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Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting
Robert McKee
0060391685
October 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
Writing for the screen is quirky business. A writer must labor meticulously over his or her prose, yet very little of that prose is ever heard by filmgoers. The few words that do reach the audience, in the form of the characters' dialogue, are, according to Robert McKee, best left to last in the writing process. ("As Alfred Hitchcock once remarked, 'When the screenplay has been written and the dialogue has been added, we're ready to shoot.' ") In Story, McKee puts into book form what he has been teaching screenwriters for years in his seminar on story structure, which is considered by many to be a prerequisite to the film biz. (The long list of film and television projects that McKee's students have written, directed, or produced includes Air Force One, The Deer Hunter, E.R., A Fish Called Wanda, Forrest Gump, NYPD...


Crafty Screenwriting
Alex Epstein
0805069925
Oct 2002
Paperback
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Review
"Alex Epstein brings a screenwriting pro's honesty, skill, and expertise to a field otherwise crowded with how-to-write quacks." --John Badham, director of Saturday Night Fever


Adventures in the Screen Trade
William Goldman
0446391174
March 10, 1989
Paperback
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The Screenwriter Within: How to Turn the Movie in Your Head into a Saleable Screenplay
D. B. Gilles
0609804952
April 2000
Paperback
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The New York Screenwriter (Edna Barnes)
"What sets The Screenwriter Within apart is Gilles' approach to storytelling...deserves a place on every writer's reading list."

Review
"Clever, concise, educational and entertaining. A must for every young writer . . . and some of us older ones, too."
-- Richard Wesley, screenwriter, Native Son

"No book can teach you how to become passionate about screenwriting. No other book can better help you focus that passion than The Screenwriter Within. It captures D.B.'s unique ability to instill technique while evoking big-ass belly laughs."        
-- Andrew Gurland,
1998 Grand Jury Prize Winner, Sundance Film Festival

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Who Wrote That Movie
Chris C. Wehner
0595292690
Sept 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Before the director or actors can work their magic onscreen a writer, often working alone, faces the blank page and must be the first to create the magic. Yet the writer is usually ignored by critics eager to give credit to the director or sometimes an actor. Not only that, the original vision of the screenwriter rarely makes it to the screen intact—Imagine if your favorite movie could have even been better had that image-conscious actress not demanded changes to the script? The screenplays and movies discussed include:

A Beautiful Mind
Adaptation
Almost Famous
Ararat
Black Hawk Down
Blade 2
Cast Away
Catch Me if You Can
City by the Sea
The Cell
Dancer in the Dark
Far From Heaven
Frailty
The Gift
Gladiator
John Q.
Insomnia
In the...



The West Wing Seasons 3 & 4: The Shooting Scripts: Eight Teleplays by Aaron Sorkin (Newmarket Shooting Script)
Aaron Sorkin
1557046123
February 16, 2004
Paperback
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Paul Challen, ECW Press
Sorkin is one of the strongest writers of film and television we have today.

Boston Herald
Dense with earnest dialogue and political maneuvering.

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How to Write Movie in 21 Days
Viki King
0062730665
December 1993
Paperback
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Book Review
No book can find your ideas for you, but this one provides a great service in helping you discover and develop a story, and to come up with the completed script. King helps you learn to think cinematically, in the language of the movies, and to keep asking the essential questions as they work: What's the story? Who is the story about? Do you care about the characters? Does anyone? King also tries to help you survive not just the structural pitfalls that can derail a script, but also the mental or emotional whirlpools that can prevent any artist from finishing a project.

Maisha Hazzard, Ohio University
"Viki King manages to demystify the art and science of screenwriting. Speaking from the heart and later, spotlighting concepts from the head, Viki King presents tactics that place...


Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting
Read by Robert McKee
0060856181
January 2006
Compact Disc
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From AudioFile
McKee, who reads his own book of advice for aspiring screenwriters, has given seminars based on this material. In an expansive, occasionally lecturing, tone the author addresses the principal ingredients of good screenwriting and amply illustrates his points with examples from classic films to modern ones, which is interesting. McKee sounds a bit lofty at times, and it's impossible to avoid the feeling that you're being warned about errors you're going to make anyway. However, McKee's advice is very apt and given in an interesting way: as though he is on a spot-lit stage delivering a well-polished presentation to a group of aspiring writers, among whom you are one. J.C.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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"Once More, With Feeling": The Script Book
Joss Whedon
068985918X
December 1, 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Giles (to Buffy): "What did you sing about?" Buffy: "I, uh...don't remember. But it seemed perfectly normal." Xander: "But disturbing. And not the natural order of things and do you think it'll happen again? 'Cause I'm for the natural order of things." Since she's been brought back from the dead (for the second time), Buffy the Vampire Slayer hasn't quite been feeling her calling. Sure, she still gives the underworld a run for its money, but her heart just isn't in the job. Luckily, she's been able to keep her lack of enthusiasm a somewhat secret. Until now. When someone accidentally summons a music-making demon named Sweet, Buffy finds herself belting out her most private emotions. And she's not the only one -- before the battle is done, each of the Scoobies will have uncovered -- through song and dance, for...


