Now Write! Screenwriting: Screenwriting Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers

Now Write! Screenwriting: Screenwriting Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers

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by Sherry Ellis, Laurie Lamson
     
 

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An essential handbook featuring never-before-published writing exercises from the acclaimed screenwriters of Raging Bull, Ali, Terminator 2, Fame, Groundhog Day, Cape Fear, "Lost", "True Blood", "The Shield", and many other hit films and television shows.

Now Write! Screenwriting-the latest addition to the Now Write! writing guide

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An essential handbook featuring never-before-published writing exercises from the acclaimed screenwriters of Raging Bull, Ali, Terminator 2, Fame, Groundhog Day, Cape Fear, "Lost", "True Blood", "The Shield", and many other hit films and television shows.

Now Write! Screenwriting-the latest addition to the Now Write! writing guide series-brings together the acclaimed screenwriters of films like the Oscar-winning Raging Bull, Oscar- nominated Ali, era-defining blockbuster Terminator 2, musical classic Fame, hit series "Lost" "True Blood" and "The Shield," Groundhog Day, Cape Fear, Chicken Run, Reversal of Fortune, Before Sunrise, Mystic Pizza, Indecent Proposal, and many more, to teach the art of the story.

*Learn about why it is sometimes best to write what you don't know from Christina Kim ('Lost')

*Find out how Stephen Rivele (Ali, Nixon) reduces his screenplay ideas down to their most basic elements, and uses that as a writing guide

*Learn why you should focus on your character, not your plot, when digging yourself out of a plot home from Danny Rubin (Groundhog Day)

*Take tips from Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run, The Spiderwick Chronicles) on how to give an inanimate object intense emotional significance

*Let Kim Krizan (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset) teach you how to stop your internal critic dead in his tracks

This lively and easy-to-read guide will motivate both aspiring and experienced screenwriters. No other screenwriting book offers advice and exercises from this many writers of successful, iconic films.

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Library Journal
In this latest in the "Now Write!" series, Ellis (editor, Now Write! Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers; Now Write! Nonfiction) and her filmmaker niece Lamson compile guidelines from successful screenwriters on all of the details of writing a screenplay, from choosing your story to structure to character development. Readers will be interested to hear the opinions of such estimated screenwriters as Linda Seger and Syd Field and their takes on what motivates them to write screenplays and how they cope with writer's block and revisions. There are exercises and useful tips and suggestions, like rewriting your screenplay to include more layers and subtext.Verdict This guide stands out from the crowd by incorporating the techniques of a variety of different screenwriters rather than just one professional's approach. Highly recommended for readers interested in writing, screenwriting, film, and storytelling.—Sally Bryant, Pepperdine Univ. Lib., CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585428519
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/06/2011
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
507,819
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Sherry Ellis is the editor of NOW WRITE! Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers and NOW WRITE! NONFICTION, as well as a personal writing coach. Her author interviews have appeared in the Kenyon Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, Glimmer Train, and AGNI, as well as other literary and arts magazines. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Now Write! Screenwriting: Screenwriting Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
aa79 More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book with lot's of helpful anecdotes and exercises on writing screenplays. Sherry and Laurie have really done their home work and presented a viable book. Kudos to you both! andrea adler Author of the novel and Screenwriter for "Pushing Upward"
StoryMapsDan More than 1 year ago
I am proud to be a contributor to this collection and I can highly recommend it -- not for me, but for my fellow contributors! My essay on using music to aid your screenwriting process is surrounded by essays from incredibly talented and successful screenwriters and filmmakers. I am humbled by the screenwriters of RAGING BULL, GROUNDHOG DAY, CAPE FEAR, ALI, LOST, TRUE BLOOD and BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, as well as famous educators like Syd Field and Richard Walter. Some great aspects of the book include: 1) It contains EXERCISES so it's not just a collection of essays but it's essentially a workbook that will get you writing. And the exercises are created by the contributing professionals, *not* the book editors. 2) The chapters are organized under major writing categories, like Structure, Theme, Character, etc. So you can go to a particular topic of interest and read ten different perspectives on it from ten different industry professionals. 3) The sections are also grouped in order of how you write a script: The book begins with "Choosing Your Story" and ends with "How to find an Agent!" The advice here runs the gamut. Finally, as I've always tried to do with my books and blog, it's PRACTICAL. This is not just theory or analysis, it's actual experience from writers/execs/readers/producers in the biz. I hope you get a lot out of it. I did. Sincerely, Daniel Calvisi Author of "Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay" (also on B&N; if you're interested, do a search for the title to find it)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book takes the laymen on a journey of discovery. It helps you practice and learn the proper form and technique, to write an amazing script.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
R u the one who did a story for he lord of the rings writing contest?