Screenwriting (51)
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    Who doesn’t love the Dark Side? Darth Vader, Cruella De Vil, Tony Soprano – everybody loves a great villain. And every story needs dramatic conflict – internal and external – to really resonate. This comprehensive, accessible book gives you tools to write the most despicable villains.

    Conflict is the very heart and soul of drama, and Smith’s latest work explores character conflict and the various ways to portray it both in scripts and on the stage.

    Defining the Dark Side helps you select and clarify the worldview that influences your character’s actions.

     


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    In the long-awaited sequel to his surprise bestseller, Save the Cat!, author and screenwriter Blake Snyder returns to form in a fast-paced follow-up that proves why his is the most talked-about approach to screenwriting in years. In the perfect companion piece to his first book, Snyder delivers even more insider’s information gleaned from a 20-year track record as “one of Hollywood’s most successful spec screenwriters,” giving you the clues to write your movie.

    Designed for screenwriters, novelists, and movie fans, this book gives readers the key breakdowns of the 50 most instructional movies from the past 30 years. From MAS*H to Crash, from Alien to Saw, from 10 to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Snyder reveals how screenwriters who came before you tackled the same challenges you are facing with the film you want to write — or the one you are currently working on. Writing a “rom-com”? Check out the “Buddy Love” chapter for a “beat for beat” dissection of When Harry Met Sally… plus references to 10 other great romantic comedies that will make your story sing.

    Want to execute a great mystery? Go to the “Whydunit” section and learn about the “dark turn” that’s essential to the heroes of All the President’s Men, Blade Runner, Fargo and hip noir Brick — and see why ALL good stories, whether a Hollywood blockbuster or a Sundance award winner, follow the same rules of structure outlined in Snyder’s breakthrough method.

    If you want to sell your script and create a movie that pleases most audiences most of the time, the odds increase if you reference Snyder’s checklists and see what makes 50 films tick. After all, both executives and audiences respond to the same elements good writers seek to master. They want to know the type of story they signed on for, and whether it’s structured in a way that satisfies everyone. It’s what they’re looking for. And now, it’s what you can deliver.


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    The Way of Story is an integrative approach to writing all forms of narrative, illustrated with evocative insights from the author’s own professional journey. Craft alone is not enough. It is the integration of both solid craft and experiential inner discovery that makes this writing book unique.

    No other writing book offers the solid craft to guarantee a good story along with the intangible inner dimensions of writing. This book is a rare gift to writers – it feeds the soul of a writer and provides practical tips on making a successful commercial script.


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    What are Elephant Bucks? Simply stated, Elephant Bucks is the really big money and the enormous satisfaction you can earn by writing successfully for a television sitcom.

    This book is a comprehensive guide to writing that killer spec sitcom script and launching a career as a TV sitcom writer. Includes detailed inside information on how to choose the right series to spec, how to pick the right story and detailed, step-by-step instruction on how to write the scripts that will get you work. Also, how to use those scripts to get your big break in Hollywood.

    Includes unique first-hand experience on how to handle TV pitch meetings, freelance writing assignments, staff work, agents, executives and stars.

    Sheldon Bull has been earning Elephant Bucks as a professional television sitcom writer, producer, and director for thirty years. His career has included writing for MASH, developing, writing and producing the hit CBS sitcom Newhart starring Bob Newhart, writing and producing the ABC hit sitcom Coach and producing, writing and directing the ABC hit series Sabrina – The Teenage Witch. He has worked on the staffs of eleven different prime time network television situation comedies. He has personally written or rewritten over three hundred sitcom episodes.


    Elephant Bucks by: Sheldon Bull $24.95 $18.71
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    Each chapter of ‘Screenwriting for Teens’ defines a concept, illustrates it with examples of current and/or classic films, and challenges its readers with creative writing, analytical, and discussion exercises. The material has application to coursework in English, media, theatre, journalism, and psychology.

     


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    A revised and expanded sequel to Stealing Fire from the Gods, this 2nd edition includes important new revelations concerning the ultimate source of unity, the structures of the whole story passage, the anti-hero’s journey, the high-concept great idea, the secrets of charismatic characters, and the analyses of many important new stories and successful films.

     


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    This book explains how the Moral Premise, a statement of truth about the protagonist’s psychological predicament, is a fundamental part of every successful movie’s structure. It is also a book about how you, the filmmaker, can appropriate the Moral Premise to create great motion pictures that resonate with large audiences.

    You will learn:

    • The history and theory of the Moral Premise
    • Its components and structure
    • Its use in creating remarkable character arcs, act breaks, turning points and dramatic beats
    • A step-by-step method for embedding a true Moral Premise into a three-act screenplay
    • Understand and embrace one of the most fundamental structural aspects of storytelling, the basis for the most popular movies of all time. Use what has proven to be successful – in the process — entertain, delight, challenge and uplift this generation and the ones to come.

    The author, Stan Williams, is an internationally award-winning filmmaker, writer, and instructor. During the past 30 years, he has produced, written, directed, shot, or edited over 400 projects.


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    Dialog is one of the best known, and obvious, elements in a film. But the language of cinema is more subtle and sophisticated than dialog alone. From Metropolis to Kill Bill, this remarkable reference guide reveals 100 of the most potent storytelling tools of the medium, compelling cinematic devices beyond dialog for screenwriters and directors to pump up action, develop characters and energize a motion picture’s plot.

    Here’s what you’ll learn:

    17 basic building blocks of cinematic language
    100 examples of cinematic techniques that create layering and more powerful scenes
    100 definitions of cinematic tools
    How to use sound, picture and camera motion as storytelling devices
    How to show character change without using dialog
    How filmmakers marry story and technique
    All this and more illustrated by over 500 frame grabs and 76 script excerpts from the most memorable moments in film history.

    The mastery of cinematic storytelling unites all successful film artists who share a fluency in the sight, sound and motion of movies. If you want to take your screenplay or your film appreciation to a higher level, this book will get you there.


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    He’s made millions of dollars selling screenplays. Now “one of Hollywood’s most successful spec screenwriters” tells all in this fast, funny and candid look inside the movie business. Save the Cat is just one of many iron-clad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying and saleable, including:

    • The four elements of every winning logline
    • The seven immutable laws of screenplay physics
    • The 10 genres that every movie ever made can be categorized by and why they’re important to your script
    • Why your hero must serve your Idea
    • Mastering the beats
    • Creating the “perfect beast” by using… ‘The Board’
    • And how to get back on track with proven rules for script repair

    This ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a showbiz veteran who’s proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat.


    Save the Cat by: Blake Snyder $22.95 $17.21
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    Building Conflict in Your Script.

    “My writing partners are Freud, Jung and Campbell…who are you working with now?”

    Hitchcock once said: “Drama is just human life with all the boring parts cut out.”

    This book will help you tap into these great psychological resources to learn how to write and reflect real human drama.

    William Indick, who lives in Brooklyn, NY, is a screenwriter, author and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Dowling College.

     


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    An analysis of over 50 US and foreign films in every cinematic genre, including drama, westerns, horror, action-adventure, romance, comedy, romantic comedy, suspense-thriller and fantasy-science fiction. It reveals why some films continue to touch and connect with audiences.