The Screenplay Sell

The truth about the movie business and why it's so tough to crack it, by the writer of THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, United Artists; BULLITT, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Warner Bros.

Author: Alan Trustman

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595280841

Category: Performing Arts

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The truth about the movie business and why it's so tough to crack it, by the writer of THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, United Artists; BULLITT, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Warner Bros.; THEY CALL ME MR. TIBBS, Sidney Poitier, United Artists; LADY ICE, Donald Sutherland, Jennifer O'Neill, Allied Artists; HIT!, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams, Paramount; CRIME AND PASSION, Omar Sharif, Karen Black, American International Pictures; THE NEXT MAN, Sean Connery, Allied Artists; THE TRACKER (executive producer), Chris Kristofferson, Home Box Office; THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR remake, Pierce Brosnan, Renee Russo, United Artists. Eight other movies and two other television dramas, uncredited. His articles include WHO KILLED HOLLYWOOD?, 1978, Atlantic Monthly; THE SILVER SCAM - , 1980, Atlantic Monthly. THE FINER POINTS OF FINIS, 3/21/2002, Washington POST. His industry Honors: Member, American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Mystery Writers of America; International Association of Crime Writers; Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe award for best screenplay; MWA Chairman of 1994 Best Picture Edgar Committee. Other Industry Activities: Member, Writers Guild of America, West, Inc. Negotiating Committee, 1988. Toronto Film Festival panelist, 1995. Austin, Texas Film Festival panelist, 1999.

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.

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.

The Savvy Screenwriter

The Savvy Screenwriter demystifies the film industry and reveals what aspiring screenwriters really want and need to know.

Author: Susan Kouguell

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429906241

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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The Savvy Screenwriter demystifies the film industry and reveals what aspiring screenwriters really want and need to know. From finding and working with agents, to insights about story analysts and movie executives, to understanding option agreements, to providing samples for queries, synopses, treatments, loglines, and outlines, to pitching, Susan Kouguell knows what works and what doesn't, and gives practical advice on getting your screenplay sold.

Writing Screenplays That Sell New Twentieth Anniversary Edition

For more than twenty years, Writing Screenplays That Sell has been hailed as the most complete guide available on the art, craft, and business of writing for movies and television.

Author: Michael Hauge

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061791437

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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For more than twenty years, Writing Screenplays That Sell has been hailed as the most complete guide available on the art, craft, and business of writing for movies and television. Now fully revised and updated to reflect the latest trends and scripts, Hollywood story expert and script consultant Michael Hauge walks readers through every step of writing and selling successful screenplays. If you read only one book on the screenwriter's craft, this must be the one.

Screenplays how to write sell them

The book's approach is both creative and reflective, giving readers the opportunity to learn a wealth of creative skills alongside skills that will encourage them to think about themselves as writers and the work that they are developing.

Author: Craig Batty

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 9781842436431

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Screenplays ... How to Write and Market Them is an accessible yet comprehensive book aimed at those with a keen interest in writing feature film screenplays. Using case studies, creative exercises and interviews from the industry, the book will guide readers through the necessary stages of writing a screenplay, from finding and developing ideas to creating and executing characters to shaping structure and constructing scenes. It will also consider how a screenplay might be sold, or used to raise interest in the writer, looking at areas such as finding and working with an agent, networking, using competitions, and raising private production funds. The book's approach is both creative and reflective, giving readers the opportunity to learn a wealth of creative skills alongside skills that will encourage them to think about themselves as writers and the work that they are developing. As such, the book will empower readers in their own creative processes and allow them to successfully tell the stories they want to tell. Rich with analyses from classic and contemporary films, littered with practical models, paradigms and creative tasks, and enhanced by the views of key industry figures, the book is a must for any aspiring feature film screenwriter.

Screenwriting for a Global Market

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Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520240216

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 210

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Cinema is a truly global phenomenon and screenwriters who limit their ambitions to Hollywood can unnecessarily limit their careers. This text provides the practical know-how for breaking into the global marketplace.

Raindance Writers Lab

The Raindance Writers' Lab guides you through the tools that enable you to execute a strong treatment for a feature and be well on the way to the first draft of your script.

Author: Elliot Grove

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136055690

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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If you're looking for a straightforward, practical, no-nonsense guide to scriptwriting that will hold your hand right the way through the process, read on! The Raindance Writers' Lab guides you through the tools that enable you to execute a strong treatment for a feature and be well on the way to the first draft of your script. Written by the creator of the Raindance Film Festival himself, Elliot Grove uses a hands-on approach to screenwriting based on his many years of experience teaching the subject for Raindance training. He uses step-by-step processes illustrated with diagrams and charts to lend a visual structure to the teaching. Techniques are related to real-life examples throughout, from low budget to blockbuster films. The Companion Website contains interviews with British writers and directors as well as a handy series of legal contracts, video clips and writing exercises. In this brand new 2nd edition, Grove expands on his story structure theory, as well as how to write for the internet and short films. The website also contains sample scripts and legal contracts, a writing exercise illustrated with a video clip, a folder full of useful hyperlinks for research, and a demo version of Final Draft screenwriting software.

Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds

From the author of ""Screenplays That Sell"" comes his newest book that reveals a one-minute technique for getting one's screenplay or novel read by the major powers of Hollywood.

Author: Michael Hauge

Publisher:

ISBN: 1932907203

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 186

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From the author of ""Screenplays That Sell"" comes his newest book that reveals a one-minute technique for getting one's screenplay or novel read by the major powers of Hollywood.

The Screenwriter s Bible

One of the most popular and useful books on screenwriting, now greatly expanded and completely updated. This edition includes a list of resources and contains approximately 100 new entries.

Author: David Trottier

Publisher:

ISBN: 1879505444

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 314

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One of the most popular and useful books on screenwriting, now greatly expanded and completely updated. This edition includes a list of resources and contains approximately 100 new entries.

Write It Pitch It Sell Your Screenplay

Written by a former story analyst-turned-development executive, this updated edition of "The 1-3-5 Story Structure Made Simple System" guides entertainment industry professionals through the industry standard steps of writing, developing, ...

Author: DMA-Donna Michelle Anderson

Publisher: Planet DMA

ISBN: 0978715020

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Written by a former story analyst-turned-development executive, this updated edition of "The 1-3-5 Story Structure Made Simple System" guides entertainment industry professionals through the industry standard steps of writing, developing, pitching and selling a screenplay - from the buyer's point of view.

Rewriting Secrets for Screenwriters

Tom Lazarus--author of "Stigmata", among other scripts--is a working screenwriter and professor at UCLA extension. In this book, he's distilled his own experience and that of other screenwriters into a system.

Author: Tom Lazarus

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429906357

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Every screenwriter needs to rewrite—more than once, probably many times—to make the story work and then to make a sale. And then again later on, to please producers, studios or stars. Tom Lazarus--author of "Stigmata", among other scripts--is a working screenwriter and professor at UCLA extension. In this book, he's distilled his own experience and that of other screenwriters into a system. SECRETS OF FILM REWRITING will teach writers how to: -prioritize big scenes -track transitions -plot corrections -add new information -pass through for dialogue -do an "on the nose" rewrite Hugely valuable to first-time screenwriters and to grizzled veterans of Hollywood pitch wars alike, SECRETS OF SCREENPLAY REWRITING is larded with humor and attitude as well as information. Its anatomy of a screenplay rewrite breaks down the book's lessons into their practical application—a must for anyone looking for a break in the film business.

The Screenwriter s Handbook

Guide for beginners from idea to final script to marketing, with advice from successful film writers, filmmakers, and film executives.

Author: Constance Nash

Publisher: Barnes & Noble

ISBN: STANFORD:36105038730318

Category: Motion picture authorship

Page: 149

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Guide for beginners from idea to final script to marketing, with advice from successful film writers, filmmakers, and film executives.

How to Sell Your Screenplay

A spec script is a sample of your work that may result in a sale and / or a writing assignment . Your spec script should be a pleasure to read . Let it tell your story without bogging down the reader with unnecessary technical ...

Author: Lydia Wilen

Publisher: Square One Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 0757000029

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 309

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This handbook lets readers in on the rules of winning the game. Written by two veteran screenwriters, this is a complete guide to getting a screenplay seen, read, and sold.

Writing Screenplays That Sell

Once again, the question to ask yourself repeatedly is this: “Is writing screenplays bringing me joy? ... A screenwriter can earn money in three ways: l Sale of the screenplay l A development deal l A salaried staff writer position 2.

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.

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.

Script Selling in Goodluckland

Everything you will find in this book has been experienced on my own skin and the one of people I have met along the way. TABLE OF CONTENT INTRODUCTION Why did I write this book? Why breaking into the film business is so tough? ANDREA WHO?

