Complete Screenwriting Course: Teach Yourself

A complete guide to writing, developing and marketing a script for TV or film

Author: Charles Harris

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1471805514

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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LEARN HOW TO WRITE COMPELLING SCRIPTS FOR FILM AND TV. 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.

The Complete Book of Scriptwriting

Author: J. Michael Straczynski

Publisher: Titan Books (UK)

ISBN: 9781852868826

Category: Broadcasting

Page: 424

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J. Michael Straczynski, writer/producer of Murder, She Wrote and xreator of Babylon 5 teaches scriptwriters how to write and sell work for television, movies, animation, radio and the theatre. Straczynski covers each medium in depth. He reveals facts, tells stories and offers observations from the vantage point of a career in the business.

Blueprint for Screenwriting

A Complete Writer's Guide to Story Structure and Character Development

Author: Rachel Ballon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135613842

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

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Blueprint for Screenwriting demystifies the writing process by developing a "blueprint" for writers to follow for each new screenplay--from original concept to completed script. Author and international script consultant Dr. Rachel Ballon explores the writing craft and emphasizes creativity in the writing process. She blends her expertise in script analysis and writing coaching with her personal experience as a screenwriter to help writers construct their stories and characters. Starting with the story's framework, Dr. Ballon helps readers to understand the key "building blocks" of story structure and character development, including characters' emotional and psychological states, story conflicts, and scene and act structure. She also covers the essential components in the script writing process, such as outlines, script treatments, synopses, and formats. Dr. Ballon devotes a chapter to overcoming writer's block--the writer's greatest obstacle--and offers guidance for taking the next steps once a script is completed. A practical tool for any writer, this distinctive resource: *offers a blueprint for writers to follow, breaking the writing process down into specific, easy-to-follow steps; *stresses the psychology of the characters as well as that of the writer; and *offers first-hand knowledge of the screenwriting process and gives practical advice for completing and marketing scripts. With its unique and insightful approach to the writing process, this book will be indispensable for scriptwriters, fiction writers, and professional writers, and it will serve as a useful text in screenwriting courses.

A Guide to Screenwriting Success

Writing for Film and Television

Author: Stephen V. Duncan

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1461605253

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 392

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A Guide to Screenwriting Success provides a comprehensive overview of writing—and rewriting—a screenplay. Duncan's handy book teaches new screenwriters the process of creating a professional screenplay from beginning to end—from character development to story templates. It shows that inspiration, creativity, and good writing are not elusive concepts but attainable goals. The book contains dozens of exercises to help writers through these steps. The second half of the book covers the teleplay, an often-overlooked but rewarding side of screenwriting. Success in screenwriting is no longer a pipe dream for those who pick up Duncan's guide.

Writing Movies for Fun and Profit

How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!

Author: Thomas Lennon,Robert Ben Garant

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439186766

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 for Television

A Complete Guide to Writing and Marketing TV Scripts

Author: William Smethurst

Publisher: Trans-Atlantic Publications

ISBN: 9781857030457

Category: Television authorship

Page: 152

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Scriptwriting for the Screen

Author: Charlie Moritz

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415229111

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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.

Screenwriting For Dummies

Author: Laura Schellhardt

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118052625

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

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Write a great script and get it into the hands of the Hollywood players! So you want to be a screenwriter? Whether you want to write a feature film or a TV script or adapt your favorite book, this friendly guide gives you expert advice in everything from creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and selling it to the studios. You get savvy industry tips and strategies for getting your screenplay noticed! The screenwriting process from A to Z -- from developing a concept and thinking visually to plotline, conflicts, pacing, and the conclusion Craft living, breathing characters -- from creating the backstory to letting your characters speak to balancing dialogue with action Turn your story into a script -- from developing an outline and getting over writer's block to formatting your screenplay and handling rewrites Prepare for Hollywood -- from understanding the players and setting your expectations to polishing your copy and protecting your work Sell your script to the industry -- from preparing your pitch and finding an agent to meeting with executives and making a deal Open the book and find: The latest on the biz, from entertainment blogs to top agents to box office jargon New story examples from recently released films Tips on character development, a story's time clock, dramatic structure, and dialogue New details on developing the nontraditional screenplay -- from musicals to animation to high dramatic style Expanded information on adaptation and collaboration, with examples from successful screenwriting duos

