Genre Screenwriting: How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell does not attempt to probe in the deepest psyche of screenwriters and directors of famous or seminal films, nor does it attempt to analyze the deep theoretic machinations of ...
Author: Stephen V. Duncan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
It's simple: films need to have commercial value for the studios to produce them, distributors to sell them, and theater chains to screen them. While talent definitely plays a part in the writing process, it can be the well-executed formulaic approaches to the popular genres that will first get you noticed in the industry. Genre Screenwriting: How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell does not attempt to probe in the deepest psyche of screenwriters and directors of famous or seminal films, nor does it attempt to analyze the deep theoretic machinations of films. Duncan's simple goal is to give the reader, the screenwriter, a practical guide to writing each popular film genre. Employing methods as diverse as using fairy tales to illustrate the 'how to' process for each popular genre, and discussing these popular genres in modern television and its relation to its big screen counterpart, Duncan provides a one-stop shop for novices and professionals alike.
Based on Jule Selbo’s popular course, this accessible guide includes an examination of the historical origins of specific film genres, how and why these genres are received and appreciated by film-going audiences, and how the student and ...
Author: Jule Selbo
Film Genre for the Screenwriter is a practical study of how classic film genre components can be used in the construction of a screenplay. Based on Jule Selbo’s popular course, this accessible guide includes an examination of the historical origins of specific film genres, how and why these genres are received and appreciated by film-going audiences, and how the student and professional screenwriter alike can use the knowledge of film genre components in the ideation and execution of a screenplay. Explaining the defining elements, characteristics and tropes of genres from romantic comedy to slasher horror, and using examples from classic films like Casablanca alongside recent blockbuster franchises like Harry Potter, Selbo offers a compelling and readable analysis of film genre in its written form. The book also offers case studies, talking points and exercises to make its content approachable and applicable to readers and writers across the creative field.
... 34 dramatic decisions of , 37 – 38 and dramatic structure , 11 - 12 inseparable
from plot , 29 introduced in screenplay ... 64 , 147 character types in action -
adventure genre , 97 in comedy genre , 93 in detective genre , 95 in fairy tale
Author: Neill D. Hicks
Provides readers with the necessary tools to create and market a screenplay, discussing topics such as structure, character development, and style
a solid relationship between dramatic structure , the genre and the emotional
engagement of the audience . In some genres surprise is little more than the
revelation that someone likes a particular person , while in others it is the
Author: Philip Parker
Publisher: Intellect L & D E F A E
This is an introduction to the essential elements of screenwriting, from finding an idea to creating a finished screenplay. The text includes methodology, how to apply creative vision, a focus on the project itself, and considers the work prior to deciding the format, as well as the market. It uses contemporary film and television examples from the UK, Europe and across the world.
The culture of genre Genre is a key culture of screenwriting . Now more than ever
, film ( and increasingly , television ) is produced and packaged according to a set
of genres which the audience understands , attaches itself to and ...
Author: Barry Turner
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Containing thousands of entries covering every aspect of screenwriting, with provocative articles and advice from leading representatives of the trade, this practical, straightforward guide provides full details on the core markets and the way the television and film industries are going.
Disaster Genre Secrets for Screenwriters distills their mastery for you and is here to serve as your screenwriting coach-in-a-book. Don't worry! None of the ideas and techniques in this book are rocket science.
