The Rules of Screenwriting and Why You Should Break Them

That's like saying if you learn how to paint using a color-by-numbers kit, you're going to be the next Da Vinci. Uh, no. You wind up with writers—a generation of them—writing to a formula rather than writing to what may be a uniquely ...

Author: Bill Mesce, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476627717

Category: Literary Criticism

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A couple of generations ago, the movie industry ran on gut instinct—film schools, audience research departments and seminars on screenwriting were not yet de rigueur. Today the standard is the analytical approach, intended to demystify filmmaking and guarantee success (or at least minimize failure). The trouble with this method is that nobody knows how to do it—they just think they do—and films are made based on models of predictability rather than the merits of the script. This insider’s look at the craft and business of screenwriting explodes some of the popular myths, demonstrating how little relevance the rules have to actual filmmaking. With long experience in film and television, the author provides insightful how-not-to analyses, with commentary by such veterans as Josh Sapan (CEO of AMC Networks), bestselling author Adriana Trigiani and Oscar–nominated screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas).

The Rules of Screenwriting and Why You Should Break Them

A couple of generations ago, the movie industry ran on gut instinct--film schools, audience research departments and seminars on screenwriting were not yet de rigueur.

Author: Bill Mesce, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476668505

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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[An industry professional's insider's look at the craft, practice, and business of screenwriting, exploding some of the most popular myths about writing for the movies by showing how little relevance they have to actual working conditions. Analytical essays stand side by side with not only the author's own in-the-field experiences, but commentary offered by veteran industry pros including Josh Sapan, CEO of AMC Networks; bestselling author and writer/director Adriana Trigiani; and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nicholas (Goodfellas) Pileggi.]

Break Into Screenwriting

However, you do need to know the 'rules' before you can start breaking them or bending them to your own design. So I tried to take things from a writer's perspective: this is what they tell you should be done, but don't be afraid if you ...

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.

Q A the Working Screenwriter

“Know the rules of screenwriting before you break them”: Agree or disagree? Rebekah Bradford: I guess I would have to agree; although rules seem to be very limiting in an art form that requires so much fluidity.

Author: Jim Vines

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1467078476

Category: Education

Page: 236

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Ever dream of being the next William Goldman or Robert Towneor making that record-breaking spec sale like Shane Black? While that might not happen for a majority of us, theres still plenty of good news. After all, your true goal is having thoseideas in your headend upon the silver screen and make a comfortable living...right? Q & A: The Working Screenwriter provides an in-the-trenches perspective from 16 screenwriters who broke the barriers, overcamethe odds, and gained entry to the amazing, often exasperating, yet always exciting world of writing for the movies. Join Katherine Fugate (Carolina, The Prince and Me), Brent Maddock (Tremors, The Wild Wild West, Short Circuit), John Rogers (The Core), David J. Schow (The Crow, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3), Neal Marshall Stevens (Thirteen Ghosts), Stephen Susco (The Grudge, The Grudge 2) and 10 other talented wordsmiths as they give first-hand insight into why they write, what keeps them motivated, how they got their scripts writtenand ultimately optioned and/or sold. These writers impart a wealth of real-world experience that will truly inspire and encourage any budding screenwriter and help position them firmly on the road to becoming...a working screenwriter. If you want to stir your creative juices, bolster your confidence, and gain a better understanding of what it takes to become a working screenwriter in todays film industry, youll find Q & A: The Working Screenwriter essential reading. Foreword by David Trottier, Author of The Screenwriters Bible

Boundless An Anthology of Prose

He is a published author as well as an occasional screenwriter and playwright, and was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His most recent works are The Rules Of Screenwriting And Why You Should Break Them, and the novel Legacy.

Author: David G. Collins

Publisher: Compass Flower Press

ISBN: 9781942168850

Category: Fiction

Page: 182

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The second anthology from Compass Flower Press, Boundless contains sixteen short stories from writers across North America. These prize-winning authors include Evan Guilford-Blake (first place), Anneliese Schultz, Linda Johnson, Peggy DeKay, Julia Simpson-Urrutia, Bill Mesce, Jr., Ellen Birkett Morris, Dawn Paul, Donna Volkenannt, Von Pittman, Matthue Roth, Rosemary McKinley, Sharon Buzzard, Mary Pacifico Curtis, Ida Bettis Fogle, and Marcia Calhoun Forecki. The span of fiction adn creative nonfiction work falls into several genres. The editor for the project was David G. Collins.

