The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting

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This guide is for anyone who has ever thought of screenwriting. Written by someone who has "been there, done that," and lived to tell the tale, it reveals the most popular genres, explains how stories need to be structured for feature films and TV movies, offers the freshest look at workshops and online classes, and disusses how to set up a step-by-step path to success.

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Skip Press is a veteran author, screenwriter, online writing instructor, and former editor of Entertainment Monthly. He has written and sold television scripts, feature films, plays, and a variety of books, including the acclaimed Writer’s Guide to Hollywood Producers, Directors, and Screenwriting Agents and How to Write What You Want & Sell What You Write.

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Book Description Alpha, 2000. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: I. THE EVOLUTION OF STORYTELLING. 1. History Lessons Make Better Writers. Don't Miss the Myths: The Hero with a Thousand Faces. The Greeks Made the Rules. Aristotle and the Three-Act Structure. Romans, Christians, and Italians. Classic Stories Are Immortal. Story and the Mind. Hegel, Freud, Sex, and Stanislavski. Carl Jung and the Symbolic World. Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. 2. That Fellow Shakespeare. Shakespeare in Love. Using Shakespeare. Shakespeare's Secret. Pages from History. The Screenplay's the Thing. Shakespeare's Continuing Influence. Stealing from Shakespeare. Shakespeare's Log Lines. 3. Birth of the Movies. The Worldwide Storytelling Tradition. Influences of the Great Playwrights. Authors from Centuries Past: The Great Storytellers. European Originals: The Brothers Lumiere and Other Lights. Thomas Edison and the Monopoly That Didn't Work. A Place Called Hollywood: How Tinseltown Was Born. 4. From Scenario to Screenplay. The Scenarists: How Screenwriting Began. Women Writers Ruled: Frances Marion and the Scenario Queens. What the Transition to Sound. Hollywood, the World, and Migrating Writers. How Genres Evolved: What's a Screwball Comedy, Anyway? The Impact of 1939, Possibly Hollywood's Greatest Year. 5. From the Big Screen to the Computer Screen. Movies after World War II; the Whole World Changed. How Television Transformed Hollywood. I Love Lucy: The Power Shifter. The Birth of the Antihero and the Death of Feel Good. Hollywood Genres Don't Change, but the Outlet Does. A Hollywood World in the Digital. II. WHAT TO WRITE. 6. Sources for Movie Ideas That Will Sell. Reading the Newspaper Like a Screenwriter. Recycling Old Movies. True Stories: How to Secure the Rights and Where to Sell Them. How to Know If You're Original Idea Is Truly Original. Movies to TV and Back Again to Movies. Anything Males Eighteen to Thirty-Four Like. 7. Movies Are Not Books or Plays. Why You Don't Write a Screenplay Like a Stage Play. What a Book Can Do That a Movie Cannot. The Differences in Television and Movie Scripts. Elements to Remember When Writing a Movie. 8. What Your Audience Really Wants. Sex and Violence Sell: What That Really Means. Helping Your Viewer Escape from Reality. Pick a Genre and Pick Success. Writing for the Worldwide Audience. The Kids Have It: Write with Children in Mind and. 9. Defining Your Movie. First, a Premise. If You Want to Send a Message, Use E-Mail. Outlines, Synopses, and Treatments. High Concepts and Mixed Ideas. The Log Line: The All-Important Twenty-Five Words or Less. 10. What's Hot, What's Not, and What's in Your Heart. <div STYLE="mar. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0028639448

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