Writing Movies for Fun and Profit

Writing Movies for Fun and Profit

The year Casablanca came out, Warner Bros., also came out with dozens of other movies YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF. Because they sucked. ... Will people blame YOU, the writer, ifyour genius script turned into a turd ofa movie? Yes.

Author: Thomas Lennon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439186763

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.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Writing Movies

Writing Movies

the movie business, you'll need some combination of imagination, talent, skill, determination, and persistence. Maybe a little luck. Most important, you'll need to write one or more screenplays of outstanding quality.

Author: Gotham Writers Workshop

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1596919833

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

A Short Guide to Writing about Film

A Short Guide to Writing about Film

1 a a If the movies inform many parts of our lives , we should be able to enjoy them in many ways , including the challenging pleasure of trying to think about , explain , and write about our experience at the movies .

Author: Timothy Corrigan

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers

ISBN: STANFORD:36105017949913

Category: Film criticism

Page: 190

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"This best-selling text is a succinct guide to thinking critically and writing precisely about film. Both an introduction to film study and a practical writing guide, this brief text introduces students to major film theories as well as film terminology, enabling them to write more thoughtfully and critically. With numerous student and professional examples, this engaging and practical guide progresses from taking notes and writing first drafts to creating polished essays and comprehensive research projects. Moving from movie reviews to theoretical and critical essays, the text demonstrates how an analysis of a film can become more subtle and rigorous as part of a compositional process. Concise explorations of the most important approaches to film analysis and writing about film, including auteurs, genres, ideology, kinds of formalism, and national cinemas, give students a quick course in the fundamentals for film theory. A range of film terms and topics, including mise-en-scene, point-of-view, composition, realism, and so on, are introduced, so students understand and use correct terminology. Each chapter concludes with short writing exercises that help students view, evaluate, and write about film more critically. Guidance on working with electronic sources helps students understand the limitations and pitfalls of electronic research. A comprehensive Glossary allows students to accurately describe their observations of the details of film practice. A wealth of images features captions with pedagogical directions."--The publisher.
Categories: Film criticism

Creating Characters

Creating Characters

Five Years of Editing America's Favorite Movies Sam O'Steen as told to Bobbie 0'Steen/ $24.95 Digital Cinema: The ... $19.95 Screenwriting 101: The Essential Craft of Feature Film Writing Neill D. Hicks, $16.95 Script Partners: What ...

Author: Marisa D'Vari

Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions

ISBN: IND:30000107590618

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 233

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Authors and screenwriters will get a creative boost with this lively and exciting catalogue of creative writing techniques which they can instantly employ to create memorable, realistic characters. D'Vari reveals the creative secrets of highly paid screenwriters and best-selling authors.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

I Read it at the Movies

I Read it at the Movies

FILM / SCREENWRITING $ 16 . 95 000 000 000000 00000 OOOOO . . . . . . 00000 0 MARK AXELROD t ' s heard so often that it seems clichéd : “ the book was better than the movie . ” That ' s because adapting fiction to the silver screen is ...

Author: Mark Axelrod

Publisher: Heinemann Drama

ISBN: STANFORD:36105123453859

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 138

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"In I Read It at the Movies, Mark Axelrod, a veteran screenwriter, fiction writer, and literature professor, alerts you to the pitfalls that sink poorly written adaptations, describes which writing tools to hone for this kind of work, and tells you exactly how to use them. Axelrod leads you through a close reading of four films made from adapted screenplays - Bladerunner, Death in Venice, Lolita, and The Postman - examining in detail what choices the writer made and whether those choices succeeded. He ultimately leads you to understand why a script devoted to the letter of its source work is less desirable and less likely to be well received than one embodying the originating story's spirit."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: Performing Arts

Anatomy of the Movies

Anatomy of the Movies

Every time I make a typo , I redo the It's impossible to enjoy writing for movies unless you can page . I never write in a correction , so that each page inenjoy some of the business machinations that lie behind variably gets done ten ...

