Screenplay Writing the Picture

ISBN-10: 1935247069
ISBN-13: 9781935247067
Edition: 2nd 2012
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Description: Designed as a down-to-earth, practical guide to the craft screenwriting, Writing the Picture covers everything a screenwriter needs to know, from basic elements to advanced techniques. The book is intended to help writers choose, develop, and  More...

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Silman-James Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 450
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.958
Language: English

Designed as a down-to-earth, practical guide to the craft screenwriting, Writing the Picture covers everything a screenwriter needs to know, from basic elements to advanced techniques. The book is intended to help writers choose, develop, and perfect their stories while avoiding common mistakes. From conception to completion, it covers every step of the process with a wealth of practical examples and exercises designed to avoid a formulaic approach. Professors Russin and Downs also cover marketing screenplays and the alternatives of television and playwriting.

Acknowledgments
Fade In
Preface
The Basics
How to Impress a Reader
Who Are Those Guys?
What Are They Looking For?
Writing in Style
Final Thoughts
Exercises
Format
Formatting and Formatting Software
Setting Up Your Script
Exercises
Theme, Meaning and Emotion
Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing (Yet)
Themes All Right to Me
Write from the Heart
Papa, Don't Preach
How to Reveal the Theme
Some Consequence Yet Hanging in the Stars
Final Thoughts
Exercises
The World of the Story
Through the Looking Glass (Story and World)
The Right (Wo)man at the Right Time in the Right Place (Character and World)
Laughing past the Graveyard (Contrast and Irony)
Show and Tell (World and Exposition)
Been There, Done That (Research and Consistency)
Final Thoughts
Exercises
Character
Which Came First, the Honey or the Bee?
Geez, You Act like You're in a Movie
What on Earth Is He Doing Here? (Character Functions)
What's the Situation? (Character and Context)
Turn On the Spotlight (Character Elements)
The Arc or the Covenant (Character Arc vs. Catalytic Character)
Write You Are (Building Characters)
A Piece of Sugar (The Shorthand of Dogs, Cats, Children and Tucking in Blankets)
Final Thoughts
Exercise
Story Structure
Historical Approaches to Structure
Structure Strictures
Aristotle and Poetics
Plotto and Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations
Lajos Egri and The Art of Dramatic Writing
Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey
The Three-Act Structure
Automated Story Development
Final Thoughts
Exercises
Power and Conflict
May the Force Be With You (Power and Conflict)
The Orchestration of Power and Conflict
Types of Story Conflict
Final Thoughts
Exercises
Beats, Scenes and Sequences
Follow the Beat
Making a Scene
Sequences
That's Another Story (Subplot Sequences)
Final Thoughts
Exercises
Scene Cards
It's in the Cards
Final Thoughts
Exercises
Entering the Story
The Terminator: Man vs. Machine
Big Night: Soul vs. Success
Exercises
The Structure of Genres
A Moving (Picture) Experience
Courage
Fear and Loathing
The Need to Know
Laughter
Love and Longing
Final Thoughts
Exercises
Writing
Narrative
Keep It Moving!
Write Only What We Can See or Hear
Describing Characters
Describing Locations
Final Thoughts
Exercises
Dialogue
The Role of Dialogue
How Can I Say This? (Dialogue Techniques)
I Was Born in a Log Cabin I Built with My Own Hands… (Exposition)
Technical Do's and Don't's
For Crying Out Loud!
Final Thoughts
Exercises
Rewriting
It's Great! Now Let Me Fix It
Taking It Apart and Putting It Back Together
Final Thoughts
Exercises
Marketing
Marketing the Script
The Writers Guild of America
Representation
Production Companies
Networking
Film Schools
Final Thoughts
Exercise
The Pitch
To Pitch or Not to Pitch
Getting in the Door
Final Thoughts
Exercises
Alternatives
Writing for Television
Writing a Spec
Sitcom Format Guide
Writing Comedy
You Need an Agent
L.A. Is Where You Want to Be
Pitching for Television
A Life in Television
Final Thoughts
Writing Webisodes
Webi-Premise
Webi-Structure
Webi-Characters
Webi-Pilot
Webi-Cheap
Webi-Format
Webi-Talent
Webi-Scripts
Writing for Video Gaines
You Are There
First Things First
The Real World: Breaking and Entering
Final Thoughts
Fade Out
Final Thoughts on Becominga Screenwriter
Templates
Suggested Reading
A Few Clich�s to Avoid like the Plague
Graduate (MFA) Screenwriting Programs
Glossary
Index
About the Authors

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