Writing Short Scripts

A practical guide to writing effective short scripts for films or videos, focusing on dialog, settings, characters, structure, and themes.

Author: William H. Phillips

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815628021

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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A practical guide to writing effective short scripts for films or videos, focusing on dialog, settings, characters, structure, and themes.

Writing Short Film Scripts

Kooperman's "Writing Short Film Scripts" is an invaluable practical resources for teachers and students of media, film studies, screenwriting, drama, and English.

Author: Paul Kooperman

Publisher: Insight Publications

ISBN: 9781921411083

Category: Drama

Page: 128

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An invaluable practical resources for teachers and students of media, film studies, screenwriting, drama and English.

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.

Short Films

Patrick Nash analyses the process of writing short film screenplays and gives advice on: Story and structure Ideas generation Plot and pace Screenplay format Dos and don'ts Eliciting emotion Dialogue and subtext Character design ...

Author: Patrick Nash

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 9781842435199

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Every award-winning short film begins life with a clever idea, a good story and a screenplay. Patrick Nash analyses the process of writing short film screenplays and gives advice on: Story and structure Ideas generation Plot and pace Screenplay format Dos and don'ts Eliciting emotion Dialogue and subtext Character design Protagonists and antagonists Character motivation and goals Conflict, obstacles and stakes Clichés and Stereotypes Beginnings, middles and ends Hooking the viewer Screenplay competitions Loglines, outlines and synopses Rewriting and length Practicalities and budgets The book also includes a number of award-winning scripts and interviews, advice and contributions from their award-winning screenwriters and a discussion of the benefits to writers of writing short screenplays.

Writing and Script A Very Short Introduction

"Starting with the origins of writing five thousand years ago, with cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphs, Andrew Robinson explains how these early forms of writing developed into hundreds of scripts including the Roman alphabet and the ...

Author: Andrew Robinson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199567782

Category: History

Page: 157

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Writing is a defining marker of civilisation; without it there could be no accumulation of knowledge. Andrew Robinson tells the fascinating story of the history of writing, considering its development, and examining the enormous variety of writing and scripts we use today.

Write a Script in 10 Weeks

Did you know that in Hollywood you get 10 weeks to write the first draft of a script? In this book we use that timeframe to beat our own procrastination, and get a first draft script done, no excuses.

Author: Danny Stack

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 197909134X

Category:

Page: 74

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"No time" to write that script? No more excuses - you can get it done in 10 weeks. Let Danny and Tim be your personal trainers, but nice ones, not shouty, and without having to eat quinoa or get on a treadmill. They'll get you through it, with this brilliant guide. So get moving!" JAMES MORAN - writer of Tower Block, Severance, Cockneys vs Zombies. Did you know that in Hollywood you get 10 weeks to write the first draft of a script? In this book we use that timeframe to beat our own procrastination, and get a first draft script done, no excuses. The focus is on writing genre scripts or commercial mainstream stories. Screenplays that will sell or be great spec scripts. As such, we use case studies from well known movies to help illustrate our points. If you want to write a TV script, no problem, we'll get into that as well. Using this short, sharp, focused book you can move from a blank page to a first draft in 10 weeks, whether you are an experienced writer or a just starting out and writing in your spare time. Whatever the case, if you're up for the writing challenge, then let's get to work.

Crafting Short Screenplays that Connect

Some, like Matt Stevens, have written short-short-short films (thirty sec— ... And even if you're writing long screenplays, crafting short scripts will help ...

Author: Claudia Hunter Johnson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780240812144

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 321

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This guide to screenwriting teaches the craft by guiding the student through writing exercises of increasing length and complexity. The format allows the student to write directly in the book. New to this edition is a DVD containing short films and the screenplays they are based on.

The Short Screenplay

The book wraps up with a discussion of the role of the screenplay in the production process and with some helpful (and entertaining) sample scripts. This is the only guide youï'll ever need to make your short film a reality!

Author: Dan Gurskis

Publisher: Course Technology

ISBN: 1598633384

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 231

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With the growth of film festivals, cable networks, specialty home video, and the Internet, there are more outlets and opportunities for screening short films now than at any time in the last 100 years. But before you can screen your short film, you need to shoot it. And before you can shoot it, you need to write it. The Short Screenplay provides both beginning and experienced screenwriters with all the guidance they need to write compelling, filmable short screenplays. Explore how to develop characters that an audience can identify with. How to create a narrative structure that fits a short time frame but still engages the audience. How to write dialogue thatï's concise and memorable. How to develop story ideas from concept through final draft. All this and much more is covered in a unique conversational style that reads more like a novel than a "how-to" book. The book wraps up with a discussion of the role of the screenplay in the production process and with some helpful (and entertaining) sample scripts. This is the only guide youï'll ever need to make your short film a reality!

Scriptwriting for Film Television and New Media

This book also addresses legal and ethical issues, how to become a professional scriptwriter, and a section on production language that provides helpful explanations of how camera, locations, visual and audio effects combine on screen to ...

