How to Build a Great Screenplay

He offers in-depth considerations of: * characterization * story arc * plotting and subplotting * dealing with coincidence in story plotting * classical vs. revolutionary screenplay structure * tone, style, and atmosphere * the use of time ...

Author: David Howard

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429994789

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

View: 676


How to Bulid a Great Screenplay is a definitive guide on the mechanics of screenwriting--filled with examples--from the author of The Tools of Screenwriting. Acclaimed USC screenwriting teacher David Howard has guided hundreds of students to careers in writing for film and television. Drawing on decades of practical experience and savvy, How to Build a Great Screenplay deconstructs the craft of screenwriting and carefully reveals how to build a good story from the ground up. Howard eschews the "system" offered by other books, emphasizing that a great screenplay requires dozens of unique decisions by the author. He offers in-depth considerations of: * characterization * story arc * plotting and subplotting * dealing with coincidence in story plotting * classical vs. revolutionary screenplay structure * tone, style, and atmosphere * the use of time on screen * the creation of drama and tension * crucial moments in storytelling Throughout the book, Howard clarifies his lessons through examples from some of the most successful Hollywood and international script-oriented films, including Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, Trainspotting, North by Northwest, Chinatown, and others. The end result is what could very well become the classic text in the field---a bible for the burgeoning screenwriter.


Dramatic irony is a more powerful tool than telegraphing or dangling causes ,
and can sometimes sustain a feature - length film all by itself , though almost
usually in the comic rather than the suspense variety . The Graduate ( 1967 —
see ...

Author: Paul Gulino

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826415687

Category: Social Science

Page: 230

View: 552


The great challenge in writing a feature-length screenplay is sustaining audience involvement from page one through 120. Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach expounds on an often-overlooked tool that can be key in solving this problem. A screenplay can be understood as being built of sequences of about fifteen pages each, and by focusing on solving the dramatic aspects of each of these sequences in detail, a writer can more easily conquer the challenges posed by the script as a whole. The sequence approach has its foundation in early Hollywood cinema (until the 1950s, most screenplays were formatted with sequences explicitly identified), and has been rediscovered and used effectively at such film schools as the University of Southern California, Columbia University and Chapman University. This book exposes a wide audience to the approach for the first time, introducing the concept then providing a sequence analysis of eleven significant feature films made between 1940 and 2000: The Shop Around The Corner / Double Indemnity / Nights of Cabiria / North By Northwest / Lawrence of Arabia / The Graduate / One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest / Toy Story / Air Force One / Being John Malkovich / The Fellowship of the Ring>

Writing a Great Movie

This book is a state-of-the-art, practical manual on the craft of dramatic writing for film, focusing on seven essential tools for the screenwriter: (1) Dilemma, Crisis, Decision and Action, and Resolution (2) Theme (3) the 36 Dramatic ...

Author: Jeff Kitchen

Publisher: Billboard Books

ISBN: 0823069788

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 324

View: 903


Writing a Great Movie is destined to become a bible for new and aspiring screenwriters. This book is a state-of-the-art, practical manual on the craft of dramatic writing for film, focusing on seven essential tools for the screenwriter: (1) Dilemma, Crisis, Decision and Action, and Resolution (2) Theme (3) the 36 Dramatic Situations (4) the Enneagram (practical study of personal growth that identifies 9 distinct types of personalities) (5) Research and brainstorming (6) the Central Proposition and (7) Sequence, Proposition, and Plot. Featuring the creation, development and construction of an original screenplay from start to finish, Jeff Kitchen offers his readers a clear picture of how to apply these tools on their own scripts. Everyone wanting to create, develop and write the "hot, new screenplay" will find all the guidance they need in Writing a Great Movie. "Kitchen s seminar is not just theory, it s nuts and bolts...he provides you with a set of dramaturgical wrenches with which you can dismantle, then reassemble your screenplay idea and verify its dramatic integrity." --Michael McDonnell, producer of The Usual Suspects. Offers state-of-the-art dramaturgic theory and technique - not the standard approach to screenwriting taught in film schools or in other screenwriting books. The author is a top-rated teacher praised throughout the movie industry and featured in Creative Screenwriting magazine as one of the top screenwriting teachers today. Jeff Kitchen, a working screenwriter, worked as a dramaturge at New York s Playwrights Preview Productions and has taught dramaturgic writing to teachers at University of Southern California s graduate film school and to development executives at all the major studios, including Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group. Also available: 0-8230-8450-7 / 978-0-8230-8450-0 The Weekend Novelist, Revised & Updated Edition (W excl. BC)

Raindance Writers Lab

There are the rules of screenwriting and the tools of screenwriting, and you
should remember the difference. Rules are made to be broken. But first you need
to learn the rules, so that you know what you are breaking. A tool exists to make
your ...

Author: Elliot Grove

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136055690

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 840


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.

Maverick Screenwriting

A manual for the adventurous screenwriter Josh Golding ... tools. of. a.
screenwriter. So what are the tools that writers use to conjure up their worlds?
Firstly there are the ones that screenwriting shares with drama and fiction:
character, plot, ...

