Save the Cat

Save the Cat
Author: Blake Snyder
Pages: 195
ISBN: 1932907009
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Release: 2005
Editor: Michael Wiese Productions
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!

Save the Cat

Save the Cat
Author: Blake Snyder
Pages: 216
ISBN: 1615931716
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Release: 2013-07-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!

Save the Cat Writes a Novel

Save the Cat  Writes a Novel
Author: Jessica Brody
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780399579752
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Release: 2018-10-09
Editor: Ten Speed Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The first novel-writing guide from the best-selling Save the Cat! story-structure series, which reveals the 15 essential plot points needed to make any novel a success. Novelist Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing. Revealing the 15 "beats" (plot points) that comprise a successful story--from the opening image to the finale--this book lays out the Ten Story Genres (Monster in the House; Whydunit; Dude with a Problem) alongside quirky, original insights (Save the Cat; Shard of Glass) to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate--and a novel that will sell.

Save the Cat Goes to the Movies

Save the Cat Goes to the Movies
Author: Blake Snyder
Pages: 312
ISBN: 1615931724
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Release: 2013-07-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Provides advice for budding screenwriters on how to handle the challenges of writing a Hollywood script and includes insider information on the most popular genres in Hollywood as well as references to 500 movie "cousins" to help guide the script writing process.

Save the Cat Goes to the Indies

Save the Cat  Goes to the Indies
Author: Salva Rubio
Pages: 328
ISBN: 0984157662
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Release: 2017-04-04
Editor: Save the Cat!(r) Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In his best-selling book, Save the Cat!(r) Goes to the Movies, Blake Snyder provided 50 beat sheets to 50 films, mostly studio-made. Now his student, Salva Rubio, applies Blake s principles to 50 celebrated non-studio films (again with 5 beat sheets for each of Blake s 10 genres). From international sensations like The Blair Witch Project topromising debuts like Pi, from small films that acquired cult status like Texas Chain Saw Massacre to Euro-blockbusters like The Full Monty, from unexpected gems like Before Sunrise to textbook classics such as The 400 Blows, from Dogville to Drive and Boogie Nights to Cinema Paradiso, here are 50 movies that fit both the independent label and Blake Snyder s 15 beats. You ll find beat sheets for works from Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, David Lynch, Roman Polanski, Danny Boyle, David Mamet, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Sofia Coppola, Stephen Frears, David Hare, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, and the Coen Brothers, among other renowned writers and directors. You ll see how hitting the beats creates a story that resonates for audiences the world over. Why is this important? Because it gives both writers and moviegoers a language to analyze film and understand how filmmakers can effectively reach audiences. And especially if you are a writer, this book reveals how screenwriters who came before you tackled the same challenges you are facing with the film you want to write or the one you are currently working on."

Save the Cat Writes a Novel

Save the Cat  Writes a Novel
Author: Jessica Brody
Pages: 313
ISBN: 9780399579745
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Release: 2018
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Novelist Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing. Revealing the 15 "beats" (plot points) that comprise a successful story--from the opening image to the finale--this book lays out the Ten Story Genres (Monster in the House; Whydunit; Dude with a Problem) alongside quirky, original insights (Save the Cat; Shard of Glass) to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate--and a novel that will sell.

The Nutshell Technique

The Nutshell Technique
Author: Jill Chamberlain
Pages: 219
ISBN: 9781477303733
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Release: 2016-03-01
Editor: University of Texas Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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 New Elements of Standard Screenplay Format

The New Elements of Standard Screenplay Format
Author: Jean-Paul Ouellette
Pages: 112
ISBN: 1482620332
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Release: 2013-03-27
Editor: Createspace Independent Pub
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The New Elements of Standard Screenplay Format is a simplified guide to the rules and uses of standard screenplay format in the computer age. After years of complaints from script readers about the abysmal format of screenplays and hundreds of conflicting books, websites, and articles of what format is, here, finally, is a definitive work on the reason why format exists and how it can be used to improve both the screenplay and the connection between writer and production. While screenplay format has not changed much since the 1930'S, the word processor and digital production breakdown software have created new challenges for the 21st century screenwriter. Format should make the script mesh seamlessly into digital production software, which only looks for correct format. Without correct format, script readers, producers, and film crews may not believe the script is professional or producible or that the writer is someone to bring onto the set. Screenplay format was developed by the film industry to better insure the work of a screenwriter would be accurately and effectively translated to film. This book simplifies these rules for the writer and explains their purpose and uses. It also weeds out those format elements which annoy readers and hinder the work of A.D.s and P.M.s prepping a script for production.

