The Hollywood Standard

Author: Christopher Riley
Publisher:
ISBN: 1932907637
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Performing Arts

Describes in clear, vivid prose and hundreds of examples how to format every element of a screenplay or television script, with new chapters on avoiding a dozen deadly formatting mistakes, clarifying the difference between a spec script and production script, and mastering the vital art of proofreading. Original.

The Hollywood Standard

Author: Christopher Riley
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
ISBN: 1932907017
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Performing Arts

Finally, there's a script format guide that is accurate, complete and easy to use, written by Hollywood's foremost authority on industry standard script formats. Riley's guide is filled with clear, concise, complete instructions and hundreds of examples to take the guesswork out of a multitude of formatting questions that perplex screenwriters, waste their time and steal their confidence. You'll learn how to get into and out of a POV shot, how to set up a telephone intercut, what to capitalize and why, how to control pacing with format, and more.

The complete guide to standard script formats

Author: Hillis R. Cole
Publisher: Cmc Pub
ISBN: 0929583000
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

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.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Screenwriting

Author: Skip Press
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1592577555
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Performing Arts

An updated resource provides advice for aspiring screenwriters on how to write scripts for television and motion pictures, including updated information on what topics are popular, how to rework scenes, and how to sell screenplays in Hollywood, accompanied by a CD-ROM containing sample screenplays, contact information, software demos, and more. Original.

The Art of Dramatic Writing

Author: Lajos Egri
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439123799
Release Date: 1972-02-15
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Amid the hundreds of "how-to" books that have appeared in recent years, there have been very few which attempted to analyze the mysteries of play-construction. This book does that -- and its principles are so valid that they apply equally well to the short story, novel and screenplay. Lajos Egri examines a play from the inside out, starting with the heart of any drama: its characters. For it is people -- their private natures and their inter-relationships -- that move a story and give it life. All good dramatic writing depends upon an understanding of human motives. Why do people act as they do? What forces transform a coward into a hero, a hero into a coward? What is it that Romeo does early in Shakespeare's play that makes his later suicide seem inevitable? Why must Nora leave her husband at the end of A Doll's House? These are a few of the fascinating problems which Egri analyzes. He shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise -- a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behavior -- and to develop his dramatic conflict on the basis of that behavior. Premise, character, conflict: this is Egri's ABC. His book is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in a literary creation.

Elements of Style for Screenwriters

Author: Paul Argentini
Publisher: Lone Eagle Publishing Company, LLC
ISBN: UOM:39015046880392
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Alphabetical entries provide detailed explanations of the acceptable format, structure, and style for television and film screenplay submissions

The Complete Book of Scriptwriting

Author: J. Michael Straczynski
Publisher: Titan Books (UK)
ISBN: 1852868821
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Broadcasting

J. Michael Straczynski, writer/producer of Murder, She Wrote and xreator of Babylon 5 teaches scriptwriters how to write and sell work for television, movies, animation, radio and the theatre. Straczynski covers each medium in depth. He reveals facts, tells stories and offers observations from the vantage point of a career in the business.

Writer s Market Guide to Getting Published

Author: Writer's Digest Books (Firm)
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582976082
Release Date: 2010-03-31
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Everything you need to succeed in the business of writing! You have the ideas and the desire–but how do you get your writing published? Find out here! Writer's Market Guide to Getting Published gives you the inspiration and instruction you need to achieve long-term success in an ever-changing industry. This authoritative guide explores the ins and outs of the business of writing to provide you with: an exclusive look at the latest publishing industry trends guidelines for writing and selling fiction, nonfiction, and scripts techniques for conducting productive research innovative marketing and self-promotion strategies a comprehensive look at viable self-publishing options contract negotiation tips that really work a pricing guide so that you always know what your work is worth in the marketplace a glossary of publishing terms to give you a competitive edge Plus, get insider tips from magazine and book editors and successful freelancer writers on what works–and what doesn't. With Writer's Market Guide to Getting Published, you'll know exactly what it takes to get your work out into the marketplace, get it published, and get paid for it.

Writing the Short Film

Author: Patricia Cooper
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781136048579
Release Date: 2017-08-16
Genre: Performing Arts

The short film is a unique narrative art form that, while lending itself to experimentation, requires tremendous discipline in following traditional filmic considerations. This book takes the student and novice screenwriter through the storytelling process- from conception, to visualization, to dramatization, to characterization and dialogue- and teaches them how to create a dramatic narrative that is at once short (approximately half an hour in length) and complete. Exercises, new examples of short screenplays, and an examination of various genres round out the discussion. NEW TO THE THIRD EDITION: new screenplays, a chapter on rewriting your script, and a chapter on the future of short films

A V A to Z

Author: Richard W. Kroon
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786457403
Release Date: 2014-04-30
Genre: Performing Arts

Defining more than 10,000 words and phrases from everyday slang to technical terms and concepts, this dictionary of the audiovisual language embraces more than 50 subject areas within film, television, and home entertainment. It includes terms from the complete lifecycle of an audiovisual work from initial concept through commercial presentation in all the major distribution channels including theatrical exhibition, television broadcast, home entertainment, and mobile media. The dictionary definitions are augmented by more than 600 illustrations, 1,600 etymologies, and nearly 2,000 encyclopedi.

