Real Screenwriting: Strategies and Stories from the Trenches / Edition 1
As news of screenwriters getting seven-figure deals leaks to the masses, it's no wonder hundreds of aspiring screenwriters come to Hollywood each day for a chance at easy money and glory. However, the reality is that writing and selling a screenplay is far easier said than done and requires that the author not only write a cohesive and complete script (and not just have an idea for a movie), but that he also have the knowledge of the filmmaking process and industry necessary to market and sell the screenplay. Real Screenwriting: Strategies and Stories from the Trenches provides the real deal on the art, craft, business and everyday life of a screenwriter. Written by a former entertainment lawyer turned successful Hollywood film producer and produced screenwriter, and gleaned from the author's popular screenwriting seminars at UCLA Extension school, this book provides aspiring writers with the inspiration and tools they need to get their stories on the page, and eventually onto the screen. Real Screenwriting also presents personal "in the trenches" anecdotes, invaluable insider tips and strategies, plus the helpful Hollywood survival skills every screenwriter needs to write a marketable screenplay, network himself, get an agent, protect his work, and develop a writing career.
Part I: Preparing for a Writing Career 1. The Screenwriter''s Life 2. Writing Teams Part II: Step by Step Through the Creative Process 3. The Screenwriter's Work Process: From Concept to Script 4. The Art of the Pitch 5. Designing the Marketable Screenplay Part One: The Hollywood Film 6. Designing the Marketable Screenplay Part Two: The Independent Film 7. Securing the Rights (and Other Considerations) for Adaptations and True Stories Part III: What to Do After it''s Written: The Submission Process 8. Protecting Your Work 9. Representation: Agents, Lawyers, Managers, and Guilds 10. Building a Writing Career: Strategies for Marketing Yourself 11. The Marketplace Part IV: Selling Your Screenplay or Teleplay 12. The Deals 13. What Happens After You Sell It? 14. A Writer's Notebook Part V: "Forget It Jake, It''s Chinatown" 15. Rocky - A Case Study Suggested Reading