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Providing examples from well-known movies, Field explains the structural and stylistic elements as well as writing techniques basic to the creation of a successful film script.
Providing examples from well-known movies, Field explains the structural and stylistic elements as well as writing techniques basic to the creation of a successful film script
"We need good screenwriters who understand character." Everywhere Andrew Horton traveled in researching this book—from Hollywood to Hungary—he heard the same refrain. Yet most of the standard how-to books on screenwriting follow the film industry's earlier lead in focusing almost exclusively on plot and formulaic structures. With this book, Horton, a film scholar and successful screenwriter, provides the definitive work on the character-based screenplay. Exceptionally wide-ranging—covering American, international, mainstream, and "off-Hollywood" films, as well as television—the book offers creative strategies and essential practical information. Horton begins by placing screenwriting in the context of the storytelling tradition, arguing through literary and cultural analysis that all great stories revolve around a strong central character. He then suggests specific techniques and concepts to help any writer—whether new or experienced—build more vivid characters and screenplays. Centering his discussion around four film examples—including Thelma & Louise and The Silence of the Lambs—and the television series, Northern Exposure, he takes the reader step-by-step through the screenwriting process, starting with the development of multi-dimensional characters and continuing through to rewrite. Finally, he includes a wealth of information about contests, fellowships, and film festivals. Espousing a new, character-based approach to screenwriting, this engaging, insightful work will prove an essential guide to all of those involved in the writing and development of film scripts.
This is a complete screenwriting course -- from initial idea through final script sale -- providing in-depth discussions of theme development; story research; script plotting and structuring; character development; dialogue; writing and rewriting methods; formatting; the ins and outs of marketing and pitching scripts; writing for TV, the Web and video games, and much more. Well-written, comprehensive and filled with both innovative and tried-and-true writing techniques, illustrative screenplay examples and sage advice from veteran writers, Screenplay will help novices as well as working screenwriters improve and sell their scripts. This second edition of this popular manual is completely revised, reflecting current film industry practices, and includes new chapters on such subjects as Webisodes and video games, as well as updates to its many examples.
Screenplay: Building Story Through Character is designed to help screenwriters turn simple or intricate ideas into exciting, multidimensional film narratives with fully-realized characters. Based on Jule Selbo’s unique 11-step structure for building story through characters, the book teaches budding screenwriters the skills to focus and shape their ideas, turning them into stories filled with character development, strong plot elements based on obstacles and conflicts, and multifaceted emotional arcs. Using examples and analysis from classic and contemporary films across a range of genres, from The Godfather to Guardians of the Galaxy, Selbo’s Screenplay takes students inside the scriptwriting process, providing a broad overview for both beginners and seasoned writers alike. The book is rounded out with discussion questions, writing exercises, a guide to the business of screenwriting, in-depth film breakdowns, and a glossary of screenwriting terms.
Maybe you have a great idea for a movie, and you're thinking to yourself, "Man, if I only knew how to write a screenplay." Maybe you've started your screenplay already, but you get to a certain point where you JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT! Or maybe you've already finished your screenplay, printed it out, read it over again, hated it, and burned it in your trash can (but you saved a backup). Don't give up on your dreams just yet--not until you've read this book. Over the course of his successful career as a writer and producer, Josh Miller has learned plenty about the art of screenwriting. There are no fancy tricks or shortcuts to making a great screenplay, just time-honored techniques, fundamental story elements, and one secret ingredient: you. Josh will show you how to craft a compelling story and deploy advanced techniques used by professional screenwriters, but most importantly, he'll teach you how to harness your unique voice, experience and perspective to give your screenplay real substance. Get this book, and get yourself unstuck.
Acclaimed playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me is one of the most highly praised independent films of recent years, earning many of the major screenplay awards. This is the lovingly drawn story of a sister and brother’s complicated, fragile, but somehow enduring bond. Sammy and Terry Prescott were orphaned as children. Sammy, now the single mother of a young son, has stayed in their hometown and is an officer at the local bank. Terry has become something of a drifter, surfacing only when he needs money. Sammy’s own life has its complications: she puts off an old boyfriend’s proposal and begins an affair with her new boss. Together in their family home, Terry’s charming irresponsibility collides with Sammy’s confusion over her own actions. What remains unspoken is what they’ve known since they were left with only each other sixteen years before.
Provides guidance for aspiring scriptwriters on how to create a successful screenplay, offering practical suggestions on how to develop themes within the plot, use structure to define the story, create memorable characters, and present moral dilemmas andconflicts.
Hollywood film franchises are routinely translated into games and some game-titles make the move onto the big screen. This collection investigates the interface between cinema and games console or PC.
This handbook lets readers in on the rules of winning the game. Written by two veteran screenwriters, this is a complete guide to getting a screenplay seen, read, and sold.
How to Write a Screenplay is a book by Steve Zacharias who is best known for creating the Revenge of the Nerds movies. Zacharias sold over 75 films and 25+ movies and television shows written by Zacharias, including the Happy Days, Partridge Family and All in the Family. Learn the secret formula of how to write a winning screenplay from the man who has done it as good as anyone in the world of comedy - Steve Zacharias
Aspects of the Screenplay deals with film dialogue: how best to write it while also focusing on other critical aspects of the screenplay.
By considering the screenplay as a literary object worthy of critical inquiry, this volume breaks new ground in film studies.
Important as it is that there be a script, equally important is the necessity for that script to be written in the correct standard format appropriate for a given filming situation. This book gives step-by-step instructions on how to prepare your script in the standard format used in the industry.
Presents the author's never-produced screenplay of Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past," created with the collaboration of director Joseph Losey and Proust scholar Barbara Bray over the course of one year in the early 1970s.
More than 50 years after its release, the classic "Double Indemnity" is one of the best films of all time. This facsimile edition contains Wilder and Chandler's original--and quite different--ending, published here for the first time. Jeffrey Meyers's Introduction provides hilarious anecdotes about the turbulent collaboration as well as background information on the film.
A companion to the forthcoming film follows the efforts of a respected and recently engaged lawyer who makes a risky entrée into the Mexican drug trade and is rapidly embroiled in a brutal web that threatens everyone he loves. By the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of No Country for Old Men. Original. Movie tie-in.