How to Write Great Screenplays and Get them into Production

Author: Linda James
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781848034914
Release Date: 2014-04-25
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Have you got a great idea for a screenplay, but don't know how to write it visually? Then this book is for you. It will give you the vital information you need to know before you write your script; the vital techniques you need to learn when you're writing your script. But, more importantly, it will show you how to market your script after it's written. These three vitally important stages will make your script STAND OUT from the crowd. Your will learn about:- - Preparing outlines and synopses and treatments. - The Three Act Structure - Writing powerful opening scenes, and compelling scenes to follow - Techniques to make your script stand out - Writing effective dialogue - Writing a logline to use as a powerful marketing tool to interest an agent or producer. - Professional script formatting - Organisations that help screenwriters - How to copyright your work - How to market your script - The Twenty important things to check before you send out your script

The Creative Writer s Workshop 5th Edition

Author: Cathy Birch
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781848036956
Release Date: 2012-11-06
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This book aims to get you writing and keep you writing - and help you enjoy your writing to the full. It will show you how to free your own unique voice and create original, individual work. It is packed with exercises, visualisation techniques, flow charts, dream-work and word webs that will enable you to explore the treasures of your subconscious, revisit your childhood world of games and make believe, and bring back what you find. Then it shows you how to harness that creativity in developing your characters, settings, plot and dialogue. Additional exercises focus on sustaining your own motivation, providing the perfect setting in which to develop your writing. This book will help you at every stage. Use it to rediscover your love of words and the spontaneity in your writing. Find your voice and become the writer you were meant to be. Contents: 1. Writing as a Way of Life; 2. Tuning In; 3. Discovering the Plot; 4. Developing Atmosphere, Pace and Mood; 5. Working with Beginnings and Endings; 6. Surprise Yourself; 7. Working With Your Dreams; 8. Recycling; 9. Crafting Your Work; 10. Editing Your Work; Glossary; References; Further reading; Useful addresses and websites; Index.

How to Write a Screenplay in Ten Weeks

Author: Marilyn Horowitz
Publisher: Marilyn Horowitz
ISBN: 0979908914
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

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.

Writing for Visual Media

Author: Anthony Friedmann
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781317964827
Release Date: 2014-04-16
Genre: Art

Writing for Visual Media focuses on the fundamental problems faced by writers beginning to create content for media that is to be seen rather than read. This book takes the student from basic concepts to a first level of practice through an explicit method that trains students to consistently identify a communications problem, think it through, and find a resolution before beginning to write. Through successive exercises, it helps them acquire the skill and confidence they need to write effective films, corporate and training videos, documentary, ads, PSAs, tv series and other types of visual narrative. Writing for Visual Media also has a chapter on writing for interactive media, including promotions, instructional programs, and games. The book makes the student aware of current electronic writing tools and scriptwriting software through a companion CD-ROM, which offers links to demos and enriches the content of the printed book with video, audio, and sample scripts.

Get Published Get Produced

Author: Peter Miller
Publisher: SP Books
ISBN: 1561710075
Release Date: 1990-10-01
Genre: Self-Help

Offers advice on selling unpublished fiction, constructing a nonfiction book proposal, packaging a book for film or television production, marketing an original screenplay, and developing a TV series concept

Crafty Screenwriting

Author: Alex Epstein
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
ISBN: 9781466824720
Release Date: 2002-10-08
Genre: Performing Arts

The most innovative and creative screenwriting book yet, from an author who knows first-hand what it takes to get a movie made. Based on an award-winning website hailed as "smart enough for professional screenwriters and accessible enough for aspiring screenwriters", Crafty Screenwriting is the first book not only to offer a successful screenwriter's tricks of the trade, but to explain what development executives really mean when they complain that the "dialogue is flat," or "the hero isn't likeable." Fresh, provocative, and funny, Alex Epstein diagnoses problem that other screenwriting books barely address, and answers questions they rarely ask, like "Why is it sometimes dangerous to know your characters too well before you start writing," or "Why does your script have to be so much better than the awful pictures that get made every day?" As a development executive who has accepted and rejected countless screenplays, and a produced screenwriter himself, Epstein can take you into the heart of the most important question of all: "Is this a movie?" A crucial book for anyone who has ever wondered what it takes to get their movie made.