Author: Anthony Metivier
Have you ever dreamed of writing the screenplay for a Disaster movie? If so, then here is how some of the world's top Disaster screenwriters do it ... and how you can succeed in this genre too. Believe it or not, it doesn't matter how much you already know about the Disaster genre. The information in this book will teach you: * How to truly disrupt everyday life in the narrative world of your screenplay with a catastrophic disaster. * Why everything you've been taught about the Oedipus complex is wrong, and how to really use this story form to explosive effect in any Disaster genre screenplay. * How to tap into three fundamental human anxieties that none of the screenwriting "gurus" ever discuss. * The real reasons why and how the most famous memory Disaster movies succeed at the box office - including the screenwriting responsible for Jaws and Titanic. * How to use cities, vehicles, animals, monsters and storms from natural forces to create thrills and chills your audience will never forget. * Unique ideas that will have you literally "tuning in" on this genre and generating at least 2 new epic ideas for your screenwriting on every page. * A simple strategy for using Google Earth or Google maps for narrative worldbuilding in your screenwriting. * How to unlock the major conventions of the Disaster genre for massive effect in your screenplay. * A list of Disaster genre clichés and instructions on how to avoid them * Two secret ways that pro screenwriters use concepts like destiny, fate and chance to please audiences around the world. * And much, much more ... The ideas in this book have been used by real screenwriters of major blockbusters - whether they realized it or not. Disaster Genre Secrets for Screenwriters distills their mastery for you and is here to serve as your screenwriting coach-in-a-book. Don't worry! None of the ideas and techniques in this book are rocket science. Frankly, if you can watch a Disaster movie, you can write one. But it'll only be as good as the deep human needs you're able to satisfy through theme, imagery, archetype, characterization and effectively structured plot. Plus, everything you'll learn in this book applies to every other every other genre, either directly or indirectly. And with a little imagination, you'll find that these ideas connect to real life too, which we all know is exactly what most screenwriting needs. But there's really no time to lose. Every day that you are not using these ideas in your Disaster genre screenwriting, you are literally stealing from yourself the joy of writing a Disaster movie that will entertain audiences around the world as a result of your newly enhanced screenwriting mind.
Chapters explore areas including: Screenwriting histories and myths of the profession Screenwriting as creative labor Screenwriters’ working lives Screenwriting work and the how-to genre Screenwriting work and inequalities Drawing on ...
Author: Bridget Conor
Screenwriting: Creative Labor and Professional Practice analyzes the histories, practices, identities and subjects which form and shape the daily working lives of screenwriters. Author Bridget Conor considers the ways in which contemporary screenwriters navigate and make sense of the labor markets in which they are immersed. Chapters explore areas including: Screenwriting histories and myths of the profession Screenwriting as creative labor Screenwriters’ working lives Screenwriting work and the how-to genre Screenwriting work and inequalities Drawing on historical and critical perspectives of mainstream screenwriting in the USA and UK, as well as valuable interviews with working screenwriters, this book presents a highly original and multi-faceted study of screenwriting as creative labor and professional practice.
Moving away from rigid and limited definitions that have evolved out of mainstream genre films, the book embraces a working definition that crosses cultural and national boundaries to give screenwriters around the world a truly ...
Author: Craig Batty
Publisher: Oldcastle Books
What happens when 'happy ever after' isn't quite so simple? Today's attitudes to love and romance are as varied and diverse as individuals, and audiences want and need more sophisticated, authentic films that show how we live and love now. So what does this mean for the screenwriter developing a romcom? And how do they write heart-warming stories for a genre that is constantly evolving, from bromcom to zomcom to famcom? Writing and Selling Romantic Comedy Screenplays offers a fresh approach to creating narratives for this ever-changing genre. Moving away from rigid and limited definitions that have evolved out of mainstream genre films, the book embraces a working definition that crosses cultural and national boundaries to give screenwriters around the world a truly international perspective on writing comedic love stories. It will be the first screenwriting guide to reflect the diversity of approaches in today's films that deal with the human need for emotional and physical intimacy using humour - the contemporary romantic comedy.
GENRES One way to relate your script idea to trends and traditions is to situate it
within a classic genre . Genres identify similar film ( or television ) types . This
may be because of plot similarities , typical characters , themes , settings , or
Author: William Charles Miller
Publisher: Prentice Hall
More and more people are writing scripts as they try to break into the "Hollywood scene." What makes a script stand out? Readers will find out in this comprehensive volume. This invaluable tool to the film and television scriptwriter offers two especially unique features: It contains valuable information on writing for TV (most books just cover film or tv, not both), and secondly, it contains a full chapter on Comedy (other books briefly touch this genre). Chock full of sample scripts and scenes, this book provides readers with the techniques that will enable them to move from concept to draft to final script with ease. Topics include: the writing process; choosing a story; character development; story structure; television narrative; comedy; dialogue/sound/music; marketing the script; and much more. Ideal for both novice and experienced screenwriters.