The Screenwriter s Workbook

Author: Syd Field
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 9780307497727
Release Date: 2008-12-18
Genre: Reference

At last! The classic screenwriting workbook—now completely revised and updated—from the celebrated lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author, Syd Field: “the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world”* No one knows more about screenwriting than Syd Field—and now the ultimate Hollywood insider shares his secrets and expertise, completely updating his bestselling workbook for a new generation of screenwriters. Filled with new material—including fresh insights and anecdotes from the author and analyses of films from Pulp Fiction to Brokeback Mountain—The Screenwriter’s Workbook is your very own hands-on workshop, the book that allows you to participate in the processes that have made Syd Field’s workshops invaluable to beginners and working professionals alike. Follow this workbook through to the finish, and you’ll end up with a complete and salable script! Learn how to: • Define the idea on which your script will be built • Create the model—the paradigm—that professionals use • Bring your characters to life • Write dialogue like a pro • Structure your screenplay for success from the crucial first pages to the final act Here are systematic instructions, easy-to-follow exercises, a clear explanation of screenwriting basics, and expert advice at every turn—all the moment-to-moment, line-by-line help you need to transform your initial idea into a professional screenplay that’s earmarked for success. The Perfect Companion Volume to Syd Field’s Revised and Updated Edition of Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting *Hollywood Reporter From the Trade Paperback edition.

Screen Ages

Author: John Alberti
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317650270
Release Date: 2014-11-27
Genre: Social Science

Screen Ages is a valuable guide for students exploring the complex and vibrant history of US cinema and showing how this film culture has grown, changed and developed. Covering key periods from across American cinema history, John Alberti explores the social, technological and political forces that have shaped cinematic output and the varied impacts cinema of on US society. Each chapter has a series of illuminating key features, including: ‘Now Playing’, focusing on films as cinematic events, from The Birth of a Nation to Gone with the Wind to Titanic, to place the reader in the social context of those viewing the films for the first time ‘In Development’, exploring changing genres, from the melodrama to the contemporary super hero movies, ‘The Names Above and Below the Title’, portraying the impact and legacy of central figures, including Florence Lawrence, Orson Welles and Wes Anderson Case studies, analyzing key elements of films in more depth Glossary terms featured throughout the text, to aid non-specialist students and expand the readers understanding of changing screen cultures. Screen Ages illustrates how the history of US cinema has always been and continues to be one of multiple screens, audiences, venues, and markets. It is an essential text for all those wanting to understand of power of American cinema throughout history and the challenges for its future. The book is also supported by a companion website, featuring additional case studies, an interactive blog, a quiz bank for each chapter and an online chapter, ‘Screen Ages Today’ that will be updated to discuss the latest developments in American cinema.

Screenwriting

Author: Paul Gulino
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781628922394
Release Date: 2013-09-23
Genre: Social Science

The great challenge in writing a feature-length screenplay is sustaining audience involvement from page one through 120. Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach expounds on an often-overlooked tool that can be key in solving this problem. A screenplay can be understood as being built of sequences of about fifteen pages each, and by focusing on solving the dramatic aspects of each of these sequences in detail, a writer can more easily conquer the challenges posed by the script as a whole. The sequence approach has its foundation in early Hollywood cinema (until the 1950s, most screenplays were formatted with sequences explicitly identified), and has been rediscovered and used effectively at such film schools as the University of Southern California, Columbia University and Chapman University. This book exposes a wide audience to the approach for the first time, introducing the concept then providing a sequence analysis of eleven significant feature films made between 1940 and 2000: The Shop Around The Corner / Double Indemnity / Nights of Cabiria / North By Northwest / Lawrence of Arabia / The Graduate / One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest / Toy Story / Air Force One / Being John Malkovich / The Fellowship of the Ring

The Screenwriter s Bible

Author: David Trottier
Publisher:
ISBN: 1935247107
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Performing Arts

The 20th anniversary edition of one of the most popular, authoritative, and useful books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold over 250,000 copies in its twenty-year life. Always up-to-date and reliable, it contains everything that both the budding and working screenwriter need under one cover - five books in one! A Screenwriting Primer -- that provides a concise course in screenwriting basics; A Screenwriting Workbook -- that walks you through the complete writing process, from nascent ideas through final revisions; A Formatting Guide -- that thoroughly covers todays correct formats for screenplays and TV scripts; A Spec Writing Guide -- that demonstrates todays spec style through sample scenes and analysis, with an emphasis on grabbing the readers interest in the first ten pages; A Sales and Marketing Guide -- that presents proven strategies to help you create a laser-sharp marketing plan. Among this books wealth of practical information are sample query letters, useful worksheets and checklists, hundreds of examples, sample scenes, and straightforward explanations of screenwriting fundamentals. This 6th edition is full of new examples, the latest practices, and new material on non-traditional screenplay outlets.