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The Screenwriter's Roadmap: 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story
     

The Screenwriter's Roadmap: 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story

by Neil Landau
 

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Finally, a GPS system for screenwriters! The potentially long and arduous journey of writing a screenplay was just made easier to navigate with The Screenwriter’s Roadmap. Avoid the wrong turns, dead ends, gaping p(l)otholes, and other obstacles that result in frustration , wasted time, and wasted energy. The Screenwriter’s Roadmap keeps

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Finally, a GPS system for screenwriters! The potentially long and arduous journey of writing a screenplay was just made easier to navigate with The Screenwriter’s Roadmap. Avoid the wrong turns, dead ends, gaping p(l)otholes, and other obstacles that result in frustration , wasted time, and wasted energy. The Screenwriter’s Roadmap keeps you on track and helps you reach your destination- a finished, professional quality screenplay. Neil Landau, a successful Hollywood screenwriter and script doctor with over 2 decades of experience, provides you with 21 Guideposts, that if implemented, will help you nail down your screenplay’s story structure, deepen its character arcs, bolster stakes, heighten suspense, and diagnose and repair its potential weaknesses. These Guideposts are based on field-tested, in-the-trenches experiences that have been proven to work. The Guideposts are augmented by interactive exercises, end of chapter "homework" assignments, examples from the latest blockbusters, as well as over 20 interviews with some of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters and directors, including David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel), David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, Panic Room, War of the Worlds, Angels & Demons), Melissa Rosenberg (The Twilight Saga: Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Dexter (TV)), and Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Insider, Munich, The Good Shepherd, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close).

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* The ideal tool to perfect your screenplay, with cutting insight from a 20+ year Hollywood screenwriting veteran on what it takes to write a successful screenplay
• Revealing interviews with Hollywood screenwriting and directing heavyweights sprinkled throughout
• The book also includes end of chapter exercises and examples from the latest Hollywood hits, providing practical and inspirational confidence

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780240820606
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
670,700
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Neil Landau is the author of 101 Things I Learned in Film School (Grand Central Publishing, 2010). Neil’s numerous TV and movie screenwriting credits include the cult hit "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead” (1991, and slated for remake by the Mark Gordon Company); the forthcoming 3D animated feature” “Tad Jones” (from El Toro Pictures/Warner Bros., 2012). His new screenplay is being developed for Goldmann Pictures (“300”). Landau is also Executive Producing “The Last Days of Superman” (NOT a superhero movie) for Menshikov Films (2011). His TV credits include the original "Melrose Place" (1997), "The Magnificent Seven" (1998), "Doogie Howser, M.D." (1990), "The Secret World of Alex Mack" (1994), “Twice in a Lifetime” (2001), and MTV's "Undressed” (1999), plus TV pilots for CBS, ABC, Lifetime, and Freemantle. As a Script Consultant, Neil worked for Sony Pictures (2005-2008), and most recently for El Toro Pictures on “Lope” (Warner Bros., 2010) and “Bruc” (Universal, 2010). He served as Vice-President of Scripted Development for Amedia Film Group in Moscow, Russia (2007-08). He currently teaches in the MFA in Screenwriting and Producing Programs at both UCLA School of Film & Television and USC School of Cinematic Arts, and is a faculty advisor in the MFA in Writing Program at Goddard College. Neil graduated from UCLA’s School of Film & Television, B.A., 1985.

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