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.

Secrets of Film Writing

Author: Tom Lazarus
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312269080
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

The award-winning screenwriter of "Stigmata" reveals the secrets successful screenwriters employ to get Hollywood to green light their projects. The UCLA extension course instructor also shows how to pitch, follow up, polish, and present one's work.

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.

Screenwriting Tips You Hack

Author: Xander Bennett
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781136038655
Release Date: 2013-05-02
Genre: Performing Arts

Screenwriting Tip #99 Voice-over usually feels like scaffolding. You know-something you left in there when you were constructing the first draft, but really should have torn out after it served its purpose. Screenwriting Tip #120 Always remember that funny trumps everything. Your script could be written in crayon with your name spelled wrong on the cover, but if it's genuinely funny, none of that matters. Screenwriting Tip #156 The easiest way to write kick-ass protagonists is to make them incredibly good at what they do. Confused at the outline stage? Stuck in the swamp of Act Two? Don't know who your protagonist is or where she's going? You might feel like a hack. But don't worry-you're not alone. Even the most experienced writers feel like this at times. Sometimes we just need a few short pointers and reminders to set us on the path again. Xander Bennett worked as a script reader in the trenches of Hollywood, reading and covering hundreds of mediocre screenplays. After months of reading about heroic Sea World trainers, transgendered circus detectives and crime-fighting chupacabras, he couldn't take it any more. Xander started a blog called 'Screenwriting Tips, You Hack', a place designed to provide short, witty tips on screenwriting for amateur writers all the way up to journeymen scribes. This book is the evolution of that blog. Dozens of the best scripts (along with many brand-new ones) have been expanded into bite-sized chapters full of funny, insightful, highly usable advice. Let Xander's pain be your gain as you learn about the differences between film and television structure, how to force yourself to write when you really don't want to, and why you probably shouldn't base your first spec script around an alien invasion.

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

Your Cut to

Author: T. J. Alex
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 1478173866
Release Date: 2012-08-01
Genre: Performing Arts

Everything you'll ever need to know about spec screenplay formatting is found here. Learn about the Seven Screenplay Elements and what they do. Discover writing tips to help enliven your Dialogue and Direction. Recognize what to capitalize and when. Learn to format common screenplay techniques such as telephone conversation, foreign language dialogue, flashbacks, montages, talking animals, and much, much more! This truly is the last book on spec screenplay formatting you'll ever need to own! "Your CUT TO: Is Showing! is a valuable and exhaustive new book, loaded with practical examples, that deserves to be on the shelf of aspiring (and professional) writer everywhere." -Ben Cahan, co-creator of Final Draft and founder of Talentville.com "This is without a doubt the BEST script format guide I've ever come across-and believe me, I've read 'em all. . . . Your CUT TO: Is Showing! is an absolute must-have and must-read. I'm serious, get this book." -Jim Vines, screenwriter and author of Q & A: The Working Screenwriter "[Your CUT TO: Is Showing!"is the most comprehensive, inclusive and up-to-date book on screenwriting I have ever read." -Robert Joseph, screenwriter of Divine Love

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

Formatting Your Screenplay

Author: Rick Reichman
Publisher:
ISBN: 0979489318
Release Date: 2007-04-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

In this unique manual, author and screenwriting teacher Reichman discusses all the major elements of an authentic authors script and gives strategies for using each element to maximum effect.

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.

Screenplay

Author: Robin U. Russin
Publisher:
ISBN: 1935247069
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Performing Arts

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.

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.

Writing the Short Film

Author: Patricia Cooper
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781136048586
Release Date: 2012-09-10
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