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:
392,929
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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