Screenwriting

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Author: Andrew Horton,Julian Hoxter

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813563429

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Screenwriters often joke that “no one ever paid a dollar at a movie theater to watch a screenplay.” Yet the screenplay is where a movie begins, determining whether a production gets the “green light” from its financial backers and wins approval from its audience. This innovative volume gives readers a comprehensive portrait of the art and business of screenwriting, while showing how the role of the screenwriter has evolved over the years. Reaching back to the early days of Hollywood, when moonlighting novelists, playwrights, and journalists were first hired to write scenarios and photoplays, Screenwriting illuminates the profound ways that screenwriters have contributed to the films we love. This book explores the social, political, and economic implications of the changing craft of American screenwriting from the silent screen through the classical Hollywood years, the rise of independent cinema, and on to the contemporary global multi-media marketplace. From The Birth of a Nation (1915), Gone With the Wind (1939), and Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) to Chinatown (1974), American Beauty (1999), and Lost in Translation (2003), each project began as writers with pen and ink, typewriters, or computers captured the hopes and dreams, the nightmares and concerns of the periods in which they were writing. As the contributors take us behind the silver screen to chronicle the history of screenwriting, they spotlight a range of key screenplays that changed the game in Hollywood and beyond. With original essays from both distinguished film scholars and accomplished screenwriters, Screenwriting is sure to fascinate anyone with an interest in Hollywood, from movie buffs to industry professionals.

Martin Scorsese's America

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Author: Ellis Cashmore

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745658970

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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For over four decades, Martin Scorsese has been the chronicler of an obsessive society, where material possessions and physical comfort are valued, where the pursuit of individual improvement is rewarded and where male prerogative is respected and preserved. Scorsese has often described his films as sociology and he has a point: his storytelling condenses complex information into comprehensible narratives about society. In this sense, he has been a guide through a dark world of nineteenth century crypto-fascism to a fetishistic twentieth century in which goods, fame, money and power are held to have magical power. Author of Tyson: Nurture of the Beast and Beckham, Ellis Cashmore turns his attention to arguably the most influential living film- maker to explore how Scorsese envisions America. Greed, manhood, the city and romantic love feature on Scorsese's landscape of secular materialism. They are among the themes Cashmore argues have driven and inform Scorsese's work. This is America, as seen through the eyes of Martin Scorsese and it is a deeply unpleasant place. Cashmore's book discloses how, collectively, Scorsese's films present an image of America. It's an image assembled from the perspectives of obsessive people, whether burned-out paramedics, compulsive entrepreneurs, tortured lovers, or celebrity-fixated comedians. It's collected from pool halls, taxicabs, boxing rings and jazz clubs. It's an image that's specific, yet ubiquitous. It is Martin Scorsese's America.

Genre Screenwriting

How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell

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Author: Stephen V. Duncan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 150130593X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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It's simple: films need to have commercial value for the studios to produce them, distributors to sell them, and theater chains to screen them. While talent definitely plays a part in the writing process, it can be the well-executed formulaic approaches to the popular genres that will first get you noticed in the industry. Genre Screenwriting: How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell does not attempt to probe in the deepest psyche of screenwriters and directors of famous or seminal films, nor does it attempt to analyze the deep theoretic machinations of films. Duncan's simple goal is to give the reader, the screenwriter, a practical guide to writing each popular film genre. Employing methods as diverse as using fairy tales to illustrate the 'how to' process for each popular genre, and discussing these popular genres in modern television and its relation to its big screen counterpart, Duncan provides a one-stop shop for novices and professionals alike.

The Screenwriter’s Roadmap

21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story

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Author: Neil Landau

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136071903

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 204

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Finally, a GPS system for screenwriters! The potentially long and arduous journey of writing a screenplay was just made easier to navigate with The Screenwriter's Roadmap. Avoid the wrong turns, dead ends, gaping p(l)otholes, and other obstacles that result in frustration , wasted time, and wasted energy. The Screenwriter's Roadmap keeps you on track and helps you reach your destination- a finished, professional quality screenplay. Neil Landau, a successful Hollywood screenwriter and script doctor with over 2 decades of experience, provides you with 21 Guideposts, that if implemented, will help you nail down your screenplay's story structure, deepen its character arcs, bolster stakes, heighten suspense, and diagnose and repair its potential weaknesses. These Guideposts are based on field-tested, in-the-trenches experiences that have been proven to work. The Guideposts are augmented by interactive exercises, end of chapter "homework" assignments, examples from the latest blockbusters, as well as over 20 interviews with some of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters and directors, including David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel), David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, Panic Room, War of the Worlds, Angels & Demons), Melissa Rosenberg (The Twilight Saga: Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Dexter (TV)), and Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Insider, Munich, The Good Shepherd, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close). .

