Multcolib Research Picks: Screenwriting

The Screenwriter's Bible
The Screenwriter's Bible A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling your Script By Trottier, David (Book - 2014 ) 808.23 T858s 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 6 copies

Annotation:Five books in one! A primer of screenwriting basics, a workbook that walks you through the writing process, a formatting guide, a spec writing guide, and a sales and marketing guide.

Screenplay The Foundations of Screenwriting By Field, Syd (Book - 2005 ) 808.23 F456sc 2005 All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:Screenplay is one of the bibles of the film trade and has launched many a would-be screenwriter on the road to Hollywood. - from a Library Journal review

Save the Cat!
Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need By Snyder, Blake (Book - 2005 ) 808.23 S675s 2005 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 1 on 7 copies

Annotation:This fun-to-read insiders guide reveals the truth about what it takes to craft and sell a script. There are two other Save the Cat! books by the same author, with more tips and tricks for screenwriting success.

Screenwriting The Sequence Approach By Gulino, Paul Joseph (Book - 2004 ) 808.23 G972s 2004 All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:A screenplay can be understood as being built of sequences of about fifteen pages each, and by focusing on solving the dramatic aspects of each of these sequences in detail, a writer can more easily conquer the challenges posed by the script as a whole.

Writing Screenplays That Sell
Writing Screenplays That Sell By Hauge, Michael (Book - 2011 ) 808.23 H3713w 2011 All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:A revised and updated edition of a classic, complete guide to the art, craft, and business of writing for movies and television.

Cut to the Chase
Cut to the Chase Writing Feature Films With the Pros at UCLA Extension Writers' Program (Book - 2013 ) 808.23 C988 2013 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:Accomplished writers from the UCLA Extension Writers' Program present how-to advice for aspiring feature film writers, covering topics from how to identify story ideas that make a good movie to opening career doors and keeping them open. There's another book from the UCLA Extension Writer's Program about writing for TV, called Inside the Room.

Constructing Dialogue
Constructing Dialogue From Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris By Axelrod, Mark (Book - 2013 ) 808.23 A969c 2013 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:This book focuses on dialogue, providing an analytical treatment of certain individual scenes. Each chapter deals with how a particular screenwriter approached dialogue relative to that particular scene's construction.

Story Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting By McKee, Robert (Book - 1997 ) 808.23 M154s 1997 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 2 on 4 copies

Annotation:A comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen, including how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, the magic of story construction and the relationship between structure and character.

Screenplay Writing the Picture By Russin, Robin U. (Book - 2012 ) 808.23 R9695s 2012 All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:A complete screenwriting course -- from initial idea through final script sale -- providing in-depth discussions of theme development; story research; script plotting and structuring; character development; dialogue; writing and rewriting methods; formatting; the ins and outs of marketing and pitching scripts; writing for TV, the Web and video games, and more.

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Whether you're scribbling out your first screenplay or already a seasoned screenwriter selling your work, this list of screenwriting resources is for you. - Phoebe W.

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