Selling a Screenplay

Selling a screenplay can mean earning $250,000 or more, so competition is fierce. Syd Field gives you an insider’s look at the movie and TV industry, packed with essential tips from the pros.

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 9780307570642

Category: Reference

Page: 304

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- Breaks Down the Business of Screenwriting - Explains What the Buyer Looks For - Shows You What to Do to Get in the Door - Tackles the Pitching Process - Provides Personal Insights from Famous Screenwriters Everybody has a story to tell. Everybody wants to write the great American screenplay. But what do you do after it’s written? How do you sell it? Studio honchos. Development Executives. Independent Producers. What do they want? Do you need an agent or manager to get it into production? Selling a screenplay can mean earning $250,000 or more, so competition is fierce. Syd Field gives you an insider’s look at the movie and TV industry, packed with essential tips from the pros. Selling a Screenplay is a must-have guide for every screenwriter, filled with frank real-life advice from Hollywood’s most powerful deal makers and most celebrated screenwriters. They all started somewhere.

Save the Cat Goes to the Movies

Provides advice for budding screenwriters on how to handle the challenges of writing a Hollywood script and includes insider information on the most popular genres in Hollywood as well as references to 500 movie "cousins" to help guide the ...

Author: Blake Snyder

Publisher:

ISBN: 1615931724

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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Provides advice for budding screenwriters on how to handle the challenges of writing a Hollywood script and includes insider information on the most popular genres in Hollywood as well as references to 500 movie "cousins" to help guide the script writing process.

The Screenwriter s Legal Guide

This authoritative guide will help both fledgling and established writers to negotiate the best deal, protect their work, and get fair compensation for it.

Author: Stephen F. Breimer

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 158115352X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 327

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This authoritative guide will help both fledgling and established writers to negotiate the best deal, protect their work, and get fair compensation for it. One of the most powerful entertainment lawyers in Hollywood provides easy-to-understand, expert advice on all the legal issues involved in the business of screenwriting. He gives an enlightening explanation of the screenwriter's position in the industry and then provides a thorough discussion of contracts, options, and working with agents and lawyers. This book shows screenwriters what to give up as a lost cause and what to hold out for. • Includes current Writer's Guild minimums and recent legal development • "A book that should be in every screenwriter's library."--Syd Field, author of Selling a Screenplay • This replaces 1-58115-021-0

A Guide to Screenwriting Success

I think that's what they mean by a writer's voice. In the end, never forget it's always
the basics that will get you out of writing jams. Write Every Day You hear this all
the time. But for some reason, new writers tend to scoff at this advice as if writing
 ...

Author: Stephen V. Duncan

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781538128930

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 378

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A Guide to Screenwriting Success, Second Edition provides a comprehensive overview of writing—and rewriting—a screenplay or teleplay and writing for digital content. Duncan's handy book teaches new screenwriters the process of creating a professional screenplay from beginning to end. It shows that inspiration, creativity, and good writing are not elusive concepts but attainable goals that any motivated person can aspire to. Duncan includes sections on all aspects of screenwriting—from character development to story templates—and breaks down the three acts of a screenplay into manageable pieces. A Guide to Screenwriting Success contains dozens of exercises to help writers through these steps. The second half of Duncan's practical book covers another, often overlooked, side of screenwriting—the teleplay. Aspiring writers who also want to try their hand at writing for television will need to learn the specifics of the field. The book breaks down this area into two parts, the one-hour teleplay and the situation comedy. There is a section on writing and producing digital content that embraces the “Do It Yourself” attitude to approaching a career in the entertainment industry. Success in screenwriting is no longer a dream but an achievable goal for those who pick up Duncan's guide.

The Way of the Screenwriter

Such is the Way of the screenwriter; and here is a guide to accompany you along the path that all masterful screenwriters have discovered intuitively.

Author: Amnon Buchbinder

Publisher: House of Anansi

ISBN: 9780887847370

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 283

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Such is the Way of the screenwriter; and here is a guide to accompany you along the path that all masterful screenwriters have discovered intuitively. This is much more than a "how-to" manual; it illuminates the why behind the how, treating screenwriting as the convergence of storytelling, writing and filmmaking. In this demanding field, competence is not enough. Using principles inspired by the philosophy of Laozi (Lao Tzu), Amnon Buchbinder draws on his knowledge as a teacher and his experience as a director, screenwriter and script doctor to point a way towards mastery.

