Screenwriting is Rewriting

In Screenwriting is Rewriting, Epps provides a practical and tested approach to organizing notes, creating a game plan, and executing a series of focused passes that address the story, character, theme, structure, and plot issues.

Author: Jack Epps, Jr.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1628927380

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 676

If there is one skill that separates the professional screenwriter from the amateur, it is the ability to rewrite successfully. From Jack Epps, Jr., the screenwriter of Top Gun, Dick Tracy, and The Secret of My Success, comes a comprehensive guide that explores the many layers of rewriting. In Screenwriting is Rewriting, Epps provides a practical and tested approach to organizing notes, creating a game plan, and executing a series of focused passes that address the story, character, theme, structure, and plot issues. Included are sample notes, game plans, and beat sheets from Epps' work on films such as Sister Act and Turner and Hooch. Also featured are exclusive interviews with Academy Award® winning screenwriters Robert Towne (Chinatown) and Frank Pierson (Dog Day Afternoon), along with Academy Award® nominee Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich).

Rewriting Secrets for Screenwriters

Tom Lazarus--author of "Stigmata", among other scripts--is a working screenwriter and professor at UCLA extension. In this book, he's distilled his own experience and that of other screenwriters into a system.

Author: Tom Lazarus

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429906357

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 167

Every screenwriter needs to rewrite—more than once, probably many times—to make the story work and then to make a sale. And then again later on, to please producers, studios or stars. Tom Lazarus--author of "Stigmata", among other scripts--is a working screenwriter and professor at UCLA extension. In this book, he's distilled his own experience and that of other screenwriters into a system. SECRETS OF FILM REWRITING will teach writers how to: -prioritize big scenes -track transitions -plot corrections -add new information -pass through for dialogue -do an "on the nose" rewrite Hugely valuable to first-time screenwriters and to grizzled veterans of Hollywood pitch wars alike, SECRETS OF SCREENPLAY REWRITING is larded with humor and attitude as well as information. Its anatomy of a screenplay rewrite breaks down the book's lessons into their practical application—a must for anyone looking for a break in the film business.

A Guide to Screenwriting Success

The book breaks down this area into two parts, the one-hour teleplay and the situation comedy. Success in screenwriting is no longer a dream but an achievable goal for those who pick up Duncan's guide.

Author: Stephen V. Duncan

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742553019

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 886

A Guide to Screenwriting Success provides a comprehensive overview of writing and rewriting a screenplay. Duncan's handy book teaches new screenwriters the process of creating a professional screenplay from beginning to end from character development to story templates. It shows that inspiration, creativity, and good writing are not elusive concepts but attainable goals. The book contains dozens of exercises to help writers through these steps. The second half of the book covers the teleplay, an often-overlooked but rewarding side of screenwriting. Success in screenwriting is no longer a pipe dream for those who pick up Duncan's guide."

Screenwriting is Storytelling

Rewriting is a general term that refers to the development period of a script after
the first draft or the original screenplay, ... In fact, the “Rewrite Phase” can take
years for some projects because it's about rethinking the underlying elements of ...

Author: Kate Wright

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101161620

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 947

While most screenwriting books focus on format and structure, Kate Wright explains how to put story at the center of a screenplay. A compelling story, complete with intriguing characters and situations created with these screenwriting tricks of the trade can become a box office blockbuster film. Screenwriters will learn: - Developing themes within the plot - Using structure to define the story - Creating memorable characters - Establishing moral dilemmas and conflicts - Achieving classic elements of storytelling in a three-act dramatic structure - Mastering different genres

Gardner s Guide to Screenplay

After a first draft is completed and a screenplay is ready to enter the competitive marketplace, this manual offers an 11-step story breakdown, a template that takes the haphazardness out of the process of writing, as well as specific, ...

