ISBN-10:
0786434260
ISBN-13:
9780786434268
Pub. Date:
01/27/2009
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
The Art and Craft of Screenwriting: Fundamentals, Methods and Advice from Insiders

The Art and Craft of Screenwriting: Fundamentals, Methods and Advice from Insiders

by Shelly Frome

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ISBN-13: 9780786434268
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/27/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 263
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Shelly Frome is a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor and a prolific writer of fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Preface 1

Introduction 3

Notes on Content 9



PART I—THE ESSENTIALS

1. An Eye for the Camera 11

2. A Knack for Juggling 18

3. A Touch of the Actor 28

4. A Storyteller’s Vision 39



PART II—OPTIONS AND METHODS: RUNNING THE GAMUT

5. Genre as a Niche 50

6. Alternative Routes and Strategies 64

7. The Indie Option 76

8. Intrepid Merchandising 88

9. The Adaptation Chronicles 92

10. Taking on the Novel 105

11. Piecework at the Factory 115

12. The Screenwriter at Work: Guidelines and Gauges 123

13. Scripting, Polishing and Other Nuts and Bolts 143



PART III—INTERVIEWS: THE VOICES OF EXPERIENCE

The Top Flight Agent 158

Coverage and the Script Reader 164

The Hollywood Producer 169

The Independent Producer 175

The Film Festival Director 181

The Actor for All Seasons 187

The Versatile Writer-Director 193

The Hollywood Writing Partners 199

The Emmy-Winning Chronicler 207

The Master Storyteller 214

The Screenwriter and the High Road 220

Afterword 231



Appendix A: Glossary 233

Appendix B: Conventional Three-Act Format 236

Appendix C: Hollywood Mythic Formula 242

Appendix D: Resources 244

Selected Bibliography 247

Index 251

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