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As news of screenwriters getting seven-figure deals leaks to the masses, it's no wonder hundreds of aspiring screenwriters come to Hollywood each day for a chance at easy money and glory. However, the reality is that writing and selling a screenplay is far easier said than done and requires that the author not only write a cohesive and complete script (and not just have an idea for a movie), but that he also have the knowledge of the filmmaking process and industry necessary to market and sell the screenplay. Real Screenwriting: Strategies and Stories from the Trenches provides the real deal on the art, craft, business and everyday life of a screenwriter. Written by a former entertainment lawyer turned successful Hollywood film producer and produced screenwriter, and gleaned from the author's popular screenwriting seminars at UCLA Extension school, this book provides aspiring writers with the inspiration and tools they need to get their stories on the page, and eventually onto the screen. Real Screenwriting also presents personal "in the trenches" anecdotes, invaluable insider tips and strategies, plus the helpful Hollywood survival skills every screenwriter needs to write a marketable screenplay, network himself, get an agent, protect his work, and develop a writing career.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592009572
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/21/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

As a produced screenwriter and member of the Writer's Guild of America since 1984, Ron's resume includes 12 feature films which he has written &/or produced, 18 years of continuous service as a Senior Instructor of Screenwriting in the world's largest adult education program, UCLA Extension (where he received The Outstanding Instructor Award), his current book, "This Business of Screenwriting" (Ifilm, 1999), his regular column and many articles and features for more than 12 years in Creative Screenwriting magazine and dozens of articles in other trade and film publications and Internet services. Ron has also taught screenwriting at universities around the world and at over two dozen private venues in the United States and abroad, including Disney Animation Studios, Dreamworks, Twentieth Century Fox and Miramax Films. His work as a screenwriter and screenwriting teacher has been the focus of numerous television and radio specials as well as print media. In other related experience, Ron was a practicing entertainment attorney for three Los Angeles law firms representing major studios, producers and numerous high-profile celebrity talent. He was President, Owner and Senior Executive in charge of Worldwide Production for Force Ten Productions, Kodiak Films, and his own company Ronald Suppa Production, Inc. and he has been a script consultant for over 100 studios, producers, directors, writers and production companies.
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Table of Contents

Part I: Preparing for a Writing Career 1. The Screenwriter''s Life 2. Writing Teams Part II: Step by Step Through the Creative Process 3. The Screenwriter's Work Process: From Concept to Script 4. The Art of the Pitch 5. Designing the Marketable Screenplay Part One: The Hollywood Film 6. Designing the Marketable Screenplay Part Two: The Independent Film 7. Securing the Rights (and Other Considerations) for Adaptations and True Stories Part III: What to Do After it''s Written: The Submission Process 8. Protecting Your Work 9. Representation: Agents, Lawyers, Managers, and Guilds 10. Building a Writing Career: Strategies for Marketing Yourself 11. The Marketplace Part IV: Selling Your Screenplay or Teleplay 12. The Deals 13. What Happens After You Sell It? 14. A Writer's Notebook Part V: "Forget It Jake, It''s Chinatown" 15. Rocky - A Case Study Suggested Reading
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2006

    A Compulsory Purchase

    If you are serious about fulfilling your dream to become a screenwriter and cannot attend Ron Suppa¿s classes at UCLA, it is compulsory you buy this book. It offers a rare blend of instructional criteria directly applicable to your work, with philosophical wisdom from Aristotle to David Mamet. Wondering how to define your characters or exacerbate your conflict? Accomplish that goal using his point by point ¿Strategies¿, or the plethora of easily relatable examples he gives from a treasure trove of cinematic masterpieces. Along the way you will be both entertained and impressed by his ¿In the Trenches¿ segments, priceless personal experience from a bona fide raconteur.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2006

    Buy It Now!

    The first thing you will notice about Ron Suppa¿s book ¿Real Screenwriting¿ is that it is heavy. One person can carry it, but it is 400 pages. And it is not just heavy because of the page count. This book is heavy with valuable, useful material, thoughtfully presented. This is not for dilettantes. If you are looking for short cuts to that first big spec sale, buy one of those cute, little, entertaining paperbacks. (Or contact me. I probably have all of them on my shelf.) This is a book for people serious about learning the craft. It is also entertaining. His ¿From the Trenches¿ sections are both fun and informative, stories from someone who was, and is, in the middle of the Hollywood scene. But the really interesting thing for me about Ron Suppa¿s book is how slowly and carefully I have been working through it. In my prior reading on scriptwriting, I would finish the books very quickly and I think it was because there just wasn¿t that much value in these books. It was either old and rehashed material or information that was mostly self-explanatory. I usually felt I was finishing the books without coming away with the help that I really needed. With Mr. Suppa¿s new book, I notice how often I reread a sentence or paragraph and then think about how it might apply to my script. I don¿t recall ever doing that with any other scriptwriting books. So many of his statements are absolute pearls of useful information. Here¿s just one example out of the thousands in the book: ¿Screenplays are goal-oriented. The goal must be specific, clearly identifiable, as crucial to your character as life and death, and not subject to compromise. And yet, it is not the goal itself but the character¿s journey toward the goal that matters most.¿ Great stuff! And worth taking a moment to think about. If, when you finish this book, you want to know more about scriptwriting, read the book again. I am quite certain that you will learn about as much the second time around -- this book is loaded! I am not suggesting that this book ¿adds to the library of existing books on scriptwriting.¿ I think you will find, as I did, that it replaces them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2006

    Reference book for the craft!

    Wow! A must read! As soon as I got my hands on this book, I had a feeling it would be a great one. I've been reading Mr. Suppa's articles for years and have always learned from his real world experiences. He is one of the few in the business who can both do it and teach it. Thank you for putting together what I consider to be the definitive book on screenwriting!

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