Writing Short Films

Author: Linda J. Cowgill
Publisher: Lone Eagle
ISBN: 9780307875143
Release Date: 2010-10-20
Genre: Performing Arts

This new edition has been completely updated and revised along with the addition of several new chapters. Currently, this title remains the best selling university text book on writing short film screenplays.

Writing Short Films

Author: Linda J. Cowgill
Publisher: Lone Eagle Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781580650632
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Performing Arts

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.

Writing Short Films

Author: Linda J. Cowgill
Publisher: Lone Eagle
ISBN: 9780307875143
Release Date: 2010-10-20
Genre: Performing Arts

This new edition has been completely updated and revised along with the addition of several new chapters. Currently, this title remains the best selling university text book on writing short film screenplays.

Short Films

Author: Patrick Nash
Publisher: Oldcastle Books
ISBN: 9781842435199
Release Date: 2012-01-12
Genre: Performing Arts

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 Short Scripts

Author: William H. Phillips
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 0815628021
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Performing Arts

A guide designed to help the beginning writer enter the world of short films, from travelogues to animated shorts.

Writing the Short Film

Author: Patricia Cooper
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781136048586
Release Date: 2012-09-10
Genre: Performing Arts

The short film is a unique narrative art form that, while lending itself to experimentation, requires tremendous discipline in following traditional filmic considerations. This book takes the student and novice screenwriter through the storytelling process- from conception, to visualization, to dramatization, to characterization and dialogue- and teaches them how to create a dramatic narrative that is at once short (approximately half an hour in length) and complete. Exercises, new examples of short screenplays, and an examination of various genres round out the discussion. NEW TO THE THIRD EDITION: new screenplays, a chapter on rewriting your script, and a chapter on the future of short films

Secrets of Screenplay Structure

Author: Linda J. Cowgill
Publisher: Lone Eagle Publishing Company, LLC
ISBN: UOM:39015039908903
Release Date: 1999-01-01
Genre: Performing Arts

In her new book, Linda Cowgill articulates the concepts of successful screenplay structure in a clear language, based on the study of great films from the thirties to present day. Secrets of Screenplay Structure helps writers understand how and why great films work as well as how great form and function can combine to bring a story alive. Cowgill includes many helpful anecdotes, insider strategies, as well as do's and dont's which will help readers make their writing more professional, and therefore, more marketable.

The Short Screenplay Your Short Film from Concept to Production

Author: David D. Busch
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781598637830
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Computers

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 t

Cut to the Chase

Author: Linda Venis
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698138360
Release Date: 2013-08-06
Genre: Performing Arts

Millions of people dream of writing a screenplay but don't know how to begin, or are already working on a script but are stuck and need some targeted advice. Or maybe they have a great script, but no clue about how to navigate the choppy waters of show business. Enter Cut To The Chase, written by professional writers who teach in UCLA Extension Writers' Programme, whose alumni's many credits include Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl; Twilight; and the Academy Award nominated Letters from Iwo Juima. From learning how to identify story ideas that make a good movie to opening career doors and keeping them open, this authoritative, comprehensive, and entertaining book, edited by Writers' Program Director Linda Venis, will be the film-writing bible for decades to come. "A well-organized soup-to-nuts manual for aspiring Nora Ephrons and Charlie Kaufmans, from the faculty of a notable screenwriting program. . . . A readable writer's how-to that goes down smoothly." - Kirkus Reviews

How Not to Make a Short Film

Author: Roberta Marie Munroe
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: 9781401395452
Release Date: 2009-01-20
Genre: Performing Arts

Anyone can make a short film, right? Just grab some friends and your handheld and you can do it in a weekend or two before being accepted to a slew of film festivals, right? Wrong. Roberta Munroe screened short film submissions at Sundance for five years, and is an award-winning short filmmaker in her own right. So she knows a thing or two about how not to make a short film. From the first draft of your script to casting, production, editing, and distribution, this is your one-stop primer for breaking into the business. Featuring interviews with many of today's most talented writers, producers, and directors, as well as revealing stories (e.g., what to do when the skinhead crack addict next door begins screaming obscenities as soon as you call "action") from the sets of her own short films, Roberta walks you through the minefield of mistakes that an aspiring filmmaker can make--so that you don't have to make them yourself.

Screenplay

Author: Syd Field
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 0307423263
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Genre: Reference

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.

Write to Shoot

Author: Marilyn Beker
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781317548256
Release Date: 2017-03-27
Genre: Performing Arts

Write to Shoot teaches budding screenwriters and screenwriting filmmakers how to write a short script with production in mind. Beker instructs them how to showcase their strengths, tailor projects to shoestring budgets, resources, and practical production parameters without sacrificing the quality and punch of their screenplays, whether they're creating a sizzle short for an unproduced feature script, an independent creative work, or a soapbox to promote a cause. Write to Shoot: Writing Short Films for Production is a must-have guide for anyone who wants to be sure there will be no surprises on set that come from a script that's not ready for production.

Secrets of Film Writing

Author: Tom Lazarus
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312269080
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

The award-winning screenwriter of "Stigmata" reveals the secrets successful screenwriters employ to get Hollywood to green light their projects. The UCLA extension course instructor also shows how to pitch, follow up, polish, and present one's work.

The Art of Plotting

Author: Linda J. Cowgill
Publisher: Lone Eagle
ISBN: 9780307875136
Release Date: 2010-12-08
Genre: Performing Arts

The complete, clear guide to creating compelling plots for film -Integrate plot, characterization, and exposition to make stories real - Examples from new and classic movies examine great plots in action Plot must be as much about the emotions of the characters as it is about the events of the story. That’s the message of The Art of Plotting, which teaches screenwriters how to integrate plot, characterization, and exposition to make stories compelling. Using examples from recent and classic movies, author Linda J. Cowgill demonstrates how the plot springs naturally from the characters--and how that technique makes audiences connect with the story on a more intimate level. Examples include American Beauty, Shakespeare in Love, Erin Brockovich, Spider-Man, Chinatown, Jaws, and more. Easy exercises reveal common plot problems and help writers overcome them. Clear and easy to understand and to use, The Art of Plotting shows exactly how great plotting evolves from characters caught in life-changing conflicts--and how to create great plots driven by that idea.

Writing for the Screen

Author: Craig Batty
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137146656
Release Date: 2008-09-26
Genre: Literary Criticism

This fresh approach to scriptwriting, innovative in style and approach, incorporates both creativity and critical appraisal as essential methods in writing for the screen. Contemporary case studies, in-depth analyses and interactive exercises create a wealth of ideas for those wishing to work in the industry or deepen their study of the practice.