Writing Movies

The Practical Guide to Creating Stellar Screenplays

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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.

Crafty Screenwriting

Writing Movies That Get Made

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Author: Alex Epstein

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 1466824727

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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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.

Writing Movies for Fun and Profit

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

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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.

A Short Guide to Writing about Film

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Author: Timothy Corrigan

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780321412287

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 193

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Introduction to Movies, Film Criticism, Film Appreciation.

Writing, Producing, and Directing Movies

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Author: Geoffrey M. Horn

Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP

ISBN: 0836868412

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Describes how a movie is made, from how the screenplay is written, through casting and filming, and finally to post-production efforts such as editing.

Writing about Movies

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Author: Karen Gocsik,Dave Monahan

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393664904

Category:

Page: N.A

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The only writing guide a film student will ever need

Movies and Methods

An Anthology

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Author: Bill Nichols

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520054097

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 753

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Fifty theoretical essays by distinctively original and influential film critics and filmmakers are grouped in categories having to do with general considerations, structuralism-semiology, political factors, genre, feminism, auteur theory, and mise-en-scene

Writing the Horror Movie

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Author: Marc Blake,Sara Bailey

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441193472

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Tales of horror have always been with us, from Biblical times to the Gothic novel to successful modern day authors and screenwriters. Though the genre is often maligned, it is huge in popularity and its resilience is undeniable. Marc Blake and Sara Bailey offer a detailed analysis of the horror genre, including its subgenres, tropes and the specific requirements of the horror screenplay. Tracing the development of the horror film from its beginnings in German Expressionism, the authors engage in a readable style that will appeal to anyone with a genuine interest in the form and the mechanics of the genre. This book examines the success of Universal Studio's franchises of the '30s to the Serial Killer, the Slasher film, Asian Horror, the Supernatural, Horror Vérité and current developments in the field, including 3D and remakes. It also includes step-by-step writing exercises, annotated extracts from horror screenplays and interviews with seasoned writers/directors/ producers discussing budget restrictions, screenplay form and formulas and how screenplays work during shooting.

Writing for Visual Media

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Author: Anthony Friedmann

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1136028021

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 432

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Writing for Visual Media looks at the fundamental problems a writer faces in learning to create content for media that is to be seen rather than read. It takes you from basic concepts to practice through a seven-step method that helps you identify a communications problem, think it through, and find a resolution before beginning to write. Through successive exercises, Writing for Visual Media helps you acquire the basic skills and confidence you need to write effective films, corporate and training videos, documentaries, web sites, PSAs, TV shows, nonlinear media, and other types of visual narratives. You'll explore your visual imagination and try out your powers of invention. The companion web site enriches the content of the printed book with video, audio, and sample scripts. It includes scripts and the video produced from them; visual demonstrations of concepts; and an interactive, illustrated glossary of terms and concepts. Please visit www.focalpress.com/cw/friedmann-9780240812359 click on the Interactive Content tab, and follow the registration instructions.

Writing about Movies

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Author: Karen Gocsik,Dave Monahan,Richard Barsam

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780393265231

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 268

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The most succinct, practical, and affordable introduction to thinking and writing about film.