Author: Jule Selbo

Publisher: G G C Incorporated Pub

ISBN: 9781589650527

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 303

View: 564

The quintessential guide for screenwriters—whether it is the first screenplay or the one hundredth—helps create the perfect script by offering step-by-step guidance on how to focus and polish writing, to ensure that it is ready for production. After a first draft is completed and a screenplay is ready to enter the competitive marketplace, this manual offers an 11-step story breakdown, a template that takes the haphazardness out of the process of writing, as well as specific, concrete advice on the rewriting process. This must-have companion is for screenwriters serious about getting their film produced.

Rewrite Man

In Rewrite Man, Alison Macor tells an engrossing story about the challenges faced by a top screenwriter at the crossroads of mixed and conflicting agendas in Hollywood.

Author: Alison Macor

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 1477312021

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 250

View: 789

In Rewrite Man, Alison Macor tells an engrossing story about the challenges faced by a top screenwriter at the crossroads of mixed and conflicting agendas in Hollywood. Whether writing love scenes for Tom Cruise on the set of Top Gun, running lines with Michael Keaton on Beetlejuice, or crafting Nietzschean dialogue for Jack Nicholson on Batman, Warren Skaaren collaborated with many of New Hollywood's most powerful stars, producers, and directors. By the time of his premature death in 1990, Skaaren was one of Hollywood's highest-paid writers, although he rarely left Austin, where he lived and worked. Yet he had to battle for shared screenwriting credit on these films, and his struggles yield a new understanding of the secretive screen credit arbitration process—a process that has only become more intense, more litigious, and more public for screenwriters and their union, the Writers Guild of America, since Skaaren's time. His story, told through a wealth of archival material, illuminates crucial issues of film authorship that have seldom been explored.

Screenwriting Tips You Hack

rewriting can make you feel like a genius at play. Screenwriting Tip #125: Don't
change afew linesofdialog and pretend it's a wholenew draft. When you half-ass
the rewrite, you're screwing yourself only. You finished the latestdraft. You letitsit
 ...

Author: Xander Bennett

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136038655

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 895

Screenwriting Tip #99 Voice-over usually feels like scaffolding. You know-something you left in there when you were constructing the first draft, but really should have torn out after it served its purpose. Screenwriting Tip #120 Always remember that funny trumps everything. Your script could be written in crayon with your name spelled wrong on the cover, but if it's genuinely funny, none of that matters. Screenwriting Tip #156 The easiest way to write kick-ass protagonists is to make them incredibly good at what they do. Confused at the outline stage? Stuck in the swamp of Act Two? Don't know who your protagonist is or where she's going? You might feel like a hack. But don't worry-you're not alone. Even the most experienced writers feel like this at times. Sometimes we just need a few short pointers and reminders to set us on the path again. Xander Bennett worked as a script reader in the trenches of Hollywood, reading and covering hundreds of mediocre screenplays. After months of reading about heroic Sea World trainers, transgendered circus detectives and crime-fighting chupacabras, he couldn't take it any more. Xander started a blog called 'Screenwriting Tips, You Hack', a place designed to provide short, witty tips on screenwriting for amateur writers all the way up to journeymen scribes. This book is the evolution of that blog. Dozens of the best scripts (along with many brand-new ones) have been expanded into bite-sized chapters full of funny, insightful, highly usable advice. Let Xander's pain be your gain as you learn about the differences between film and television structure, how to force yourself to write when you really don't want to, and why you probably shouldn't base your first spec script around an alien invasion.

Crafty Screenwriting

REWRITE. “You must kill your darlings.” —Eudora Welty Never, ever show an
agent, producer, director, or actor your ... cause of screenplay death is that the
screenwriter didn't put in the time rewriting, reworking, rethinking, and polishing.