Author: Alan C. Hueth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429866487

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 472

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What are the foundations of scriptwriting? Why do some scripts gain more prestige than others? How do you write a script and get it noticed? Scriptwriting for Film, Television and New Media answers these questions and more, offering a comprehensive introduction to writing scripts for film, television, the Internet, and interactive multimedia. Author Alan C. Hueth explains not just how to write, but how to think and apply the fundamental principles of screenwriting to multiple platforms and genres. This includes chapters on numerous script formats, including drama and comedy in film and TV, short films, commercials and PSAs, news and sports, interview shows, documentaries, reality shows, and corporate and educational media, including interactive multimedia. This book also addresses legal and ethical issues, how to become a professional scriptwriter, and a section on production language that provides helpful explanations of how camera, locations, visual and audio effects combine on screen to engage and sustain viewer attention, and, consequently, how to improve scriptwriting technique. The book features numerous case studies and detailed examples, including chapter by chapter exercises, plot diagrams, quick-look and learn tables that assist readers to quickly understand genre related script elements, and in-depth script close-ups to examine precisely how writers utilize the principles and elements of drama to create a successful script. It is also supported by a comprehensive companion website with further case studies, assignments, video clips, and examples of films and programs discussed in the book. Scriptwriting for Film, Television, and New Media is ideal for aspiring scriptwriters and anyone wanting to broaden their understanding of how successful scripts are created.

Scriptwriting for the Screen

The book introduces the reader to the essential skills of writing effective drama.

Author: Charlie Moritz

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415229111

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 174

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Scriptwriting for the Screen is an accessible guide to writing for film and television. It details the first principles of screenwriting and advises on the best way to identify and formulate a story and develop ideas in order to build a vivid, animated and entertaining script. The book introduces the reader to the essential skills of writing effective drama. Using examples of scripts from a range of films and television programmes such as, American Beauty, The English Patient, The Fisher King, My Left Foot, Shallow Grave, Casablanca, Coronation Street and Our Friends in the North, Scriptwriting for the Screen includes: * Advice on how to visualise action and translate this into energetic writing * How to dramatise writing, use metaphor and deepen meaning * Tips on how to determine the appropriate level of characterisation for different types of drama * Practical exercises and examples which help develop technique and style * A guide to further reading.

Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect

The Long Short Screenplay: A ten- to fifteen-page screenplay focused on telling the best ... a burgeoning market for those skilled at writing short scripts.

Author: Claudia H. Johnson

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781136051302

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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The only screenwriting book that includes a DVD that contains performances of the short films and screenplays that are featured in the book! The beauty and power of any story lies in its ability to connect to the reader, listener, or observer. Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect is the first screenwriting guide to introduce connection as an essential, although essentially overlooked, aspect of creating stories for the screen and of the screenwriting process itself. Written with clarity and humor, this book teaches the craft of writing short screenplays by guiding the student through carefully focused writing exercises of increasing length and complexity. Eight award-winning student screenplays are included for illustration and inspiration. The text is divided into three parts. Part one focuses on preparing to write by means of exercises designed to help students think more deeply about the screenwriter's purposes; their own unique vision, material and process; and finally about what screenplays are at their simplest and most profound level--a pattern of human change, created from specific moments of change--discoveries and decisions. Part two teaches students how to craft an effective pattern of human change. It guides them through the writing and re-writing of "Five (Not So Easy) Pieces"--five short screenplays of increasing length and complexity--focusing on a specific principle of dramatic technique: The Discovery, The Decision, The Boxing Match, The Improbable Connection, and The Long Short Screenplay. Part Three presents the five screenplays used throughout the book to illustrate the dramatic principles that have been discussed, and includes interviews with the screenwriters, a look at where they are now and what they are doing, and brief discussion of how each film evolved.

Writing Short Stories

I wrote several short stories and some short film scripts . My treatment for a short screenplay was published in the first edition of Writing Short Scripts ...

Author: William H. Phillips

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815629192

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 142

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Phillips (creative writing, U. of Wisconsin, Eau Claire) has designed a text for undergraduate creative writing courses that provides step- by-step instruction in beginning to write, setting up a journal, and beginning to write a short story. Four short stories by students are included with an interview of each writer to show the relationship of truth to fiction. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.

Film Scripts Three

(Applause Books). The Film Scripts Series is a new printing of some of the greatest screenplays ever written.

Author: George P. Garrett

Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books

ISBN: 148034205X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 618

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(Applause Books). The Film Scripts Series is a new printing of some of the greatest screenplays ever written. Each of the four volumes in the series edited by George P. Garrett, O. B. Hardison, Jr., and Jane R. Gelfman contains three classic shooting scripts written by some of the finest writers to ever work in Hollywood. Every volume also features a highly informative introduction, a glossary of technical terms, an extensive bibliography, and the credits for each film. These enduring screenplays will be of great interest to the general film buff, the aspiring screenwriter, and the professional filmmaker. Of particular value to the screenwriter and filmmaker is the fact that all scripts are printed in standard screenplay format. Film Scripts Three features: The Apartment (1960, United Artists): Script by Billy Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond; Directed by Billy Wilder; Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, and Jack Kruschen; Academy Awards for best picture, best director, and best screenplay; Academy Award nominations for Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Jack Kruschen. The Misfits (1961, United Artists / Seven Arts): Script by Arthur Miller; Directed by John Huston; Starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach, and Thelma Ritter. Charade (1963, Universal): Script by Peter Stone; Directed by Stanley Donen; Starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, and George Kennedy.

