Your Screenplay Sucks

A lifetime member of the Writer's Guild of America who has had three feature films produced from his screenplays, Akers offers beginning writers the tools they need to get their screenplay noticed.

Author: William M. Akers

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ISBN: 1932907459

Category: Performing Arts

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A lifetime member of the Writer's Guild of America who has had three feature films produced from his screenplays, Akers offers beginning writers the tools they need to get their screenplay noticed.

Write What You Don t Know

The second book is by William M. Akers and has the wonderful title Your Screenplay Sucks: 100 ways to make it great, also published by Michael Wiese Productions—with whom I have no commercial relationship, other than as a satisfied ...

Author: Julian Hoxter

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441102102

Category: Performing Arts

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Encourages you to move beyond your comfort zones in search of stories.

Now Write Screenwriting

WILLIAM M. AKERS is the author of Your Screenplay Sucks! 100 Ways to Make It Great, a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America and has had three feature films produced from his screenplays. He teaches screenwriting and filmmaking ...

Author: Sherry Ellis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101486078

Category: Performing Arts

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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.

Writing Television Sitcoms revised

I do—please see my website (www.writingsitcoms. com) for details. ... former development executive turned full-time consultant, and Will is a screenwriter and author of the popular guide Your Screenplay Sucks! 100 Ways to Make It Great.

Author: Evan S. Smith

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101151624

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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This new edition of Writing Television Sitcoms features the essential information every would-be teleplay writer needs to know to break into the business, including: - Updated examples from contemporary shows such as 30 Rock, The Office and South Park - Shifts in how modern stories are structured - How to recognize changes in taste and censorship - The reality of reality television - How the Internet has created series development opportunities - A refined strategy for approaching agents and managers - How pitches and e-queries work - or don't - The importance of screenwriting competitions

Mrs Ravenbach s Way

Toby upends Mrs. Ravenbach's perfectly ordered universe and risks everything to strike a blow for free-thinkers everywhere! Mrs. Ravenbach’s Way is the first book in the series: The Amazing Escapades of Toby Wilcox.

Author: William M. Akers

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781941393925

Category: Juvenile Fiction

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A wickedly funny first novel about a dictatorial teacher and the irrepressible boy who stands up to her. Being a new student at the McKegway School for Clever and Gifted Children is crummy enough, but when Toby Wilcox is stuck in the fourth grade homeroom of Mrs. Ravenbach, a vainglorious German tyrant who worships "the order and the discipline," he faces a much bigger challenge—fight back or be ground to goo in the gears of Teutonic efficiency. Toby upends Mrs. Ravenbach's perfectly ordered universe and risks everything to strike a blow for free-thinkers everywhere! Mrs. Ravenbach’s Way is the first book in the series: The Amazing Escapades of Toby Wilcox.

The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide

This book is about real filmmaking. If you are thinking about making an independent film, you must read this book.

Author: Kelley Baker

Publisher: Booksurge Publishing

ISBN: 1439232733

Category: Performing Arts

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The Angry Filmmaker's Survival Guide Part One: Making the Extreme No Budget Film "When it comes to independent filmmaking Kelley Baker is the real thing. His experience, observations and practical advice reveals the raw truth about an important art form that has been hijacked, over-romanticized and betrayed by everyone from the mainstream media to its very own champions. This book is about real filmmaking. If you are thinking about making an independent film, you must read this book." Brian Johnson, author, screenwriter, and director "Angry or not, Kelley Baker knows his stuff, and he tells it all in this book that's part indie film war story, part instructional manual for true independents, and part furious rant. It's always entertaining, and it might just tick you off, but - most important - the advice contained within these pages will help you get your film made. Anyone reading this book can tell Baker truly wants to help passionate wannabe filmmakers realize their creative visions without going bankrupt or making the kinds of mistakes they can't afford to make." Chris Hansen, Writer/Director The Proper Care and Feeding of an American Messiah. & Endings. Kelley Baker is the Angry Filmmaker. But his independent films are not angry, they're honest. He's angry at the state of independent film. For Baker, it's about telling the story, not what actors are starring in it. From making award winning short films to the trials and tribulations of making three independent features with tiny budgets and no financial backing. Kelley lays it all out. Dealing with the "Independent Film World" and the lies they tell. His films have been seen all over the world and no one has ever guessed his budgets or the struggles of making them look as good as they do. This book takes you step by step through making films on very little money, interspersed with tales of how the business really operates and the frustrations of being a Real Independent Filmmaker. Like any good survivalist, Kelley Baker doesn't beat around the bush - he gets right down to the nitty-gritty heart of the matter right way. His 12 chapter Survival Guide is a compact, no-holds-barred 12-step program to creating what Baker calls "The Extreme No-Budget Film." Baker is on fire about making films. You will be too after reading this brutally honest compilation of personal stories and practical advice from the front lines of independent filmmaking. Morrie Warshawski, Consultant and Author (Shaking the Money Tree: The Art of Getting Grants and Donations for Film and Video - 3rd Edition) Read this book and you will not only SURVIVE but you will SUCCEED. One of the best books on making your way through the independent filmmaking jungle with justifiably-angry filmmaker Kelley Baker as your top-notch guide: Funny, profane and committed to telling the unblemished truth. Don't make your next movie until you've read this terrific book. John Gaspard, Author, Digital Filmmaking 101, Fast, Cheap and Under Control, and Fast, Cheap and Written That Way. This is a killer book. It tells you what your teachers can't, because they haven't done it. It tells you what your friends can't, for the same reason. Jammed with tons of useful advice, Baker's book is an invaluable "think before you shoot" guide for beginning filmmakers, as well as people who've been around the block, but need a refresher course. William M. Akers, author of Your Screenplay Sucks! 100 Ways To Make It Great Finally, a film resource that tells it like it is! As a film festival director, I watch hundreds (if not thousands) of films a year - some good, many flawed. I wish I could afford to send copies of "Survival Guide: Part 1" to every director I encounter, to help them identify and correct potential issues before they roll the camera. Jon Gann, Director, DC Shorts Film Festival Here, with all his attitude, is the wisdom of an Angry Filmmaker, gained the hard way, through experience.

