Secrets of Film Writing

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Most books about screenplays instruct on three-act structure, character arcs, and how to format a script. But you already know all that.

Secrets of Film Writing reveals a working writer's secrets-the tips, short cuts, tricks, and insider advice that will get your story down on paper, maximize your idea, and seduce your readers. Do you know why actors pick scripts out of a stack? Why montage sequences don't work? Why the traditional three-act ...

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Overview

Most books about screenplays instruct on three-act structure, character arcs, and how to format a script. But you already know all that.

Secrets of Film Writing reveals a working writer's secrets-the tips, short cuts, tricks, and insider advice that will get your story down on paper, maximize your idea, and seduce your readers. Do you know why actors pick scripts out of a stack? Why montage sequences don't work? Why the traditional three-act structure is obsolete? Lazarus lifts the veil with dozens of secrets like these.

Lazarus's insights and techniques will smooth and improve any screenwriter's process and will make any script more readable and ultimately more salable. Secrets of Film Writing takes you behind the scenes of feature and television writing and demystifies, once and for all, the Hollywood System.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312269081
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 962,000
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Lazarus has had five feature films made from his original screenplays, including the number-one movie Stigmata, and has written six movies of the week and over thirty hours of network drama. He is also an award-winning educational filmmaker. He has taught screenwriting for ten years as a UCLA Extension Instructor and continues to write screenplays while writing and directing independent features.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Secret 1 Organization Is Freedom 1
Secret 2 The Log Line 7
Secret 3 Telling the Story Through the Characters 13
Secret 4 Rising Action 27
Secret 5 The Mathematics of Film Writing 31
Secret 6 Less Is More 35
Secret 7 More Is More 37
Secret 8 Script Presentation 39
Secret 9 Show Not Tell 51
Secret 10 Write Short 53
Secret 11 Rewriting - A Survival Course 57
Secret 12 Cut to the Heart of the Scene 83
Secret 13 It's a Process 87
Secret 14 It's About Character, Stupid 91
Secret 15 Dialogue 105
Secret 16 Openings 119
Secret 17 Scene Descriptions form Hell 137
Secret 18 Endings 143
Secret 19 All the Other Stuff 147
Much More than a Glossary 205
The Final Secret 231
End Titles 235
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