Inception

Inception
Author: Christopher Nolan,Jonah Nolan
Pages: 239
ISBN: 9781608870158
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Release: 2010
Editor: Insight Editions
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A man, highly skilled in entering people's dreams to extract secret information, is offered a chance to implant an idea in another man's head, a practice known as inception.

How to Write a Movie in 21 Days

How to Write a Movie in 21 Days
Author: Viki King
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780062405401
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Release: 2015-03-03
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this classic bestselling screenwriting guide—now revised and updated—author and film consultant Viki King helps screenwriters go from blank page to completed manuscript through a series of clever and simple questions, ingenious writing exercises, and easy, effective new skills. Viki King's Inner Movie Method is a specific step-by-step process designed to get the story in your heart onto the page. This method doesn’t just show how to craft a classic three-act story but also delves into how to clarify the idea you don't quite have yet, how to tell if your idea is really a movie, and how to stop getting ready and start. Once you know what to write, the Inner Movie Method will show you how to write it. This ultimate scriptwriting survival guide also addresses common issues such as: how to pay the rent while paying your dues, what to say to your spouse when you can't come to bed, and how to keep going when you think you can't. How to Write a Movie in 21 Days, first published in 1987, has been translated in many languages around the world and has become an industry-standard guide for filmmakers both in Hollywood and internationally. For accomplished screenwriters honing their craft, as well as those who have 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.

That s Not The Way It Works

That s Not The Way It Works
Author: Bob Saenz
Pages: 350
ISBN: 1734347910
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Release: 2019-12-02
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

You want to be a screenwriter. You've read all the screenwriting books. But you're left wanting more. Here is a fresh book written by a screenwriter who has spent years in the trenches.T hat's Not The Way It Works is a no holds barred look at the craft and business of screenwriting, told in a "let's sit down and chat over a cup (or pot) of coffee" manner. So grab a cup of coffee and start reading. You'll get the inside scoop from a screenwriter who had more than a dozen proudced screenplays between movies and television.

Ideas for the Animated Short

Ideas for the Animated Short
Author: Karen Sullivan,Gary Schumer,Kate Alexander,Aubry Mintz,Ellen Besen
Pages: 259
ISBN: 9780240818726
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Release: 2013
Editor: Taylor & Francis
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Animated shorts constantly challenge our notion of animation and storytelling techniques with memorable moments, heartwarming characters and amusing plotlines. Pixar shorts like Andre and Wally B proved that computer animation was possible; Tin Toy laid the groundwork for what would become Toy Story; and Mike's New Car exposed Pixar's finely tuned funny bone. These short films, premiering in front of feature films or online laid the groundwork for new techniques, great storylines and engaged audiences around the world. From demo reel creation to festival shorts, students and professionals alike are creating animated shorts that are dynamic and eye catching but the time constraints of these shorts are challenging in their own right. The unique format of the animated short of two to five minutes in length presents a practical and aesthetic challenge that is rarely addressed in the classroom. Ideas for the Animated Short is a comprehensive and practical blueprint for creative and unique animated short creation with a focus on the strength of a compelling story. Ideas for the Animated Short is your answer. A comprehensive guide to the animated short, this title is an invaluable asset for aspiring animation professionals, students and independent filmmakers. Explore the process of developing a short from conception to final delivery and adapt the industry's best practices in your own workflow. Written by three leading animators, artists and professors, Ideas for the Animated Short is written from the unique perspective of a professional animator adapting creative stories into incredible animated shorts. . Follow from start to finish the creation of an animated short from the pre-production thought process to story development and character design. Explore the best practices and avoid the common pitfalls of creating two to five minute shorts. Watch a specially created animated short, demonstrating the core techniques and principles at the companion website! Packed with illustrated examples of idea generation, character and story development, acting, dialogue and storyboarding practice this is your conceptual toolkit proven to meet the challenges of this unique art form. The companion website includes in-depth interviews with industry insiders, 18 short animations (many with accompanying animatics, character designs and environment designs) and an acting workshop to get your animated short off to a flying start! With all NEW content on script writing, acting, sound design and visual storytelling as well as stereoscopic 3D storytelling, further enhance your animated shorts and apply the industry best practices to your own projects and workflows. * This unique creative toolkit for idea generation and refinement is short and to the point, focused on the basic principles you need to know * The companion DVD contains professional and student animations (including preparatory sketches and storyboards) to demonstrate effective techniques and imaginative results * Packed with inspirational interviews and behind-the-scenes work from top professionals from Sony, Pixar and Disney