Break Into Screenwriting

This is a comprehensive, jargon-free guide for all budding screenwriters.

Author: Ray Frensham

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781444155907

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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This is a comprehensive, jargon-free guide for all budding screenwriters. Its aim is not just to guide you through the techniques and skills you need to write for the screen (film and television), but also to give you guidance on how to approach the industry as a whole. Focusing on every aspect of screenwriting, from how to set about the writing process to how to develop your characters, plot and structure, this book will give you all the guidance you need to break into this highly competitive industry and make a career for yourself as a screenwriter.

The Screenwriter s Bible

Among this book's wealth of practical information are sample query letters, useful worksheets and checklists, hundreds of examples, sample scenes, and straightforward explanations of screenwriting fundamentals.

Author: David Trottier

Publisher:

ISBN: 1935247107

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 442

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The 20th anniversary edition of one of the most popular, authoritative, and useful books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold over 250,000 copies in its twenty-year life. Always up-to-date and reliable, it contains everything that both the budding and working screenwriter need under one cover - five books in one! A Screenwriting Primer -- that provides a concise course in screenwriting basics; A Screenwriting Workbook -- that walks you through the complete writing process, from nascent ideas through final revisions; A Formatting Guide -- that thoroughly covers todays correct formats for screenplays and TV scripts; A Spec Writing Guide -- that demonstrates todays spec style through sample scenes and analysis, with an emphasis on grabbing the readers interest in the first ten pages; A Sales and Marketing Guide -- that presents proven strategies to help you create a laser-sharp marketing plan. Among this books wealth of practical information are sample query letters, useful worksheets and checklists, hundreds of examples, sample scenes, and straightforward explanations of screenwriting fundamentals. This 6th edition is full of new examples, the latest practices, and new material on non-traditional screenplay outlets.

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.

Writing and Selling Romantic Comedy Screenplays

Moving away from rigid and limited definitions that have evolved out of mainstream genre films, the book embraces a working definition that crosses cultural and national boundaries to give screenwriters around the world a truly ...

Author: Craig Batty

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 9781843441113

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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What happens when 'happy ever after' isn't quite so simple? Today's attitudes to love and romance are as varied and diverse as individuals, and audiences want and need more sophisticated, authentic films that show how we live and love now. So what does this mean for the screenwriter developing a romcom? And how do they write heart-warming stories for a genre that is constantly evolving, from bromcom to zomcom to famcom? Writing and Selling Romantic Comedy Screenplays offers a fresh approach to creating narratives for this ever-changing genre. Moving away from rigid and limited definitions that have evolved out of mainstream genre films, the book embraces a working definition that crosses cultural and national boundaries to give screenwriters around the world a truly international perspective on writing comedic love stories. It will be the first screenwriting guide to reflect the diversity of approaches in today's films that deal with the human need for emotional and physical intimacy using humour - the contemporary romantic comedy.

The Aspiring Screenwriter s Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune

While new writers will write for anyone with a checkbook (or cold, hard, under-the
-table cash), ultimately, every screenwriter wants to become a member of the
Writers Guild of America, a labor union formed to represent and protect the
interests ...

Author: Andy Rose

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781250159502

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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A humorous and pithy guide to the craft of writing a screenplay and the business of being a screenwriter. Seeing your name on the silver screen beneath the words "Written By" is a moment most writers only dream of. But for those daring and talented few, brave enough to take their hopes to Hollywood, there are clear and tangible steps to achieve that goal if one knows the path. The Aspiring Screenwriter's Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune provides that path. And Andy Rose has walked it. With years of experience with every major film studio and network, and dozens of successful screenplays, Andy knows the business. He’s here to debunk the big screen and teach you how to write a blockbuster screenplay and equally important, how to sell it. Andy has worked with the best: Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, David Geffen, and Jeff Katzenberg to name a few. He has filled this book with real life examples to learn from including contracts, screenplays, treatments, press, and more. For anyone who’s ever dreamed of writing a screenplay, for anyone who’s wondered how to sell one, this is a must read.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Screenwriting

Here are some steps that might help transform you from screenwriter to writer/
director or producer: 1. Make a list of all the script projects that you would like to
write in the foreseeable future. 2. Divide them up into lowbudget ideas and ...

