The Understructure of Writing for Film and Television

A major feature of the text is the use of many example scenes from contemporary and classic American films, such as On the Waterfront, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Godfather, The Graduate, Tootsie, and more.

Author: Ben Brady

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292791824

Category: Performing Arts

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This unique, comprehensive introduction to screenwriting offers practical advice for the beginning writer, whether college student or freelancer. Based on their experience as professional writers and as teachers in a large, successful screenwriting program at California State University, Northridge, the authors provide a progression of assignments at manageable screenwriting lengths for beginners. They lead students through development of a premise, treatment, stepsheet, and, finally, miniscreenplay—essential elements in writing a longer script. A major feature of the text is the use of many example scenes from contemporary and classic American films, such as On the Waterfront, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Godfather, The Graduate, Tootsie, and more. Other scenes are drawn from international films and dramatic literature. The criticism of these scenes invites students to develop their own comparative models, while simultaneously providing exposure to the central analytical terms of good dramatic writing. The authors also place screenwriting within the larger tradition of dramatic writing in order to put the beginning writer in touch with the wealth of art, experience, and practical ideas the drama contains. They provide an up-to-date, practical discussion of marketing and copywriting a screenplay, with addresses of relevant professional societies. Most importantly, they never offer an ill-advised shortcut or restrict students to only one way of thinking about a character, situation, or scene. In The Understructure of Writing for Film & Television, the student's thought and creativity are central.

The Understructure of Writing for Film Television

Explains how screenplays are written, discusses structure, plot, camera language, character, dialogue, and theme and provides useful examples from movies and plays

Author: Ben Brady

Publisher:

ISBN: 0292785143

Category: Performing Arts

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Explains how screenplays are written, discusses structure, plot, camera language, character, dialogue, and theme and provides useful examples from movies and plays

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

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Author: Skip Press

Publisher: Prima Lifestyles

ISBN: 0761531874

Category: Reference

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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

Directing Television and Film

369 BOOKS THAT MAY BE HELPFUL Armer , Alan A . Writing the Screenplay —
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Author: Alan A. Armer

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:39000004682295

Category: Motion pictures

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Making Television Programs

Blumenthal , Howard J. Television Producing & Directing , 1st ed . New York :
Barnes & Noble Books , 1987 . Brady , Ben . The Understructure of Writing For
Film & Television , 1st ed . Austin : University of Texas Press , 1988 . Broughton ,
Irv ...

Author: Richard Breyer

Publisher: Waveland PressInc

ISBN: PSU:000023415003

Category: Television

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A Poetics for Screenwriters

By explaining "why" good screenplays work, this book is the indispensable companion for all the "how-to" guides. Lance Lee is the coauthor ofThe Understructure of Writing for Film and Television.

Author: Lance Lee

Publisher:

ISBN: 0292787189

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Writing successful screenplays that capture the public imagination and richly reward the screenwriter requires more than simply following the formulas prescribed by the dozens of screenwriting manuals currently in print. Learning the "how-to's" is important, but understanding the dramatic elements that make up a good screenplay is equally crucial for writing a memorable movie. InA Poetics for Screenwriters, veteran writer and teacher Lance Lee offers aspiring and professional screenwriters a thorough overview of all the dramatic elements of screenplays, unbiased toward any particular screenwriting method. Lee explores each aspect of screenwriting in detail. He covers primary plot elements, dramatic reality, storytelling stance and plot types, character, mind in drama, spectacle and other elements, and developing and filming the story. Relevant examples from dozens of American and foreign films, includingRear Window, Blue, Witness, The Usual Suspects, Virgin Spring, Fanny and Alexander, The Godfather, andOn the Waterfront, as well as from dramas ranging from the Greek tragedies to the plays of Shakespeare and Ibsen, illustrate all of his points. This new overview of the dramatic art provides a highly useful update for all students and professionals who have tried to adapt the principles of Aristotle'sPoeticsto the needs of modern screenwriting. By explaining "why" good screenplays work, this book is the indispensable companion for all the "how-to" guides. Lance Lee is the coauthor ofThe Understructure of Writing for Film and Television. He has taught screenwriting at California State University, Northridge, since 1981.

Writing for the Electronic Media

Corporate Television : A Producer ' s Handbook . Stoneham , MA ... Scriptwriting
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Television .

