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.

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: STANFORD:36105002668866

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.

How To Write A Screenplay

As well as the screenplay itself, the book includes an introduction explaining how to get the most out of the screenplay, the log line, the synopsis, character bios, the treatment, and "The Pitch" - a short scene that shows the author ...

Author: Mark Evan Schwartz

Publisher: Continuum

ISBN: UOM:39015068820839

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 110

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This book is a screenplay manual which is written in a form of a screenplay.

The Complete Guide to Writing a Successful Screenplay

This guide outlines time saving tools to hone your writing, so you can attract Hollywood agents and producers.

Author: Melissa Samaroo

Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781601386076

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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The Complete Guide to Writing A Successful Screenplay outlines time saving tools to hone your writing, so you can attract Hollywood agents and producers. You will discover how to create (and stick to) a timeline and deadline, whether writing your screenplay is a full- or part-time job. Writing and pitching a screenplay is nothing like writing a novel, and this book presents screenplay-specific information vital for any aspiring film writer. This book discusses how to write great openings and endings the vital elements of a successful screenplay (and eventually movie) and how to create characters that grow and evolve as the plot thickens. One of the hardest parts of writing a screenplay is developing a solid dialogue, and this book takes you through, step-by-step, how to fine-tune your characters dialogue so it is not only believable but also well-written. Once your script is polished and perfect, you will need to pitch it to the public, and this book shows you how. You will grasp how to write a compelling query letter that is specifically geared to what agents are looking for, so your chances of getting represented are increased. Veteran screenwriters, television and film producers, agents, and directors have been interviewed for this book, and their experiences are showcased here, giving you their insider secrets on how to best write and sell your script. This book also contains an extensive resource section of production companies that are eager to receive and package your script, including the genre they are looking for, so you know exactly who to contact. If you are eager to jump into Hollywood as the next big thing in screenwriting, The Complete Guide to Writing A Successful Screenplay will help you get there. Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

The Screenwriter s Workbook

Follow this workbook through to the finish, and you’ll end up with a complete and salable script!

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 9780307497727

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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At last! The classic screenwriting workbook—now completely revised and updated—from the celebrated lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author, Syd Field: “the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world”* No one knows more about screenwriting than Syd Field—and now the ultimate Hollywood insider shares his secrets and expertise, completely updating his bestselling workbook for a new generation of screenwriters. Filled with new material—including fresh insights and anecdotes from the author and analyses of films from Pulp Fiction to Brokeback Mountain—The Screenwriter’s Workbook is your very own hands-on workshop, the book that allows you to participate in the processes that have made Syd Field’s workshops invaluable to beginners and working professionals alike. Follow this workbook through to the finish, and you’ll end up with a complete and salable script! Learn how to:• Define the idea on which your script will be built• Create the model—the paradigm—that professionals use• Bring your characters to life• Write dialogue like a pro• Structure your screenplay for success from the crucial first pages to the final actHere are systematic instructions, easy-to-follow exercises, a clear explanation of screenwriting basics, and expert advice at every turn—all the moment-to-moment, line-by-line help you need to transform your initial idea into a professional screenplay that’s earmarked for success.The Perfect Companion Volume to Syd Field’s Revised and Updated Edition of Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting*Hollywood Reporter

The Screenplay Workbook

This instructional manual, combined with proprietary worksheets, charts and fill-in lists, is designed to give screenwriters a better way to focus on the task of writing a screenplay.

Author: Tom Mungovan

Publisher: Lone Eagle Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781580650533

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

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This instructional manual, combined with proprietary worksheets, charts and fill-in lists, is designed to give screenwriters a better way to focus on the task of writing a screenplay.

How To Write a Screenplay

Are you unsure of the "rules" of screenwriting, but are willing to learn? HOW TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY, by Travis Seppala, may just be the book for you. In it, Travis outlines very clearly the dos and don'ts of writing a screenplay.

Author: Howexpert

Publisher: Howexpert

ISBN: 1647581001

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 78

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Do you have a Big Movie Idea that you're just dying to write, but aren't quite sure how to do it? Don't know how to compile and organize your ideas in a cohesive manner? Are you unsure of the "rules" of screenwriting, but are willing to learn? HOW TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY, by Travis Seppala, may just be the book for you. In it, Travis outlines very clearly the dos and don'ts of writing a screenplay. He will help you through the whole process from coming up with a high concept idea that is marketable, and walks through the steps to plan your story and characters out, write the script, edit and rewrite, and finally how to get your finished screenplay out into the world. Travis's detailed and easy to understand text is accompanied by pictures and screenshots to help you see exactly what he's talking about and lets you learn by example. No corner is unturned as this book walks you through everything you need to know on your screenwriting journey using tools like character webbing, screenwriting software, and online services to find producers looking for your scripts. So if you've always wanted to write a script to be turned into a major motion picture on the big screen, now you can find out how with HOW TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY, by Travis Seppala. HowExpert publishes quick 'how to' guides on all topics from A to Z by everyday experts.

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.