Screenplay

The Foundations of Screenwriting

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 9780307423269

Category: Reference

Page: 336

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From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script.. Here are easily understood guidelines to make film-writing accessible to novices and to help practiced writers improve their scripts. Syd Field pinpoints the structural and stylistic elements essential to every good screenplay. He presents a step-by-step, comprehensive technique for writing the script that will succeed. •Why are the first ten pages of your script crucially important? •How do you collaborate successfully with someone else? •How do you adapt a novel, a play, or an article into a screenplay? •How do you market your script? From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Screenwriter's Bible

A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script

Author: David Trottier

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781935247104

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 442

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The 20th anniversary edition of one of the most popular, authoritative, and useful books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold over 250,000 copies in its twenty-year life. Always up-to-date and reliable, it contains everything that both the budding and working screenwriter need under one cover - five books in one! A Screenwriting Primer -- that provides a concise course in screenwriting basics; A Screenwriting Workbook -- that walks you through the complete writing process, from nascent ideas through final revisions; A Formatting Guide -- that thoroughly covers todays correct formats for screenplays and TV scripts; A Spec Writing Guide -- that demonstrates todays spec style through sample scenes and analysis, with an emphasis on grabbing the readers interest in the first ten pages; A Sales and Marketing Guide -- that presents proven strategies to help you create a laser-sharp marketing plan. Among this books wealth of practical information are sample query letters, useful worksheets and checklists, hundreds of examples, sample scenes, and straightforward explanations of screenwriting fundamentals. This 6th edition is full of new examples, the latest practices, and new material on non-traditional screenplay outlets.

How To Write For Television 7th Edition

A guide to writing and selling TV and radio scripts

Author: William Smethurst

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472135741

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 9128

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This book provides professional tips and techniques for those wishing to break into writing for TV whether it's a soap, series drama, or situation comedy. It covers all aspects of script writing such as structure, plotting, characterization and dialogue and is packed with advice on presenting and selling scripts. It also includes a chapter specifically on writing for radio.

Writing Screenplays That Sell

The Complete, Step-By-Step Guide for Writing and Selling to

Author: Michael Hauge

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062725009

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 325

View: 2398

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Covers story concept, character development, theme, structure, and scenes, analyzes a sample screenplay, and tells how to submit a manuscript, select an agent, and market oneself

How to Build a Great Screenplay

A Master Class in Storytelling for Film

Author: David Howard

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429994781

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

View: 3505

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Acclaimed USC screenwriting teacher David Howard has guided hundreds of students to careers in writing for film and television. Drawing on decades of practical experience and savvy, How to Build a Great Screenplay deconstructs the craft of screenwriting and carefully reveals how to build a good story from the ground up. Howard eschews the "system" offered by other books, emphasizing that a great screenplay requires dozens of unique decisions by the author. He offers in-depth considerations of: * characterization * story arc * plotting and subplotting * dealing with coincidence in story plotting * classical vs. revolutionary screenplay structure * tone, style, and atmosphere * the use of time on screen * the creation of drama and tension * crucial moments in storytelling Throughout the book, Howard clarifies his lessons through examples from some of the most successful Hollywood and international script-oriented films, including Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, Trainspotting, North by Northwest, Chinatown, and others. The end result is what could very well become the classic text in the field---a bible for the burgeoning screenwriter.

Story Sense: A Screenwriter's Guide for Film and Television

Author: Paul Lucey

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages

ISBN: 9780070389960

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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This is the first true textbook for a course in screenwriting. Story Sense provides specific strategies for writing story, character, and script. A wealth of techniques are suggested so that screenwriters can select those that work best for them. The book has been conceived as a working manual for screenwriters and offers hands-on advice for solving the many problems that crop up as the work progresses. In addition, the book includes examples of script format, a glossary of film terms, the Writer's Guild's compensation terms, and such insider examples as a sample studio script evaluation form, a sample script analysis, a sample studio reader's questionnaire, and a sample re-write.

Writing Movies

The Practical Guide to Creating Stellar Screenplays

Author: Gotham Writers Workshop

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781596919839

Category: Reference

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.

Save the Cat

The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need

Author: Blake Snyder

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781615931712

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!