Film Scripts

Charade, The Apartment and The Misfits.

Author: George Garrett

Publisher: Ardent Media

ISBN: 0829022775

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 610

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Charade, The Apartment and The Misfits.

Making Short Films Third Edition

Fully revised and updated practical and inspirational guide for students and independent film-makers, describing and explaining the whole process - from creating an original or adapted script, through producing, directing and editing, to ...

Author: Max Thurlow

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780857853875

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 496

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Fully revised and updated practical and inspirational guide for students and independent film-makers, describing and explaining the whole process - from creating an original or adapted script, through producing, directing and editing, to finance and distribution.

Script Writing

The short concept stories to tell a moment of the time! The concepts to elaborate a story of scripts in a short tale of life with a gesture of short touch of life! The life of the tale of life , the concepts of life and a journey of life!

Author: Ankit Samuel

Publisher:

ISBN: 1976776570

Category:

Page: 56

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The short concept stories to tell a moment of the time! The concepts to elaborate a story of scripts in a short tale of life with a gesture of short touch of life! The life of the tale of life , the concepts of life and a journey of life! The life of short stories of concepts to elaborate a short story of time and a journey of life! The life of the journey of life and a vision of life! The scripts of life of moments of life moments of the journey of time of short scripts of life!

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

Publisher:

ISBN: 1083083015

Category:

Page: 269

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"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.

Writing for Short Film

This book will help you to write short films in different ways: the Hollywood (or classical) style, and the European form - 'miniplot' films where apparently nothing happens.

Author: Diego Fandos

Publisher:

ISBN: 1793125201

Category:

Page: 227

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This book will help you to write short films in different ways: the Hollywood (or classical) style, and the European form - 'miniplot' films where apparently nothing happens. Both options can result in beautiful films for the audience. But also boring ones. Here you'll find some tips to help you make them properly.I've been teaching Screenwriting for 10 years. Every season I read tens of scripts that are soon converted into short films, so I see both my students' achievements and their failures. And my own. Here I talk about common mistakes that I see in class, on the internet and on the big screen. The book includes 7 INTERVIEWS with successful screenwriters of feature films - Zdenek Sverak (Oscar winner with Kolya); Alejandro Hernández (Goya winner and co-writer of Amenábar) - and short films - Maryna Vroda (Cannes Palm d ́Or winner), Borja Cobeaga (Oscar nominated) and Carlos Violadé, Roberto Pérez Toledo and Kaveh Mazaheri, authors of short films that have achieved worldwide success.You'll also find LINKS to 100 GREAT SHORT FILMS recommended by people from different countries and positions in the film world.Even if you don't have a budget, when beginning a project you have the same weapons as a blockbuster: two hands, a computer and your imagination. Nowadays you can make great small films with a few banknotes, it's all about the story and knowing what you can do.About the AuthorDiego Fandos is a Spanish filmmaker who works as Screenwriting instructor in Prague Film School. He has written and directed award winning short films (Under Pressure, Aurora), documentaries, commercials and the feature film Cosmos.

Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video

... to some necessary guidelines for writing a short film or video script. It does not, however, explore in depth the nuts and bolts of writing technique.

Author: David K. Irving

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781136048425

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 440

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Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video is the definitive book on the subject for beginning filmmakers and students. The book clearly illustrates all of the steps involved in preproduction, production, postproduction, and distribution. Its unique two-fold approach looks at filmmaking from the perspectives of both producer and director, and explains how their separate energies must combine to create a successful short film or video, from script to final product. This guide offers extensive examples from award-winning shorts and includes insightful quotes from the filmmakers themselves describing the problems they encountered and how they solved them. The companion website contains useful forms and information on grants and financing sources, distributors, film and video festivals, film schools, internet sources for short works, and professional associations.

The Short Film Collection

This is perfect to see the progression of script re-writing. The second screenplay is a 35 page script that has both good and bad writing throughout. This is a perfect screenplay for an individual to use as a re-writing exercise.

Author: Andrew McCarrick

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1514720094

Category:

Page: 78

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A perfect way to learn the art of screenwriting. Get a first hand view at how the scripts in this book both work and don't work. You don't know what a good script is until you see both good and bad scripts. Contained in this book you will find three short film screenplays: The first screenplay is featured in a three step revision process, going from the rough draft, to a revision, to the final product. This is perfect to see the progression of script re-writing. The second screenplay is a 35 page script that has both good and bad writing throughout. This is a perfect screenplay for an individual to use as a re-writing exercise. The last of the three screenplays consists of two versions. The first version is the first short film script ever written by McCarrick. The second version is a revised version written eleven years later.