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script Series)
Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry
1557046107
March 15, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The newest original screenplay from the Oscar®-nominated writer of Adaptation and Being John Malkovich—the only book on his new film starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood, and Mark Ruffalo. In the new Charlie Kaufman film directed by Michel Gondry, Joel (Jim Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their tumultuous relationship erased. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), to have Clementine removed from his own memory. But as Joel's memories progressively disappear, he begins to rediscover their earlier passion. From deep within the recesses of his brain, Joel attempts to escape the procedure. As Dr. Mierzwiak and his crew (Kirsten Dunst, Mark...


The Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script
Frank Darabont
1557042462
April 2004
Paperback
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Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
Frank Darabont, with this one work, declares himself a special talent.

Stephen King, from his introduction
A miraculous triumph of art over the buck.

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Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling off Your Shorts
Troy Lanier
1932907041
April 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Teenagers can "stop dreaming and start creating" with this guide to making their first film. The authors, who teach filmmaking at an Austin, Tex., high school, suggest starting with a short-a five-minute film. They recommend that teens have a script before they begin, and be ready to take on many responsibilities: writer, producer, director and editor. Shooting should take place over the course of a long weekend, and filmmakers must set a deadline to have the film finished (aided by picking a festival or contest that has a submission deadline four to six weeks after they wrap). Lanier and Nichols urge budding moviemakers to use a digital camera and editing software, yet they caution readers not to blow all their savings. Spend money on equipment, they say, but scrounge for everything else. Throughout, they try to...


The Seinfeld Scripts : The First and Second Seasons
Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David
0060953039
May 1, 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Jerry. George. Elaine. Kramer. We've followed their misadventures for nearly ten years on Thursday nights. Here, finally, are the scripts of the first two seasons that will take you back to the beginning of Seinfeld. Featuring the first 17 episodes ever aired, The Seinfeld Scripts contains all the great lines that have kept us laughing for years: the pilot episode, "The Seinfeld Chronicles," where it all began; George introduces his importer/exporter altar ego Art Vanderlay in "The Stakeout"; Kramer becomes obsessed with cantaloupe in "The Ex-Girlfriend"; Jerry and George meet Elaine's dad in "The Jacket"; is Jerry responsible for a poor Polish woman's death when he makes "The Pony Remark"?; Jerry and Elaine decide to become intimate again in "The Deal"; what will George do when he is banned from the...


I Could've Written a Better Movie Than That! : How to Make Six Figures as a Script Consultant Even If You're Not a Screenwriter
Derek Rydall
1932907076
November 25, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
One of the best kept secrets in hollywood is the use of consultants to fine-tune scripts. Whether you are a screenwriter or not, if you have a second sense or insightful knowledge that can improve film storytelling, you may have just found a new way to make over $100,000 a year.


Feature Filmmaking at Used-Car Prices: How to Write, Produce, Direct, Shoot, Edit and Promote a Feature-Lenth Movie for Less than 15,000
Rick Schmidt
0140291849
June 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
In this revised and updated edition of Feature Filmmaking at Used-Car Prices, Rick Schmidt shows aspiring filmmakers step-by-step how to create a feature film for the price of a used car. Featuring extensive new material on using digital video technology and making the most of Internet resources, Schmidt's practical, no-nonsense handbook reveals the insider secrets to:

Selecting and writing a story that can be produced on a tight budget
Rallying a filmmaking team through creative contracts
Shooting and editing with an original style
Marketing the finished film and dealing with agents
Making a collaborative feature

Fully revised and updated to cover the new technology that continues to revolutionize low-budget filmaking, Schmidt's guide is as useful and relevant as ever. Complete...


Pitching Hollywood: How to Sell Your TV and Movie Ideas
Jonathan Koch
1884956319
April 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Anyone who has a great idea for a movie or a TV show shouldn't miss reading this book. Two successful movie and TV producers provide the reader with the tools he needs to create, develop and sell ideas to Hollywood. Learn: What makes an idea a good one. • How to find or create a good idea. • How to develop a "high concept". • What ideas should be avoided. • What goes into a good pitch. • How long a pitch should be. • How to find the right people to pitch. • What to say when you contact them. • How to protect your idea. • How to "package" an idea with writers and actors. • Necessary writing treatments. • When it is better to have a screenplay. • How pitching a movie differs from pitching a TV show.

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The Perfect Pitch : How to Sell Yourself and Your Movie Idea to Hollywood
Ken Rotcop
0941188310
July 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Learn how to communicate through a memorable and passionate pitch that will make you and your story a winner. A terrific book for anyone interested in how showbiz works.


Writing the Killer Treatment: Selling Your Story without a Script
Michael Halperin
094118840X
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Writers have to understand and develop the elements that make a great script before writing the script itself. Halperin demonstrates how treatments can be effective, taking writers through the entire process in a variety of genres including originals, adaptations, movies-of-the-week, miniseries, sitcoms and soap operas.


Rushmore
Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson
0571200125
May 31, 1999
Paperback
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Review
"An unqualified delight . . . [It] maintains the mix of comic and dramatic throughout." --Allan Hunter, Screen International

"A wickedly funny high school comedy . . . This tart tale of an audaciously clever prep school kid . . . has all the makings of a cult hit . . . nearly everything hits the bull's-eye here, a rarity in screen comedy these days." --Todd McCarthy, Variety


Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Writer Should Know
Jennifer Van Sijll
193290705X
August 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
What the industry's most succcessful writers and directors have in common is that they have mastered the cinematic conventions specific to the medium.

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