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

Publisher:

ISBN: 1615932054

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 310

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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.

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

Page: 240

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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.

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

Page: 285

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

Now Write Screenwriting

Thoughts. 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
 ...

Author: Sherry Ellis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101486078

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

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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. ... is a 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

Page: 352

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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

Writing for the Green Light

MOST IMPORTANT RULE: HAVE FUN Just because you're writing a spec script
that exists within the boundaries of a ... FINALIZING YOUR SPEC SCRIPT FOR
THE READER After you plow through your first draft (or two), I do recommend two
great books for advice on revising your spec script: William M. Akers's Your Script
Sucks!: 100 Ways to Make it Better (2008) and Denny Martin Flinn's How Not To
Write A Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make (1999).

Author: Scott Kirkpatrick

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781317704201

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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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!

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 made .

Author: Nicholas Jarecki

Publisher: Broadway

ISBN: UOM:39015053778612

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 316

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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.

Transamerica

Scenes 100 and 101 : Felicity learned in her research that singing is particularly
difficult for some trans women . ( Although not for ... long as a line — even a joke
line — is grounded in a real moment , great actors will make it fly . Scene 103 ...

Author: Duncan Tucker

Publisher: Newmarket Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105114214013

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 142

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The official book tie-in to the award-winning (Best First Screenplay, Independent Spirit Awards) movie, with a tour-de- force performance by Golden Globe Winner Felicity Huffman as Bree, a transsexual woman who takes an unexpected cross-country journey after learning that she once fathered a son. Contains the shooting script, production notes, scene notes written exclusively for this book, and new essays by writer/director Duncan Tucker, a foreword by Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern, and 35 b/w film stills.

The Thirteenth Virgin Film Guide

Author:

Publisher: Virgin Books Limited

ISBN: STANFORD:36105122703619

Category: Motion pictures

Page: 890

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The critically acclaimed Virgin Film Guide makes every film count by providing more information on the films that matter from the 1930s to the present day. It offers fuller credits, longer synopses and reviews plus comprehensive Oscars information, alternative titles, a complete star rating and a comprehensive index of directors. It also draws on the expertise of TV Guide's entire team of film experts - each skilled in a different kind of film, from classic Hollywood musicals to low-budget cult favourites - giving the reader more informed and opinionated critique than other books of this kind.

New West

Richard now might be sweating in his dressing room, but “Bicentennial Nigger” is
already assured of “shipping gold”—$1 ... At the end of the year he'll doget this
—the Giancarlo Giannini part in Which Way Is Up? a semi-remake of Lina ... This
crazy nigger has broken into the big leagues. ... Pryor will offer his services as
both screenwriter and actor. ... supposed predilection for smashing women about
his apartment, knowing Smiles about his fabled Hoover-suck intake of cocaine.

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106020201486

Category: California

Page:

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The New Yorker

known as the DO NOT MAKE CHANGES script, the clunky metallic and non-
mythic silver footwear has been jettisoned, ... Other writers contributed important
details to the finished screenplay. ... The truth is that this great movie, in which the
quarrels, firings, and near-bungles of all concerned produced what ... He was
gray also, from his long beard to his rough boots. ... a multiplicity of shades of
gray, and darkening its images until the whirlwind sucks them up and rips them to
pieces.

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105007060093

Category: Arts

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Halliwell s Film Video DVD Guide

Building ' When Sidney Lumet gets serious , his up to a shattering conclusion ,
Leigh's energetic , fast - moving style falls apart . ... Paul Newman ; James Mason
; Sidney Lumet ; screenplay writer ) ; Imelda Staunton ( adaptation ) ' A Mad
Generation ... she Victorian murder mystery with very would have blushed at its
tabloid unconvincing Hollywood sets and curious ... Sophia Loren , Jean Gabin ,
Henri Garcin , white photography that sucks the life out of its Julien Bertheau
characters .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105123070588

Category: Motion pictures

Page:

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Time Out Film Guide

Desperado ) , whose impatience for love leads her | Middleton's Changeling A
sequel of sorts to Lino Broca's botched Macho ... Crenna plays of Connolly
running a slave - trade circus of of the performances ( Hurt , Davis ) give it an
illuan expert in ... Deborah Wakeham , Francis Lederer , Hedda Hopper , hoariest
stereotypes seem good as new , and it Eric Christmas . ... suddenly strike : the
quest for eternal malicious script by Brackett and Wilder , gorgeous youth ( " The
future sucks .

Author: John Pym

Publisher: Time Out Guides

ISBN: 0140275258

Category: Motion pictures

Page: 1217

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This annual edition of the Time Out Film Guide, now updated to include over 12,000 films, covers every area of world cinema: classic silents and thirties comedies, documentaries and the avant-garde, French and Japanese cinema, Hollywood mainstream and B-rated horror films. Time Out's extraordinarily strong international coverage includes award listings for the Berlin, Venice, and Cannes festivals as well as the Oscar winners since 1927. Fully cross-referenced with extensive indexes covering films by country, genre, subject, director, and actor, this is the ultimate guide for movie lovers of all inclinations. Combining a wealth of practical information -- director, cast, alternative titles, running time, release date -- with thirty years of authoritative analyses from 207 Time Out reviewers, this A-to-Z directory delivers honest, incisive, informed, and contentious criticism. The seventh edition includes 700 new reviews from every genre of world cinema and, for the first time, a readers' poll of all-time top-ten films.