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The everything screenwriting book : from developing a treatment to writing and selling your script-- all you need to perfect your craft

Author: Robert Pollock
Publisher: Avon, Mass. : Adams Media Corp., ©2003.
Series: Everything series.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Pollock
ISBN: 1580629555 9781580629553
OCLC Number: 52079637
Description: xii, 273 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Historical outline of the movie: Invention of the motion-picture camera --
Growth of the film-production industry --
Turning up the sound --
Evolution of sound effects --
Arrival of color --
Expansion of format --
New world of special effects --
Why do people go to the cinema? --
Introduction to screenwriting: What is a screenplay? --
No script-no movie --
Screenwriter's collaborators --
Shooting script, or scenario --
Problem of plagiarism --
Copyrighting your work --
Film idea and concept: Getting ideas --
Keeping your audience in mind --
Choosing a film genre --
Write about your interests --
Concept --
Give your creation a name --
Writing the treatment and synopsis: Introduction to the treatment --
Third person, present tense --
Avoid author intrusion --
Treatment of Loophole --
Now it's time to write your own --
Writing a synopsis --
Screenplay structure: Basic three-act breakdown --
First ten minutes --
First act --
Second act --
Third act --
Real time and film time --
Script format: Screenplay on spec --
Importance of presentation --
Basic format --
Title page --
Inside the script --
Using your computer --
Writing scenes: Some advice before you begin --
First scene --
Master scene --
Breaking down the scene --
Breakdown of shots --
Making sure the scenes flow --
Protagonist: Main attraction --
Creating the lead character --
Villain they love to hate --
Protagonist drives action --
Speaking of the stars --
Star as a template --
Supporting characters: Role of supporting characters --
Naming your characters --
Characters are shaped by dialogue --
Avoid cliche hell --
Learn from supporting actors --
Extras and bit players --
Conflict and its purpose: Understanding conflict --
Major conflict --
Minor conflicts --
Personal relationships --
Conflict resolution --
Conflict in Loophole --
Writing dialogue: Getting the basics down --
Reality of cinematic dialogue --
Direct, quick, and to the point --
Writing in the vernacular --
Telephone conversations --
Line or scene everyone remembers. Valuable writing techniques: Avoid the exposition ditch --
Relying on metaphors and symbols --
Using flashbacks and voice-overs --
"Telegraphing" what comes next --
Elements of suspense and tension --
Involving the viewer --
Auditory cues in writing: Educated audience --
Paying attention to sound --
Indicating sounds --
Using music as background --
Sounds and suspense --
Using props --
Screenwriter's discipline: Time to work --
Set up your workplace --
Developing a style --
Consider collaboration --
Participate in a writer's group --
Revising your work: It's an essential step --
Life of its own --
Rewriting process --
If in doubt, just cut --
Reviewing your dialogue --
Get a second opinion --
Save your work --
Adaptation from another work: Consider writing an adaptation --
Beware of copyright issues --
Adapting a novel --
Adapting a short story --
Adapting a play --
How to retain the original concept --
"Book was better than the film" syndrome --
Alternatives: Independent studio --
Artistic visionaries --
Stigma of an art label --
Shor film --
Documentary --
Educational films --
Writing and producing your own film.
Series Title: Everything series.
Responsibility: Robert Pollock.
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