Author: Andrea Rich

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1483960463

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 120

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Everyone has at least once in his life thought he had a great idea he could turn into a blockbuster. But screenwriting and making a living out of screenwriting can be compared to the twelve tasks of Hercules. Many books will tell you how to write a script but none will tell you how hard it is to sell it. Script Selling in Goodluckland will spare you a lot of time and disillusion. Read it before you even type FADE IN. This is a unique insider's perspective on the Hollywood film industry and the business surrounding filmmaking from someone who started out just like you Anything you need to know about what happens when you wrote your first movie screenplay and want to sell it. Avoid the pitfalls and the scams, the disappointments and the false promises. Everything you will find in this book has been experienced on my own skin and the one of people I have met along the way. TABLE OF CONTENT INTRODUCTION Why did I write this book? Why breaking into the film business is so tough? ANDREA WHO? A chapter about how I ended up writing screenplays in English and shopping them around in Hollywood. THE SCREENWRITER Why the screenwriter is a masochistic species. MONEY How money is the key to everything in this business. BOOKS On how books can teach you the craft but not the way you will sell your screenplay. FILM SCHOOLS How film schools can give you quality teaching but no industry introduction. SCREENWRITING SEMINARS AND PITCH MARKETS Why seminars are only a good occasion to collect information, but not an opportunity to sell your work. SCRIPT CONSULTANTS How working with a script consultant can help you to write a higher quality screenplay but not to sell it. WEBSITES Why websites are a good place to find information but will not help you to make a striking breakthrough in the business. SCREENWRITING CONTESTS On how screenwriting contests don't deliver their promises and my personal experience with winning first prize at a contest that didn't get me anywhere. FILM FESTIVALS My personal experience as a screenwriter at the Cannes Film Festival. AGENTS, MANAGERS AND LAWYERS How agents, managers and lawyers are blessed people who don't need clients. INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS How independent producers are producers without money. READERS Why it is easier to pass on your script than to recommend it. STARS Why having a specific star interested in your script is the best way to get your film made. L.A. FAUNA Do you need to live in L.A? HELP I NEED SOMEBODY HELP How screenwriters think they need help but they don't. WHAT TO DO THEN? A recap of ten important points for selling a screenplay. GLOSSARY A fun dictionary of the most commonly used terms.

The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers

Purchasing a screenplay during the option period is called exercising the option. If the filmmaker chooses not to exercise the option, and the option expires, the right to sell the screenplay reverts back to the screenwriter.

Author: Thomas A. Crowell

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781136067426

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

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* You have an idea you want to pitch to a production company; how do you safeguard your concept? * There's a painting in the background of your independent film; is it necessary to clear the rights? * The screenplay you and a friend wrote gets optioned; how do you split the proceeds fairly? * How do you get a script to popular Hollywood actors or deal with their agents? Find quick answers to these and hundreds of other questions in The Pocket Lawyer for Film and Video, the next best thing to having an entertainment attorney at your beck and call. Written by a TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer, this no-nonsense reference provides fast answers in plain English: no law degree required! The Pocket Lawyer is designed to help producers reduce legal costs by providing the vital information needed to make informed decisions on the legal aspects of film, video, and TV productions. Film and video production is a litigation lighting rod: actors get hurt, copyrights are infringed, and contracts are broken. Big-budget producers have lawyers on retainer, but many independent filmmakers are left legally exposed. Arm yourself with the practical advice in this book. You will not only avoid common pitfalls, but become empowered in your daily work. Too many otherwise competent producers turn over every aspect of the deal negotiations to their lawyers and agents. This book explains the principal deals common to every production, putting producers back in the co-pilot seat with their representatives. The format is carefully designed for quick reference, so you get the answers you need, fast. Features include: * Clause Companion: explains the meaning and impact of typical contract clauses, taking the headache out of reading them. * F.A.Qs: instantly answers the most commonly asked legal questions. * Warnings: alerts you to critical areas and common mistakes. * Pro-Tips: advice on unions, escrow accounts, etc. for producers who want to distribute their video widely.

Screenwriting For Dummies

Whether you want to write a feature film or a TV script or adapt your favorite book, this friendly guide gives you expert advice in everything from creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and ...

Author: Laura Schellhardt

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118052624

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

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Write a great script and get it into the hands of the Hollywood players! So you want to be a screenwriter? Whether you want to write a feature film or a TV script or adapt your favorite book, this friendly guide gives you expert advice in everything from creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and selling it to the studios. You get savvy industry tips and strategies for getting your screenplay noticed! The screenwriting process from A to Z -- from developing a concept and thinking visually to plotline, conflicts, pacing, and the conclusion Craft living, breathing characters -- from creating the backstory to letting your characters speak to balancing dialogue with action Turn your story into a script -- from developing an outline and getting over writer's block to formatting your screenplay and handling rewrites Prepare for Hollywood -- from understanding the players and setting your expectations to polishing your copy and protecting your work Sell your script to the industry -- from preparing your pitch and finding an agent to meeting with executives and making a deal Open the book and find: The latest on the biz, from entertainment blogs to top agents to box office jargon New story examples from recently released films Tips on character development, a story's time clock, dramatic structure, and dialogue New details on developing the nontraditional screenplay -- from musicals to animation to high dramatic style Expanded information on adaptation and collaboration, with examples from successful screenwriting duos