Basics Film Making 02 Screenwriting

And so it will – but there's a very high probability it will make the script both original and bad. Learn the rules before you start breaking them. • You can't be innovative unless you have already mastered the basics.

Author: Robert Edgar

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350034709

Category: Photography

Page: 208

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Basics Film-Making: Screenwriting is the second in the Basics Film-Making series and is aimed both at students on film production courses, as well as those wishing to write a short film. The book teaches the key elements of screenwriting through examining areas such as dialogue, sound, setting, shots and structure. It also provides advice to new film-makers on how to market their productions. This is an essential guide to screenwriting and will teach you to write and produce artistically satisfying shorts.

The Collaborative Director

The director does not need to know every nuance of screenwriting rules, but a director does need to be at least comfortable with the norms of ... It is easy to read the rules and gleefully come up with lists of films that break them.

Author: Greg Takoudes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429866579

Category: Art

Page: 178

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The Collaborative Director: A Department-by-Department Guide to Filmmaking explores the directorial process in a way that allows the director to gather the best ideas from the departments that make up a film crew, while making sure that it is the director’s vision being shown on screen. It goes beyond the core concepts of vision, aesthetic taste, and storytelling to teach how to effectively collaborate with each team and fully tap into their creative potential. The structure of the book follows a budget top sheet, with each chapter describing the workflow and responsibilities of a different department and giving insights into the methods and techniques a director can use to understand the roles and dynamics. Each chapter is divided into four sections. Section one provides an overview of the department, section two focuses on directors who have used that department in notably effective ways, section three looks at collaboration from the reverse perspective with interviews from department members, and section four concludes each chapter with a set of tasks directors can use to prepare. Ideal for beginner and intermediate filmmaking students, as well as aspiring filmmakers and early career professionals, this book provides invaluable insight into the different departments, and how a director can utilize the skills and experience of a crew to lead with knowledge and confidence.

Genre Screenwriting

screenplays as a profession will be instantly turned off if yours doesn't look like a script—no matter how brilliantly it's written. While the style of screenplay page format continues to evolve over time—for example, the rules of ...

Author: Stephen V. Duncan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501305924

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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It's simple: films need to have commercial value for the studios to produce them, distributors to sell them, and theater chains to screen them. While talent definitely plays a part in the writing process, it can be the well-executed formulaic approaches to the popular genres that will first get you noticed in the industry. Genre Screenwriting: How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell does not attempt to probe in the deepest psyche of screenwriters and directors of famous or seminal films, nor does it attempt to analyze the deep theoretic machinations of films. Duncan's simple goal is to give the reader, the screenwriter, a practical guide to writing each popular film genre. Employing methods as diverse as using fairy tales to illustrate the 'how to' process for each popular genre, and discussing these popular genres in modern television and its relation to its big screen counterpart, Duncan provides a one-stop shop for novices and professionals alike.

The Wild Bunch

Also by Bill Mesce and from McFarland The Rules of Screenwriting and Why You Should Break Them (2017) Inside the Rise of HBO: A Personal History of the Company That Transformed Television (2015) Overkill: The Rise and Fall of Thriller ...

Author: Bill Mesce, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476638003

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 213

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One of the most controversial films of its time, The Wild Bunch is the epitome of the no-holds-barred filmmaking of the 1960s and 1970s. Since its 1969 release, it has come to be recognized not only as an iconic Western, but as one of the most important films in the American cinematic canon. Over the years a parade of filmmakers have tried to imitate its gut-punch effects but none have equaled it. The Wild Bunch revived the floundering career of volatile, self-destructive director Sam Peckinpah--it also hung on him the label "Bloody Sam." This book tells the complete story of the film's production, reception and legacy.

The Psychology of Screenwriting

We have already seen how some of the best screenplays break all the 'rules', and if we want a rule this should be itbreak the rules. But once again paradox rules, for is it ever possible, or desirable, so even this 'rule' must be ...

