Secrets of Film Writing

ISBN-10: 0312269080
ISBN-13: 9780312269081
Edition: 3rd 2001 (Revised)
Authors: Tom Lazarus
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Description: Most books about screenplays instruct on three-act structure, character arcs, and how to format a script. But you already know all that. Secrets of Film Writing reveals a working writer's secrets-the tips, short cuts, tricks, and insider advice  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 6/2/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Most books about screenplays instruct on three-act structure, character arcs, and how to format a script. But you already know all that. Secrets of Film Writing reveals a working writer's secrets-the tips, short cuts, tricks, and insider advice that will get your story down on paper, maximize your idea, and seduce your readers. Do you know why actors pick scripts out of a stack? Why montage sequences don't work? Why the traditional three-act structure is obsolete? Lazarus lifts the veil with dozens of secrets like these. Lazarus's insights and techniques will smooth and improve any screenwriter's process and will make any script more readable and ultimately more salable. Secrets of Film Writing takes you behind the scenes of feature and television writing and demystifies, once and for all, the Hollywood System.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Organization Is Freedom
The Log Line
Telling the Story Through the Characters
Rising Action
The Mathematics of Film Writing
Less Is More
More Is More
Script Presentation
Show Not Tell
Write Short
Rewriting--A Survival Course
A Personal Rant
Some Other Notes on Rewriting
Rewriting--An Example (Five Drafts)
Rewriting: A Case History
Cut to the Heart of the Scene
It's a Process
It's About Character, Stupid
Character Description
The Protagonist
The Antagonist
Dialogue
Dialogue--An Example
Dialogue--Another Example
Openings
Openings--Some Examples
Stigmata
Basic Instinct
Christopher
Scene Descriptions from Hell
Endings
The Pitfalls
All the Other Stuff
Surprises, Wrinkles, Twists and Turns
Text Versus Subtext
Using the Wrong Words
Phone Conversations
Signs of an Amateur
Flagging Problems
The Writer's Mantra
Pitching--Six Minutes of Hell
Reader's Hate
Getting into the Business
Pre-Writing
Shooting Yourself in the Foot
Getting Out of Your Own Way to Write
Don't Stop Momentum to Describe
I Hate Montages
Transitions
Geography
Metaphors and Similes
Sex and Violence
Dialects
Exposition
Shooting Yourself in the Foot, Part Two
Reviews
Coverage
The Hook
Cliches
The Sun to Yolk of Fried Egg Dissolve
More Uncinematic Stuff
Action Sequences
Turning in Your Script
Turning Things on Their Ear
The Best Friend
Characters Who Speak Out Loud When No One's Around
Coincidences
What Should You be Writing?
And if You Don't Have an Idea?
The Writer Who Doesn't Finish
Television
Fooled Them Again
Addendum
Much More than a Glossary
The Final Secret
End Titles

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