Television and Screen Writing: From Concept to Contract / Edition 4

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Now in its fourth edition, Television and Screen Writing: From Concept to Contract is a classic resource for students and professionals in screenwriting and television writing. This book will teach you how to become a creative and marketable writer in every professional arena - including major studios, production companies, networks, cable and pay TV, animation, and interactive programs. Specific techniques and script samples for writing high-quality and producible "spec" scripts for theatrical motion pictures, the sitcom series, one-hour dramatic series, longform television, soaps, talk show, variety, animation, interactive and new media are provided. Television and Screen Writing: From Concept to Contract, Fourth Edition also offers a fully detailed examination of the current marketplace, and distinct strategies for marketing your scripts, from registering and copyrighting the script to signing with an agent.

This new edition has been expanded to include the most up-to-date creative and professional script samples, marketing resources, and practical information possible. The companion website offers a wide range of contacts and resources for you to explore, and Internet links to professional resources. There is also an Annotated and Selected Bibliography for your reference

Audience: Beginning and practicing screenwriters, students.

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"Very thoughtful and user-friendly; a wonderful conprehensive text." - Nevada McPhearson, Nunez Community College

"There was so much information packed on each page I thought I was going to have to highlight the entire book!" - David Wesner, Austin Peay State University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240803975
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; How To Create Marketable Premises For Motion Pictures And TV; How To Develop A Marketable Story; How To Write The Story; Dramatic Elements And Act Structure; How To Develop Credible And Castable Characters; How To Write Realistic Dialogue; Spec Screenplay Format; How To Write Effective Scenes In Screenplays; Script Revisions; Television Sitcom Format; How To Write Professional Scenes In Sitcoms; Animation, Interactive And New Media, And Nonfiction Entertainment; Television Drama Format; How To Write Professional Scenes In TV Drama; Soap, Talk Show, And Variety; How To Create New Television Series; How To Sell Your Motion Picture Screenplay; How To Sell Your Television Script; National And State Funding Sources; Where To Go Next; Annotated And Selected Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2001

    A Classic Revisited

    Richard Blum¿s Television and Screen Writing (4th Edition) is a welcome revision of one of the classic books for writers by a professional from within the industry who also happens to be a topnotch screenwriting teacher. It provides a wealth of information that all aspiring TV and screenwriters need. Dr. Blum leads you through the writing process with numerous examples. However, Dr. Blum goes much deeper by discussing character, dialogue, and how to create stories with scenes that work for the story and not against it. The Fourth Edition also has insights into animation and new media, daytime serials and talk shows, and, most important of all, how to market what you write. Read it thoroughly and then go back and read it again. This book is an invaluable resource.

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