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Reframing the Active/Passive Character Distinction

Ken Dancyger

Ken Dancyger is the author of numerous books on screenwriting, editing, and production. He conducts screenwriting forums and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. A past chair of Undergraduate studies in the Department of Film and Television at NYU, he is currently Professor of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Jeff Rush

Jeff Rush is an associate professor at Temple University's Department of Film & Media Arts. He has served as director of the MFA program and as Department Chair in Film & Media Arts. He received an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from the American Film Institute and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop. In addition to teaching, Jeff has worked as a freelance screenwriter and has published numerous articles and books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Alternative Scriptwriting : Beyond the Hollywood Formula

Focal Press, 2013

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... Reframing the Active/ Passive Character Distinction On the most superfi cial level, fi lm is a medium founded on the illusion of believability—what we see looks real (most of the time). Thus, the focus of the producer and,...

Getting Ready Again

Guy Gallo

Guy Gallo's screenplay of Under the Volcano was directed by John Huston and released in 1984. Since then, he has written over a dozen feature screenplays, and had four others produced. He has taught advanced screenwriting for twenty years in the Graduate Film Division of Columbia University's School of the Arts, and drama at Princeton as well as New York University. Among his former students are James Mangold (Girl Interrupted, 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line), Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland), Jeannine Dominy (Dangerous Beauty), Emily Abt (Toe to Toe) and Christopher Zalla (Sundance Grand Jury 2007 for Sangre di mi sangre). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screenwriter’s Compass : Character as True North

Focal Press, 2012

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... GETTING READY AGAIN PASSION AND PURPOSE Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. —D. H. Lawrence A student once reacted to my comments about her screenplay with,...

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Tom Stempel

Tom Stempel is the author of five books, two of which were published by Continuum–FrameWork: A History of Screenwriting in American Film and Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing–the others being Screenwriter: The Life of Nunnally Johnson; Screenwriting; and American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing. He is Professor of Cinema, Cinema-Television Department, Los Angeles City College. He has taught on these subjects for more than thirty years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Understanding Screenwriting : Learning from Good, Not-Quite-So-Good, and Bad Screenplays

Continuum, 2008

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...Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004. Screenplay by Will Ferrell & Adam McKay. 94 minutes) A few readers of early drafts of this book got upset about this chapter, saying comedy is “subjective,” and so how can I put a comedy...

The Short Bible

Marilyn Beker

Marilyn Beker is a professor of screenwriting in the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She is the author of Screenwriting With a Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters and The Screenwriter Activist: Writing Social Issue Movies. She has extensive screenwriting and production experience and is the recipient of the Visionary Leader in Education Award from Shorts HD and Shorts International for her work in short films. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Write To Shoot : Writing Short Films for Production

Routledge, 2017

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... T H E S H O RT B I B L E 1. Keep It Short How short (or long) should a short film be? Back in the day, when I wrote my first short, the going length was 30 minutes. Festivals and distributors were more tolerant of that length...

Budget Tourniquets

Marilyn Beker

Marilyn Beker is a professor of screenwriting in the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She is the author of Screenwriting With a Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters and The Screenwriter Activist: Writing Social Issue Movies. She has extensive screenwriting and production experience and is the recipient of the Visionary Leader in Education Award from Shorts HD and Shorts International for her work in short films. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Write To Shoot : Writing Short Films for Production

Routledge, 2017

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... B U D G E T T O U R N I Q U E T S Stop the bleeding! Unless the script is written with produc- tion in mind, so many changes will need to be made during shooting that you’ll find yourself in a living nightmare. As we’ve already come...

Bull Durham

Tom Stempel

Tom Stempel is the author of five books, two of which were published by Continuum–FrameWork: A History of Screenwriting in American Film and Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing–the others being Screenwriter: The Life of Nunnally Johnson; Screenwriting; and American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing. He is Professor of Cinema, Cinema-Television Department, Los Angeles City College. He has taught on these subjects for more than thirty years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Understanding Screenwriting : Learning from Good, Not-Quite-So-Good, and Bad Screenplays

Continuum, 2008

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...Bull Durham (1988. Screenplay by Ron Shelton. 108 minutes) Before he became a screenwriter, Ron Shelton played minor league baseball. The first screenplay he wrote, A Player to Be Named Later, told the story of “Crash” Davis, a journeyman...

Main and Secondary Characters

Ken Dancyger

Ken Dancyger is the author of numerous books on screenwriting, editing, and production. He conducts screenwriting forums and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. A past chair of Undergraduate studies in the Department of Film and Television at NYU, he is currently Professor of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Jeff Rush

Jeff Rush is an associate professor at Temple University's Department of Film & Media Arts. He has served as director of the MFA program and as Department Chair in Film & Media Arts. He received an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from the American Film Institute and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop. In addition to teaching, Jeff has worked as a freelance screenwriter and has published numerous articles and books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Alternative Scriptwriting : Beyond the Hollywood Formula

Focal Press, 2013

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... Main and Secondary Characters Traditionally, the main character is played against secondary ones in order to demonstrate that only the main character can surmount the obstacles posed in the story. This promotes the notion...

Character Out Loud—Dialogue

Irv Bauer

Irv Bauer’s vast experience in teaching screenwriting includes undergraduate programs at New York University and Sarah Lawrence College, playwriting at many universities and venues, and non-performance workshops for writers at the New Dramatists. Bauer has mentored countless up-and-coming industry writers and directors and taught his own very successful classes and tutorials, drawing students from all over the world. He is the author of several produced and optioned plays and screenplays as well as many commissioned rewrites of film and television scripts and stage plays. Irv is also widely known for the animated series Courage The Cowardly Dog on Cartoon Network. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screenwriting Fundamentals : The Art and Craft of Visual Writing

Routledge, 2017

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... Character Out Loud—Dialogue We’ve begun our gradual discovery of the process with the identifi cation of character. We’ve made our fi rst choices. As a writer, you will be mak- ing choices all the time. Very important to let...

Character Pass

Jack Epps

Jack Epps, Jr. is the co-author of the films, Top Gun, The Secret Of My Success, Dick Tracy, Anaconda, and Turner and Hooch. Epps is also a script doctor and has contributed to films such as Sister Act and Die Hard With a Vengeance. Epps is Associate Professor and Chair of the Writing for Screen and Television Program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screenwriting is Rewriting : The Art and Craft of Professional Revision

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...To me, truth is the big thing. Constantly you’re writing something and you get to a place where your character could go this way or that and I just can’t lie. The characters have gotta be true to themselves. To me a character can’t do...

Consistency Pass

Jack Epps

Jack Epps, Jr. is the co-author of the films, Top Gun, The Secret Of My Success, Dick Tracy, Anaconda, and Turner and Hooch. Epps is also a script doctor and has contributed to films such as Sister Act and Die Hard With a Vengeance. Epps is Associate Professor and Chair of the Writing for Screen and Television Program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screenwriting is Rewriting : The Art and Craft of Professional Revision

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...A character should be clear from his present actions. And his behavior as the picture goes on should reveal the psychological motivations. If the writer has to state the reasons, something’s wrong in the way the character has been...