Screenwriting for Film and Television

ISBN-10: 0205272991

ISBN-13: 9780205272990

Edition: 1998

Authors: William Miller

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Screenwriting for Film and Television is a major rewrite of Bill Miller's 1980 text. This book is comprehensive, clear, and invaluable to both the novice and the experienced screenwriter of film and television. The book begins with techniques to develop creativity and a practical approach to screenwriting. The inverted triangle method that takes the writer from concept through outlines to the final draft script offers a clear and useful strategy for keeping the storyline on target. The character and structure chapters not only present the author's approaches (such as the multiple storylines model) but also discuss and critique other character and structure models, including the issue of three act structure. Mini-chapters address: getting the story ideas, doing the rewrite, and alternative screenwriting for more innovative and experimental features. These chapters address important topics that are not usually seen in a screenwriting text. There are formulations of techniques of exposition and preparation, in addition to a more thorough explanation on scenes and dialogue. The previously well regarded chapter on comedy has been expanded, updated, and remains a unique feature among screenwriting texts. The tone of the book is straightforward and easily readable, yet it has the comprehensiveness suitable for college and university classes. It will help students get ideas and develop these into scripts, and continue to serve as a valuable reference source as they refine their screenwriting both in the classroom and out.
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Book details

List price: $121.40
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

All chapters conclude with “Endnotes” and most chapters include “Summary.”
The Writing Process: Getting Down to Work
The Creative Process
Imagination Exercises
Script Development: The Inverted Triangle Model
Summary
Deciding Your Story
Choosing Your Story Idea
Genres
Story Themes
Story Sources
Defining the Story: The “What If
” High Concept
Broad-Stroking the Story
The Essential Story
Characters
Effective Characters
Characters Form the Story
Introducing and Developing Characters
Composing Characters
Imagination Exercises
A Checklist for Writing Characters
Story Structure
The Stuff of Structure
Structuring the Story
Structure Models
Sample Film Analyses
A Checklist for Story Structure
Diverse Techniques and Concerns
Title
Openings
Point of Attack
Exposition
Preparation
Runners
Forward Movement
Credibility
Pace
Tone, Mood, Atmosphere
The Moment, the Big Event
Point of View
Ticking Clock, Time Bomb
Infrequently Used Techniques
Settings
Props
Costumes
Other Visual Elements
Themes
Involving the Audience
A Story Techniques Checklist
Television Narrative
Hour Series
Half-Hour Series
Movie of the Week
Daytime Serials, The Soaps
A Checklist for Writing Television Series
Alternative Structures: Adventures in Innovation
Patterning Techniques
Presentational Film
Innovative Television
Examples in Film
Scenes/Sequences
What Is a Scene? What Is a Sequence? Planning Your Scenes
What Scenes Do
Internal Scene Structure
Scene Attitude/Point of View
Scene Tension/Conflict
Scene Suspense and Surprise
Relationship to Other Scenes
Enriching Your Scenes: Setting and Staging
Writing the Scene
A Checklist for Writing Scenes
Dialogue/Sound/Music
Dialogue
Sound
Music
Dialogue Examples
A Checklist for Writing Dialogue/Sound/Music
Doing The Rewrite
Overview
The Detailed Analysis
Comedy
Comedy Theories
Some Comedy Attributes
Writing Comedy
Comedy Components
Comedy Techniques
A Comedy Example
Adaptations
Novel and Short Story
Theatrical Play
True-to-Life Story
From Film or Television
Rights and Options
Marketing Your Script
The State of the Business
Feature Films
Television
Getting an Agent
Pitching
Look Professional
Script Protection
Writers Guild of America
Other Avenues
Marketing References
Script Formats
General Suggestions
Motion Picture/Filmed Television Format (Single Camera)
Filmed Television Scripts (Single Camera)
Half-Hour, Multi-Camera Scripts (Live-on-Tape or Live-on-Film)
Glossary of Common Script Format Terms and Abbreviations
Resources for the Screenwriter
Index
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