Writing Movies

The book provides a comprehensive look at screenwriting, covering all the fundamentals (plot, character, scenes, dialogue, etc.) and such crucial-but seldom discussed-topics as description, voice, tone, and theme.

Author: Gotham Writers Workshop

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1596919833

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

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To break into the screenwriting game, you need a screenplay that is not just good, but great. Superlative. Stellar. In Writing Movies you'll find everything you need to know to reach this level. And, like the very best teachers, Writing Movies is always practical, accessible, and entertaining. The book provides a comprehensive look at screenwriting, covering all the fundamentals (plot, character, scenes, dialogue, etc.) and such crucial-but seldom discussed-topics as description, voice, tone, and theme. These concepts are illustrated through analysis of five brilliant screenplays-Die Hard, Thelma & Louise, Tootsie, Sideways, and The Shawshank Redemption. Also included are writing assignments and step-by-step tasks that take writers from rough idea to polished screenplay. Written by Gotham Writers' Workshop expert instructors, Writing Movies offers the same winning style and clarity of presentation that have made a success of Gotham's previous book Writing Fiction, which is now in its 7th printing. Named the "best class for screenwriters" in New York City by MovieMaker Magazine, Gotham Writers' Workshop is America's leading private creative writing school, offering classes in Manhattan and on the Web at www.WritingClasses.com. The school's interactive online classes, selected as "Best of the Web" by Forbes, have attracted thousands of aspiring writers from across the United States and more than sixty countries.

Writing Movies for Fun and Profit

That means that almost no matter what happens, with this actor in your film, your
film will be number one at the box office the weekend it ... Because by default,
any movie star automatically knows much more about MOVIE WRITING than you.

Author: Thomas Lennon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439186763

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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The writers of Reno 911! and several other feature films trace their haphazard experiences in the movie industry, revealing the process through which they worked on script development with executives and stars, pacified exploitative decision makers and fought to be paid for their work.

Crafty Screenwriting

Based on an award-winning website hailed as "smart enough for professional screenwriters and accessible enough for aspiring screenwriters", Crafty Screenwriting is the first book not only to offer a successful screenwriter's tricks of the ...

Author: Alex Epstein

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781466824720

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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The most innovative and creative screenwriting book yet, from an author who knows first-hand what it takes to get a movie made. Based on an award-winning website hailed as "smart enough for professional screenwriters and accessible enough for aspiring screenwriters", Crafty Screenwriting is the first book not only to offer a successful screenwriter's tricks of the trade, but to explain what development executives really mean when they complain that the "dialogue is flat," or "the hero isn't likeable." Fresh, provocative, and funny, Alex Epstein diagnoses problem that other screenwriting books barely address, and answers questions they rarely ask, like "Why is it sometimes dangerous to know your characters too well before you start writing," or "Why does your script have to be so much better than the awful pictures that get made every day?" As a development executive who has accepted and rejected countless screenplays, and a produced screenwriter himself, Epstein can take you into the heart of the most important question of all: "Is this a movie?" A crucial book for anyone who has ever wondered what it takes to get their movie made.

Writing about Movies

The only writing guide a film student will ever need

Author: Karen Gocsik

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 0393664902

Category:

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The only writing guide a film student will ever need

Writing the Comedy Movie

Great comedy is built upon a strong foundation. In Writing the Comedy Movie, Marc Blake lays out – in an entertainingly readable style – the nuts and bolts of comedy screenwriting.

Author: Marc Blake

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781628925920

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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It is often suggested that there are 'secrets' to comedy or that it is 'lightning in a bottle', but the craft of comedy writing can be taught. While comedic tastes change, over time and from person to person, the core underpinning still depends on the comedic geniuses that have paved the way. Great comedy is built upon a strong foundation. In Writing the Comedy Movie, Marc Blake lays out – in an entertainingly readable style – the nuts and bolts of comedy screenwriting. His objective is to clarify the 'rules' of comedy: to contextualize comedy staples such as the double act, slapstick, gross-out, rom com, screwball, satire and parody and to introduce new ones such as the bromance or stoner comedy. He explains the underlying principles of comedy and comedy writing for the screen, along with providing analysis of leading examples of each subgenre.

How to Make Money Writing for the Movies

Preface One of the biggest paying markets of any of the writing mediums is the
movies . Picture companies are constantly seeking good stories to fit their high -
priced stars and will pay well to get them . Exceedingly well . Their needs are ...