Writing for the Green Light

As long as you're keeping the focus of your screenplay filtered through the principles of each gold-mine genre type, ... 100 Ways to Make it Better (2008) and Denny Martin Flinn's How Not To Write A Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most ...

Author: Scott Kirkpatrick

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781317704201

Category: Performing Arts

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Tailor your screenplay to sell. Find out what Hollywood script readers, producers, and studio executives want in a screenplay (and why) from someone who’s been there. Discover what it takes to begin a lasting career as a screenwriter. Peppered with interviews from established professionals, Writing for the Green Light: How to Make Your Script the One Hollywood Notices gives you a sharp competitive edge by showcasing dozens of everyday events that go on at the studios but are rarely if ever discussed in most screenwriting books. With his behind-the-scenes perspective, Scott Kirkpatrick shows you why the system works the way it does and how you can use its unwritten rules to your advantage. He answers such questions as: Who actually reads your script? How do you pique the interest of studios and decision makers? What do agents, producers, and production companies need in a script? How much is a script worth? What are the best genres for new writers and why? What are real steps you can take to ‘break in’ to television writing? How do you best present or pitch a project without looking desparate? How do you negotiate a contract without an agent? How do you exude confidence and seal your first deal? These and other insights are sure to give you and your screenplay a leg-up for success in this competitive landscape!

The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part One

This is the Companion Workbook to Kelley Baker's acclaimed The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part One: Making The Extreme No Budget Film.

Author: Kelley Baker

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ISBN: 1481125826

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This is the Companion Workbook to Kelley Baker's acclaimed The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part One: Making The Extreme No Budget Film. It consists of filmmaking tips and hints to keep in mind during all aspects of making your movie. It contains a sample short film script (All The Important Things by William Akers & Mark Cabus), and practical exercises as you prepare to make either a short film or a feature. These exercises include numbering scenes, breaking down a script, breaking out props and finding locations. You'll have to figure out a production schedule and a budget. The book includes copies of forms that are used in the business to assist you and a Glossary of film terms.Sample Tips include: 6) Show your screenplays to people whose opinion you trust. Give out short questionnaires with your screenplays, including specific things that you are concerned about. You get more specific feedback when you outline what it is you're looking for, and it's always nice to have written feedback that you can refer to later.18) When you are scheduling your shoot never put the final scene, big climactic scenes, or any love scenes early in your schedule if you can avoid it. Your cast and crew are still getting to know how each other work, and you haven't set up a good working pace yet.30) Cast a wide range of actors, especially age-wise. The more diverse your cast is, the more an audience will think they're watching a "real" movie. If people think they're watching a twenty-something production, they're going to take it less seriously. Have actors from all walks of life in various roles. A film festival judge told me he can usually tell the age of a director by the cast. It's something to think about.71) When people see something that's shot on digital and they comment on how good it looks, it's usually because it's well lit. I would rather take an extra hour at the beginning of each scene to light the whole thing, than to light just what I need for the master, and then relight for each medium shot or close-up. The lighting of each individual shot can eat up hours on the set when you add it all together. When you think about it, lighting the whole set makes more sense, if you are using the entire set.88) After a take, if you want performance changes go up to your actors and quietly talk to them. Don't shout it out. The discussions you have with any actor to get a performance should be private. I see commercial directors and amateurs shout out directions to actors from a distance. They treat the cast like just another prop. They could get better performances if they took a little extra time and showed the actors some respect.As the director, you are going to want an actor to dig down deep inside and to go to a place where they can make that character become whole. Keep your conversations private.What others are saying about The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part One: Making The Extreme No Budget Film. (The companion to this workbook.) "Read this book and you will not only SURVIVE but you will SUCCEED. One of the best books on making your way through the independent filmmaking jungle with justifiably-angry filmmaker Kelley Baker as your top-notch guide: Funny, profane and committed to telling the unblemished truth. Don't make your next movie until you've read this terrific book."John GaspardAuthor, "Digital Filmmaking 101" and "Fast, Cheap and Under Control"This is a great book, written by an impassioned filmmaker who also happens to be a teacher of the first magnitude. An incredibly rare combination. Profit from your luck at having stumbled on this gem. Do yourself a favor; listen to what Kelley Baker has to say. William M. AkersAuthor of Your Screenplay Sucks! 100 Ways To Make It GreatTo get the most out of this Workbook, use it in conjunction with The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part One: Making the Extreme No Budget Film. For more info go to angryfilmmaker.com.

