The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting

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Penguin, 2008 - Performing Arts - 378 pages
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An updated and revised edition, this book is a practical and popular guide to realizing the dream of succeeding as a screenwriter. Insider Skip Press gives novice screenwriters a cook's tour of the industry, then leads them through the process of picking a winning idea, structuring and writing a screenplay, and packaging the final script for sale. This down-in-the-trenches book provides invaluable tips and advice that will help the newcomer navigate the business and avoid mistakes that brand him/her as an amateur.

In the third edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting, readers will also find-

  • CD-ROM packed with sample screenplays, Hollywood contact information, screenwriting software demos, and more.
  • Chapters on writing for television, including a sample TV script segment.
  • How comic book and 2D-animation software creations can lead to script and movie deals.
  • Advice on using concise storytelling and viral short films effectively.
  • A new chapter on sources for screenplays and movies, including how Asian films are acquired and adapted.
 

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Contents

The Evolution of Storytelling
1
History Lessons Make Better Writers
3
That Fellow Shakespeare
15
Birth of the Movies
23
From Scenario to Screenplay
35
From the Big Screen to the Computer Screen
45
What to Write
57
Sources for Movie Ideas That Will Sell
59
Writing the Feature Film
171
The Screenplay StepbyStep
185
Navigating the Rewrite
199
Polish Makes Perfect
211
PostScript Possibilities
223
What a Reading Can Show You
225
Why the Screenplay Is Merely a Blueprint
237
The Real Role of the Screenwriter
249

Movies Are Not Books or Plays
69
What Your Audience Really Wants to See
81
Defining Your Movie
95
Whats Hot Whats Not and Whats in Your Heart
107
Your Screenwriting Schedule and Why It Is Essential
119
How to Write Your Screenplay
131
Preparing Your Outline and Reordering Scenes
133
The AllImportant First Ten Pages
145
The Structure of Hollywood Movies
159
Writing for Television
263
Filmmaking Your Way to Hollywood Success
277
Its All in the Details
285
Sweating the Small Stuff
287
Fixing Amateur Technical Mistakes
299
The Mentor MerryGoRound
311
The Truth About Selling Scripts
323
Plotting Your Screenwriting Career
337
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About the author (2008)

Skip Press is a veteran author, screenwriter, online writing instructor, and former editor of Entertainment Monthly. He has written and sold television scripts, feature films, plays, and a variety of books, including the acclaimed Writer¬'s Guide to Hollywood Producers, Directors, and Screenwriting Agents and How to Write What You Want & Sell What You Write.

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