The 90 Day Screenplay

Author: Alan Watt
Publisher: Nook Press
ISBN: 9781538028629
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The 90-Day Screenplay was workshopped at L.A. Writers' Lab over the course of ten years and has helped hundreds of screenwriters complete their work. Many graduates of the Lab have gone on to major careers as screenwriters and producers in TV and film. The 90-Day Screenplay method of structuring your story is organic, involving a rigorous inquiry into the dilemma besetting your characters. This inside-out approach avoids the distractions that frequently occur when one's focus is placed squarely on plot. Screenwriting is often taught by Hollywood story analysts who confuse story structure with "plotting," thus leading to a formulaic, one-size-fits-all style of writing. By focusing on the dilemma, and exploring its resolution, the plot emerges naturally in surprising and dynamic ways. The 90-Day Screenplay will guide you through the process of outlining your screenplay, writing a first draft, and completing a rewrite, all in three months. In this day-by-day guide you will: * Uncover the dilemma at the heart of your screenplay * Learn how to write from your subconscious * Rewrite your work efficiently * Discover your story's structure as an experiential model * Develop a process of getting the story from your imagination to the page

Diamond Dogs

Author: Alan Watt
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0446931284
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Neil Garvin is a seventeen year old living in a small town outside Las Vegas. Abandoned by his mother when he was three, he blames his abusive father - the local sheriff - for driving her away. Neil is good-looking, popular, the quarterback of the high school football team & as cruel to his peers as his father is to him. He plans to get out of town on his "million dollar arm," until the night he accidentally commits a terrible crime & his father, unasked, covers up for him. As the FBI arrives & begins to narrow in, Neil & his father become locked in a confrontation that will break them apart & set them free

The 90 Day Novel

Author: Alan Watt
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780983141204
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"Unlock the story within ... with over 200 new writing exercises"--Cover.

Finish The Script

Author: Scott King
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781492820864
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Writing a screenplay? Learning editing, formatting, and rewriting? This is the book you've been waiting for! Finish The Script! A College Screenwriting Course in Book Form is for beginners and experienced writers alike. It takes a step-by-step approach and focuses not only on theory but also on the actual writing process. It's a full college course squeezed into a book, complete with exercises and sample assignments. Based on actual class lectures, Finish the Script! is for any writer looking for that extra push and guidance in getting a screenplay written.

The Nutshell Technique

Author: Jill Chamberlain
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 1477303731
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Veteran script consultant Jill Chamberlain discovered in her work that an astounding 99 percent of first-time screenwriters don’t know how to tell a story. These writers may know how to format a script, write snappy dialogue, and set a scene. They may have interesting characters and perhaps some clever plot devices. But, invariably, while they may have the kernel of a good idea for a screenplay, they fail to tell a story. What the 99 percent do instead is present a situation. In order to explain the difference, Chamberlain created the Nutshell Technique, a method whereby writers identify eight dynamic, interconnected elements that are required to successfully tell a story. Now, for the first time, Chamberlain presents her unique method in book form with The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting. Using easy-to-follow diagrams (“nutshells”), she thoroughly explains how the Nutshell Technique can make or break a film script. Chamberlain takes readers step-by-step through thirty classic and contemporary movies, showing how such dissimilar screenplays as Casablanca, Chinatown, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, Silver Linings Playbook, and Argo all have the same system working behind the scenes, and she teaches readers exactly how to apply these principles to their own screenwriting. Learn the Nutshell Technique, and you’ll discover how to turn a mere situation into a truly compelling screenplay story.

The 10 Day Screenplay

Author: Darrin Donnelly
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692582626
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This #1 Bestseller in Screenwriting is now COMPLETELY UPDATED AND EXPANDED! The Step-By-Step Course That Shows You How to Write Your Screenplay in Just 10 Days! "If you want to write screenplays for a living, there is nothing more valuable for a writer than being able to produce a quality screenplay quickly. We created this course to give you all the tools you need to accomplish exactly that. This system is laid out in a way that we hope writers of all experience levels will find easy to use. Our promise is simple: follow this system and in 10 days, you'll have a powerful scriptfinished!" - Travis Donnelly, writer & producer of Medium,co-author of The 10-Day Screenplay Some of the most famous movies in history were written in 10 days or less. Sylvester Stallone wrote Rocky in just three days. The movie became one of the most successful of all time and made Stallone an international superstar. Kevin Williamson wrote Scream in four days. The script created a hot bidding war and made Williamson one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood. John Hughes, one of the most successful screenwriters ever, loved to write fast. He wrote National Lampoon's Vacation in seven days, Ferris Bueller's Day Off in four days, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles in three days, and The Breakfast Club in just two days. Joe Eszterhas wrote Basic Instinct in 10 days. When he was finished, he shipped the script to his agent and sold it three days later for $3 million. Not only is it possible to write a great screenplay in 10 days or less, but spending too much time on a script is actually one of the worst mistakes a screenwriter can make! It can lead to boring, dull, and unoriginal scripts. Stop wasting so much time and energy trying to write your next screenplay. Simply follow this program and in as little as 10 days, you'll finish the screenplay that could just launch your screenwriting career! The 10-Day Screenplay system works like this: STEP 1: The 10-Day Screenplay shows you how to evaluate your initial idea using the five requirements of every great movieidea. Is your idea unique? Is it big enough? Will it make for a compelling two-hour movie? What can be done to make your idea bigger and better? STEP 2: The 10-Day Screenplay system forces you to flesh out your characters. Contrary to anything you may have heard, great characters make great movies. You need to really know your characters and let THEM dictate your plot, NOT the other way around. Amateur screenwriters come up with a plot and then plug in forced characters to play it out. This is a huge mistake and you'll never succeed this way! STEP 3: Once you have your idea and your characters, it's time to write your script following The 10-Day Screenplay course. Each day of the course includes an important lesson on what your story objective should be for that day along with a manageable writing assignment. If you simply follow this course, at the end of the 10 days, you will have a finished script! To make this process easy to understand, The 10-Day Screenplay breaks down 10 blockbuster movies along the way - Rocky, Braveheart, Home Alone, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, There's Something About Mary, Bridesmaids, Toy Story, Back to the Future, Die Hard, and Scream. You'll see how our plot and charactertechniques worked in each movie and how they can be applied to your screenplay. It's time to stop dreaming and start writing! This book will show you theway.