Author: David Pirie

Publisher: White Lion Publishing

ISBN: UOM:39015001119232

Category: Motion picture industry

Page: 320

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Categories: Motion picture industry

Writers INC

Writers INC

You immediately rule out all of the Rambo-type movies. Instead, you focus your attention on the classic romantic film, say Gone With the Wind. oLLLU I ! Selecting a subject for writing should go much the same way.

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ISBN: 0669385530

Category: Composition (Language arts)

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Categories: Composition (Language arts)

Harper Cinema Omnibus

Harper Cinema Omnibus

'If I'm not frustrated I can't write.' Most people know him as the director of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, but arguably his bigger contribution was writing the story and co-writing the screenplay. Reading has been vital to Kundan's life and ...

Author: HarperCollins Publishers India

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9789351773931

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 648

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Path-breaking films have phenomenal behind-the-scenes stories. Read about two of the most iconic movies of our times, and combine it with the journey of the woman, as actor and character, in Hindi cinema. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro: In the 1980s, an unheralded Hindi movie, made on a budget of less than Rs 7 lakh, went from a quiet showing at the box office to developing a reputation as India's definitive black comedy. Some of the country's finest theatre and film talents - all at key stages in their careers - participated in its creation, but the journey was anything but smooth. Among other things, it involved bumping off disco killers and talking gorillas, finding air-conditioned rooms for dead rats, persuading a respected actor to stop sulking and eat his meals, and resisting the temptation to introduce logic into a madcap script. In the end, it was worth it. Kundan Shah's Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is now a byword for the sort of absurdist, satirical humours that Hindi cinema just hasn't seen enough of. This is the story of how it came to be despite incredible odds - and what it might have been. Jai Arjun Singh's take on the making of the film and its cult following is as entertaining as the film itself. Gangs of Wasseypur: Running close to five hours and thirty minutes and boasting of no big stars, Gangs of Wasseypur is unlike any Hindi film you might have watched. It is also one of the most feted Hindi films of recent times in international circles. It has been spoken of as India's answer to landmark gangster films of the west, like The Godfather. In Gangs of Wasseypur: The Making of a Modern Classic, the authors go behind the scenes through its chaotic gestation to bring to life the trials and tribulations, the triumphs and ecstasies involved in following one's dream. Including the complete screenplay, the book is as much a testimony to the spirit of everyone associated with the film as it is a tribute to the intellectual honesty and indefatigable spirit of its director, Anurag Kashyap. Mother Maiden Mistress: It's been a long hundred years since Dadasaheb Phalke had to settle for a man to play the heroine in India's first feature film, Raja Harishchandra (1913) - and women in Hindi cinema have come a long way since then. Mother Maiden Mistress documents that journey: from a time in which cinema was considered a profession beneath the dignity of 'respectable' women to an era when women actors are icons and idols. Bhawana Somaaya, Jigna Kothari and Supriya Madangarli sift through six decades of history, bringing to life the women that peopled cinema and the popular imagination, and shaped fashion and culture. Contemporary readers will also find here a nuanced historical perspective - of the social milieu of the time, of the nation and of Hindi cinema itself. Also riveting are the first-person narratives of a leading actress from each decade - Waheeda Rehman, Asha Parekh, Hema Malini, Shabana Azmi, Madhuri Dixit and Rani Mukerji - all close-up examinations of how some of the iconic characters of Hindi cinema came to be. At once a guide, an archive and a cracking good read, the book records and reviews the woman in Hindi cinema - the mythical, the Sati-Savitri, the rebel, the avant-garde and the contemporary. In a journey through six decades of cinema, seemingly, the more things have changed, the more they have remained the same.
Categories: Performing Arts

Crafty Screenwriting

Crafty Screenwriting

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 ...

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

Schweizer anglistische Arbeiten

Schweizer anglistische Arbeiten

Books about Film : A Bibliographical Checklist . New York : Zoerope , 1976 . ... Veröffentlichungen über das Medium Film Arnheim , Rudolf . Film als Kunst . ... The Film Script : The Technique of Writing for the Screen .

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ISBN: UOM:39015011543348

Category: English literature

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Categories: English literature