The Screenwriter s Bible

The Screenwriter s Bible
Author: David Trottier
Pages: 194
ISBN: STANFORD:36105017534574
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Release: 1994
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Bible is five books bound into a single volume. -- a screenwriting primer (provides a concise presentation of screenwriting basics) -- a formatting guide (presents both correct screenplay and teleplay formats) -- a screenwriting workbook (the writing process, from nascent ideas to revisions) -- a sales and marketing guide (offers a marketing plan and sales strategies) -- a resource guide (provides contacts for industry organizations, guilds and unions, schools, publications, support groups and services, contests, etc.)

A Masterclass in Dramatic Writing

A Masterclass in Dramatic Writing
Author: Janet Neipris
Pages: 168
ISBN: 9781317421139
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Release: 2016-07-15
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For decades writers have competed to enroll in the legendary Master classes led by Janet Neipris at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and across the globe. Several generations of playwrights, screenwriters, and television writers have been inspired and educated by her. Her newest book provides the next best thing to studying with her around the seminar table. It’s wise, engaging, focused. The fourteen chapters, organized like a semester, guide the writer week-by-week and step-by-step to the completion of a first draft and a rewrite. There are Weekly Exercises and progressive Assignments. Chapters include Beginnings, Creating Complex Characters, Dialogue, Escalating Conflicts, Endings, Checkpoints, Comedy, and Adaptation. For professional writers, teachers, and students, as well as anyone who want to complete their first piece. What’s important is that you will finish. Janet will be guiding you to The End. An award winning playwright and Professor of Dramatic Writing at NYU, Janet Neipris has written for Screen and Television. She has also taught dramatic writers at UCLA and in China, Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, Italy, and in the UK at Oxford, CSSD, University of Birmingham, and the University of East Anglia. Previous publications include To Be A Playwright (Routledge 2006). Janet Neipris’s plays and letters are in the Theatre Collection of Harvard University’s Houghton Library.

Screenwriting For Dummies

Screenwriting For Dummies
Author: Laura Schellhardt
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9781118052624
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Release: 2011-02-02
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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

Screenwriting 101

Screenwriting 101
Author: Angus Fletcher
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1629974846
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Release: 2017-10-06
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Last Book in the Universe

The Last Book in the Universe
Author: Rodman Philbrick
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780545303873
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Release: 2013-03-01
Editor: Scholastic Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This fast-paced action novel is set in a future where the world has been almost destroyed. Like the award-winning novel Freak the Mighty, this is Philbrick at his very best. It's the story of an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz, who begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the planet. In a world where most people are plugged into brain-drain entertainment systems, Spaz is the rare human being who can see life as it really is. When he meets an old man called Ryter, he begins to learn about Earth and its past. With Ryter as his companion, Spaz sets off an unlikely quest to save his dying sister -- and in the process, perhaps the world.

Women Screenwriters Today

Women Screenwriters Today
Author: Marsha McCreadie
Pages: 176
ISBN: 0275985423
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Release: 2006
Editor: Greenwood Publishing Group
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Spotlighting interviews with some of today's most successful women film writers and directors, longtime film critic and author Marsha McCreadie examines the experiences of women screenwriters.

The Hollywood Standard

The Hollywood Standard
Author: Christopher Riley
Pages: 197
ISBN: 1932907637
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Release: 2009
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Describes in clear, vivid prose and hundreds of examples how to format every element of a screenplay or television script, with new chapters on avoiding a dozen deadly formatting mistakes, clarifying the difference between a spec script and production script, and mastering the vital art of proofreading. Original.

The Idea

The Idea
Author: Erik Bork
Pages: 137
ISBN: 9781732753006
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Release: 2018-09-03
Editor: Overfall Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Idea is a manual for conquering the most important part of the screenwriting or fiction writing process — the first part. Most writers rush too quickly through choosing a story idea, so they can dive into writing it. And it’s the biggest reason most projects don’t move forward in the marketplace: producers and editors are underwhelmed by the central concept. Multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning screenwriter/producer Erik Bork (HBO’s Band of Brothers) explains the seven key ingredients in stories that have a chance of selling and reaching a wide audience – in any genre or medium.