Rather than teaching writing in a tired formulaic manner, this book elevates the subject and provides inspiration to reach new creative heights.
Author: Ken Dancyger
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Alternative Scriptwriting 4E is an insightful and inspiring book on screenwriting concerned with challenging you to take creative risks with genre, tone, character, and structure. Concerned with exploring alternative approaches beyond the traditional three-act structure, Alternative Scriptwriting first defines conventional approach, suggests alternatives, then provides case studies. These contemporary examples and case studies demonstrate what works, what doesn't, and why. Because the film industry as well as the public demand greater and greater creativity, one must go beyond the traditional three-act restorative and predictable plot to test your limits and break new creative ground. Rather than teaching writing in a tired formulaic manner, this book elevates the subject and provides inspiration to reach new creative heights.
Author: Stephen M. Ringler
Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub
The cinema isn't a slice of life, it's a slice of cake--Alfred Hitchcock. If you make a popular movie, you start to think where have I failed?--Woody Allen. A film is the world in an hour and a half--Jean-Luc Godard. I think you have to be slightly psychopathic to make movies--David Cronenberg. This compendium contains over 3,400 quotations from filmmakers and critics discussing their craft. About 1,850 film people are included--Bunuel, Capra, Chaplin, Disney, Fellini, Fitzgerald, Griffith, Kael, Kurasawa, Pathe, Sarris, Schwarzenegger, Spielberg, Waters and Welles among them. The quotes are arranged under such topics as acting, audience, budget, directing, locations, reviews, screenwriting and special effects. Indexing by filmmaker (or critic), film titles and narrow subjects provides a rich array of points of access for both film fans and scholars.
The thing I'm always looking for is something that turns it slightly in the light , so
that you don't recognise it so much as a genre film or see the rules of genre
working . It feels fresh and different . The example I often give is when you think of
Author: Farah Abushwesha
Publisher: Creative Essentials
This is a manual for screenwriters and filmmakers in the form of notes. These provide a step-by-step, common sense guide, with suggestions on how writers can best present themselves to the industry. This book does not explain how to write a screenplay. Instead, it provides insider confidences from established industry players and peers on how to have a professional approach to writing. A revelation for all would-be screenwriters, this is a guide to living the screenwriter's life: the habits, creative processes and writing atmosphere.
Many films are mixed - genres , in which the main plot often is carried by the
controlling genre , while the subplot carries the thematic genre ( e.g. Witness , an
action - love story , or Titanic , an adventure - love story ) . Some films toss genres
Author: Ron Suppa
Publisher: Course Technology
This book covers the field of screenwriting in an enthusiastic, passionate, optimistic, but also (at times painfully) honest voice that cuts to the chase of the business of writing a screenplay. It also will cover areas that have only been marginally treated elsewhere -- such as the ins, outs, and hot tips on the art of pitching, developing contacts both in and out of Los Angeles and New York, using publicity to build your profile, the possibilities, pitfalls, and practical advantages to producing and/or directing it yourself, etc. It will use personal stories, anecdotes, and lessons learned as well as using topical and classic movie scripts to illustrate points of the art, craft, and business.
A clear sense of which genre your screenplay fits Is it an action/adventure, a
romantic comedy, or a psychological thriller? 4. The premise For instance, Mrs.
Doubtfire is a story of a wacky, irresponsible husband kicked out by his wife. He
will do ...
Author: Christopher Keane
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Covers the basics of scriptwriting, from deciding on a story and characters through the finished work, and analyzes a sample script
It also provides advice to new film-makers on how to market their productions. This is an essential guide to screenwriting and will teach you to write and produce artistically satisfying shorts.
Author: Robert Edgar
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Basics Film-Making: Screenwriting is the second in the Basics Film-Making series and is aimed both at students on film production courses, as well as those wishing to write a short film. The book teaches the key elements of screenwriting through examining areas such as dialogue, sound, setting, shots and structure. It also provides advice to new film-makers on how to market their productions. This is an essential guide to screenwriting and will teach you to write and produce artistically satisfying shorts.