Provides advice for budding screenwriters on how to handle the challenges of writing a Hollywood script and includes insider information on the most popular genres in Hollywood as well as references to 500 movie "cousins" to help guide the script writing process.
The Screenwriters Guide to 50 Films from the Masters
Author: Salva Rubio
Publisher: Save the Cat!(r) Press
Category: Performing Arts
In his best-selling book, Save the Cat!(r) Goes to the Movies, Blake Snyder provided 50 beat sheets to 50 films, mostly studio-made. Now his student, Salva Rubio, applies Blake s principles to 50 celebrated non-studio films (again with 5 beat sheets for each of Blake s 10 genres). From international sensations like The Blair Witch Project topromising debuts like Pi, from small films that acquired cult status like Texas Chain Saw Massacre to Euro-blockbusters like The Full Monty, from unexpected gems like Before Sunrise to textbook classics such as The 400 Blows, from Dogville to Drive and Boogie Nights to Cinema Paradiso, here are 50 movies that fit both the independent label and Blake Snyder s 15 beats. You ll find beat sheets for works from Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, David Lynch, Roman Polanski, Danny Boyle, David Mamet, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Sofia Coppola, Stephen Frears, David Hare, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, and the Coen Brothers, among other renowned writers and directors. You ll see how hitting the beats creates a story that resonates for audiences the world over. Why is this important? Because it gives both writers and moviegoers a language to analyze film and understand how filmmakers can effectively reach audiences. And especially if you are a writer, this book reveals how screenwriters who came before you tackled the same challenges you are facing with the film you want to write or the one you are currently working on."
If you're looking for a straightforward, practical, no-nonsense guide to scriptwriting that will hold your hand right the way through the process, read on! The Raindance Writers' Lab guides you through the tools that enable you to execute a strong treatment for a feature and be well on the way to the first draft of your script. Written by the creator of the Raindance Film Festival himself, Elliot Grove uses a hands-on approach to screenwriting based on his many years of experience teaching the subject for Raindance training. He uses step-by-step processes illustrated with diagrams and charts to lend a visual structure to the teaching. Techniques are related to real-life examples throughout, from low budget to blockbuster films. The Companion Website contains interviews with British writers and directors as well as a handy series of legal contracts, video clips and writing exercises. In this brand new 2nd edition, Grove expands on his story structure theory, as well as how to write for the internet and short films. The website also contains sample scripts and legal contracts, a writing exercise illustrated with a video clip, a folder full of useful hyperlinks for research, and a demo version of Final Draft screenwriting software.
DIVIn The One Percenter Code, best-selling Motorbooks author and editor of Easyriders magazine Dave Nichols takes up where he left off in One Percenter: The Legend of The Outlaw Bikers. Nichols takes readers inside the world of outlaw motorcycle clubs and pulls back the secretive curtain on the biker lifestyle. He explores the concept of brotherhood, ultimately arriving at a new definition of family and community in the process. Being a member of a one percenter motorcycle club requires extreme discipline; in this book, Nichols shows us what that life offers in return./div Nichols delves into the one percenter code of conduct and honor and finds something that is sorely lacking in modern society. In this book, he shows us how we can apply those values in our own lives. The world of the outlaw biker has its own rough-hewn rules of order, and The One Percenter Code acts as a guidebook to that truth-, honor-, and brotherhood-based world.
Tips from Top Writers on Crafting Creative Sermons
Author: Alyce M. McKenzie
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
In this lively and accessible book, Alyce McKenzie explores how fiction writers approach the task of writing novels: how they develop their ideas, where they find their inspiration, and how they turn the spark of a creative notion into words on paper that will captivate the masses. McKenzie's study shows how preachers can use the same techniques to enhance their own creativity and to turn their ideas into powerful, well crafted sermons. Novel Preaching offers a wealth of advice from successful fiction writers, including Isabelle Allende, Frederick Buechner, Julia Cameron, Annie Dillard, Natalie Goldberg, Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, and Melanie Rae Thorn, and also includes a number of sample sermons from McKenzie herself.
This new edition has undergone a comprehensive update to address the shifting balance between digital and film technologies. The book includes everything a filmmaker needs to know, from budgeting to managing the production office, and comes with downloadable forms.
Find the Best Markets and Representatives for Your Scripts &break;&break;Making a living as a screenwriter or playwright requires more than persistence and a positive attitude - you need to know the best markets, contests, theaters, and agents open to reviewing work from writers of stage and screen. The 2010 Screenwriter's & Playwright's Market is your comprehensive and essential resource for finding the best opportunities - without fear of being scammed - and seeing your work come to life while getting paid for it. This second edition includes: &break;&break; Up-to-date contact and submission information for managers and agents who represent film scripts, TV scripts and stage plays.&break; Hundreds of contests and competitions for scripts of every length and category. &break; Listings for theaters across the country open to considering new plays, plus hundreds of listings for film production companies.&break; More than 90 pages of instructional articles on query letters, the craft of writing, play submissions, pitching, TV pilot writing, and more!
From 2005 until his death in 2009, Blake Snyder wrote his 3 best-selling Save the Cat!(r) books along with 209 blogs on the Save the Cat!(r) website. The 112 blog posts in this book have been carefully curated and edited from Blake's originals. We have selected posts that we believe are timeless, resonating as powerfully today as on the day Blake wrote them. In addition, we've created 10 chapters in which we've bundled posts according to categories, to simplify your search for the information, encouragement and enthusiasm that were Blake's hallmarks: - Ideas and Concepts - Themes - Titles and Loglines - Genres - Heroes - Structure - Dialogue - The Pitch - Going Pro - Inspiration. Enjoy these meaningful and helpful lessons in screenwriting... and life. Also included are photos that have never been published
For 88 years, Writer's Market has given fiction and nonfiction writers the information they need to sell their work–from completely up-to-date listings to exclusive interviews with successful writers. The 2009 edition provides all this and more with over 3,500 listings for book publishers, magazines and literary agents, in addition to a completely updated freelance rate chart. In addition to the thousands of market listings, you'll find up-to-date information on becoming a successful freelancer covering everything from writing query letters to launching a freelance business, and more.