Author: Robert Kanigher

Publisher:

ISBN: OSU:32435059235671

Category: Motion picture authorship

Page: 64

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A Short Guide to Writing about Film

If the movies inform many parts of our lives , we should be able to enjoy them in
many ways , including the challenging pleasure of trying to think about , explain ,
and write about our experience at the movies . We go to the movies for many ...

Author: Timothy Corrigan

Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company

ISBN: 0321011104

Category: Film criticism

Page: 182

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Timothy Corrigan addresses the difficulties and methods of writing effective essays about film. He includes numerous student and professional essay samples.

Writing about Movies

The most succinct, practical, and affordable introduction to thinking and writing about film.

Author: Karen Gocsik

Publisher:

ISBN: 0393265234

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 268

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The most succinct, practical, and affordable introduction to thinking and writing about film.

Write to Shoot

Write to Shoot teaches budding screenwriters and screenwriting filmmakers how to write a short script with production in mind.

Author: Marilyn Beker

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317548256

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 180

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Write to Shoot teaches budding screenwriters and screenwriting filmmakers how to write a short script with production in mind. Beker instructs them how to showcase their strengths, tailor projects to shoestring budgets, resources, and practical production parameters without sacrificing the quality and punch of their screenplays, whether they're creating a sizzle short for an unproduced feature script, an independent creative work, or a soapbox to promote a cause. Write to Shoot: Writing Short Films for Production is a must-have guide for anyone who wants to be sure there will be no surprises on set that come from a script that's not ready for production.

Writing Dialogue

Either case is an example of how television writers are working to keep the
character ' s words from defining the sense of opening and closure of story and
scene . READING MOVIES Aren ' t movies a whole lot better than television ?

Author: Tom Chiarella

Publisher: Story Press

ISBN: 1884910327

Category: Reference

Page: 176

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Whether you're writing an argument, a love scene, a powwow among sixth graders or scientists in a lab, this book demonstrates how to write dialogue that sounds authentic and original. &break;&break;You'll learn ways to find ideas for literary discussions by tuning in to what you hear every day. You'll learn to use gestures instead of speech, to insert silences that are as effective as outbursts, to add shifts in tone, and other strategies for making conversations more compelling. Nuts and bolts are covered, too - formatting, punctuation, dialogue tags - everything you need to get your characters talking.

Screenplay

Hailed as the first new approach to screenwriting in a generation, this book offers a guide to the entire screenwriting process, from opening scene to finished script.

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Dell

ISBN: 0440576474

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 262

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Hailed as the first new approach to screenwriting in a generation, this book offers a guide to the entire screenwriting process, from opening scene to finished script.

Reel Writing

And besides , if students will study these films in college , why not introduce them
to additional movies in high school ? Most college courses also emphasize film
techniques and film history ; Reel Writing uses movies to teach literary concepts ...

Author: Karla Hardaway

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000051659691

Category: Education

Page: 248

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In this highly praised and innovative approach, literature concepts are taught through the medium of film. Students are taught to "read" movies using the same skills needed for reading literature. Each unit uses a movie to teach a literary concept. Course information such as definitions, history, cast lists, etc., is included for each unit. Teachers are given various activities for introducing literary concepts. Pages are ready to be reproduced to hand out to students or to make overhead transparencies. A viewing guide is included for each movie to be filled out as students watch the movie or as a comprehension check at the end of the movie. Students complete pre-viewing exercises, view the film, and then respond to the film through quizzes, oral assignments, group activities and performances, or writing assignments. Students write individually and in groups. They write character sketches, short stories, film reviews, skits, essays, term papers, and poetry (songs). The method is acclaimed by curriculum developers, teachers, and students who have experienced the curriculum first hand.

Going to the Movies

The distinguished screenwriter, critic, and teacher offers a personal look inside the world of filmmaking, sharing insights and examples to determine those elements common to all great films and speculating about the future of great ...

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: UOM:39015053478916

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 312

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The distinguished screenwriter, critic, and teacher offers a personal look inside the world of filmmaking, sharing insights and examples to determine those elements common to all great films and speculating about the future of great American film. Reissue.

The Heart of the Film

Most movies include a love story, whether it is the central story or a subplot, and knowing how to write a believable relationship is essential to any writer's skill set.

Author: Cynthia Whitcomb

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781315513201

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 204

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Most movies include a love story, whether it is the central story or a subplot, and knowing how to write a believable relationship is essential to any writer's skill set. Discover the rules and laws of nature at play in a compelling love story and learn and master them. Broken into four sections, The Heart of the Film identifies the critical features of love story development, and explores every variation of this structure as well as a diverse array of relationships and types of love. Author Cynthia Whitcomb has sold over 70 feature-length screenplays and shares the keys to her success in The Heart of the Film, drawing on classic and modern films as well as her own extensive experience.

