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A working screenwriter tells how to cash in on the newest Hollywood trends.

The technology of filmmaking has changed drastically-and so have the rules for making it in Hollywood. Screenwriter Christopher Keane's groundbreaking step-by-step screenwriting workshop clues every writer in on how to shift their focus to meet the wants of a new independent Hollywood and still remain true to a personal vision. ...
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Overview

A working screenwriter tells how to cash in on the newest Hollywood trends.

The technology of filmmaking has changed drastically-and so have the rules for making it in Hollywood. Screenwriter Christopher Keane's groundbreaking step-by-step screenwriting workshop clues every writer in on how to shift their focus to meet the wants of a new independent Hollywood and still remain true to a personal vision.
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Getting published in any genre but screenwriting may seem like a cinch after reading Keane's book, which is meant to steer new writers through the cutthroat world. The author, who has written more than a dozen novels and screenplays (Dangerous Company, etc.), starts off by asking readers questions like why they want to enter this business, and what kinds of movies they like, since those preferences often indicate where their passion and talent lie. Once this foundation is set, the remainder of the first half of the book proceeds to detail techniques such as plot and character, with several examples from real scripts providing guidance. Throughout, Keane relates many personal anecdotes from his own career and includes a chapter about the thrills and horrors of breaking into Hollywood. The book's second half dictates the full script of the screenplay Don't Kiss Me There, which Keane wrote, "to show [readers] what my thought process was in writing the script." Both aspiring screenwriters and beginners should find many helpful tips in this frank but encouraging book (Aug. 5) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Screenwriter Keane (How To Write a Selling Screenplay) offers much sound advice on how to develop the "hot property" of the title-i.e., a screenplay for which filmmakers will be clamoring. The keys are what Keane calls the five "horsemen": situation, concept, story, plot, and structure. Useful features include tips on writing a mini-treatment that will capture the attention of producers and a summarizing chapter explaining how to break into Hollywood, undoubtedly the major aim of this work's intended audience. Keane illustrates many of his points with snippets of screenplays, including his favorites. Although he has played the Hollywood game, he by no means hesitates to criticize the mindset of the studio "suits" and some of the movies they have produced. The final half consists of his (unproduced) screenplay, intriguingly titled Don't Kiss Me There. Recommended for larger cinema and film studies collections, as there isn't much to distinguish this book from the scores of others on screenwriting.-Roy Liebman, California State Univ. Lib., Los Angeles Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780425190401
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2003

    If you write screenplays, YOU NEED TO BUY HOT PROPERTY!

    I can't say enough about this new screenwriting book... I have just about every screenwriting book ever written and some of them are really good and I refer to them quite often... Having said that... HOT PROPERTY blew me away! Christopher Keane explains all the little idiosyncracies you, as a screenwriter for the New Hollywood, need to be aware of. There are a lot of problem solving ideas in the book which is what I liked best... Turning points for your characters, plot, structure, etc., that you need to look at before completing and sending out your script. Although I have been writing screenplays for a few years now, I think even new and old screenwriters could gain a lot from this book. I cannot recommend it enough. The book blew me away so much that I even searched for the author on the web to see if he does script analysis... And, he does... This book has such an effect on me that I was compelled to send the author the following email: ------------------------------------------------------------ ---- Mr. Keane, I just finished reading your book, HOT PROPERTY. I normally never seek ANYONE out on the web but this time I just had to... HOT PROPERTY is the very best book on screenwriting I have ever read BAR NONE and I have just about every book written on the subject. I was sad to find out that you also attended the Screenwriting Expo 2. I was there as well... Had I read your book BEFORE attending, I would have signed up for all your lectures... Damn it. Anyway, I don't know how much you ever hear from people like me out here in remote areas trying to write a hot property ourselves so I just wanted to let you know how much I loved and enjoyed the book... I literally couldn't put it down... It's after 2:00 A.M. so as you can tell, I skipped bedtime. I'm currently working on my 2nd screenplay and when I complete all drafts, I definitely want to have you do a detailed script analysis for me. Really really great stuff... Thanks so much for it. Sincerely, Matt Retherford Las Cruces, NM ---------------------------------------------------------------- Normally, I would never seek an author out like this... At least I never did before... LOL. A FANTASTIC READ! YOU WILL WEAR THIS BOOK OUT BY REFERING BACK TO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN. Matt

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