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The screenwriter activist : writing social issue movies

Author: Marilyn Beker
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Hotel Rwanda. Philadelphia. Silkwood. Some of the most important films ever made have tackled real world social issues, from genocide to homophobia to corporate greed. As storytellers, activist screenwriters recognize that social issues make great stories that can be gut wrenching, heart tugging, funny, tragic, and interesting to watch. The Screenwriter Activist helps screenwriters tell those stories in compelling,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Beker, Marilyn.
Screenwriter activist.
New York : Routledge, 2013
(DLC) 2012003463
(OCoLC)773023844
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marilyn Beker
ISBN: 9780203145784 020314578X 9781136506635 1136506632
OCLC Number: 808366908
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 186 pages)
Contents: Preface : My reasons to believe --
Introduction. What's it all about? ; What's a social issue? ; The steps to writing a social issued movie ; Spoiler alert! --
1. Motivation. Words to write by --
2. Taking action. A tradition of good works ; The influence of movies on trends and fashion ; All art is propaganda ; The social issue list ; Social issue Oscar winners ; Participant media : The Social Issue Production Company --
3. Inspiration. Issue mapping exercise --
4. Character. Issue map/biography of main character ; Angela : a Native American rights activist --
5. On the shoulders of giants. Labor practices : Norma Rae ; Gay and discrimination issues : Philadelphia ; Censorship : Good Morning Vietnam ; Euthanasia : Million Dollar Baby --
6. True or false. Legal precautions --
7. Plan of attack. The Sherlock/Snitch : the investigation/whistleblower model ; The lawyer-up : the trial model ; The heart-tugger : the relationship model ; The chuckle : The satirical model ; The life : the biopic model ; The Yoda : the mentor model ; The Shining Knight : The hero/rescuer model ; Outline magic template ; Social issue screenplay models --
8. Research. Basic ground rules ; Interesting things to consider in writing a movie ; Brief information on social issues --
9. Getting it made. Making it : a case study --
Afterglow.
Responsibility: Marilyn Beker.

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Hotel Rwanda. Philadelphia. Silkwood. Some of the most important films ever made have tackled real world social issues, from genocide to homophobia to corporate greed. As storytellers, activist screenwriters recognize that social issues make great stories that can be gut wrenching, heart tugging, funny, tragic, and interesting to watch. The Screenwriter Activist helps screenwriters tell those stories in compelling, non preachy, and inspiring ways. The Screenwriter Activist is an in depth, practical guide, appropriate for students in intermediate or graduate screenwriting courses in Film and English Programs as well as professionals who want to write a movie that can make a difference in the world. Using examples from classic and recent popular films, The Screenwriter Activist explores the motivation and sensibility a screenwriter needs to embark on a social issue project, gives techniques for choosing compelling subjects, provides historical context for social issue movies, explains how characters legitimize social issue themes, puts forward specific models for structuring advocacy screenplays, and lays out a roadmap for how screenwriters can get a social issue movie made. If you care deeply about social issues and recognize that films can be highly effective platforms for motivating audiences to civic involvement and social action, this is the one screenwriting book you need to read.

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