Selling a Screenplay

Author: Syd Field
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 9780440502449
Release Date: 1989
Genre: Reference

A guide to aspiring screenwriters analyzes what producers and movie executives look for in a screenplay and offers insider tips and stories on selling a screenplay.

Raindance Writers Lab

Author: Elliot Grove
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781136055690
Release Date: 2014-03-26
Genre: Performing Arts

If you're looking for a straightforward, practical, no-nonsense guide to scriptwriting that will hold your hand right the way through the process, read on! The Raindance Writers' Lab guides you through the tools that enable you to execute a strong treatment for a feature and be well on the way to the first draft of your script. Written by the creator of the Raindance Film Festival himself, Elliot Grove uses a hands-on approach to screenwriting based on his many years of experience teaching the subject for Raindance training. He uses step-by-step processes illustrated with diagrams and charts to lend a visual structure to the teaching. Techniques are related to real-life examples throughout, from low budget to blockbuster films. The Companion Website contains interviews with British writers and directors as well as a handy series of legal contracts, video clips and writing exercises. In this brand new 2nd edition, Grove expands on his story structure theory, as well as how to write for the internet and short films. The website also contains sample scripts and legal contracts, a writing exercise illustrated with a video clip, a folder full of useful hyperlinks for research, and a demo version of Final Draft screenwriting software.

Larry Cohen

Author: Tony Williams
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476618197
Release Date: 2016-04-18
Genre: Performing Arts

Now in a revised edition, this book is the only published study devoted to Larry Cohen and his significance as a great American filmmaker. The first edition is long out of print and often sought after. This edition covers all the director’s films, television work and screenplays, and contains an updated interview with the director as well as interviews with his colleagues Janelle Webb Cohen, Michael Moriarty and James Dixon. The filmography and bibliography are also updated.

Screenwriting For Dummies

Author: Laura Schellhardt
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118052624
Release Date: 2011-02-02
Genre: Performing Arts

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

Film School Confidential

Author: Tom Edgar
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0399533192
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Performing Arts

A revised reference profiles the nation's top twenty film schools for such areas as curriculum, reputation, and graduate employment options, in a guide that provides objective information as well as interview excerpts from students and faculty members. Original. 15,000 first printing.

Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video

Author: Peter W. Rea
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780240811741
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Performing Arts

"Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video, Fourth Edition, is the definitive book on the subject for beginning filmmakers and students. It clearly illustrates all of the steps involved in preproduction, production, postproduction and distribution and uses a unique two-fold approach to break down filmmaking from the perspectives of both the producer and director. Extensive examples from award-winning shorts show you how to create a successful short film or video, from script to find product. Plus, learn from real-world advice and examples from the filmmakers themselves." --Book Jacket.

Lew Hunter s Screenwriting 434

Author: Lew Hunter
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0399529861
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Performing Arts

The conductor of UCLAUs legendary graduate workshop--Screenwriting 434--guides readers through every stage of the screenwriting process by actually having them write an original screenplay. "I heartily recommend (this book) for beginners and pros alike."--Steven Bochco.

Screenwriters and Screenwriting

Author: C. Batty
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137338938
Release Date: 2014-07-29
Genre: Performing Arts

Screenwriters and Screenwriting is an innovative, fresh and lively book that is useful for both screenwriting practice and academic study. It is international in scope, with case studies and analyses from the US, the UK, Australia, Japan, Ireland and Denmark. The book presents a distinctive collection of chapters from creative academics and critical practitioners that serve one purpose: to put aspects of screenwriting practice into their relevant contexts. Focusing on how screenplays are written, developed and received, the contributors challenge assumptions of what 'screenwriting studies' might be, and celebrates the role of the screenwriter in the creation of a screenplay. It is intended to be thought provoking and stimulating, with the ultimate aim of inspiring current and future screenwriting practitioners and scholars.

A Guide to Screenwriting Success

Author: Stephen V. Duncan
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0742553019
Release Date: 2006-01-01
Genre: Business & Economics

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."