Author: Josh Golding

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408154946

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 382

View: 955


Every film development executive says they're looking for original stories. Maverick Screenwriting will teach you how to play with advanced narrative techniques - time, logic and reality - that change the way we look at the world. Discover the techniques that give films like The Matrix, The Truman Show and Avatar an original twist. You will learn: the difference between plot-driven and concept-driven films how to play with time, reality and point-of-view in radical ways how to emotionally connect with your audience how to create a 'Matrix' that will hold your story together how to push your concept to the limit- how to tell a story that expresses the unique way you look at the world In Maverick Screenwriting, writers, development executives, producers and directors will all find inspiration and new approaches that will help your film project stand out.

Mobile Media Making in an Age of Smartphones

With its ability to generate content and develop the screenwriter's practice,
Scenetweet may be marketed as a rebellious sibling to ... Many screenwriting
tools and apps exist but they vary widely in what they offer screenwriting practice.

Author: M. Berry

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137469816

Category: Social Science

Page: 164

View: 145


With the rise of smartphones and the proliferation of applications, the ways everyday media users and creative professionals represent, experience, and share the everyday is changing. This collection reflects on emergent creative practices and digital ethnographies of new socialities associated with smartphone cameras in everyday life.

A Guide to Screenwriting Success

The art of screenwriting is deceptively difficult. I really hate to start on a sour note,
but it has to be said right now while you're still bright-eyed, full of enthusiasm, and
can take a good punch on the chin. I want you to go into this adventure sober ...

Author: Stephen V. Duncan

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742553019

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 635


A Guide to Screenwriting Success provides a comprehensive overview of writing and rewriting a screenplay. Duncan's handy book teaches new screenwriters the process of creating a professional screenplay from beginning to end from character development to story templates. It shows that inspiration, creativity, and good writing are not elusive concepts but attainable goals. The book contains dozens of exercises to help writers through these steps. The second half of the book covers the teleplay, an often-overlooked but rewarding side of screenwriting. Success in screenwriting is no longer a pipe dream for those who pick up Duncan's guide."

Now Write Screenwriting

Please remember, the tools, techniques, and strategies presented here are not
hard-and-fast rules. They are guidelines for implementing craft. You must have a
command and access to the craft of screenwriting before you can break the rules.

Author: Sherry Ellis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101486078

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

View: 378


An essential handbook featuring never-before-published writing exercises from the acclaimed screenwriters of Raging Bull, Ali, Terminator 2, Fame, Groundhog Day, Cape Fear, "Lost", "True Blood", "The Shield", and many other hit films and television shows. Now Write! Screenwriting-the latest addition to the Now Write! writing guide series-brings together the acclaimed screenwriters of films like the Oscar-winning Raging Bull, Oscar- nominated Ali, era-defining blockbuster Terminator 2, musical classic Fame, hit series "Lost" "True Blood" and "The Shield," Groundhog Day, Cape Fear, Chicken Run, Reversal of Fortune, Before Sunrise, Mystic Pizza, Indecent Proposal, and many more, to teach the art of the story. *Learn about why it is sometimes best to write what you don't know from Christina Kim ('Lost') *Find out how Stephen Rivele (Ali, Nixon) reduces his screenplay ideas down to their most basic elements, and uses that as a writing guide *Learn why you should focus on your character, not your plot, when digging yourself out of a plot home from Danny Rubin (Groundhog Day) *Take tips from Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run, The Spiderwick Chronicles) on how to give an inanimate object intense emotional significance *Let Kim Krizan (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset) teach you how to stop your internal critic dead in his tracks This lively and easy-to-read guide will motivate both aspiring and experienced screenwriters. No other screenwriting book offers advice and exercises from this many writers of successful, iconic films.

The Art and Science of Screenwriting

Why do you want to write or develop this screenplay ? ... This has to relate to your
need to write this screenplay . ... The creative matrix provides the theoretical
basis , the tools of the trade provide the means for writing within a screen context

Author: Philip Parker

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841500658

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 219

View: 285


As screenwriters come to be seen as the storytellers of the age this book presents the fundamentals of writing a really compelling screenplay. Parker's new approach to writing for film and TV covers everything from finding an idea to writing a finished piece, containing advice on how to apply creative vision and the needs of the market. Parker breaks from the dominant concerns of act structure and character-driven narratives with a six-part framework comprising story, plot, dramatic structures, narrative and style.

Screenwriting For Dummies

Screenwriting. as. a. Craft. Writers take their vocation very seriously. They'll do
almost anything to inspire that muse, and I do mean ... If you want a glimpse of
some of those tools, turn to Chapter 4 where I discuss the craft of screenwriting.

Author: Laura Schellhardt

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118052624

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

View: 651


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

The Process

"This book teaches a method called process-driven screenwriting. The process is a series of planning steps we take before writing our script. This process works for any kind of movie.