Author: Jason Lee

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781623564735

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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The Psychology of Screenwriting is more than an interesting book on the theory and practice of screenwriting. It is also a philosophical analysis of predetermination and freewill in the context of writing and human life in our mediated world of technology. Drawing on humanism, existentialism, Buddhism, postmodernism and transhumanism, and diverse thinkers from Meister Eckhart to Friedrich Nietzsche, Theodor Adorno, Jacques Derrida, Jean Baudrillard and Gilles Deleuze, The Psychology of Screenwriting will be of use to screenwriters, film students, philosophers and all those interested in contemporary theory. This book combines in-depth critical and cultural analysis with an elaboration on practice in an innovative fashion. It explores how people, such as those in the Dogme 95 movement, have tried to overcome traditional screenwriting, looking in detail at the psychology of writing and the practicalities of how to write well for the screen. This is the first book to include high-theory with screenwriting practice whilst incorporating the Enneagram for character development. Numerous filmmakers and writers, including David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch, David Cronenberg, Pedro Almodóvar, Darren Aronofsky, Sally Potter and Charlie Kaufman are explored. The Psychology of Screenwriting is invaluable for those who want to delve deeper into writing for the screen.

Complete Screenwriting Course

... down to the shortest that will satisfy the script's needs, you should break it up with action so that we can 'see' the speech. ... For some reason, many writers seem to think that having an off-screen narrator is against the rules.

Author: Charles Harris

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781471805516

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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Designed to take you from the moment you first put your pen to paper to pitching and selling your completed screenplay, this is one of the most inspiring books on screenwriting you'll ever read. Practical exercises will teach you the craft of writing for film and television, both mainstream and independent, the art of building your own plots, characters, dialogue and scenes. It gives you the skills you need to succeed and helps you critique your own work, meaning that at every step of the writing process you'll be producing the best scripts you can. This book is filled with essential writing tools, including techniques for overcoming writer's block and how to find your unique voice. You will learn how to pitch and get your work optioned, how to work as part of a team and how to make the best use of social media - in all a comprehensive companion that you will keep coming back to as your career develops. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their stories. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community, at tyjustwrite.com, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Screenwriting Tips You Hack

You don't even need to finish that first screenplay. It doesn't even have to make sense. There are no rules at all, save one: you can never, under any circumstances, show that script to anyone else ... unless you want them to think that ...

Author: Xander Bennett

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136038662

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 210

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Screenwriting Tip #99 Voice-over usually feels like scaffolding. You know-something you left in there when you were constructing the first draft, but really should have torn out after it served its purpose. Screenwriting Tip #120 Always remember that funny trumps everything. Your script could be written in crayon with your name spelled wrong on the cover, but if it's genuinely funny, none of that matters. Screenwriting Tip #156 The easiest way to write kick-ass protagonists is to make them incredibly good at what they do. Confused at the outline stage? Stuck in the swamp of Act Two? Don't know who your protagonist is or where she's going? You might feel like a hack. But don't worry-you're not alone. Even the most experienced writers feel like this at times. Sometimes we just need a few short pointers and reminders to set us on the path again. Xander Bennett worked as a script reader in the trenches of Hollywood, reading and covering hundreds of mediocre screenplays. After months of reading about heroic Sea World trainers, transgendered circus detectives and crime-fighting chupacabras, he couldn't take it any more. Xander started a blog called 'Screenwriting Tips, You Hack', a place designed to provide short, witty tips on screenwriting for amateur writers all the way up to journeymen scribes. This book is the evolution of that blog. Dozens of the best scripts (along with many brand-new ones) have been expanded into bite-sized chapters full of funny, insightful, highly usable advice. Let Xander's pain be your gain as you learn about the differences between film and television structure, how to force yourself to write when you really don't want to, and why you probably shouldn't base your first spec script around an alien invasion.

Alternative Scriptwriting

Rules. There are many different schools of thought with regard to becoming a better screenwriter. ... Consequently, we illustrate the conventions of screenwriting so that you will be able to break from them. Now that you know our biases ...

Author: Ken Dancyger

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781136053702

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 424

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Alternative Scriptwriting 4E is an insightful and inspiring book on screenwriting concerned with challenging you to take creative risks with genre, tone, character, and structure. Concerned with exploring alternative approaches beyond the traditional three-act structure, Alternative Scriptwriting first defines conventional approach, suggests alternatives, then provides case studies. These contemporary examples and case studies demonstrate what works, what doesn't, and why. Because the film industry as well as the public demand greater and greater creativity, one must go beyond the traditional three-act restorative and predictable plot to test your limits and break new creative ground. Rather than teaching writing in a tired formulaic manner, this book elevates the subject and provides inspiration to reach new creative heights.

