Everything You Need to Write Great Essays: You Can Learn From Watching Movies

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Overview

Ready! Action! Write!

A student's writing skill is the single best predictor of success in the first year of college-better than math, vocabulary, grammar, or reading prowess. Unfortunately, while high schools teach students the mechanics of writing, they don't address issues such as getting unstuck, writing a first draft, brainstorming, finding the thesis that's hiding in an essay, soliciting useful feedback, or telling a story in pictures. This unique guide does, by capitalizing on what students know a lot about: the movies.

Students read inside stories about their favorite films online. They watch behind-the-scenes bonus material on DVDs. They know how films work. What they don't know is that the writing and filmmaking processes are remarkably similar. In this book, they'll learn to shift their focus from word counts to process as they move from pre-production, preparing to write, "shooting" their first draft in the production phase, and then running their results through post-production to perfect their work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615641079
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay Douglas has a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering, as well as an M.F.A. in Screenwriting and a Ph.D. in Film and Television Critical Studies. Since 1995 he's taught college-level courses in film, television, digital media, website design, communications, and advertising, and conducted essay-writing workshops for high school students.
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Table of Contents

Section 1 Pre-Production 1

What Is a Movie? 3

Three Things You Must Do in Pre-Production 5

Unsung Heroes 8

Wicked-Pedia 10

The First 10 Minutes 12

Find a Thesis, You Can 16

Brainstorming 20

Make a List 22

Freewriting 25

Clustering 29

Why Brainstorming Works 32

It's in the Cards 36

Write It Down So You Can Write It Down 39

Hiring Your Cast and Crew 43

I've Got a Question 46

Section 2 Production 51

Picture This 53

Specific Is Always Better Than General 55

Rehearsal 57

State of Mind 60

Who Cares? 62

You Talking to Me? 64

Shoot Out of Order 69

Hunting for Treasure 72

That All-Important Opening Scene 74

One Scene, Many Takes 77

Coverage 79

Actions Speak Louder Than Words (Even Though We Need the Words to Describe the Actions) 82

The 15-Minute Rule 84

Backstory 87

Too Much Is Never Enough 90

Add Conflict 91

Some Days You're Not Yourself 94

Dreadful Drafts 96

Put a Face on It 98

Make the Story Yours 101

Implements of Construction 103

Let's Talk 106

Help, I'm Stuck 108

Section 3 Post-Production 113

Practice Nondestruction 116

It's Your Choice 119

The Accidental Filmmaker 122

Tick, Tick, Tick 124

If at First You Don't Succeed, Make Another Mistake 126

Rough Cut 129

Choosing Takes and Coverage 132

Why Leonardo DiCaprio Doesn't Go to the Bathroom 135

Make a Scene 139

Start at the Slap 141

Finding the Slap 144

Hammocking 148

Elevator Pitch 151

Getting from Point A to Point B 153

Making the Cut 157

Reaching the Right Conclusion 161

On Location in Mary Land 165

How Shall We Dress This Noun 169

Strong Nouns 171

Avoid Generalizations 173

What the Hero Didn't Do 176

Dancing in Place 179

Coming Up Short 181

Too Much Description 184

How to Score 186

Word of Mouth 189

Test Screening 191

Feeding Back 194

Writing Is Rewriting 197

Section 4 If Only 199

Index 207

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