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: 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).

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 is a ... I believe
you've got to know the rules before you can purposefully break them. And, of ...

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.

Break Into Screenwriting

When seeing a movie – or reading a script – for the first time, it should be the
story and the characters that propel the ... Field, In The Name Of The Father, In
America There are no rules, but you've got to know them before you can break
them!

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.

Basics Film Making 02 Screenwriting

These rules may appear restrictive at first, but they actually provide a framework
within which there is a lot of freedom. • Learning rules is often boring, and many
aspiring writers think that breaking them will immediately make their script
original ...

Author: Robert Edgar

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9782940439263

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.

Writer s Guide to Hollywood Producers Directors and Screenwriter s Agents 2002 2003

In my seminars I examine the established rules and discuss how they can be
used to strengthen a film , and how sometimes you need to know how to break
them . We look at how films have broken the rules in the past and why they did it .

Author: Skip Press

Publisher: Prima Lifestyles

ISBN: 0761531874

Category: Reference

Page: 432

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Now You Have a Friend in the Industry! So you want to get into show business? In Hollywood, it's not what you know, but who you know that counts. Whether your dream is to become a Hollywood writer or find the perfect producer to buy your script, at your fingertips are the insider hints and secrets you need to get discovered and succeed in this ultracompetitive industry. Hollywood guru and screenwriter Skip Press introduces you to hundreds of producers, directors, and agents and tells you how to reach them--by mail, phone, fax, or e-mail. You'll learn how to: -Market screenplays, novels, or short stories to the right people -Tailor your proposal to the preferences of each producer, director, or agent -Understand the real Hollywood and everything show business -Find the best agent or manager "Thoughtfully written, clearly laid out, and of great value to beginners and old-timers alike. This book combines fearless opinions and invaluable hard facts--both of which are hard to find in Hollywood." --Gareth Wigan, co-vice chairman, Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group "An entertaining and valuable tool for anyone interested in show business." --Paul Mason Sr., vice president of production, Viacom "An invaluable resource for breaking into the movie and television business." --Barbara Anne Hiser, Emmy-winning cable and network television producer "An insightful guide to the intricate Hollywood network." --Oliver Eberle, founder and CEO, ShowBIZData.com "The bonus for readers of this book is that Skip Press is a good writer--accessible, clear, persuasive, motivating, and easy to understand." --Jerry B. Jenkins, coauthor, the Left Behind series

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).

Teach Yourself Screenwriting

When seeing a movie - or reading a script – for the first time , it should be the
story and the characters that propel the audience through this journey - the
structural points ... no rules , but you've got to know them before you can break
them !

Author: Ray Frensham

Publisher:

ISBN: GENT:900071419665

Category:

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Secrets of the Screen Trade

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF SCREENWRITING And When to Break Them
The “ ruleswe apply to screenwriting were developed over time as a pragmatic
way to deliver the kinds of stories audiences traditionally demand . From the
plays ...

Author: Allen B. Ury

Publisher: Lone Eagle Publishing Company, LLC

ISBN: UOM:39015059580681

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 165

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

Hot Property

Can you write a screenplay without structure ? Yes . Will it turn out any good ?
Possibly . But probably not . Then why take the chance ? Like any other paradigm
, you should know the rules before you can break them . Rodat and other ...

Author: Christopher Keane

Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

ISBN: IND:30000087937763

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 297

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The author of How to Write a Selling Screenplay presents a step-by-step tutorial in the art of screenwriting to meet the needs of an independent, technologically sophisticated Hollywood, covering such topics as trends in the film industry, changing screenwriting requirements, creating believable characters and situations, and selling one's work. Original.

Mischief Marketing

You need to have mastered the rules before you can break them — and still
come up with a working engine . ... Suppose you've decided you're going to
break some of the accepted rules about writing and marketing a Hollywood
screenplay .

Author: Ray Simon

Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary

ISBN: PSU:000047286238

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 211

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In-your-face and with a definite entrepreneurial edge, Mischief Marketing shows readers how to employ highly unusual and creative marketing strategies and plans to achieve their business or career goals. Filled with tons of creative, off-the-beaten-path tactics, lessons, and tips culled from the notorious exploits and ingenious high jinx pulled by many famous and successful folk, from Steven Spielberg to Estee Lauder and Mother Teresa.

The Soul of Screenwriting

You may never have thought about it , but as you relax , more perceptions in fact
become available to you . ... Not only does it inevitably break down according to a
kind of Murphy ' s Law for screenwritersit must break down . It is part of the
writer ... It is possible , however , to become overwhelmed with all the technical
rules and details , as well as with the interpersonal stresses of developing the
script .

Author: Keith Cunningham

Publisher: Continuum

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131610466

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 478

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No Marketing Blurb

The Screenwriter s Legal Guide

Unless your request falls within the framework of an " acceptable request , " you
will categorically be turned down . Their objective ... The reason : Studios have
precedents , and they do not like to break them . They all believe ... So the first
rule is that the request has to fall within the parameters of what is acceptable .
That is ...