Author: Alex Epstein

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 1466824727

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 227

The most innovative and creative screenwriting book yet, from an author who knows first-hand what it takes to get a movie made. Based on an award-winning website hailed as "smart enough for professional screenwriters and accessible enough for aspiring screenwriters", Crafty Screenwriting is the first book not only to offer a successful screenwriter's tricks of the trade, but to explain what development executives really mean when they complain that the "dialogue is flat," or "the hero isn't likeable." Fresh, provocative, and funny, Alex Epstein diagnoses problem that other screenwriting books barely address, and answers questions they rarely ask, like "Why is it sometimes dangerous to know your characters too well before you start writing," or "Why does your script have to be so much better than the awful pictures that get made every day?" As a development executive who has accepted and rejected countless screenplays, and a produced screenwriter himself, Epstein can take you into the heart of the most important question of all: "Is this a movie?" A crucial book for anyone who has ever wondered what it takes to get their movie made.

On Story Screenwriters and Their Craft

A conversation with Randall Wallace -- 2. Story. What makes a great story : a conversation with Bill Wittliff ; Steven Zaillian on where the story originates ; Peter Hedges on crafting story ; Lawrence Kasdan on story and theme -- 3.

Author: Barbara Morgan

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292754604

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

View: 878

Introduction / by Barbara Morgan -- 1. Inspiration. A conversation with Randall Wallace -- 2. Story. What makes a great story : a conversation with Bill Wittliff ; Steven Zaillian on where the story originates ; Peter Hedges on crafting story ; Lawrence Kasdan on story and theme -- 3. Process. A conversation with John Lee Hancock ; Sacha Gervasi on getting started ; The basics with Nicholas Kazan ; Advice from Bill Wittliff ; Anne Rapp's writing routine ; Caroline Thompson's writing process ; Lawrence Kasdan on the challenges of writing -- 4. Structure. Structure and format : a conversation with Frank Pierson, Whit Stillman, Robin Swicord, and Nicholas Kazan ; Caroline Thompson on structure ; Lawrence Kasdan on the rules of script formatting ; Visual storytelling : a conversation with John August, John Lee Hancock, and Randall Wallace -- 5. Character and dialogue. Building characters and mapping their journeys : a conversation with Lawrence Kasdan and Anne Rapp ; Nicholas Kazan on writing characters ; Crafting characters : a conversation with Lawrence Kasdan ; Dialogue and finding the voice : a conversation with John August and John Lee Hancock -- 6. Rewritng. Writer's block : a conversation with Bud Shrake and Bill Wittliff ; Bill Wittliff on when to let something go ; Steven Zaillian on defining scenes : what to keep in, what to leave out ; Anne Rapp on keeping writing fresh ; Nicholas Kazan's rewriting process ; On rewriting : a conversation with Daniel Petrie Jr., Peter Hedges, and Sacha Gervasi ; Lawrence Kasdan on how to know when you're done -- 7. Collaboration. A conversation with Steven Zaillian ; Peter Hedges on collaborating ; Lawrence Kasdan on writing with a partner ; Randall Wallace on working with other writers -- 8. Go forth.

Screenwriting

A guide to a career as a screenwriter discusses education, different media, and profiles of working screenwriters.

Author: Jason Skog

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 0756543657

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 243

A guide to a career as a screenwriter discusses education, different media, and profiles of working screenwriters.

Screenwriting For Dummies

... 20 resolution characteristics of, 233–234 defined, 12, 107 overview, 111–112
responsibility in screenwriting, 173–175 reversal, 231 revision questions, 248
rewriting first drafts, 12 scripts, 247–248 rhythms, 150–152 ring, 97 Ringwald,
Molly, ...