Author: Clive Frayne


ISBN: 1083083015


Page: 269

View: 509


"The main difference between an early-career screenwriter and a great screenwriter is their process. Screenwriters with an effective and professional process tend to write great scripts."This book teaches a method called process-driven screenwriting. The process is a series of planning steps we take before writing our script. This process works for any kind of movie. It works for Hollywood Blockbusters or experimental art-house films. As long as our intention is to create drama, the process will help us write better scripts. This book doesn't offer a formula or plot-template. Instead, it helps screenwriters find a writing technique that works for them. At the heart of this book is a simple idea... dogma is the enemy of creativity.This book contains a set of practical tools. Tools designed to help writers create drama and to craft great cinematic stories. This is also a book that explores the ideas behind drama, story and what it means to write cinema. Although the tools in this book are simple, the conversation about how we write movie scripts isn't. I have not separated the conversation about writing from the discussion about the tools. That's because the two things are connected. We need tools like this because writing cinematic drama is complicated. It's not possible to separate the process from the challenges of screenwriting. Process-driven screenwriting is very simple. Anyone can learn the basic steps in a short period of time. However, as with any tools, it takes time and practice to master their use. These tools can be used to create simple stories or to craft complex narratives.So, what are these tools? What are the steps? raw idea - our initial inspiration or ideatheme - decide what facet of human experience we're exploringcompass logline - decide who the film is about, when and where it is setchase our fascination to create the world of story - creating a fictional worldcharacter development - populate the world with characterscreate a plot - decide what happens and the order in which the audience finds things outwrite the script - write cinematic drama in a form that is acceptable to the production teamIn reality, everyone is a process-driven screenwriter whether they know it or not. Every writer has a process, even if that process is to stare at a blank page until they have an idea. Every writer's process is unique to them. We do what works best for us. Writers with great processes write great screenplays. In this book, we will look at ways any writer can improve their process without giving up the things that make them unique.

Screenwriting 101

Provides readers with the necessary tools to create and market a screenplay, discussing topics such as structure, character development, and style

Author: Neill D. Hicks


ISBN: IND:30000067573448

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

View: 590


Provides readers with the necessary tools to create and market a screenplay, discussing topics such as structure, character development, and style

Screenplay Competitions

Discusses how to enter screenplay competitions, how to select the most suitable screenwriting contests for the screenwriter and his/her script, strategies for dealing with written critiques, and ways writers can benefit from the competition ...

Author: Ann Marie Williams


ISBN: 0942617754

Category: Motion picture authorship

Page: 264

View: 440


"The screenplay competition process explained. Discusses how to enter screenplay competitions, how to select the most suitable screenwriting contests for the screenwriter and his/her script, strategies for dealing with written critiques, and ways writers can benefit from the competition process even if they don't win"--

The Screenwriter s Handbook 2010

The Screenwriter's Bible : A Complete Guide to Writing , Formatting and Selling
Your Script by David Trottier ( Silman ... The Secrets of Action Screenwriting by
William C. Martell ( First Strike Productions , 2000 ) The Tools of Screenwriting by

Author: Barry Turner

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: PSU:000064178462

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 278

View: 947


Containing thousands of entries covering every aspect of screenwriting, with provocative articles and advice from leading representatives of the trade, this practical, straightforward guide provides full details on the core markets and the way the television and film industries are going.

The Screenwriter s Handbook

Is the action overshadowed by lengthy dialog ( a common failing of novice
screenwriters ) ? ... in your ability to understand his prerogatives and also in your
knowledge of how to use the tools of screenwriting with precision and sensitivity .

Author: Constance Nash

Publisher: Barnes & Noble

ISBN: STANFORD:36105038730318

Category: Motion picture authorship

Page: 149

View: 257


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

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

no relation to the current publication ) , I can safely say that none of these
magazines will assist you much in getting ahead as a screenwriter . Why ?
Because any movie news in such magazines is old news with regard to what
Hollywood is ...

Author: Skip Press

Publisher: Prima Lifestyles

ISBN: 0761531874

Category: Reference

Page: 432

View: 982


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, "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 Screenwriter s Handbook

Author: Barry Turner

Publisher: Macmillan Pub Limited

ISBN: UCSD:31822036515484

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 333

View: 819


The Screenwriters Handbook contains thousands of entries covering every aspect of scriptwriting, with provocative articles and useful advice from both leading practitioners of the art and representatives of the trade from both sides of the Atlantic. This practical, straightforward guide, with indexes to aid quick searches, provides full details and identifies industry trends. In addition to the key areas of UK and US film and TV agents and production companies, writers' courses, festivals, grants and prizes. the guide also offers invaluable expert advice on contracts, copyright, and taxation.

The Independent Film Videomaker s Guide

The Elements of Screenwriting : A Guide for Film and Television Writers , Irwin R .
Blacker , 1996 . The Insider ' s Guide to ... The Tools of Screenwriting : A Writer ' s
Guide to the Craft and Elements of a Screenplay , David Howard et al . , 1993 .

Author: Michael Wiese


ISBN: UOM:39015046891902

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 488

View: 764


Offers information on creating a successful independent film, covering such topics as program development, distribution, and raising cash through marketing the film