Author: Stephen F. Breimer

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015050707416

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 299

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This guide provides advice for writers, agents, attorneys, and film students on all legal issues involved in the business of screenwriting. The author gives a concise explanation of the screenwriter's position in the industry, offering an overview of contracts, options and purchase agreements, writing assignments, copyright, collaboration agreements, the producer's role, and working with agents and lawyers. The book is designed for both fledgling and established writers to help them to negotiate the best deal, protect their work, and get fair compensation for it.

New Statesman

screenwriting charlie whelan says . . . don ' t believe it Match Tarantino in two
days EDEL BROSNAN Fleischer : “ What is your story about ? ” And this cannot
be learned in a weekend : it takes time to learn the rules , and even more time to
get the confidence to break them . I could sign up for a week - long cookery
course in the Dordogne , but I couldn ' t be head chef at the Savoy on my return .
Britons are ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105114621233

Category: Great Britain

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Alternative Scriptwriting

Rather than teaching writing in a tired formulaic manner, this book elevates the subject and provides inspiration to reach new creative heights.

Author: Ken Dancyger

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136053696

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.

Writing Screenplays That Sell

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 ...

Author: Michael Hauge

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408157008

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.

How to Adapt Anything Into a Screenplay

They deliberately alter and contradict the parameters that others construct within
their art form . By pushing the edges , they further their own careers as well as
allow their art form to grow and change . But to break the rules , you must first ...

Author: Richard Krevolin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: UOM:39015056206579

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 218

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From concept to finished draft–a nuts-and-bolts approach to adaptations Aspiring and established screenwriters everywhere, take note! This down-to-earth guide is the first to clearly articulate the craft of adaptation. Drawing on his own experience and on fourteen years of teaching, screenwriter Richard Krevolin presents his proven five-step process for adapting anything–from novels and short stories to newspaper articles and poems–into a screenplay. Used by thousands of novelists, playwrights, poets, and journalists around the country, this can’t-miss process features practical advice on how to break down a story into its essential components, as well as utilizes case studies of successful adaptations. Krevolin also provides an insider’s view of working and surviving within the Hollywood system–covering the legal issues, interviewing studio insiders on what they are looking for, and offering tips from established screenwriters who specialize in adaptations. Outlines a series of stages that help you structure your story to fit the needs of a 120-page screenplay Explains how to adapt anything for Hollywood, from a single sentence story idea all the way to a thousand-page novel Advises on the tricky subject of just how faithful your adaptation should be Features helpful hints from Hollywood bigwigs–award-winning television writer Larry Brody; screenwriter and script reader Henry Jones; screenwriter and author Robin Russin; screenwriter and author Simon Rose; and more

F Scott Fitzgerald s Screenplay for Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque

Aren ' t we breaking the rules ? And I ' d say must I start now - not breaking them ,
( he looks into her eyes , unsmiling ) because I can ' t let you go and then you ' d
say hello , Pat , and I ' d say , Erich , hello , and suddenly it would all be so real ...

Author: Francis Scott Fitzgerald

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015003752576

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 289

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Much of the magic surrounding his legendary name had vanished by the time F. Scott Fitzgerald—forty-one years old, deeply in debt, full of re­morse that “I had been only a mediocre caretaker of most things left in my hands, even of my talent”—mounted a third assault on the money of Hol­lywood and, by writing this adaptation of Remarque's Three Comrades, proved that the writer, if not the man, had sur­vived the famed “crack-up.” The screenplay for Three Comrades, starring Robert Young, Margaret Sulla­van, Franchot Tone, and Robert Taylor, ultimately was the result of the collaboration of E. E. Paramore and producer Joseph Mankiewicz, though Fitzgerald fought to salvage as much of his original script as possible. By his own reckoning, only about a third of the final script was his, and “all shad­ows and rhythm removed.” The script published here is the one Fitzgerald tried desperately to save. Neither Mankiewicz nor Paramore has written a line. This script is, of course, valuable to those who would know the complete Fitzgerald. It also proves fas­cinating as a study of adaptation, show­ing which scenes Fitzgerald chose to dramatize to catch the essence of the Remarque story as well as showing how he made visual what the novelist could place in the heads of his readers. Series editor Matthew J. Bruccoli provides the background in an il­luminating Afterword and in an appen­dix containing eight scenes that re­sulted from the collaboration of Man­kiewicz, Paramore, and Fitzgerald.

Writing Your Screenplay

Designed for screenwriters and film professionals looking for more than a formulaic approach to screenplays. it offers insights into the classic structures and themes which underlie good screenwriting, as well as contemporary story-telling ...

Author: Lisa Dethridge

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 174115099X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 267

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Designed for screenwriters and film professionals looking for more than a formulaic approach to screenplays. it offers insights into the classic structures and themes which underlie good screenwriting, as well as contemporary story-telling techniques. it also provides detailed instructions on how to create cohesive plots and more.

Psychology for Screenwriters

They don ' t always follow the rules ( in fact , they usually break them ) , but
American heroes have their own codes of honor that they hold fast to , no matter
the circumstances . And though American heroes may be brash , ignorant ,
impudent ...

Author: William Indick

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015059314016

Category: Performing Arts

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Screenwriters must understand human behavior to make their stories come alive. This book clearly describes theories of personality and psychoanalysis with simple guidelines, thought provoking exercises, vivid film images and hundreds of examples from classic movies.