthrough guide empowers you to successfully tackle the hundreds of choices you will face in every act, on every page, in every scene.

Author: Brian Craft

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1492833738

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 142

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THE SCREENWRITERS WAY is for writers that want to take action and get writing NOW! Designed by a working Hollywood screenwriter, this breakthrough guide empowers you to successfully tackle the hundreds of choices you will face in every act, on every page, in every scene. - Clarify and magnify your story idea in 6 easy steps. - Develop fully dimensional characters with the simple biography questionnaire. - Build your story foundation with the no-nonsense structure guide. - Unlock the power of your scenes with the straightforward Scene Primer. Free of the fluff and philosophy that can bog down other books, THE SCREENWRITER'S WAY takes you on a laser focused, step-by-step journey to clarify your idea and maximize your writing choices. It will teach you how to write EFFECTIVELY, allowing you to focus your creative energy and unleash your big screen success!THE SCREENWRITERS WAYMaster the craft. Free the art. Sell your script!

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 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 recent 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.

On Story Screenwriters and Their Craft

STILLMAN: I'd like to give my reading list because there were some things that
seemed terribly helpful. One is a book of interviews with screenwriters called The
Craft of the Screenwriter by John Brady. He does a really wonderful interview, ...

Author: Austin Film Festival

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292756274

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 196

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Austin Film Festival (AFF) is the first organization of its kind to focus on the writer’s creative contribution to film. Its annual Film Festival and Conference offers screenings, panels, workshops, and roundtable discussions that help new writers and filmmakers connect with mentors and gain advice and insight from masters, as well as refreshing veterans with new ideas. To extend the Festival’s reach, AFF produces On Story, a television series currently airing on PBS-affiliated stations and streaming online that presents footage of high-caliber artists talking candidly and provocatively about the art and craft of screenwriting and filmmaking, often using examples from their own films. This book distills the advice of renowned, award-winning screenwriters who have appeared on On Story, including John Lee Hancock, Peter Hedges, Lawrence Kasdan, Whit Stillman, Robin Swicord, and Randall Wallace. In their own lively words and stories transcribed from interviews and panel discussions, they cover the entire development of a screenplay, from inspiration, story, process, structure, characters, and dialogue to rewriting and collaboration. Their advice is fresh, practical, and proven—these writers know how to tell a story on screen. Enjoy this collection of ideas and use it to jumpstart your own screenwriting career.

The Craft of Professional Writing

Screenwriter. and. Playwright. In this chapter we look at two types of writing that
appear in very different ways, but structurally, are nearly identical. Both are dialog
-driven and both involve actors and actresses who perform the author's words ...

Author: Michael S. Malone

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9781783088317

Category: Reference

Page: 332

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The Craft of Professional Writing is the most complete book ever written about the real-life work of being a writer. Covering topics ranging from business writing (advertising, PR) to commercial work (news reporting, feature writing, blogging, non-fiction books) to creative writing (screenplays and novels), as well as advice on pitching, rejection and leading a writer’s life, the narrative is filled with anecdotes and illuminating stories, as well as tricks of the trade in each form of writing. For the student, The Craft of Professional Writing is the most wide-ranging and practical textbook on the subject. Designed to be an instructional text for producing professional-level work, it is also a survey of the various writing professions to enable budding writers to make career decisions. For the professional, this book is the ultimate reference work—offering practical tips and advice they can return to again and again to help them through various phases of their career.

The Creative Screenwriter

This is a book to return to again and again.

Author: Craig Batty

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408155196

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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This is a book for aspiring screenwriters who want to establish a powerful writing practice; a manual for teachers and students seeking inspiring exercises to encourage discussion and reflection; and a handbook for professionals wanting to hone their craft and solve specific writing problems. It is a book that will help rekindle the creative spark, remind you why you enjoy writing, and create new ways to help you expertly express the stories you want to tell - and sell!

The Screenwriter s Roadmap

Using clear, engaging language he gets to the root of those fundamental issues
confronting not screenwriters alone, but ... Reading his book, artists will achieve a
fresh perspective on virtually every aspect of the craft and business of writing for ...

Author: Neil Landau

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136071904

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 204

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Finally, a GPS system for screenwriters! The potentially long and arduous journey of writing a screenplay was just made easier to navigate with The Screenwriter's Roadmap. Avoid the wrong turns, dead ends, gaping p(l)otholes, and other obstacles that result in frustration , wasted time, and wasted energy. The Screenwriter's Roadmap keeps you on track and helps you reach your destination- a finished, professional quality screenplay. Neil Landau, a successful Hollywood screenwriter and script doctor with over 2 decades of experience, provides you with 21 Guideposts, that if implemented, will help you nail down your screenplay's story structure, deepen its character arcs, bolster stakes, heighten suspense, and diagnose and repair its potential weaknesses. These Guideposts are based on field-tested, in-the-trenches experiences that have been proven to work. The Guideposts are augmented by interactive exercises, end of chapter "homework" assignments, examples from the latest blockbusters, as well as over 20 interviews with some of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters and directors, including David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel), David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, Panic Room, War of the Worlds, Angels & Demons), Melissa Rosenberg (The Twilight Saga: Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Dexter (TV)), and Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Insider, Munich, The Good Shepherd, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close). .