How To Write: A Screenplay

Revised and Expanded Edition

Author: Mark Evan Schwartz

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441183728

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

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There are hundreds of books on the market, all trying to teach you how to write a screenplay. Several of them are excellent and useful books. But never - until now - has there been a screenwriting manual written in the form of a screenplay. Our hero, the aspiring screenwriter Danny, is hopelessly in love with Bebe, a hot young starlet. But Bebe won't go out with Danny until he proves that he can write a brilliant screenplay for her. Helped along the way by a mysterious guide (Virgil) with seemingly magical powers, Danny travels to Screenwriting Hell to see what happens to writers who never make the grade. Virgil teaches him the tricks of the trade, the fundamental techniques that all screenwriters have to master, no matter how great their ideas. But there's something a little strange about Virgil, and Danny is never sure whether to trust him or not... 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 pitching his screenplay to a big-shot producer.

Writing the TV Drama Series -4th Edition

How to Suceed As a Professional Writer in TV

Author: Pamela Douglas

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781615932931

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 310

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"Guide to writing drama series for TV, both in the US and in other countries" --

Story Maps

How to Write a Great Screenplay

Author: Daniel P. Calvisi

Publisher: ACT Four Screenplays

ISBN: 9780983626602

Category: Motion picture authorship

Page: 282

View: 9416

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Learn the secrets to writing a GREAT screenplay from a major Hollywood movie studio Story Analyst who will show you how to BLOW AWAY THE READER! Master the structure and principles used by 95% of commercial movies by studying detailed breakdowns, or "Story Maps," of several recent hit movies in all different genres, including The Hangover, The Dark Knight, The Wrestler, Juno, The Social Network, Black Swan, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Drag Me To Hell. "STORY MAPS: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay" cites examples from hundreds of hit films, several television series and includes samples from actual produced screenplays to show you HOW TO DO IT. Detailed lessons on format, capturing voice and tone on the script page and developing great characters with powerful dialogue are SHOWN IN ACTION in classic films such as Sunset Boulevard, The Godfather, Gladiator and As Good As It Gets, to name just a few of the hundreds of great movies analyzed in the book. The book also includes EXCLUSIVE insights from major industry professionals with whom the author has interacted with at events in Los Angeles and New York City, including Robert Zemeckis... the screenwriters of Final Destination, Limitless, Armageddon, Antwone Fisher, Speed, Justified and Blade Runner... Louis C.K.... Elijah Wood... and the President of Production of Columbia Pictures. This approach is simple: you learn from the PROS by studying their work and reading their advice. This is NOT a formula or just another structure paradigm - it is the view from behind the desk of the people evaluating your screenplay, what they want to read and what they will buy. With all the competition in the Hollywood marketplace, your script can't just be good, it must be GREAT. "There is a lot of great advice here... Most important, as I read Calvisi s "Story Maps," I was inspired to rethink my current project. And that s what it s all about, right -SCRIPT MAGAZINE Daniel Calvisi s "Story Maps" is readable, insightful and exciting. It focuses on the hard work and narrative strategies the screenwriter needs to adopt to write a commercially viable screenplay, and is up to date and strategic in the clearest way. Dan s book will help you do what you must do to succeed with your screenplay. -Ken Dancyger, best-selling author of "Broadcast Writing, Alternative Scriptwriting" and "Writing the Short Film" "Loved it! Should be required reading in every film school. -Daniel Fazel, sold screenwriter and VFX Artist ("Alice in Wonderland, Benjamin Button, I Robot") "Writing a great screenplay is not easy. This book provides a simple way to approach your idea or rewrite for maximum results...and helpful to evaluate your work in whatever stage it's at so you can make necessary improvements that will allow your unique story and vision to shine!" -Laurie Lamson, co-editor "Now Write! Screenwriting" "Dan has a no-nonsense approach to screenplay analysis that cuts through the bull and delivers the goods. A must read for serious screenwriters. -J. Stephen Maunder, writer/director ("Tiger Claws I, II, III, The Veteran, Shadows in Paradise")

How to Write a Screenplay in Ten Weeks

Author: Marilyn Horowitz

Publisher: Marilyn Horowitz

ISBN: 9780979908910

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.