A History of the Screenplay

The screenplays of this period were hybrids, and inconsistent hybrids at that. Moreover, there is a gradual but perceptible evolutionary change, ...

Author: S. Price

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137315700

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 278

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The screenplay is currently the focus of extensive critical re-evaluation, however, as yet there has been no comprehensive study of its historical development. International in scope and placing emphasis on the development and variety of screenplay texts themselves, this book will be an important and innovative addition to the current literature.

The Plays Screenplays and Films of David Mamet

CHAPTER FIVE The Screenplays, 1981–9: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), The Verdict (1982), The Untouchables (1987), We're No Angels (1989) ...

Author: Steven Price

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137050335

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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David Mamet is arguably the most important living American playwright. This Guide provides an up-to-date study of the key criticism on the full range of Mamet's work. It engages with his work in film as well as in the theatre, offering a synoptic overview of, and critical commentary on, the scholarly criticism of each play, screenplay or film.

Analysing the Screenplay

Analysing the Screenplay highlights the screenplay as an important form in itself, as opposed to merely being the first stage of the production process.

Author: Jill Nelmes


ISBN: 0415556341

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 273

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Most producers and directors acknowledge the crucial role of the screenplay, yet the film script has received little academic attention until recently, even though the screenplay has been in existence since the end of the 19th century. Analysing the Screenplay highlights the screenplay as an important form in itself, as opposed to merely being the first stage of the production process. It explores a number of possible approaches to studying the screenplay, considering the depth and breadth of the subject area, including: the history and early development of the screenplay in the United States, France and Britain the process of screenplay writing and its peculiar relationship to film production the assumption that the screenplay is standardised in form and certain stories or styles are universal the range of writing outside the mainstream, from independent film to story ideas in Bhutanese film production to animation possible critical approaches to analysing the screenplay. Analysing the Screenplay is a comprehensive anthology, offering a global selection of contributions from internationally renowned, specialist authors. Together they provide readers with an insight into this fascinating yet complex written form. This anthology will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students on a range of Film Studies courses, particularly those on scriptwriting.

Being There and the Evolution of a Screenplay

set: the mental ability to transpose the formatting of a modern screenplay into its potential for visual and aural representation. This makes screenplays ...

Author: Aaron Hunter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501348372

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 488

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Being There and the Evolution of a Screenplay provides an insightful look at the drafting of one of Hollywood history's greatest scripts. Being There (1979) is generally considered the final film in Hal Ashby's triumphant 1970s career, which included the likes of Harold and Maude (1971) and Shampoo (1975). The film also showcases Peter Sellers's last great performance. In 2005, the Writers Guild of America included Being There on its list of 101 Best Scripts. Being There and the Evolution of a Screenplay features three versions of the script: an early draft by Jerzy Kosinski, based on his 1970 novel; a second by long-time Ashby collaborator and Oscar-winner Robert C. Jones, which makes substantial changes to Kosinki's; and a final draft written by Jones with Ashby's assistance, which makes further structural and narrative changes. Additionally, the book features facsimile pages from one of Kosinski's copy of the scripts that include handwritten notes, providing readers with valuable insight into the redrafting process. For each version, Ashby scholar Aaron Hunter adds perceptive analysis of the script's development, the relationships of the writers who worked on it, and key studio and production details. This is both a presentation of the script of Being There, and a record of the process of crafting that script – a text that will be of interest to film fans and scholars as well as writers and teachers of screenwriting. Evolution of a Screenplay is the first book of its kind to so amply demonstrate the creative development of a Hollywood script.

Writing the Character Centered Screenplay Updated and Expanded edition

Making a Good Script Great . Hollywood : Samuel French , 1987. A level - headed guide no only to the art of the rewrite but of screenwriting in general .

