Crafty Screenwriting

Crafty Screenwriting

Praise for Crafty Screenwriting “I wish more writers knew what makes a script worth producing— not just how to structure a plot and write good dialogue, but how to come up with a story that people want to see on the screen.

Author: Alex Epstein

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781466824720

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.
Categories: Performing Arts

Breakfast with Sharks

Breakfast with Sharks

Alex Epstein, Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made Epstein is a professional screenwriter willing to reveal plenty of tricks of the trade. Readers of Crafty Screenwriting learn how to create and polish hooks that will make ...

Author: Michael Lent

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 9780307419965

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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What They Didn’t Teach You in Your Screenwriting Course Screenwriters, listen up! Breakfast with Sharks is not a book about the craft of screenwriting. This is a book about the business of managing your screenwriting career, from advice on choosing an agent to tips on juggling three deal-making breakfasts a day. Prescriptive and useful, Breakfast with Sharks is a real guide to navigating the murky waters of the Hollywood system. Unlike most of the screenwriting books available, here’s one that tells you what to do after you’ve finished your surefire-hit screenplay. Written from the perspective of Michael Lent, an in-the-trenches working screenwriter in Hollywood, this is a real-world look into the script-to-screen business as it is practiced today. Breakfast with Sharks is filled with useful advice on everything from the ins and outs of moving to Los Angeles to understanding terms like “spec,” “option,” and “assignment.” Here you’ll learn what to expect from agents and managers and who does what in the studio hierarchy. And most important, Breakfast with Sharks will help you nail your pitch so the studio exec can’t say no. Rounded out with a Q&A section and resource lists of script competitions, film festivals, trade associations, industry publications, and more, Breakfast with Sharks is chock-full of “take this and use it right now” information for screenwriters at any stage of their careers.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Palgrave Handbook of the Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures

The Palgrave Handbook of the Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures

The best-known screenwriting “guru,” Syd Field, begins his recent book, The Definitive Guide to Screenwriting, by canvassing a number of ... Consider the definition Alex Epstein offers in Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies that Get ...

Author: Noël Carroll

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030196011

Category: Philosophy

Page: 1061

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This handbook brings together essays in the philosophy of film and motion pictures from authorities across the spectrum. It boasts contributions from philosophers and film theorists alike, with many essays employing pluralist approaches to this interdisciplinary subject. Core areas treated include film ontology, film structure, psychology, authorship, narrative, and viewer emotion. Emerging areas of interest, including virtual reality, video games, and nonfictional and autobiographical film also have dedicated chapters. Other areas of focus include the film medium’s intersection with contemporary social issues, film’s kinship to other art forms, and the influence of historically seminal schools of thought in the philosophy of film. Of emphasis in many of the essays is the relationship and overlap of analytic and continental perspectives in this subject.
Categories: Philosophy

The Way Hollywood Tells it

The Way Hollywood Tells it

See also McGilligan, ed., Backstory and Backstory 2: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1940s and 1950s (Berkeley and ... 1996),15–16;and Alex Epstein,Crafty Screenwriting:Writing Movies That Get Made (New York: Holt, 2002), 59–61.

Author: David Bordwell

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520232273

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 309

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Categories: Performing Arts

Shakespeare Madness and Music

Shakespeare  Madness  and Music

Crafty Screenwriting. www.crafty screenwriting.com/ophelia.html. Federal Theatre Project, Library of Congress. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/fedtp/ ftsmth00.html. “Filmtracks.” www.filmtracks.com/titles/hamlet.html. Findlay, Alison.