Author: Skip Press

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101199039

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

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This guide is for anyone who has ever thought of screenwriting. Written by someone who has "been there, done that," and lived to tell the tale, it reveals the most popular genres, explains how stories need to be structured for feature films and TV movies, offers the freshest look at workshops and online classes, and disusses how to set up a step-by-step path to success.

FilmCraft Screenwriting

Featuring in-depth interviews with modern masters of film including Stephen Gaghan, Guillermo Arriaga, Caroline Thompson, Hossein Amini, and Jean-Claude Carrière, this book reveals the mysteries behind how the best scripts are written and ...

Author: Tim Grierson

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781136070617

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Screenwriting looks at the foundation on which every great film is built—the script. Whether an original concept or an adaptation, the screenplay is the key to the success of a movie—good dialogue, story pacing, and character development are the framework everything else hangs on. Featuring in-depth interviews with modern masters of film including Stephen Gaghan, Guillermo Arriaga, Caroline Thompson, Hossein Amini, and Jean-Claude Carrière, this book reveals the mysteries behind how the best scripts are written and reach the screen.

The Definitive Guide To Screenwriting

To approach any action film or sequence, the material has to be designed for and
incorporated into your story line and be executed to the best of your ability. I think
it's essential that every screenwriter should know how to write a good action ...

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.

The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks the Rules

Nope. Who says you have to follow the screenwriting rules? In this book Pilar reviews the rules writers assume they should follow, discusses why they're there in the first place, and then shows you ways to creatively break them!

Author: Pilar Alessandra

Publisher:

ISBN: 1615932828

Category: Motion picture authorship

Page: 86

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Pilar Alessandra's popular book, The Coffee Break Screenwriter, taught writers how to outline quickly, write efficiently, and rewrite creatively. It is the "go-to" book for getting one's story on the page. But now that same writer may be doing a final pass on a project, working with a producer, or coming up with a new project only to be hit with . . . RULES! Should the writer respond to this random list of do's and don'ts pertaining to structure, characters, dialogue, and formatting? Nope. Who says you have to follow the screenwriting rules? In this book Pilar reviews the rules writers assume they should follow, discusses why they're there in the first place, and then shows you ways to creatively break them! Rules evaluated include those addressing: storytelling devices like flashback and voiceover character rules such as empathy and backstory dialogue faux pas such as writing on the nose structural issues such as nonlinear writing and act-break placement formatting sticking points involving emotion and visuals For every "rule" that's discussed, Pilar covers: 1. Why the rule exists. 2. Why writers should break the rule. 3. How writers can break the rule. 4. How breaking the rule can break bad (so break with care).

Screenplay

In Screenplay, Syd Field can help you discover: • Why the first ten pages of every script are crucial to keeping professional readers’ interest • How to visually “grab” these influential readers from page one, word one • Why ...

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 9780307423269

Category: Reference

Page: 336

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Hollywood’s script guru teaches you how to write a screenplay in “the ‘bible’ of screenwriting” (The New York Times)—now celebrating forty years of screenwriting success! Syd Field’s books on the essential structure of emotionally satisfying screenplays have ignited lucrative careers in film and television since 1979. In this revised edition of his premiere guide, the underpinnings of successful onscreen narratives are revealed in clear and encouraging language that will remain wise and practical as long as audiences watch stories unfold visually—from hand-held devices to IMAX to virtual reality . . . and whatever comes next. As the first person to articulate common structural elements unique to successful movies, celebrated producer, lecturer, teacher and bestselling author Syd Field has gifted us a classic text. From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script, here are fundamental guidelines to help all screenwriters—novices and Oscar-winners—hone their craft and sell their work. In Screenplay, Syd Field can help you discover: • Why the first ten pages of every script are crucial to keeping professional readers’ interest • How to visually “grab” these influential readers from page one, word one • Why structure and character are the basic components of all narrative screenplays • How to adapt a novel, a play, or an article into a saleable script • Tips on protecting your work—three ways to establish legal ownership of screenplays • Vital insights on writing authentic dialogue, crafting memorable characters, building strong yet flexible storylines (form, not formula), overcoming writer's block, and much more Syd Field is revered as the original master of screenplay story structure, and this guide continues to be the industry’s gold standard for learning the foundations of screenwriting.