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520924177

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 249

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"We need good screenwriters who understand character." Everywhere Andrew Horton traveled in researching this book—from Hollywood to Hungary—he heard the same refrain. Yet most of the standard how-to books on screenwriting follow the film industry's earlier lead in focusing almost exclusively on plot and formulaic structures. With this book, Horton, a film scholar and successful screenwriter, provides the definitive work on the character-based screenplay. Exceptionally wide-ranging—covering American, international, mainstream, and "off-Hollywood" films, as well as television—the book offers creative strategies and essential practical information. Horton begins by placing screenwriting in the context of the storytelling tradition, arguing through literary and cultural analysis that all great stories revolve around a strong central character. He then suggests specific techniques and concepts to help any writer—whether new or experienced—build more vivid characters and screenplays. Centering his discussion around four film examples—including Thelma & Louise and The Silence of the Lambs—and the television series, Northern Exposure, he takes the reader step-by-step through the screenwriting process, starting with the development of multi-dimensional characters and continuing through to rewrite. Finally, he includes a wealth of information about contests, fellowships, and film festivals. Espousing a new, character-based approach to screenwriting, this engaging, insightful work will prove an essential guide to all of those involved in the writing and development of film scripts.

The Money Run the Screenplay

E.R. Wytrykus. The Money Run-the Screenplay E.R. Wytrykus THE MONEY RUN A Screenplay by E.R. Wytrykus Copyright, 2009. Front Cover.

Author: E.R. Wytrykus

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780974221694


Page: 148

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Skinwalkers The Screenplay

With great thanks to EVERYONE that helped me shape this screenplay. Thank you all for the help; M.J. (for getting me started on this journey), ...

Author: J. Shargawi

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781365442551



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The Trial of the Chicago 7 The Screenplay

You will continue to receive exclusive offers in your inbox. THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 THE SCREENPLAY Aaron Sorkin. Front Cover.

Author: Aaron Sorkin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781982163259

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

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The brilliant screenplay of the forthcoming film The Trial of the Chicago 7 by Academy and Emmy Award–winning screenwriter and director Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin’s film dramatizes the 1969 trial of seven prominent anti-Vietnam War activists in Chicago. Originally there were eight defendants, but one, Bobby Seale, was severed from the trial by Judge Julius Hoffman—after Hoffman had ordered Seale bound and gagged in court. The defendants were a mix of counterculture revolutionaries such as Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, and political activists such as Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, and David Dellinger, the last a longtime pacifist who was a generation older than the others. Their lawyers argued that the right to free speech was on trial, whether that speech concerned lifestyles or politics. The Trial of the Chicago 7 stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Frank Langella, and Mark Rylance, among others, directed by Aaron Sorkin. This book is Sorkin’s screenplay, the first of his movie screenplays ever published.

Ubik The Screenplay

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547725772

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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“An accident has occurred. Joe Chip and his colleagues—all but one of them—have narrowly escaped an explosion at a moon base. Or is it the other way round? Did Joe and the others die, and did the one fatality, Glen Runciter, actually survive? . . . From the stuff of space opera, Dick spins a deeply unsettling existential horror story, a nightmare you’ll never be sure you’ve woken up from.”—Lev Grossman, Time In 1974, Philip K. Dick was commissioned to write a screenplay based on his novel Ubik. The film was eventually scrapped, but the screenplay was saved and later published in 1985. Featuring scenes that are not in the book and a surreal playfulness—the style of the writing goes back in time just like the technology in the book’s dreamworld—this screenplay is the only one Dick wrote and features his signature mix of paranoia, humor, and big-idea philosophy.

The Screenplay Business

Managing Creativity and Script Development in the Film Industry Peter Bloore ... Bloore for the book The Screenplay Business [Interview – mp3 recording], ...

Author: Peter Bloore

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415613323

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 350

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The development of a film screenplay is a complex and collaborative process, beginning with an initial story and continuing through drafting and financing to the start of the shoot. And yet the best ways of understanding and managing this process have never been properly studied. The Screenplay Business is the first book to do exactly that, addressing such questions as: How do film scripts get written, and what are the tensions between creativity and business? How can the team of the writer, producer, director and development executive work together most effectively? The Screenplay Business presents a theoretical and practical framework for understanding the business of independent script development, and encompasses ideas about creativity, motivation, managing creative people, value chains, and MBA leadership theories. This book will help producers and writers to nurture their stories through the long development process to the screen. It explains the international film business, and contains new research and extensive interviews with leading industry figures, including practical advice on how to run script meetings and handle notes; how to build a sustainable business; and how to understand what really happens when a script is written. The Screenplay Business is a new key text for academics and students researching film and media, and indispensable reading for anyone working in film screenplay development today.

The Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay

With examples from various well known screenplays this book explores the various forms of the Visual Mindscape such as; withholding, discovery, the law of contradiction, location as Allegory, Visual Metaphors, Triggers and Anchors as well ...