The Way of Story the Craft and Soul of Writing

Anthony Minghella , screenwriter and director of The English Patient and The
Talented Mr . Ripley , in an interview published in Written By ( February 2000 ) ,
the magazine of the screenwriters union , Writers Guild of America , says this 72
THE ...

Author: Cathrine Ann Jones

Publisher:

ISBN: 0976535203

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 195

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No other writing book offers the solid craft to guarantee a good story along with the intangible inner dimensions of writing. The Way of Story is an integrative approach to writing narrative, illustrated with examples from various genres and insights from the author's own professional journey. Craft alone is not enough. It is the integration of both solid craft and experiential inner discovery that makes this book on writing unique.

Off the Page

Today's writer—“screenwriter 2.0”—writes in the era of media convergence, an
era that foreshadows the end of cinema as we think we know it. This new or
convergent screenwriter is likely to practice her craft in new media and across
multiple ...

Author: Daniel Bernardi

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520285644

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 310

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Introduction: screenwriting off the page -- Millennial manic: crisis and change in the business of screenwriting -- Atop the tentpole: hollywood screenwriting today -- Running the room: screenwriting in expanded television -- New markets and microbudgets: "independent" storytellers -- Screenwriter 2.0: the legitimation of writing for video games -- Conclusion: scripting boundaries

Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect

Crafting Short Screenplays that Connect introduces the essential element of 'human connection' - the ability to 'touch' the reader or observer - to the screenwriting and story creation process for short films.

Author: Claudia H. Johnson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136051210

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 343

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Crafting Short Screenplays that Connect introduces the essential element of 'human connection' - the ability to 'touch' the reader or observer - to the screenwriting and story creation process for short films. Claudia Hunter Johnson teaches the craft of short screenplay writing by guiding you through carefully focused writing exercises of increasing length and complexity. You will learn how to think more deeply about the screenwriter's purposes, craft an effective pattern of human change, and hone your vision and process for your short screenplays.

Film Genre for the Screenwriter

Screenwriting is acknowledged as being both an art and a craft. The craft of
screenwriting challenges the writer's ability to recognize a good story and
understand the techniques necessary to identify and balance the most dramatic
elements in ...

Author: Jule Selbo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317695684

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 324

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Film Genre for the Screenwriter is a practical study of how classic film genre components can be used in the construction of a screenplay. Based on Jule Selbo’s popular course, this accessible guide includes an examination of the historical origins of specific film genres, how and why these genres are received and appreciated by film-going audiences, and how the student and professional screenwriter alike can use the knowledge of film genre components in the ideation and execution of a screenplay. Explaining the defining elements, characteristics and tropes of genres from romantic comedy to slasher horror, and using examples from classic films like Casablanca alongside recent blockbuster franchises like Harry Potter, Selbo offers a compelling and readable analysis of film genre in its written form. The book also offers case studies, talking points and exercises to make its content approachable and applicable to readers and writers across the creative field.

On Film making

In this impressive volume, edited by Paul Cronin, the myriad materials that made Mackendrick's reputation as an instructor are collected for the first time, offering a chance for professionals as well as students to discover a methodology ...

Author: Alexander Mackendrick

Publisher:

ISBN: 0571215610

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 293

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A priceless examination of the filmmaker's craft, from the renowned director of Sweet Smell of Success After more than twenty years in the film industry as a screenwriter, storyboard editor, and director of memorable films such as The Ladykillers, Alexander Mackendrick turned his back on Hollywood and began a new career as the Dean of one of the country's most demanding and influential film schools. His absolute devotion to the craft of filmmaking served as a powerful impetus to students at the California Institute for the Arts for almost twenty five years, with a teaching style that included prodigious notes, neatly crafted storyboards, and handouts containing excerpts of works by Kierkegaard, Aristotle, and others. At the core of Mackendrick's lessons lay a deceptively simple goal: to teach aspiring filmmakers how to structure and write the stories they want to tell, while using the devices particular to the medium of film to tell their stories effectively. In this impressive volume, edited by Paul Cronin, the myriad materials that made Mackendrick's reputation as an instructor are collected for the first time, offering a chance for professionals as well as students to discover a methodology of filmmaking that is challenging yet refreshing in its clarity. Meticulously illustrated and drawing on examples from such classic films as North by Northwest, Citizen Kane, and Touch of Evil, Mackendrick's elegant lessons are sure to provide inspiration for a new generation of filmmakers.

Visions of Belonging

See also John Brady's interview with Chayefsky in the late spring of 1981, shortly
before his death, in The Craft of the Screenwriter: Interviews with Six Celebrated
Screenwriters (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982), pp. 29–83. Considine ...