The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters 10th Anniversary Edition

That's the Hollywood system, for better and worse, and you have to sink or swim in these shark-infested waters. You have to know how to play by the rules before you can break them. Steven de Souza: It's always the unexpected stuff that ...

Author: Karl Iglesias

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781440528569

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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You can struggle for years to get a foot in the door with Hollywood producers--or you can take a page from the book that offers proven advice from twenty-one of the industry's best and brightest! In this tenth anniversary edition, The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters, 2nd Edition peers into the lives and workspaces of screenwriting greats--including Terry Rossio (the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise), Aline Brosh McKenna (Morning Glory), Bill Marsilii (Deja Vu), Derek Haas and Michael Brandt (Wanted), and Tony Gilroy (the Bourne franchise). You will learn best practices to fire up your writing process and your career, such as: Be Comfortable with Solitude Commit to a Career, Not Just One Screenplay Be Aware of Your Muse's Favorite Activities Write Terrible First Drafts Don't Work for Free Write No Matter What This indispensable handbook will help you hone your craft by living, breathing, and scripting the life you want!

The 101 Habits Of Highly Successful Screenwriters

Then, it would sadden me when I'd hear the writer spent a year writing a script without bothering to research if a similar idea had been done. It's the old saying, “You need to know the rules before you can break them.

Author: Karl Iglesias

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781440519505

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Insider Secrets from Hollywood’s Top Writers This book not only shows how to be a screenwriter, but what it's actually like to be one. An inspiration to all would-be screenwriters, this book is about living the screenwriter's life -- the habits, writing environments, creative processes, daily passions, and obsessions. In The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters, author Karl Iglesias has interviewed 14 top contemporary Hollywood screenwriters who offer their experience, insight, and advice to aspiring screenwriters everywhere.

Writing Screenplays That Sell

If you examine the films that break the rules, you will find that almost without exception (1) the scripts were low-budget, ... Those screenwriters who effectively break the mold with their screenplays are the ones who already know, ...

Author: Michael Hauge

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408174463

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

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"No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story...." Will Smith, actor "In the field of teaching screenwriting, Michael Hauge is indeed a master." The Freelance Screenwriter's Forum A bestseller for 20 years, Hauge's unique 'six step' approach to screenwriting cuts through nonsense, striking the perfect balance between commercial advice, artistic encouragement and lucid examples from hundreds of great films. Never losing sight of the fundamental purpose of a script: emotional impact, Hauge's engaging and inspiring book takes you on a journey through story concept, character development, theme, structure and scenes. Screenwriting is an art, but Hague's book is unashamedly commercial with advice on how to submit a manuscript, select an agent and market yourself. Updates to this edition include a new, masterful analysis of Avatar's script, new scripts examples, a new chapter on breaking the rules - succussful scripts that don't follow the traditional Hollywood model and online marketing tools for screenwriters.

Backstory 5

Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1990s Patrick McGilligan. His work, his function, is to look for new ideas. ... If the publisher says no, they take it to another publisher. ... You must know the rules before you can break them. If.

Author: Patrick McGilligan

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520251052

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 252

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Looks at how Hollywood is changing to meet economic and creative challenges. This title probes the working methods of a diverse range of screenwriters to explore how they come up with their ideas, how they go about adapting a stage play or work of fiction, and whether their variegated life experiences contribute to the success of their writing.

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).

A Guide to Screenwriting Success

You'll find I use the Peter Weir–directed William Kelly (story by Kelly, Pamela, and Earl W. Wallace) screenplay for the film Witness consistently, as it ... I believe you've got to know the rules before you can purposefully break them.

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 Screenwriter s Path

Breaking the 'Rules' of the Top 7 Genres in Film Today Hey, maybe you can defy the odds and pull it off—kill off the dog the movie's been all about. Maybe it will be emotional and heartbreaking for the audience and they won't hate you ...

Author: Diane Lake

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317232957

Category: Art

Page: 200

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The Screenwriter’s Path takes a comprehensive approach to learning how to write a screenplay—allowing the writer to use it as both a reference and a guide in constructing a script. A tenured professor of screenwriting at Emerson College in Boston, author Diane Lake has 20 years' experience writing screenplays for major studios and was a co-writer of the Academy-award winning film Frida. The book sets out a unique approach to story structure and characterization that takes writers, step by step, to a completed screenplay, and it is full of practical advice on what to do with the finished script to get it seen by the right people. By demystifying the process of writing a screenplay, Lake empowers any writer to bring their vision to the screen.