Confidence in Writing

Everyone in the class will be writing about the same subject, monster movies,
and everyone will be writing for the same audience, the teacher and the other
members of the class. The purposes of the writers will be the main difference.
Phuong ...

Author: Ed Reynolds

Publisher: Harcourt College Pub

ISBN: 0155129872

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 332

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Writing a Great Movie

Writing a Great Movie is the complete guide to creating compelling screenplays that will sell.

Author: Jeffrey William Kitchen

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798706260453

Category:

Page: 354

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Writing a Great Movie is a practical nuts-and-bolts manual to dramatic writing for film. This hands-on course in screenwriting shows how to create, develop, and construct an original screenplay from scratch using seven essential tools for the screenwriter-(1) Dilemma, Crisis, Decision and Action, and Resolution; (2) Theme; (3) the 36 Dramatic Situations; (4) the Enneagram; (5) Research and Brainstorming; (6) the Central Proposition; and (7) Sequence, Proposition, and Plot-which break the writing process down into approachable steps and produce great results.Author Jeff Kitchen is a top-rated expert on the craft of the dramatist and has taught playwriting on Broadway and screenwriting in Hollywood, with former students nominated for multiple Oscars and Emmys. Writing a Great Movie is the complete guide to creating compelling screenplays that will sell.

Writing Short Films

This new edition has been completely updated and revised along with the addition of several new chapters and new film examples. Currently, this title remains the best selling university text book on writing short film screenplays.

Author: Linda J. Cowgill

Publisher: Lone Eagle Publishing Company

ISBN: UOM:39015062829034

Category: Gardening

Page: 256

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Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Lucas all began their careers making a short film. By contrasting and comparing the differences and similarities between feature films and short films, 'Writing Short Films, 2nd Edition', offers readers the essential requirements necessary to make their writing crisp, sharp and compelling. Emphasising characters, structure, dialogue and story, Linda Cowgill dispels the 'magic formula' concept that screenplays can be constructed by anyone with a word processor and a script formatting program. This new edition has been completely updated and revised along with the addition of several new chapters and new film examples. Currently, this title remains the best selling university text book on writing short film screenplays.

Writing Cinema

The novelist and playwright Okamoto Kidô , writing about the need for specialist
film actors , lamented about rensageki : Raising good actors specializing in the
cinema is today ' s urgent lask . . . . But are the actors themselves trying to ...

Author: Aaron Andrew Gerow

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015046493386

Category: Japanese fiction

Page: 234

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Writing the Horror Movie

This book examines the success of Universal Studio's franchises of the ‘30s to the Serial Killer, the Slasher film, Asian Horror, the Supernatural, Horror Vérité and current developments in the field, including 3D and remakes.

Author: Marc Blake

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 1441196188

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Tales of horror have always been with us, from Biblical times to the Gothic novel to successful modern day authors and screenwriters. Though the genre is often maligned, it is huge in popularity and its resilience is undeniable. Marc Blake and Sara Bailey offer a detailed analysis of the horror genre, including its subgenres, tropes and the specific requirements of the horror screenplay. Tracing the development of the horror film from its beginnings in German Expressionism, the authors engage in a readable style that will appeal to anyone with a genuine interest in the form and the mechanics of the genre. This book examines the success of Universal Studio's franchises of the '30s to the Serial Killer, the Slasher film, Asian Horror, the Supernatural, Horror Vérité and current developments in the field, including 3D and remakes. It also includes step-by-step writing exercises, annotated extracts from horror screenplays and interviews with seasoned writers/directors/ producers discussing budget restrictions, screenplay form and formulas and how screenplays work during shooting.

Fifty Grand Movies of the 1960s and 1970s Including Interviews with Their Stars Directors and Screenwriters

Goldman researched their checkered career on and off for eight years before
writing his screenplay . ... He feels writing movies can Harvey Logan TED
CASSIDY be depressing — because a screenMarshal KENNETH MARS writer
loses ...

Author: David H. Zinman

Publisher: Outlet

ISBN: UCSC:32106015463349

Category: Motion picture plays

Page: 246

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Offers plot summaries, cast, and credits for the fifty best films of the sixties and seventies, and includes brief interviews with writers, directors, actors, and actresses