Author: Judith E. Smith

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231509268

Category: History

Page: 480

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Visions of Belonging explores how beloved and still-remembered family stories—A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, I Remember Mama, Gentleman's Agreement, Death of a Salesman, Marty, and A Raisin in the Sun—entered the popular imagination and shaped collective dreams in the postwar years and into the 1950s. These stories helped define widely shared conceptions of who counted as representative Americans and who could be recognized as belonging. The book listens in as white and black authors and directors, readers and viewers reveal divergent, emotionally textured, and politically charged social visions. Their diverse perspectives provide a point of entry into an extraordinary time when the possibilities for social transformation seemed boundless. But changes were also fiercely contested, especially as the war's culture of unity receded in the resurgence of cold war anticommunism, and demands for racial equality were met with intensifying white resistance. Judith E. Smith traces the cultural trajectory of these family stories, as they circulated widely in bestselling paperbacks, hit movies, and popular drama on stage, radio, and television. Visions of Belonging provides unusually close access to a vibrant conversation among white and black Americans about the boundaries between public life and family matters and the meanings of race and ethnicity. Would the new appearance of white working class ethnic characters expand Americans'understanding of democracy? Would these stories challenge the color line? How could these stories simultaneously show that black families belonged to the larger "family" of the nation while also representing the forms of danger and discriminations that excluded them from full citizenship? In the 1940s, war-driven challenges to racial and ethnic borderlines encouraged hesitant trespass against older notions of "normal." But by the end of the 1950s, the cold war cultural atmosphere discouraged probing of racial and social inequality and ultimately turned family stories into a comforting retreat from politics. The book crosses disciplinary boundaries, suggesting a novel method for cultural history by probing the social history of literary, dramatic, and cinematic texts. Smith's innovative use of archival research sets authorial intent next to audience reception to show how both contribute to shaping the contested meanings of American belonging.

Writing the Short Film

2. Aristotle, Poetics, ed. Francis Fergusson, trans. and introduction by S. H.
Butcher (New York: Hill and Wang, 1961), 62. Ibid., 72. Ibid., 87. 5. Quoted in
John Brady, The Craft of the Screenwriter (New York: Simon 8: Schuster, 1981),
115, 116.

Author: Patricia Cooper

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136048579

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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The short film is a unique narrative art form that, while lending itself to experimentation, requires tremendous discipline in following traditional filmic considerations. This book takes the student and novice screenwriter through the storytelling process- from conception, to visualization, to dramatization, to characterization and dialogue- and teaches them how to create a dramatic narrative that is at once short (approximately half an hour in length) and complete. Exercises, new examples of short screenplays, and an examination of various genres round out the discussion. NEW TO THE THIRD EDITION: new screenplays, a chapter on rewriting your script, and a chapter on the future of short films

Robert Mitchum

Brady, John. The Craft of the Screenwriter. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981.
Bragg, Melvyn. Richard Burton: A Life. Boston: Little, Brown, 1988. Britton,
Andrew. Talking Films: Best of the Guardian Lectures. London: Fourth Estate,
1992.

Author: Lee Server

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429908734

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 608

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One of the movies' greatest actors and most colorful characters, a real-life tough guy with the prison record to prove it, Robert Mitchum was a movie icon for an almost unprecedented half-century, the cool, sleepy-eyed star of such classics as The Night of the Hunter; Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison; Cape Fear; The Longest Day; Farewell, My Lovely; and The Winds of War. Mitchum's powerful presence and simmering violence combined with hard-boiled humor and existential detachment to create a new style in movie acting: the screen's first hipster antihero-before Brando, James Dean, Elvis, or Eastwood-the inventor of big-screen cool. Robert Mitchum: "Baby, I Don't Care" is the first complete biography of Mitchum, and a book as big, colorful, and controversial as the star himself. Exhaustively researched, it makes use of thousands of rare documents from around the world and nearly two hundred in-depth interviews with Mitchum's family, friends, and associates (many going on record for the first time ever) ranging over his seventy-nine years of hard living. Written with great style, and vividly detailed, this is an intimate, comprehensive portrait of an amazing life, comic, tragic, daring, and outrageous.

The Craft of Scene Writing

Mercurio analyzes and systematizes the details that create powerful scenes, citing examples from scripts old and new in this exploration of screenwriting technique.

Author: Jim Mercurio

Publisher:

ISBN: 1610353307

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

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A professional screenwriter's master class in writing the most critical and challenging script element--the individual scene. No one comes out of a movie talking about structure. What audiences love and remember about a movie are great scenes. Marlon Brando in the back seat in On the Waterfront giving his "I could'a been a contender" speech. Meg Ryan's fake orgasm in Katz's Deli in When Harry Met Sally with the climactic punch line: "I'll have what she's having." In Superbad, Jonah Hill professing "I love you" to his friend Michael Cera by touching his nose with a "boop." Great scenes will elevate your script from ho-hum to extraordinary--and from the slush pile to sellable. In The Craft of Scene Writing, accomplished screenwriter and master writing teacher Jim Mercurio analyzes and systematizes the beats, conflicts, character moments, action, dialogue, and structure that create powerful scenes. Citing examples from scripts old and new, The Craft of Scene Writing breaks down how great scenes reveal character, advance the story, and emotionally connect with audiences, plus demonstrates how to use these techniques in your own scripts. This incredibly detailed exploration of screenwriting technique will help beginning writers to write great scripts and experienced writers to gain a more complete mastery of their craft.