Writing Screenplays That Sell

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Author: Michael Hauge

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408157004

Category: Reference

Page: 384

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"No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story...." Will Smith, actor "In the field of teaching screenwriting, Michael Hauge is indeed a master." The Freelance Screenwriter's Forum A bestseller for 20 years, Hauge's unique 'six step' approach to screenwriting cuts through nonsense, striking the perfect balance between commercial advice, artistic encouragement and lucid examples from hundreds of great films. Never losing sight of the fundamental purpose of a script: emotional impact, Hauge's engaging and inspiring book takes you on a journey through story concept, character development, theme, structure and scenes. Screenwriting is an art, but Hague's book is unashamedly commercial with advice on how to submit a manuscript, select an agent and market yourself. Updates to this edition include a new, masterful analysis of Avatar's script, new scripts examples, a new chapter on breaking the rules - succussful scripts that don't follow the traditional Hollywood model and online marketing tools for screenwriters.

Schott's Miscellany 2008

An Almanac

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Author: Ben Schott

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

ISBN: 9781596913820

Category: Reference

Page: 368

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In the modern age, where information is plentiful but selection and analysis elusive, Schott's Almanac presents a unique biography of the year: from Hillary Clinton's and Barack Obama's historic presidential runs to George Bush's continued infatuation with "the Google," from marriage and crime statistics to the incidence of shark bites worldwide, and from the Nobel Prize for Literature to the Bad Sex in Fiction award, Schott's Almanac distills information and opinions critically, giving readers an accurate biography of the year past. Practical, entertaining, and utterly compulsive, Schott's Almanac eschews endless lists and tiny type to present an elegantly designed and utterly compulsive selection of the year's events.

Schott's Almanac 2008

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Author: Ben Schott

Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780747584698

Category: Reference

Page: 352

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Schott's Almanacredefines the traditional almanac to present a record of the year just past and a guide to the year come. It is designed to be a practical and entertaining annual volume that tells the real stories of the year, from the announcement of Gordon Brown as Britain's new prime minister to Hurricane Dean's devastation of Jamaica, and from the release of the Iranian hostages to the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Section headings are: Chronicle; World; Society & Health; Sci, Tech, Net; Celebrity & Media; Music & Cinema; Books & Arts; Travel & Leisure; Money; Parlimanent & Politics; The Establishment; Sport; Ephemerides. In an age when information is plentiful but selection is rare, Schott's Almanac offers both the essential facts and the lucid analysis, combining the authority and accuracy of the Economist with the wit and vitality of Have I Got News for You.

FilmCraft: Screenwriting

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Author: Tim Grierson

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1136070613

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Screenwriting looks at the foundation on which every great film is built—the script. Whether an original concept or an adaptation, the screenplay is the key to the success of a movie—good dialogue, story pacing, and character development are the framework everything else hangs on. Featuring in-depth interviews with modern masters of film including Stephen Gaghan, Guillermo Arriaga, Caroline Thompson, Hossein Amini, and Jean-Claude Carrière, this book reveals the mysteries behind how the best scripts are written and reach the screen.

Chase's Calendar of Events 2008

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Author: The Editors of Chase's

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071594728

Category: Reference

Page: 752

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12,500 listings for events all over the world Used by media professionals, marketing professionals, and on-air personalities CD-ROM allows customized searches by date, subject, location, and many other ways! Chase’s is a combination of events reference, almanac, and anniversary book--no other reference combines all these elements

How green was my valley

the screenplay for the Darryl F. Zanuck film production directed by John Ford

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Author: Philip Dunne,Richard Llewellyn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 105

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Film Review

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Motion pictures

Page: N.A

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Time: Almanac 2008

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Author: Time Magazine

Publisher: Time Almanac

ISBN: 9781933821214

Category: Reference

Page: 992

View: 1135

Presents facts on world statistics, famous people, demographic data, history, geography, global trends, election results, sports statistics, scientific research, and technological innovations.

Living the Life of an Outcast

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Author: Kenneth E. Brannon

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1483627799

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 183

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“This is the true amazing story of Kaptain Bek’s journey through Life. An avid comic book reader with a high school diploma, Kaptain has been working numerous menial jobs during the past thirty years, struggling into supporting himself and at times his mother, Mama Louise. Despite brief periods of a few ups (becoming baptized) and longer periods of many downs (verbal confrontations with his father, Daddy Bek), Kaptain has maintain a positive enlighten for human life itself, attempting to achieve his primary goal...becoming a successful screenplay writer.

Scorsese

A Journey Through the American Psyche

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Author: Paul A. Woods

Publisher: Plexus Pub

ISBN: 9780859653558

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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An anthology of articles, interviews and reviews providing comprehensive coverage of the career of film director Martin Scorsese.

You Can Count on Me

A Screenplay

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Author: Kenneth Lonergan

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307549941

Category: Drama

Page: 126

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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. From the Trade Paperback edition.