Los Angeles Magazine

Like monks carving statues to prove God's existence, they build Web temples to their idol. ... waiting to take turns interviewing members of Adaptation's cast and crew There are many ways that studios publicize their movies.

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Breaking in

He'd say , “ Look , this is good , this sucks , and you gotta change that . ” He always had great comments . His business wasn't doing well and I was making a fairly good living selling screenplays , even though they weren't getting ...

Author: Nicholas Jarecki

Publisher: Broadway

ISBN: UOM:39015053778612

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Presents a collection of interviews with such film directors as John Carpenter, Barry Sonnenfield, Edward Zwick, and John Schlesinger, offering candid advice on how to get started in the modern film industry.

New York Magazine

In the seventies and eighties, Paramount gained a reputation for being a studio that tried to make your movie for you. ... It started off as a methodical way to respond to screenplays and ended up being a real kind of dogmatic piece of ...

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

Answers from The Working Actor

100% Dear 100%, Perhaps you need to rethink your entire situation. Sit down with last month's bills and a calculator—or an online tool like Budget Tracker or Quicken if you're so inclined—and create a realistic budget for yourself.

Author: Jackie Apodaca

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351839136

Category: Performing Arts

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For nearly a decade, Jackie Apodaca and Michael Kostroff shared duties as advice columnists for the actors’ trade paper, Backstage. Their highly popular weekly feature, "The Working Actor," fielded questions from actors all over the country. A cross between "Dear Abby" and The Hollywood Reporter, their column was a fact-based, humorous, compassionate take on the questions actors most wanted answered. Using some of their most interesting, entertaining, and informative columns as launch points, Answers from "The Working Actor" guides readers through the ins and outs (and ups and downs) of the acting industry. Apodaca and Kostroff share an approach that is decidedly "on the ground." They’ve both labored in the trenches just like their readers—dealing with auditions, classes, photos, résumés, rehearsals, contract negotiations, representatives, jobs, challenging colleagues, and the search for that elusive life/career balance. There are few absolutes in the acting profession and virtually no proven and reliable steps. Unlike books that claim to offer "Quick Steps to a Successful Acting Career," Answers from "The Working Actor" deals honestly with the realities, providing facts, options, strategies, stories, points of view, and the wisdom of experience, while ultimately challenging readers to make their own decisions. This book will give new actors a head start on their journeys and remind experienced professionals that, in the acting business, there is never only one answer to any question.

PRODUCE YOURSELF

Apply Hollywood's Proven Formula To Become The Hero of Your Life Terence Michael ... One of the ways to do this is through measurement. I had to stop and assess what ... For example, the largest time-suck for me was reading screenplays.

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Publisher: 100 Percent Terry Cloth

ISBN: 9781641365550

Category: Self-Help

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From Hollywood TV and film producer, Terence Michael. Hollywood produces its on-screen heroes to take steps to achieve their goals. These same principles can be applied to anything you are seeking to accomplish or improve. You can Produce Yourself to be the hero and not just a supporting character in your life's story.

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The Advocate

Since I'm currently in the world of dating (which, by the way, sucks royally), I abide by my own rule of no sex until after three or four dates, if not longer. Call it a safeguard, but I know what I want, and if I "give it up," then the ...

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The Advocate

"The way he speaks and carries himself makes him seem more mature than his actual age. And he looks great on horseback." No argument here. In a relaxed conversation, Ledger talked about everything from his native Australia's mixed ...

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New York Magazine

Tonight's "director," Mad Man Mike, who's been at it for fourteen years, explains it this way: "Everyone always says that people ... The music has gone electronic, and the clothes have shed a good portion of their petroleum content.

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