Could It Be a Movie?: How to Get Your Ideas from Out of Your Head and Up on the Screen

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Before you stock your shelves with books on how to write a film, this is the roadmap you need to determine if cinema is the best destination for your creative ideas.

How do you tell the difference between mediocre ideas and great ones? Christina Hamlett shows you how to put them to the test prior to a full-fledged commitment of time, energy, and paper. She offers invaluable advice on the business of writing, detailing the pros and cons of tackling your first script ...

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Overview

Before you stock your shelves with books on how to write a film, this is the roadmap you need to determine if cinema is the best destination for your creative ideas.

How do you tell the difference between mediocre ideas and great ones? Christina Hamlett shows you how to put them to the test prior to a full-fledged commitment of time, energy, and paper. She offers invaluable advice on the business of writing, detailing the pros and cons of tackling your first script on your own, teaming up with a writing partner, or engaging the services of a seasoned professional.

Offers a user-friendly primer on the ethics and legalities of the script-selling business and reveals the tandem responsibility inherent in delivering a solid story and a professional promise. Filled with interviews, story-starters, anecdotes and Hollywood insider advice to get those creative juices flowing and the cameras rolling. Foreword by John E. Johnson, Executive Director of the American Screenwriters Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941188944
  • Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Christina Hamlett is a former actress/director and an experienced teacher of screenwriting online, in film camps and school workshops

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 It all begins with an idea 3
Ch. 2 Stage, page, or cinema? 17
Ch. 3 Pre-existing inspirations 27
Ch. 4 Conflict management & the view from here 47
Ch. 5 The audience mindset : what's in it for me? 63
Ch. 6 Timing is everything 81
Ch. 7 Storytelling structure 89
Ch. 8 Been there, done that 101
Ch. 9 Are you a sold act, a duet, or just the messenger? 109
Ch. 10 Show us your specs and shorts 123
Ch. 11 The realities of revision 141
Ch. 12 Making the most of professional consultation 151
Ch. 13 The art of conversation 167
Ch. 14 Verbatim AD nauseum and the curse of adverbs 175
Ch. 15 Foreign exchange, or what makes you think they're going to like this any better in Canada? 189
Ch. 16 How to protect your plots 197
Ch. 17 All about agents 205
Ch. 18 They shoot movies, don't they? 219
Ch. 19 Getting to hollywood via the indies 233
Ch. 20 The competitive edge 247
Conclusion : playing to your strengths 255
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2007

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    'Could it Be a Movie?' tackles the title question with wit and a great sense of the craft and business of storytelling. Beyond that, it explores the fundamental question: Could I Be the Movie Writer? If that is a career you are considering, read this book first. Not only does it give solid information to help you make that decision, but it clues you in on the fundamental principles of the craft and business of writing for the movies. This remarkable book is loaded with resources from the library and from the internet. Could your idea be a movie? Just maybe, yes, with the aid of this invaluable resource.

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