So You Want to Be a Scriptwriter and Make a Million Dollars

Overview

So You Want To Be A Scriptwriter was written to fill a need, when I started teaching script writing at Santa Monica College and my students asked me to name a book on the subject I could recommend. After voluminous reading, I could find nothing that was completely satisfactory. Most of it seemed to have been written by people who had never written professionally for films and/or television, and thus had no first-hand knowledge of it from personal experience. The books were written from hearsay and observation, ...
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Overview

So You Want To Be A Scriptwriter was written to fill a need, when I started teaching script writing at Santa Monica College and my students asked me to name a book on the subject I could recommend. After voluminous reading, I could find nothing that was completely satisfactory. Most of it seemed to have been written by people who had never written professionally for films and/or television, and thus had no first-hand knowledge of it from personal experience. The books were written from hearsay and observation, like trying to learn how to swim by standing at the edge of a pool and watching others do it, without ever getting into the water yourself. Or trying to fly by flapping your arms like a bird. It doesn't work. They have no hands-on (or wings-on) concept of how commercially producible scripts are actually put together, and then marketed; and are of no real practical help to the beginning writer, or anyone else who's interested. Only a swimmer, or a bird, or a writer who has made his living at it, really knows how his special trick is done and can pass it on to others. And so here it is. Enjoy while you learn. Because if writing isn't fun, it's no way to make a living. Rob banks instead (but try not to get caught).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595099771
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/21/2000
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

In the Beginning Was the Picture 1
How Did You Do It? 9
Screenplay, Teleplay, What's the Difference? 17
How Do I Begin? 21
The Outline 29
The Script 39
Character 91
Openings 101
Endings 107
Conflict 111
Suspense 121
Climax 127
Resolution 131
Dialogue 137
Exposition vs. Dramatization 149
Plots: Deep, Dark and Otherwise 157
Adaptation 167
Soaps 177
Docs 189
Writer's Block 195
Plagiarism 203
The Genus (Not Genius) Hyphenate 215
Scripts for Sale 223
In Union There is Strength 239
Last Words 249
About the Author 251
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