The Last Word: Definitive Answers to All Your Screenwriting Questions

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615931194
  • Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 1,468,127
  • Product dimensions: 14.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Lazarus’ feature credits include the original story for the George Burns/Brooke Shields motion picture Just You and Me, Kid, and the #1 film in America upon its release, Stigmata. He has had nine feature films made from his original screenplays, and has directed five feature films. Additionally, he has written over 100 hours of television programming (Jake and the Fat Man, Star Man, and Mike Hammer). Lazarus preaches the Last Word: Definitive Answers to All Your Screenwriting Questions at UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and various speaking engagements throughout the country.

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Table of Contents

 TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Acknowledgements

‘A’ Story 

Acts of God

Action 

Adapting Novels 

A Kick in the Ass 

Antagonists 

Appropriate Language 

Army Takes the Town 

Backstory 

Being a Screenwriter 

Be Specific

Bookends 

Calling Shots 

Camera Geography

CAPITALIZING 

Character

Clichés 

Coincidences and Accidents

Computers, Phone Calls and Letters 

Common Screenwriting Misteaks 

Communicating What You Want To 

Crank It Up!

Default Positions as a Writer 

Description

Dialogue

Disclosure of Information 

Dreams 

Endings 

Establishing Scenes 

Exposition 

Every Scene Must Move The Story Forward

Flashbacks 

Format 

For God’s Sake, Hurry! 

Genre Expectations

Giving Script Notes 

How We Access Your Script 

How Long Should my Script Be?

How Long Should My Scenes Be?

Internal Processes

It’s A Process

It’s Not About Your Writing

Let Your Actors Act 

Less is More 

Log Line and Scene Lists

Main Characters

Metaphors and Similes 

Montages

Morris The Explainer 

Movie Recommendations 

My Script Feels Familiar – What Do I do?

Names

Narrative Pull 

Non-linear Storytelling

Novelistic Writing

On The Nose Writing 

Open Story versus Closed Stories 

Overhearing 

Pace 

Parentheses 

Perfectionism 

Pitching

Breaking News – The Author Pitches

Play the Joke 

Positive Reinforcement 

Questions to Ask 

Resonance 

Rewriting

Rhythms of Your Script

Rising Action 

Road Movies 

Rules 

Scene Description

Scene List 

Scenes You Don’t Write

Script Consultants 

Script Notes 

Sell it

Set Up

Shocking!

Showing Rather than Telling 

Slow Motion 

Smash Cut 

Speaking Out Loud 

Splintering Time 

Starting Your Screenplay Fast

Structure 

The Deal 

The Journey 

Theme 

The Scene – Format 

Time Clocks

Trailer Scenes

Transcending Yourself 

Transitions

Three Act Structure

Twists and Turns 

Urgency 

Voice Over

Vocabulary

Weighting Your Writing 

We See, We Hear 

We Write Movies About

What Do You Want Us To Feel?

What Hooks Them?

What Should You Be Writing About

Writer’s Block 

Writer’s Mantra

Writing a Page Turner

Wrong Words in Write Places

Postscript

Tom Lazarus – Script Consultant

Tom Lazarus Biography

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