Author: Peter E. Mayeux

Publisher: WCB/McGraw-Hill

ISBN: IND:30000045669045

Category: Reference

Page: 449

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The Independent Film Videomaker s Guide

The Elements of Screenwriting : A Guide for Film and Television Writers , Irwin R .
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Author: Michael Wiese

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015046891902

Category: Performing Arts

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

The Art and Science of Screenwriting

Some Useful Books Screenwriting for Narrative Film & Television – William Miller
. Columbus A general introduction to both film and television writing . Lew
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Author: Philip Parker

Publisher: Intellect L & D E F A E

ISBN: UOM:39015047864916

Category: Fiction

Page: 219

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This is an introduction to the essential elements of screenwriting, from finding an idea to creating a finished screenplay. The text includes methodology, how to apply creative vision, a focus on the project itself, and considers the work prior to deciding the format, as well as the market. It uses contemporary film and television examples from the UK, Europe and across the world.

American Short Fiction

TEXAS PRINCIPLES OF ADAPTATION FOR FILM AND TELEVISION By Ben
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ISBN: IND:30000046321158

Category: Short stories, American

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Film Producers , Studios , Agents & Casting Directors Guide . 2nd ed . 300p . 06 /
1990 . ... Film & Literature : A Comparative Approach to Adaptation . ( Studies in
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Category: English literature

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Film An International Bibliography

Author: Malte Hagener

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015056899217

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 479

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Kommentierte Bibliografie. Sie gibt Wissenschaftlern, Studierenden und Journalisten zuverlässig Auskunft über rund 6000 internationale Veröffentlichungen zum Thema Film und Medien. Die vorgestellten Rubriken reichen von Nachschlagewerk über Filmgeschichte bis hin zu Fernsehen, Video, Multimedia.

Nimrod

She was awarded the 1995 Grand Prize from the Community Writers '
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Category: American literature

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Action and Image

Brady , Ben , and Lance Lee ( 1988 ) , The Understructure of Writing for Film and
Television , Austin : University of Texas Press . Braudy , Leo ( 1977 ) , The World
in a Frame : What We See in Films , New York : Anchor Books . Brecht , Bertolt ...

Author: Roy Armes

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015031836029

Category: Motion picture plays

Page: 198

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Library Journal

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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.

The Death and Life of Drama

Reflections on Writing and Human Nature Lance Lee ... POETRY Becoming
Human Wrestling with the Angel NOVELS Second Chances NONFICTION A
Poetics for Screenwriters The Understructure of Writing for Film and Television (
with Ben ...

Author: Lance Lee

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015062578755

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 258

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"This is an intelligent, practical, and interesting study of the screenwriting art and craft.... Lee's explorations into underlying philosophy and the psychological intricacies of character behavior and story consequences are so well developed they could easily be taken as case histories of real people and real events. One can scarcely have higher praise for [this] cogent analysis of the moviemaker's art." —Robert Foshko, Head of Screenwriting, Department of Radio-TV-Film, University of Texas at Austin "Lee presents an intelligent, historically informed discussion of how and why some films are inherently better than others.... He gives audiences and those of us who teach film some important ideas about how to evaluate the quality and significance of one film as opposed to another.... The book is filled with tantalizing, thought-provoking, and insightful ideas." —Joanna E. Rapf, Professor of English and Film, University of Oklahoma What makes a film "work," so that audiences come away from the viewing experience refreshed and even transformed in the way they understand themselves and the world around them? In The Death and Life of Drama, veteran screenwriter and screenwriting teacher Lance Lee tackles this question in a series of personal essays that thoroughly analyze drama's role in our society, as well as the elements that structure all drama, from the plays of ancient Athens to today's most popular movies. Using examples from well-known classical era and recent films, Lee investigates how writers handle dramatic elements such as time, emotion, morality, and character growth to demonstrate why some films work while others do not. He seeks to define precisely what "action" is and how the writer and the viewer understand dramatic reality. He looks at various kinds of time in drama, explores dramatic context from Athens to the present, and examines the concept of comedy. Lee also proposes a novel "five act" structure for drama that takes account of the characters' past and future outside the "beginning, middle, and end" of the story. Deftly balancing philosophical issues and practical concerns, The Death and Life of Drama offers a rich understanding of the principles of successful dramatic writing for screenwriters and indeed everyone who enjoys movies and wants to know why some films have such enduring appeal for so many people.

Fifty Years of Good Reading

... others Sanitary Centennial and Selected Short Stories , by Fernando
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Author: University of Texas Press

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Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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This three-volume set presents a best of the best selection from the University of Texas Press'first half-century.