Writing scripts for the big screen takes more than a big idea--it requires passion, perseverance, and insider know-how. The Only Writing Series You'll Ever Need: Screenwriting is your go-to resource for mastering the complete screenwriting process. Taking you step by step from idea to deal, you'll learn how to:
Write a sellable scriptCreate real and credible dialogFind an agent and market the script the right wayEdit and revise--over and over and over againLive the life of a full-time screenwriterIdeal for those writers who want to perfect their craft and shop their script around, The Only Writing Series You'll Ever Need: Screenwriting is your break into this exciting career!
Now Write! Screenwriting-the latest addition to the Now Write! writing guide series-brings together the acclaimed screenwriters of films like the Oscar-winning Raging Bull, Oscar- nominated Ali, era-defining blockbuster Terminator 2, musical classic Fame, hit series "Lost" "True Blood" and "The Shield," Groundhog Day, Cape Fear, Chicken Run, Reversal of Fortune, Before Sunrise, Mystic Pizza, Indecent Proposal, and many more, to teach the art of the story.
*Learn about why it is sometimes best to write what you don't know from Christina Kim ('Lost')
*Find out how Stephen Rivele (Ali, Nixon) reduces his screenplay ideas down to their most basic elements, and uses that as a writing guide
*Learn why you should focus on your character, not your plot, when digging yourself out of a plot home from Danny Rubin (Groundhog Day)
*Take tips from Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run, The Spiderwick Chronicles) on how to give an inanimate object intense emotional significance
*Let Kim Krizan (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset) teach you how to stop your internal critic dead in his tracks
This lively and easy-to-read guide will motivate both aspiring and experienced screenwriters. No other screenwriting book offers advice and exercises from this many writers of successful, iconic films.
Written by the creator of the Raindance Film Festival himself, Elliot Grove uses a hands-on approach to screenwriting based on his many years of experience teaching the subject for Raindance training. He uses step-by-step processes illustrated with diagrams and charts to lend a visual structure to the teaching. Techniques are related to real-life examples throughout, from low budget to blockbuster films.
The Companion Website contains interviews with British writers and directors as well as a handy series of legal contracts, video clips and writing exercises.
In this brand new 2nd edition, Grove expands on his story structure theory, as well as how to write for the internet and short films.
The website also contains sample scripts and legal contracts, a writing exercise illustrated with a video clip, a folder full of useful hyperlinks for research, and a demo version of Final Draft screenwriting software.
"D.B. Gilles has discovered the eerie correspondences among the 12 stages of the Hero's Journey, the 12 steps of AA recovery, and the sometimes challenging experience of becoming a professional writer. In his earthy, human and extremely lucid style, he spells out how you can find much greater satisfaction and success in your writing through a 12-step approach. It's a must-read for writers who struggle with their art, which would be all of us."
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-Matt Williams, Creator, Rosanne, co-creator, Home Improvement
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"One of the first great reliefs of becoming a working TV writer was seeing those days when even a room of talented comedy vets hit the occasional wall. It meant that it sometimes happens to the best of us and made me feel better when it’d later happen to me on my own. Writers Rehab is an amazing new tool at conquering the one thing that frightens every writer -- the blank page. Welcome to rehab!"
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-Dr. Lew Hunter, screenwriter, author of Lew Hunter’s Screenwriting 434, Chairman UCLA Screenwriting Department
“In every page there's a real nugget of information to not only improve the work but make the work possible. Anyone who is struggling with the pain of dependency on script writing, Writers Rehab is for you This is one of the few books I've read that I can wholeheartedly recommend to my students and know that they will be better writers because of reading it.”
-Mick Casale, Graduate Film Department, Tisch School of the Arts
Although Del isn’t used to murder, he’s used to death, so initially this is just another corpse. But after the victim is identified as a local teen long thought to be a runaway, Del is pulled into the case as a favor to the tough-as-nails 15-year-old niece of the dead girl. Gradually he realizes a serial killer has been preying on the women in his town for 20 years.
He’s wearing late 19th century clothes, carrying 19th century French francs. In his pocket is a receipt from a renowned Paris restaurant circa 1889 and a ticket dated 1889 from The Louvre. No one knows why. Next to his body is an ornate piece of jewelry called The Brimstone, which has a disturbing history.
The case is closed.
Seven years pass. Dalton, now 17, gets a phone from a teenaged girl, Juliet, who has information about his father. She tells him about her sister, Eliza, who disappeared seven years ago -- on the same day Dalton’s father’s body was found.
She also has an outlandish theory: Your father found a way to go back in time to Paris and he took my sister with him. He came back and my sister didn’t. I want to know why.
So begins The Eiffel Tower Prophecy, a Young Adult time-travel fantasy. Dalton and Juliet join forces and by using The Brimstone, find a way to go back to Paris 1889.
Also in pursuit of The Brimstone is a grisly mercenary with orders to find it at any cost. A woman, known as The Duchess, employs him. If he returns it, he’ll receive a reward of $5 million Euros. He too makes his way to the City of Light.
But once in Paris, 1889, Dalton and Juliet can’t get back – until they find an ally in the person of Gustave Eiffel, the man who built The Eiffel Tower.