Writing Movies: The Practical Guide to Creating Stellar Screenplays

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To break into the screenwriting game, you need a screenplay that is not just good, but great. Superlative. Stellar. Writing Movies provides everything you need to know to reach this level. In a single book. And, like the very best teachers, Writing Movies is always practical, accessible, and entertaining. Inside you'll find: Explanations of the fundamental elements of screenwriting craft (plot, character, scenes, etc.); insight into such crucial (but seldom discussed) topics as description, voice, tone, and ...

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Overview

To break into the screenwriting game, you need a screenplay that is not just good, but great. Superlative. Stellar. Writing Movies provides everything you need to know to reach this level. In a single book. And, like the very best teachers, Writing Movies is always practical, accessible, and entertaining. Inside you'll find: Explanations of the fundamental elements of screenwriting craft (plot, character, scenes, etc.); insight into such crucial (but seldom discussed) topics as description, voice, tone, and theme; analysis of five brilliant screenplays--Die Hard, Thelma & Louise, Tootsie, Sideways, and The Shawshank Redemption; strategies for breaking into the business; a guide to screenwriting format; assignments that strengthen your command of screenwriting craft; step-by-step tasks that take you from rough idea to polished script; and tie-ins to supplementary material at the book's website. Written by Gotham Writers' Workshop expert instructors and edited by Dean of Faculty Alexander Steele, Writing Movies offers the same methods and exercises that have earned the school international acclaim.

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What People Are Saying

John Johnson
"Every great film begins with a great screenplay, and Writing Movies is the ultimate resource. It's like having twenty of the best screenwriting books skillfully rolled into one." --(John Johnson, Executive Director of the American Screenwriters Association)
Stuart Beattie
"I thoroughly recommend Writing Movies to all screenwriters. You must read this before you write your first or next screenplay." --(Stuart Beattie, Screenwriter of Collateral and Pirates of the Caribbean)
Terry Linehan
"Writing Movies is the most refreshing outlook on screenwriting since Syd Field." --(Terry Linehan, Professor - Film Studies Department, University of North Carolina-Wilmington)
Michael Maupin
"Writing Movies effectively covers all of a screenplay's elements... If you have been struggling with your screenplays, get this book!"
--(Michael Maupin, Instructor - Elements of Screenwriting, IFP/MN)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596911451
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 9/19/2006
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 380,286
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Founded in 1993 by Jeff Grae and David Fligelman, Gotham Writers' Workshop is the leading writing school in New York and in the United States. Based in New York City, it reaches more writing students than any other school, offering more than 400 courses to 6,000 students each year. Its distinctive technique has won raves from alumni and from the media. Gotham has published two previous books with Bloomsbury, the very popular Guide to Writing Fiction and Fiction Gallery.

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Table of Contents

1. Screenwriting: Inventing a Myth, Alexander Steele

2. Plot: The Path of Action, Daniel Noah

3. Characters: The Lifeblood, Paul Zimmerman

4. The Page: Words That Move, John Glenn

5. Scenes: Exploring and Exploding Moments, Tal McThenia

6. Dialogue: Making More of Less, Michael Eldridge

7. Subplots: A Side of Story, Helen Kaplan

8. Plot II: Like a Roller Coaster, Tommy Jenkins

9. Tone and Theme: The Overlay & Underlay, Jason Greiff

10. Revision: From Rough to Ready, Amy Fox

11. Slipping Past the Velvet Rope, Christopher Momenee

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