Author: Kendra Preston Leonard

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810869585

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 164

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Shakespeare's three political tragedies_Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear_have numerously been presented or adapted on film. These three plays all involve the recurring trope of madness, which, as constructed by Shakespeare, provided a wider canvas on which to detail those materials that could not be otherwise expressed: sexual desire and expectation, political unrest, and, ultimately, truth, as excavated by characters so afflicted. Music has long been associated with madness, and was often used as an audible symptom of a victim's disassociation from their surroundings and societal rules, as well as their loss of self-control. In Shakespeare, Madness, and Music: Scoring Insanity in Cinematic Adaptations, Kendra Preston Leonard examines the use of music in Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear. Whether discussing contemporary source materials, such as songs, verses, or rhymes specified by Shakespeare in his plays, or music composed specifically for a film and original to the director's or composer's interpretations, Leonard shows how the changing social and scholarly attitudes towards the plays, their characters, and the conditions that fall under the general catch-all of 'madness' have led to a wide range of musical accompaniments, signifiers, and incarnations of the afflictions displayed by Shakespeare's characters. Focusing on the most widely distributed and viewed adaptations of these plays for the cinema, each chapter presents the musical treatment of individual Shakespearean characters afflicted with or feigning madness: Hamlet, Ophelia, Lady Macbeth, King Lear, and Edgar. The book offers analysis and interpretation of the music used to underscore, belie, or otherwise inform or invoke the characters' states of mind, providing a fascinating indication of culture and society, as well as the thoughts and ideas of individual directors, composers, and actors. A bibliography, index, and appendix listing Shakespeare's film adaptations help complete this fascinating volume.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Screenwriter s Handbook

The Screenwriter s Handbook

Author: Barry Turner

Publisher: Macmillan Pub Limited

ISBN: UCSD:31822036515484

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 333

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The Screenwriters Handbook contains thousands of entries covering every aspect of scriptwriting, with provocative articles and useful advice from both leading practitioners of the art and representatives of the trade from both sides of the Atlantic. This practical, straightforward guide, with indexes to aid quick searches, provides full details and identifies industry trends. In addition to the key areas of UK and US film and TV agents and production companies, writers' courses, festivals, grants and prizes. the guide also offers invaluable expert advice on contracts, copyright, and taxation.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Ifilm Internet Movie Guide

The Ifilm Internet Movie Guide

What I Really Want to Do Is Write About Screenwriting Articles about screenwriting from synopsis to final draft ... to the craft of making movies . http://www.learner.org/exhibits/cinema/screenwriting.html Crafty Screenwriting Good ...

Author: Lew Harris

Publisher: Lone Eagle Publishing Company

ISBN: UOM:39015054156487

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 204

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"The IFILM Internet Movie Guide" is the first-ever comprehensive look at the best films, film sites, review sites, fan sites, celeb sites and movie gossip available on the Internet. Unlike other traditional review guides, this book directs the film buff to movies that are immediately available to watch 24 hours a day on the Web--for free. Photos.
Categories: Performing Arts

Fast Cheap and Written that Way

Fast  Cheap  and Written that Way

Top Screenwriters on Writing for Low-budget Movies John Gaspard ... and author of the books Crafty Screenwriting and Crafty TV Writing “ If you are interested in screenwriting or you just enjoy a good read , this book is a must .

Author: John Gaspard

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000062517300

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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Hollywood's top screenwriters look back at their early low-budget efforts and provide valuable tips, tricks, and advice on how to create a solid screenplay for a low-budget movie.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Screenwriter s Handbook 2009

The Screenwriter s Handbook 2009

... 2007 ) Advanced Screenwriting : Raising Your Script to the Academy Award Level by Linda Seger ( Silman - James Press ... Conversations with the Screenwriters by William Baer ( Greenwood Press , 2007 ) Crafty Screenwriting : Writing ...

Author: B. Turner

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: UOM:39015078790600

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 304

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"This is the essential guide for all aspiring, new and established writers for the screen. It includes hundreds of useful contact detail entries from courses, societies and grants to representation and production companies."--Provided by publisher.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Theatre Sources Dot com

Theatre Sources Dot com

Crafty Screenwriting questions , to celebrate and , yes , to offers a series of informacommiserate . tional essays about many aspects of writing for film SCREENWRITERS AND PLAY( < www.craftyscreenwriting.com/ > ) .

Author: Louis E. Catron

Publisher: Heinemann Drama

ISBN: UOM:39015054133700

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 215

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Presents addresses and descriptions of websites of interest to theater and dance people, featuring listings for playwrights, dancers, actors, directors, costumers, and others in the field.
Categories: Performing Arts