Author: Bill Boyle

Publisher: All That Sky Productions

ISBN: 0578110296

Category: Motion picture authorship

Page: 334

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A 'fully realized' screenplay reveals itself primarily through images, making use of what I call the "Visual Mindscape." This allows the reader or viewer to 'discover' elements of the story rather than being told. By being able to actively participate in the unfolding of the story makes the overall experience for the reader a more visceral and luminous experience. With examples from various well known screenplays this book explores the various forms of the Visual Mindscape such as; withholding, discovery, the law of contradiction, location as Allegory, Visual Metaphors, Triggers and Anchors as well as seeking visual expressions for time, tense and flow of location.

Silver City and Other Screenplays

With an Introduction that describes the making of his films, this book is a collection of filmmaker John Sayles' acclaimed work.

Author: John Sayles

Publisher: Bold Type Books

ISBN: UOM:39015059245061

Category: Drama

Page: 484

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With an Introduction that describes the making of his films, this book is a collection of filmmaker John Sayles' acclaimed work.

Aspects of the Screenplay

Techniques of Screenwriting Mark Axelrod. 1 ASPECTS OF THE SCREENPLAY Techniques of Screenwriting Mark Axelrod HEINEMANN.

Author: Mark Axelrod

Publisher: Heinemann Drama

ISBN: UOM:39015050807547

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 141

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Aspects of the Screenplay deals with film dialogue: how best to write it while also focusing on other critical aspects of the screenplay.

Not the Screenplay to Fear Loathing in Las Vegas

The script is HYSTERICAL . ” - JOEL SIEGEL , ABC - TV " The MEANEST , most consistently hysterical film in ages . . . the writing is sharply pointed and delightfully irreverent . ” – MARSHALL FINE GANNETT NEWSPAPERS " OUTRAGEOUSLY ...

Author: Terry Gilliam

Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema

ISBN: UCSC:32106012416589

Category: Music

Page: 224

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Flip the Script

This book will change the way you think about persuasion, and have you closing deals in no time.

Author: Oren Klaff

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349418841

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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This book will change the way you think about persuasion, and have you closing deals in no time. These days, it's just not enough to make a great pitch. Over decades of being marketed, pitched, sold (and lied) to, we've grown resistant to sales persuasion. The moment we feel pressured to buy, we pull away. And if we're told what to think, our defences go up. That's why Oren Klaff, bestselling author of Pitch Anything, has devised a new approach to persuasion based on a simple insight: everyone trusts their own ideas. Instead of pushing your idea on your buyer, guide them to discover it on their own and they will get excited about it. They'll buy in and feel good about the chance to work with you. In Flip the Script, Klaff breaks down this insight into a series of actionable steps. You will learn how to: *Achieve Status Alignment: Use a status tip-off, a strategically placed remark that identifies you as an insider who can relate to your client's concerns. *Close the Certainty Gap: Allay your buyer's fears about going into business with you by delivering a flash roll, proving your expertise in the domain. *Present Your Idea as Plain Vanilla: Don't overhype your product as a first-of-its-kind solution. The more you emphasise the familiar, reliable elements of your product, the easier you make it for your buyer to say yes. Packed with examples of the long-shot, often hilarious deals that Klaff has pulled off over the years, Flip the Script is the most entertaining, informative masterclass in dealmaking you'll find anywhere. It will transform your approach to pitching, leaving you fully prepared to raise money, seal deals and keep your cool in the toughest business situations.

Persona and Shame

Persona is a brooding study of personal disintegration, as Elizabeth, an actress recovering from a severe emotional breakdown, is cared for by Alma, her apparently well-balanced and extrovert nurse.

Author: Ingmar Bergman

Publisher: Marion Boyars

ISBN: 0714507571

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 190

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Persona is a brooding study of personal disintegration, as Elizabeth, an actress recovering from a severe emotional breakdown, is cared for by Alma, her apparently well-balanced and extrovert nurse. Slowly the barriers that separate and define the two women crumble, and their relationship turns into a bewildering reversal and substitution of their respective identities. Shame pitches Jan and Eva, husband and wife and both professional musicians, into a world torn apart by civil war. Completely brutalised by the progressive breakdown of all civilised standards of behaviour, Jan and Eva's fate reflects how superficial culture, good order and morality are when set against the unconcern of an arbitrary and amoral universe.