William C. Martell just handed in the first draft for the studio remake of a 1980s horror film, and has written 19 films that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid: 3 for HBO, 2 for Showtime, 2 for USA Net, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong). He has been on some film festival juries, including Raindance in London (twice - once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright - back to "jury duty" in October of 2009). Roger Ebert discussed his work with Gene Siskel on his 1997 "If We Picked The Winners" Oscar show. He is quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book "The Way Hollywood tells It". His USA Net flick HARD EVIDENCE was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film Something To Talk About and out-rented it in the USA. In 2007 he had two films released on DVD on the same day (one by Sony and one by Lions Gate) and both made the top 10 rentals.
Your Idea Machineby William C. Martell
The Idea Bank, Fifteen Places To Find Ideas, Good Ideas And
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Your screenplay is going to begin with an idea. There are good ideas and bad ideas and commercial ideas and personal ideas. But where do you find ideas in the first place? This handbook explores different methods for finding or generating ideas, and combining those ideas into concepts that sell.
The Idea Bank, Fifteen Places To Find Ideas, Good Ideas And Bad Ideas, Ideas From Locations And Elements, Keeping Track Of Your Ideas, Idea Theft - What Can You Do? Weird Ways To Connect Ideas, Combing Ideas To Create Concepts, High Concepts - What Are They? Creating The Killer Concept, Substitution - Lion Tamers & Hitmen, Creating Blockbuster Concepts, Magnification And The Matrix, Conflict Within Concept, Concepts With Visual Conflict, Avoiding Episodic Concepts, much more!
Professional Screenwriter William C. Martell (19 produced films) takes you into the world of ideas and high concepts, showing you step-by-step how to find the best idea for your script.
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Martell is a seasoned screenwriter (mostly cable action/thrillers), and while his tricks for finding useful script ideas aren't exactly groundbreaking, they are interesting and (in many cases) amusing. This short work is packed with examples and exercises, and for a young screenwriter, Your Idea Machine couldn't help but jumpstart that idea file. One caveat; you'll find a fair number of typos and odd formatting issues running throughout the book; read it for the ideas and forget the messy stuff.
then read this book. This is a fantastic and enlarged version of Bill Martell's famous Blue Book series. This book helps you get generate and refine your screenplay idea. As ideas are the keystone of screenplays the better the idea the better and easier your screenplay will be. Martell writes in short witty sentences which make it all the easier to digest the principles and techniques. If you're serious about screen writing you can't afford to miss this book or this series. Keep an eye out for the rest of them!