Screenwriting for Film
Horror Screenwriting: The Nature of Fear
Horror has, among all of the narrative genres, one of the longest, most distinguished, and often misunderstood bloodlines in history. It is often overlooked by critics who don't see anything more than blood and guts on the screen, or a collection of cheap scares -- but there is far more to this rich genre than superficial thrills. This unique screenwriting guide will teach you all of the secrets to writing in this powerful and enduring form. Softcover, 167 pp. $29.95.
Reflections of the Shadow
Select any movie or book on a Top 100 list and you'll discover they all have something in common: compelling stories driven by brilliant characters -- both good and bad. This powerful book will show you how to write a great screenplay, teleplay, or novel by helping you to create one-of-a-kind heroes and villains that audiences will never forget. Softcover, 261 pp. $33.95.
What Happens Next
In this truly fresh take on the movies, veteran Oscar-winning screenwriter Marc Norman gives us the first comprehensive history of the men and women who penned some if the greatest movies of all time. Impeccably researched, erudite, and filled with unforgettable stories of the stars and scribes, amateurs and uteurs, directors, producers, and legendary moguls, What Happens Next is a unique and engrossing narrative of the quintessential art form of our time. Softcover, 552 pp. $21.00.
Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach
Paul Joseph Gulino
The great challenge in writing a feature-length screenplay is sustaining audinece involvement from page one through 120. Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach explores an often overlooked tool that can be key in solving this problem. A screenplay can be understood as being built of sequences of about fifteen pages each, and by focusing on solving the dramatic aspects of each of these sequences in detail, a writer can more easily conquer the challenges posed by the script as a whole. Softcover, 230 pp. $21.95.
And the Best Screenplay Goes To...
This intensive look at what makes an Academy Award-winning screenplay is an insightful study of the details and nuances of three scripts by one of Hollywood's most respected screenwriting gurus. Dr. Seger's keen eye and vast experience shed light on the challenges that these screenwriters had to overcome on the road to becoming an Oscar winner. Includes fascinating script analysis of each film and never-before-published interviews with the writers/directors who've won the big award. Softcover, 283 pp. $29.95.
Me And You And Memento And Fargo: How Independent Screenplays Work
In this study, J.J. Murphy argues that the independent feature film from the 1980s to the present has developed a distinct approach of its own, centering on new and different conceptions of cinematic storytelling. The film script is the heart of the creative originality to be found in the independent movement. By studying the principles underlying the independent screenplay, one gains a direct sense of the originality of this new trend in American cinema. Softcover, 290 pp. $24.95.
To break into the screenwriting game, you need a screenplay that is not
just good, but great. In Writing Movies, you'll find everything you
need to know to reach this level. And, like the very best teachers,
Writing Movies is always practical, accessible, and entertaining.
Written by Gotham Writers' Workshop expert instructors and edited
by Dean of Faculty Alexander Steele, this book offers the same methods
and exercises that have earned the school international acclaim.
Softcover, 387 pp. $19.95.
I Could've Written a Better Movie Than That!
This book will teach you how to: analyze stories in any form, write "coverage",
doctor scripts, create contracts, negotiate deals, build an action
plan, market your skills, bulletproof your script from Hollywood
Softcover, 307 pp. $35.95.
Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay
Annie Proulx, Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana
Published together in Story to Screenplay are Annie Proulx's haunting
story about the difficult, dangerous love affair between a ranch hand
and a rodeo
cowboy, as well as the celebrated screenplay for the major motion picture
Brokeback Mountain, written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. All three
writers have contributed essays on the process of adapting this critically
story for film. Also included are several photographs from the film.
Softcover, 166 pp. $22.00.
Continuing Patrick McGilligan's highly acclaimed series on Hollywood screenwriters,
these engrossing, informative, provocative interviews give wonderfully
detailed and personal stories from veteran writers of the seventies
and eighties focusing on their craft, their lives, and their profession.
4 is a riveting insider's look at how movies get made; a rich perspective
on many of the great films, directors, and actors, and an articulate,
forthright commentary on the art and business of screenwriting.
Softcover, 424 pp. $34.95.
Could It Be A Movie?
Is there a movie inside of you that's been yearning to get out but you
don't know where to begin? This detailed book will teach you how
to: determine whether your plot packs enough punch to be a hit movie,
acquire and adapt
pre-existing material for a feature-length screenplay, find today's
hot markets for the kinds of films you want to write, find an agent,
Softcover, 269 pp. $37.95.
the Fantasy Film: Heroes and Journeys in Alternate Realities
Fantasy is not bound by a specific formula. It spans all genres,
times, and settings, and has contributed to the folklore and literature
of every culture around the world; in the world of film, it encompasses
everything from It's a Wonderful Life to The Matrix.
This book will teach you the storytelling principles that have allowed
this genre to endure through the ages, and it will help you to write
a saleable screenplay in this highly competitive category. Softcover,
197 pp. $37.95.
Story and Character: Interviews with British Screenwriters
Praised by dramatist David Hare as "the most purely likeable book about
that I have ever read," Story and Character is the first-ever anthology
of interviews with British screenwriters. Lively and funny, challenging and revealing,
this series of exclusive interviews with the unsung heroes of contemporary British
cinema provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at the movie business. Softcover,
310 pp. $31.95.
Guy Debord: Complete Cinematic Works: Scripts, Stills, Documents
Guy Debord, founder of the Situationist International and formenter of the May
1968 revolt in France, was also the creator of six tantalizingly inaccessible
films. This new translation of Debord's complete film scripts accompanies the
long-awaited rerelease of these astonishing works, which are like nothing else
in cinema history. Softcover,
258 pp. $46.50.
Anita Loos Rediscovered: Film Treatments and Fiction by Anita Loos
Cari Beauchamp and Mary Anita Loos
Anita Loos was one of Hollywood's most respected and prolific screenwriters,
as well as an acclaimed novelist and playwright. This unique collection of previously
unpublished film treatments, short stories, and one-act plays spans fifty years
of her creative writing and showcases the breadth and depth of her talent. Hardcover,
Declan McGrath & Felim McDermott
An inside look at the art of writing for film through intimate
interviews with 13 of the world's best screenwriters. Screenwriters
interviewed include: Paul Schrader, George Axelrod, Steven Zallian,
Robert Towne, and Atom Egoyan. Several rare photographs supplement
the text. Softcover, 176 pp. $53.95.
Teaching Scriptwriting, Screenplays and Storyboards for Film
and TV Production
With everything from a glossary of fundamental term and concepts,
right up to detailed formatting information, this practical guide
provides everything that you need to introduce scriptwriting to
your students, and establishes the basis for a high standard of
coursework for Film and Media Studies. Softcover, 77 pp. $37.95.
Writing the Comedy Film
Stuart Voytilla/Scott Petri
This book takes you into the world of comedy, and helps you discover
the essential elements in writing for comedy. Using concise examples
from the masters of the trade
-- from Preston Sturges to the Farrelly Brothers -- Voytilla and
Petri show you how to apply the time-proven "tenets of laughter" to
your comedy screenplay. Softcover 213 pp. $23.95.
Is There Life After Film School?
For film students who dread the daunting task of infiltrating the film industry after
they graduate, Is There Life After Film School? shows that there are more
options available to students than they may think. Through a series of interviews,
the book reveals a range of career paths taken by accomplished scriptwriters, production
designers, producers and marketers. Softcover 216 pp. $29.95.
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