500 Ways to Beat the Hollywood Script Reader

Offers a variety of ways to get one's script past the Hollywood script readers, including screen talk, writing a romance, avoiding common mistakes, and how to get positive coverage

Author: Jennifer Lerch

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780684856407

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 175

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Offers a variety of ways to get one's script past the Hollywood script readers, including screen talk, writing a romance, avoiding common mistakes, and how to get positive coverage

The Definitive Guide to Screenwriting

Published for the first time in the UK, Syd Field, acclaimed writer and director, tells you step-by-step how to identify and fix common screenwriting problems, providing the professional secrets that make films brilliant - secrets that can ...

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780091890278

Category: Motion picture authorship

Page: 387

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Published for the first time in the UK, Syd Field, acclaimed writer and director, tells you step-by-step how to identify and fix common screenwriting problems, providing the professional secrets that make films brilliant - secrets that can make your screenplay a success. He provides easily understood guidelines for writing a screenplay, from concept to finished product. The art of film-writing is made accessible to novices and helps practiced writers improve their scripts, as the author pinpoints stylistic and structural elements such as characterisation and plot. Tips and techniques on what to do after your screenplay has been completed and much more are all here. There are also practical examples from films which Syd Field has collaborated on such as The Killing Fields, Basic Instinct and Scream. Written for all levels of screenwriters, this is an indispensable reference book for anyone who wants to make money as a great screenwriter.

Stop Screwing Around and Write a Screenplay That SELLS

Read this book and keep it by your side as you write your next screenplay. You'll avoid the pitfalls and problems that mark you as an amateur.

Author: Robert Mccullough

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 1790398908

Category:

Page: 116

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All you need to know about writing a screenplay that sells. The author Robert L. McCullough has nearly 300 produced script credits and is a founder of The Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards. With a Master's Degree in Screenwriting and a long professional career turning fledgling writers into prominent Hollywood producers and showrunners at every major studio, he now reveals the principles of writing like a pro in this fast-reading no-nonsense book. 12 short chapters tell you all you need to know about writing a screenplay that stands above the competition and has the greatest chance of selling. Read this book and keep it by your side as you write your next screenplay. You'll avoid the pitfalls and problems that mark you as an amateur. Follow these simple guidelines and you'll write a screenplay that can be your ticket into the world of highly-paid Hollywood professionals. If you're serious about your screenwriting, then you're serious about seeing your scripts produced. This book delivers the point-by-point essentials behind every successful screenplay and shows you how to demonstrate the professional expertise that will get your scripts noticed. It's a quick, concise read that gets to the bottom line with an irreverent no-nonsense approach to putting your writing on a level with Hollywood's working professional screenwriters.Making movies is a complex matter that is so difficult that very few people do it.And it all starts with writing the script, an equally challenging and complex task.Buy this book and you'll have the tools you need to write a screenplay that SELLS.

Writing Movies for Fun and Profit

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 ...

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.

How to Write a Screenplay in Ten Weeks

Used as a textbook at New York University for over 10 years, How to Write a Screenplay in 10 Weeks Using the Horowitz System teaches screenwriters to better fulfill their creative vision by giving them a clear, focused method.

Author: Marilyn Horowitz

Publisher: Marilyn Horowitz

ISBN: 0979908914

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 225

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The Horowitz System(tm) shows how to turn an idea into the first draft of a screenplay in 10 weeks or less -- 80 percent of students who have used the method have completed original, well-structured scripts, many of which have gone on to win screenplay competitions, be optioned, or get produced. Used as a textbook at New York University for over 10 years, How to Write a Screenplay in 10 Weeks Using the Horowitz System(tm) teaches screenwriters to better fulfil their creative vision by giving them a clear, focused method. The Horowitz System(tm) uses a series of intuitive, visual exercises combined with a non-linear approach to traditional three-act structure -- the result is an organic, finely tuned first draft with high stakes and memorable characters.

Screenplay

"This is a complete screenwriting course -- from developing a theme, researching a story, plotting and structuring a script, developing characters, and plying methods that aid the actual writing and rewriting processes to understanding the ...

Author: Robin U. Russin

Publisher:

ISBN: 1935247069

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 424

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This is a complete screenwriting course -- from initial idea through final script sale -- providing in-depth discussions of theme development; story research; script plotting and structuring; character development; dialogue; writing and rewriting methods; formatting; the ins and outs of marketing and pitching scripts; writing for TV, the Web and video games, and much more. Well-written, comprehensive and filled with both innovative and tried-and-true writing techniques, illustrative screenplay examples and sage advice from veteran writers, Screenplay will help novices as well as working screenwriters improve and sell their scripts. This second edition of this popular manual is completely revised, reflecting current film industry practices, and includes new chapters on such subjects as Webisodes and video games, as well as updates to its many examples.

Reading and Writing a Screenplay

“Cutting/editing is devising a construct of perception already greatly initiated in
the screenplay when determining the points of view and listening points from
which the action will be received, structuring the general storyline and then
writing it ...

