Advanced Screenwriting: Raising Your Script to the Academy Award Level


Advanced Screenwriting, written by one of today's most active and respected screenwriting gurus, is a collection of meditations on fine-tuning the script.
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Advanced Screenwriting, written by one of today's most active and respected screenwriting gurus, is a collection of meditations on fine-tuning the script.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Aspiring screenwriters-as well as practicing screenwriters wanting to raise their craft to the next level-should thoroughly study these excellent manuals. While each approaches the task from various personal perspectives, all provide considerable practical advice and significant motivation. Despite his academic background, Ackerman (screenwriting, UCLA) has the most pizzazz; he alludes to the likes of Vince Lombardi and Napoleon to make his points. Drawing on his own extensive experience as a successful screenwriter, he is especially good at warning about what not to do, explaining that a screenplay is neither a novel nor a stage play. The tone is amiable and conversational, resembling a lively classroom discussion, and the text is punctuated throughout with a clever recurring "Writers Gym Exercise" to work the writer's muscle groups, as it were, together with practical tips about how to organize one's life around the work of writing. Another accomplished screenwriter, having coauthored dozens of movie screenplays and TV scripts, Sangster warns newcomers about the often ruthless competition among film scribes, detailing ways to emerge successfully from the pack-including the absolute necessity of registering copyright of one's work with the Writer's Guild in Los Angeles. But he brims with contagious excitement when describing the actual composition of screenplays, such as the importance of having a "grabber" in Act 1 to snare the viewer's interest. The excerpts from his own screenplays, included as examples for discussion, occupy more than half of the book, which seems excessive. Fewer excerpts and more of his clever advice and colorful anecdotes would have been more welcome. Finally, Seger, an experienced professional script consultant and the author of several screenwriting guides, examines selected Academy Award-winning and -nominated screenwriters of the last 20 years to determine just what factors made them great, from vivid character motivation to lofty themes. She is especially perceptive in showing that superior screenwriters are visual thinkers, since cinema is a visual medium. A film's goal should be to affect the audience, and the best films have a life-transforming dimension for many viewers. This is the most intellectual of the three manuals, with long, formal sentences, and its yields substantial rewards for the patient and thoughtful reader. The lure of fame and fortune as a Hollywood screenwriter has spawned an abundance of screenwriting guides, yet these three are worthy additions to the oeuvre and recommended for academic libraries and cinema/television collections.-Richard W. Grefrath, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879505735
  • Publisher: Silman-James Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 704,666
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Seger is the author of six books on screenwriting and filmmaking: Making a Good Script Great, Making a Good Writer Great, Creating Unforgettable Characters, The Art of Adaptation, From Script to Screen, and When Women Call the Shots. She created and defined the job of script consultant in 1981, and since that time has consulted on more than 2,000 film and television scripts and presented seminars for ABC, CBS, NBC, Disney, Turner Network, the Motion Picture Academy, the Directors Guild, the Writers Guild, the American Film Institute, UCLA and USC, as well as film companies and schools around the globe.
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Table of Contents

1 A Realistic Tale Well Told 1
2 A Cinematic Tale Well Told 23
3 Keep It Moving, Moving, Moving 37
4 Making a Scene 51
5 Twists and Turns, Secrets and Lies 81
6 What's It Really About? 95
7 Show, Don't Tell 125
8 There's More to a Character than Meets the Eye 137
9 Do Your Characters Change and Grow? 161
10 Say It Well 187
11 Creating a Style 209
12 The Roar of the Crowd 221
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2007

    Power-Charge your Screenwriting

    Seger's ADVANCED SCREENWRITING speaks to those who've written a number of scripts and are ready for something more challenging ¿ and rewarding ¿ than the basics, which she certainly covers very well in her other books. It's rather like turning to improv after you've thoroughly learned theory and structure ¿ a breath of fresh air made more freeing by the fact that it's built on a solid foundation. Dr. Seger's own background and scholarship, which includes a Doctorate and three Master's degress, plus her vast experience as a script consultant for 25 years enables her to bring you the tried and true principles of story-telling, which have not changed over the millennia, regardless of the medium through which they're told. Linda's encouragement and enthusiasm for the medium of film is contagious. Couple these together and you have a book to both inform and inspire you to take your writing up to Academy Award level.

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