How To Write A Great Script With Final Draft 9

Author: Wallace Wang
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781496181923
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"How to Write a Great Script with Final Draft 9" is not a typical computer book tutorial. Flip open any computer book and you'll typically see a thick tome crammed with information about every possible feature of a program in exhaustive detail. Such comprehensive detail makes most computer books about as exciting to read as a dictionary. Nobody really wants to learn how to use any particular program. What people really want to learn is how to get specific results from using a particular program. Chances are good that your goal in life isn't to learn how to use Final Draft 9. Instead, you probably really want to learn how to write the best screenplay possible with the least amount of hassle. To achieve that goal, you want to use Final Draft 9 as a tool to achieve your dream of writing a screenplay that you can sell. That's why this book won't teach you how to become a Final Draft 9 expert. What this book will teach you is how to plan, organize, and write a screenplay using Final Draft 9 as a tool to make your task easier. Notice the huge difference? You want to be a screenwriter, not a Final Draft 9 computer expert. This book won't overwhelm you by teaching every possible feature in Final Draft 9. Instead, this book will teach you the more useful features of Final Draft 9 to make you a more effective screenwriter. Once you learn the most common commands of Final Draft 9, you'll have the confidence to learn the more advanced features that the program offers. Not only will you learn how to use Final Draft's most common features, but you'll also learn why to use them and how they can help you organize and write a more effective screenplay. To use Final Draft most effectively, you need to know how to develop a story. Having a great screenwriting program like Final Draft 9 is fine, but if you don't know what to write, then you won't be able to take advantage of Final Draft 9's writing, formatting, and editing features. Although Final Draft works as an excellent screenplay formatting word processor, that's actually the last feature you want to use. Where most people go wrong is that they focus first on writing their screenplay without knowing what to write or taking time to organize their ideas before they write. Think of screenwriting like planning a vacation. You could just show up at the airport and hop on any plane, but chances are good it won't take you where you want to go. Likewise if you start writing a script without any planning, you'll likely waste time writing an rambling and incoherent screenplay. At this point, formatting your screenplay perfectly means nothing if it's not structured to tell a compelling story in the first place. So this book will teach you how to write screenplays using Final Draft 9 as a tool. If you want to learn how to become a better screenwriter and use Final Draft 9 to help you achieve your ultimate goal of selling a screenplay, then this is the book for you. Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Getting Ideas Chapter 2: Picking a Theme Chapter 3: The Story Title Chapter 4: The Major Characters Chapter 5: The Hero and Villain Chapter 6: The Mentor, the Allies, and the Henchmen Chapter 7: The Four Acts of a Screenplay Chapter 8: Creating and Manipulating Scenes Chapter 9: Understanding the Elements of a Screenplay Chapter 10: Working with Scenes Chapter 11: Making Dialogue Come to Life Chapter 12: Editing a Screenplay Chapter 13: Printing and Sharing a Screenplay Final Words

How To Write A Movie In 21 Days

Author: Viki King
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062405403
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The ultimate survival guide, How to Write a Movie in 21 Days takes the aspiring screenwriter the shortest distance from blank page to complete script. Viki King's Inner Movie Method is a specific step-by-step process designed to get the story in the writer's onto the page. This method guides the would-be screenwriter through the writing of a movie. It answers such questions as: How to clarify the idea you don't quite have yet How to tell if your idea is really a movie How to move from what you want to say saying it How to stop getting ready and start Once you know what to write, the Inner Movie Method will show you how to write it. It also addresses such issues as: How to pay the rent while paying your dues What to say to your spouse when you can't come to bed How to keep going when you think you can't For accomplished screenwriters honing their craft, as well as those who never before brought their ideas to paper, How to Write a Movie in 21 Days is an indispensable guide. And Viki King's upbeat, friendly style is like having a first-rate writing partner every step of the way.

The Screenwriter S Bible

Author: David Trottier
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781935247104
Size: 30.57 MB
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The 20th anniversary edition of one of the most popular, authoritative, and useful books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold over 250,000 copies in its twenty-year life. Always up-to-date and reliable, it contains everything that both the budding and working screenwriter need under one cover - five books in one! A Screenwriting Primer -- that provides a concise course in screenwriting basics; A Screenwriting Workbook -- that walks you through the complete writing process, from nascent ideas through final revisions; A Formatting Guide -- that thoroughly covers todays correct formats for screenplays and TV scripts; A Spec Writing Guide -- that demonstrates todays spec style through sample scenes and analysis, with an emphasis on grabbing the readers interest in the first ten pages; A Sales and Marketing Guide -- that presents proven strategies to help you create a laser-sharp marketing plan. Among this books wealth of practical information are sample query letters, useful worksheets and checklists, hundreds of examples, sample scenes, and straightforward explanations of screenwriting fundamentals. This 6th edition is full of new examples, the latest practices, and new material on non-traditional screenplay outlets.

Screenwriting Behind Enemy Lines

Author: John Schimmel
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781615931675
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A very pragmatic look at what “they” are looking for combined with techniques for delivering that. Includes “Tales from the Trenches,” lessons from various sets and development situations to illustrate the points being made, from one of the legendary production and development executives.