The Writer s Guide to Selling Your Screenplay

In The Writer's Guide to Selling Your Screenplay, veteran screenwriter Cynthia Whitcomb reveals everything today's aspiring screenwriter needs to know about selling a movie script to Hollywood, cable TV, or network television.

Author: Cynthia Whitcomb

Publisher: Writer

ISBN: UOM:39015055473402

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 195

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With the average screenplay selling for $100,000 or more, every writer knows that movies are where the money is. In The Writer's Guide to Selling Your Screenplay, veteran screenwriter Cynthia Whitcomb reveals everything today's aspiring screenwriter needs to know about selling a movie script to Hollywood, cable TV, or network television. Readers will find proven, award-winning strategies for getting the right people to look at your work, marketing a spec script, making a splash at pitch meetings, and much more. Plus, they'll discover what today's top agents and producers look for in a script, the types of deals you can expect to make, as well as an appendix of agents who specialize in handling scriptwriters.

Writing Short Film Scripts

Kooperman's "Writing Short Film Scripts" is an invaluable practical resources for teachers and students of media, film studies, screenwriting, drama, and English.

Author: Paul Kooperman

Publisher: Insight Publications

ISBN: 9781921411083

Category: Drama

Page: 128

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An invaluable practical resources for teachers and students of media, film studies, screenwriting, drama and English.

Break Into Screenwriting A Teach Yourself Guide

For budding screenwriters, this is their go-to, comprehensive, jargon-free guide Break Into Screenwriting's aim is not just to guide you through the techniques and skills they need to write for the screen (film and television), but also to ...

Author: Ray Frensham

Publisher: Mcgraw-hill

ISBN: 0071740058

Category: Reference

Page: 320

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For budding screenwriters, this is their go-to, comprehensive, jargon-free guide Break Into Screenwriting's aim is not just to guide you through the techniques and skills they need to write for the screen (film and television), but also to give them guidance on how to approach the industry as a whole. Focusing on every aspect of screenwriting, from how to set about the writing process to how to develop one's characters, plot and structure, this book will give budding screenwriters all the guidance they need to break into this highly competitive industry and make careers for themselves as screenwriters. One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author’s many years of experience. Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extra online articles at teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of screenwriting. Includes a foreword by Andrew Davies, screenwriter of "Pride and Prejudice," "Little Dorrit," and "Bridget Jones's Diary." Fully updated to include discussion of the most recent films and developments in this fast-moving industry. Topics include: Acknowledgements; introduction; screenplay layout: your visual language; originating your ideas; developing your ideas: from idea to framework; creating your characters; character growth, motivation and conflict; structure; structural variations; 'deep structure'; enhancing emotion; the next step; the actual writing; the craft of the rewrite; the 'finished' item; assembling your portfolio; copyright; agents: what they do, how to get and keep one; adaptations, shorts, soaps, series, sitcoms and collaborations; the industry: how it works and your place in it; your career as a writer; final comments; appendices

Get Started in Screenwriting

This is a comprehensive, jargon-free guide for all budding screenwriters.

Author: Jeremy Sheldon

Publisher: Teach Yourself

ISBN: 1473607124

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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This is a comprehensive, jargon-free guide for all budding screenwriters. Its aim is not just to guide you through the techniques and skills you need to write for the screen (film and television), but also to give you guidance on how to approach the industry as a whole. Focusing on every aspect of screenwriting, from how to set about the writing process to how to develop your characters, plot and structure, this book will give you all the guidance you need to break into this highly competitive industry and make a career for yourself as a screenwriter.