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So you want to write a screenplay : a step-by-step guide to writing for film, video, and television

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Ocala, Florida : Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc., [2017]
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223 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Introduction -- What makes a great screenwriter -- Learning from pros -- Getting started: focusing on your story -- Storytelling 101 -- Beginnings and endings -- Developing theme -- Look like a pro-formating and revisions -- Become a marketing expert -- Get your script on the screen -- Conclusion.
Step-by-step guide to help you jump into Hollywood as the newest young writer.
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Teen Paperback 808.23 Gaine
Teen Paperback 808.23 Gaine
Teen Paperback 808.23 Gaine

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Writing for the big screen may seem like a job for the experienced, but the fact is, it's for everyone. Take Celeste Davis, for example, who at fourteen wrote the screenplay for "Purgatory House" and appeared on five critic's lists for best film of the year. Even if you don't see immediate success, you have to start somewhere. Take Steven Spielberg, for example, who was rejected from college three times before becoming the huge success he is today. Getting started at a young age is the key to mastering a skill. Imagine already having a screenplay or two under your belt by the time you apply for college -- that's exactly what this book will help you to accomplish.You will learn how to use screenplay-writing software as well as how to actually write a screenplay, from capturing the audience at the introduction to having a satisfying conclusion. You will learn how to pitch and sell your screenplay when the time comes as well as the commercial potential that your ideas might have. You will learn how to interact with agents, giving you a competitive edge over other young writers. Veteran screenwriters, producers, agents, and directors have been interviewed for this book, giving you inside secrets to the industry. This book also contains information on production companies, including the genre they are looking for, so you know exactly who to contact when you're ready.If you are eager to jump into Hollywood as the newest young writer, this step-by-step guide will help you get there.

Author Notes

Taylor Gaines, a recent cum laude graduate from the College of Journalism & Communications at the University of Florida, is a writer and editor. His work has appeared in The Gainesville Sun, Hooked on Hockey Magazine, Gainesville Scene, Sports Talk Florida, and more. He has been a host of a weekly television podcast, The Fauxworthy Podcast, since 2015. He particularly enjoys writing about television, movies, and hockey but loves anything that makes for a good story.

Table of Contents

Table of Contentsp. 4
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 13
Screenwriting 101p. 15
Screenwriting as a Teenp. 17
Chapter 1 What Makes a Great Screenwriterp. 21
Qualitiesp. 23
Writing Commitmentp. 27
Fiction vs. Nonfictionp. 29
Chapter 2 Learning From the Prosp. 37
Reading Screenwriting Onlinep. 39
Watching and Analyzing Moviesp. 43
Watching Foreign Filmsp. 52
Chapter 3 Getting Started: Focusing on Your Storyp. 59
Researchp. 61
Genrep. 66
Setting Your Idea Apartp. 68
Creating Charactersp. 69
Writing Scenesp. 77
Chapter 4 Storytelling 101p. 93
Character Developmentp. 95
Writing to Help Understand Your Charactersp. 101
Creating Structurep. 103
Creating an Outlinep. 119
Establishing Voicep. 127
Chapter 5 Beginnings and Endingsp. 137
The Beginningp. 139
The MacGuffinp. 141
Endingp. 142
Chapter 6 Developing Themep. 147
How to Develop Themep. 151
Symbolic Elementsp. 155
Chapter 7 Look Like a pro - Formatting and Revisionsp. 161
Screenwriting Softwarep. 163
Formattingp. 164
Feedbackp. 167
Rewritingp. 170
Chapter 8 Become a Marketing Expertp. 179
Copyrightp. 181
Researching the Marketp. 184
The Sale Processp. 186
Example of query letterp. 189
Chapter 9 Get Your Script on the Screenp. 195
Networkingp. 197
Independent Filmsp. 199
Short Filmsp. 201
Student Filmsp. 203
Conclusionp. 204
Bibliographyp. 206
Glossaryp. 208
Additional Resourcesp. 212
Sample Scriptsp. 213
About Screenwritingp. 213
Hollywood and the Businessp. 214
Working Screenwriters and Industry Insidersp. 215
Downloadsp. 216
Indexp. 218
Author Biop. 222