Author: Isabelle Raynauld

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351068185

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 234

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Reading and Writing a Screenplay takes you on a journey through the many possible ways of writing, reading and imagining fiction and documentary projects for cinema, television and new media. It explores the critical role of a script as a document to be written and read with both future readers and the future film it will be giving life to in mind. The book explores the screenplay and the screenwriting process by approaching the film script in three different ways: how it is written, how it is read and how it can be rewritten. Combining contemporary screenwriting practices with historical and academic context, Isabelle Raynauld provides key analytical tools and reading strategies for conceptualizing and scripting projects based on the impact different writing styles can have on readers, with various examples ranging from early cinema to new media and new platforms throughout. This title offers an alternative, thought-provoking and inspiring approach to reading and writing a screenplay that is ideal for directors, producers, actors, students, aspiring screenwriters and readers interested in understanding how an effective screenplay is created.

The Essential Screenplay 3 Book Bundle

This blockbuster ebook bundle includes: SCREENPLAY: FOUNDATIONS OF SCREENWRITING • THE SCREENWRITER’S WORKBOOK • THE SCREENWRITER’S PROBLEM SOLVER Syd Field was “the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world” ...

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9781101969595

Category: Reference

Page: 1040

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Hollywood’s script guru teaches you how to write a screenplay in the ultimate three-volume guide to writing for film, featuring “the ‘bible’ of screenwriting” (The New York Times), Screenplay—now celebrating forty years of screenwriting success! This blockbuster ebook bundle includes: SCREENPLAY: FOUNDATIONS OF SCREENWRITING • THE SCREENWRITER’S WORKBOOK • THE SCREENWRITER’S PROBLEM SOLVER Syd Field was “the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world” according to The Hollywood Reporter. His pioneering insights into structure, concept, and character launched innumerable careers. Now in one handy collection, his invaluable expertise is available to aspiring writers and working professionals alike. The Essential Screenplay contains Syd Field’s Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting, the industry standard for script development; The Screenwriter’s Workbook, a hands-on workshop full of practical exercises for creating successful screenplays; and The Screenwriter’s Problem Solver, a guide to identifying and fixing problems in your latest draft. Throughout, you’ll learn: • why the first ten pages of your script are crucially important • how to visually “grab” the reader from page one • what makes great stories work • the basics of writing dialogue • the essentials of creating great characters • how to adapt a novel, a play, or an article for the screen • the three ways to claim legal ownership of your work • tips for allowing your creative self to break free when you hit the “wall” • how to overcome writer’s block forever Featuring expert analysis of popular films including Pulp Fiction, Thelma & Louise, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Essential Screenplay will transform your initial idea into a screenplay that’s destined for success—and maybe even Cannes. Praise for Syd Field “The most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world.”—The Hollywood Reporter “Syd Field is the preeminent analyzer in the study of American screenplays.”—James L. Brooks, Academy Award–winning writer, director, producer

A Guide to Screenwriting Success

The book breaks down this area into two parts, the one-hour teleplay and the situation comedy. Success in screenwriting is no longer a dream but an achievable goal for those who pick up Duncan's guide.

Author: Stephen V. Duncan

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742553019

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 958

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Sample Script 1: Act One of a Screenplay Sample Script 2: One-Hour Teleplay Sample Script 3: Situation Comedy A Guide to Screenwriting Success provides a comprehensive overview of writing-and rewriting-a screenplay or teleplay. Duncan's handy book teaches new screenwriters the process of creating a professional screenplay from beginning to end. It shows that inspiration, creativity, and good writing are not elusive concepts but attainable goals that any motivated person can aspire to. Duncan includes sections on all aspects of screenwriting-from character development to story templates-and breaks down the three acts of a screenplay into manageable pieces. A Guide to Screenwriting Success contains dozens of exercises to help writers through these steps. The second half of Duncan's practical book covers another, often overlooked, side of screenwriting-the teleplay. Aspiring writers who also want to try their hand at writing for television will need to learn the specifics of the field. The book breaks down this area into two parts, the one-hour teleplay and the situation comedy. Success in screenwriting is no longer a dream but an achievable goal for those who pick up Duncan's guide.

Complete Screenwriting Course

Designed to take you from the moment you first put your pen to paper to pitching and selling your completed screenplay, this is one of the most inspiring books on screenwriting you'll ever read.

Author: Charles Harris

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781471805516

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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Designed to take you from the moment you first put your pen to paper to pitching and selling your completed screenplay, this is one of the most inspiring books on screenwriting you'll ever read. Practical exercises will teach you the craft of writing for film and television, both mainstream and independent, the art of building your own plots, characters, dialogue and scenes. It gives you the skills you need to succeed and helps you critique your own work, meaning that at every step of the writing process you'll be producing the best scripts you can. This book is filled with essential writing tools, including techniques for overcoming writer's block and how to find your unique voice. You will learn how to pitch and get your work optioned, how to work as part of a team and how to make the best use of social media - in all a comprehensive companion that you will keep coming back to as your career develops. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their stories. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community, at tyjustwrite.com, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.