Author: Laura Schellhardt

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118052625

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

View: 597

Write a great script and get it into the hands of the Hollywood players! So you want to be a screenwriter? Whether you want to write a feature film or a TV script or adapt your favorite book, this friendly guide gives you expert advice in everything from creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and selling it to the studios. You get savvy industry tips and strategies for getting your screenplay noticed! The screenwriting process from A to Z -- from developing a concept and thinking visually to plotline, conflicts, pacing, and the conclusion Craft living, breathing characters -- from creating the backstory to letting your characters speak to balancing dialogue with action Turn your story into a script -- from developing an outline and getting over writer's block to formatting your screenplay and handling rewrites Prepare for Hollywood -- from understanding the players and setting your expectations to polishing your copy and protecting your work Sell your script to the industry -- from preparing your pitch and finding an agent to meeting with executives and making a deal Open the book and find: The latest on the biz, from entertainment blogs to top agents to box office jargon New story examples from recently released films Tips on character development, a story's time clock, dramatic structure, and dialogue New details on developing the nontraditional screenplay -- from musicals to animation to high dramatic style Expanded information on adaptation and collaboration, with examples from successful screenwriting duos

Essentials of Screenwriting

When scripts are rejected, instead of engaging the rejecter in a shrill exchange
about how right the writer is and how wrong the reader, instead of discussing
potential rewrites and revisions, writers should learn simply to recite: “Thank you
for ...

Author: Richard Walter

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101664681

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

View: 599

Hollywood's premier teacher of screenwriting shares the secrets of writing and selling successful screenplays Anyone fortunate enough to win a seat in Professor Richard Walter's legendary class at UCLA film school can be confident their career has just taken a quantum leap forward. His students have written more than ten projects for Steven Spielberg alone, plus hundreds of other Hollywood blockbusters and prestigious indie productions, including two recent Oscar winners for best original screenplay-Milk (2008) and Sideways (2006). In this updated edition, Walter integrates his highly coveted lessons and principles from Screenwriting with material from his companion text, The Whole Picture, and includes new advice on how to turn a raw idea into a great movie or TV script-and sell it. There is never a shortage of aspiring screenwriters, and this book is their bible.

Screenwriting in a Digital Era

Rewriting. and. The. Lost. Thing. From themoment I saw writer, artist and
filmmaker Shaun Tan's evocative and moving animatedshort The Lost Thing (
2010), I wantedto know more. It isafilm thatistonally assured. You mighteven
saypitchperfect ...

Author: Kathryn Millard

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137319100

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

View: 590

Screenwriting in a Digital Era examines the practices of writing for the screen from early Hollywood to the new realism. Looking back to prehistories of the form, Kathryn Millard links screenwriting to visual and oral storytelling around the globe, and explores new methods of collaboration and authorship in the digital environment.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Screenwriting

Beginners learn to write by rewriting, not by reading paid opinions. Skip's Tips A “
page one” is what happens when a screenwriter rewrites someone's script so
completely that it's like starting at the first page and creating a new screenplay.

Author: Skip Press

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101199032

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 360

View: 477

This guide is for anyone who has ever thought of screenwriting. Written by someone who has "been there, done that," and lived to tell the tale, it reveals the most popular genres, explains how stories need to be structured for feature films and TV movies, offers the freshest look at workshops and online classes, and disusses how to set up a step-by-step path to success.

Creative Screenwriting

I then want to thank all those who drove me to the brink of despair over the years
as a screenwriter, who caused me to rethink my ideas and my stories, and who
occasionally made me rewrite until I did not know what I had ever started out to
do ...

Author: Christina Kallas

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137061146

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

View: 604

Christina Kallas argues for and sets out a genuinely original and creative approach to writing for the screen. This textbook aims to excite the imagination, inspiring and dramatizing stories with thematic richness, emotional depth and narrative rhythm. Structured like a screenplay, the book moves through the pre-credit sequence to the epilogue, interweaving theory, practice and case studies. Kallas combines an awareness of the history of dramatic writing with a very practical focus on how to find ideas and develop them. Supported by innovative and inspiring exercises that enable writers to create stories out of emotions and images, this book is challenging, motivating and essential reading for anyone interested in screenwriting.

Rewrite

Paul Chitlik has included, for the second edition, more examples, exercises, and applications for television, the web, and other media, using a wide range of citations in film, television, and the Internet to underline his approach.

Author: Paul Chitlik

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781615931576

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 236

View: 174

Legendary screenwriting instructor and award-winning writer Paul Chitlik presents an easy-to-read, step-by-step process to take your script from first draft to submission draft. He reveals the hidden structure of screenplays, sequences, and scenes, as he guides you through the process of examining your draft, restructuring it, and populating it with believable, complex, and compelling characters. Along the way he outlines how to make your action leap off the page and your dialogue crackle. While the first edition was widely used in film school rewriting classes, it was also recommended as an introduction to screenwriting craft by a number of professors and professionals. Paul Chitlik has included, for the second edition, more examples, exercises, and applications for television, the web, and other media, using a wide range of citations in film, television, and the Internet to underline his approach.

Zen and the Art of Screenwriting 2

I would rewrite every day , even during previews on Broadway , and continue
rewriting during the run . I really was looking forward to the opportunity to do the
screenplay because it gave me a chance to rewrite it once again after having
gotten ...

Author: William Froug

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 330

View: 575

A tapestry of Froug's essays and interviews with top screenwriters, producers, and directors. Once again, Froug proves that he can skilfully pull engaging thoughts from his interviewees and, with his own essays, can use both novice and seasoned screenwriters to rethink what they do. The essays are wide-ranging, covering such diverse subjects as creating your own talent, getting your scripts read, avoiding story-structure gurus, entering screenplay contests, a scene-by-scene look at the film Body Heat, Hollywood's rewrite panic, Hollywood's ephemeral enthusiasms, why rooting interest isn't necessary, the stop-start method for studying films, guarding your surprises, reinventing old ideas, and guilt as a writer's tool.

Screenwriting for Neurotics

A Beginner's Guide to Writing a Feature-Length Screenplay from Start to Finish
Scott Winfield Sublett. THE. REWRITE. When you're rushing to flood the page
with your gushing inspiration, you obviously want to maintain the momentum and
not ...

Author: Scott Winfield Sublett

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1609382765

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 262

View: 399

Screenwriting for Neurotics is a quirky and accessible handbook for beginning screenwriters. Whether you are a student in a screenwriting class or just someone who wants to try their hand at writing for film or television, this handy guidebook makes the entire process simple and unintimidating. Scott Winfield Sublett, a veteran screenwriter and screenwriting teacher, walks you step by step from start to finish and helps you navigate potential and unforeseen difficulties along the way, offering handy tips and suggestions to keep you from becoming blocked or stalled. Rather than throwing you into the writing process headfirst, Sublett guides you through the various decisions you need to make—about plot, character, structure, conflict—in the order you need to make them. He explains in straightforward terms the terminology and jargon, the theory and industry standards, and dispels common myths about screenwriting that can discourage or hold back a beginning writer. Balancing theory and practice and offering valuable and insightful examples from recognizable and well-known classic and contemporary films, ranging from Casablanca to A Christmas Story to Clerks, Sublett provides the new writer with the necessary tools to successfully write a feature-length screenplay and offers a roadmap of where to go next. With an emphasis on helping a writer not just to begin, but also to finish a script, Screenwriting for Neurotics is the screenwriting book to help you actually write one.

Fade in

AFTER WRITING THE FIRST DRAFT SCREENPLAY After completing your first
draft screenplay , take a wellearned rest and get away from ... THE REWRITING
PROCESS No step in the screenwriting process is more important than rewriting .

Author: Robert A. Berman

Publisher: Focal Press

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 313

View: 744

Fade In is a concise, step-by-step method for developing a story concept into a finished screenplay. Used by professionals and universities around the world, this book covers the basics of dramatic writing; creating characters; screenplay structure, techniques and terminology.

The Art and Science of Screenwriting

The Rewrite Does anyone ever write a first version of a screenplay which does
not need a rewrite? In all the thousands ... There are many myths, tall stories and
ruined projects surrounding the ideas and practices of rewriting. Fortunately, I do
 ...

Author: Philip Parker

Publisher: Intellect L & D E F A E

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 219

View: 290

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.