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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...

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...

The Elements of Screenwriting

Joseph McBride

Joseph McBride is a film historian and associate professor in the Cinema department at San Francisco State University. His many books include Searching for John Ford, Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success, Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Hawks on Hawks, Whatever Happened to Orson Welles?: A Portrait of an Independent Career, as well as the critical studies John Ford (1974, with Michael Wilmington) and Orson Welles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing in Pictures : Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless

Faber & Faber, 2012

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...So now you’ve written the outline for your adaptation. That wasn’t so hard, was it? With the benefit of a writing collaborator, you probably found it easier than you expected to construct a good plan for a movie. The original writer...

Kinsey

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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...Kinsey (2004. Screenplay by Bill Condon. 118 minutes) Alfred Kinsey first came to scientific notice as an entomologist studying the gall wasp. What made him famous were his studies in the forties and fifties of human sexuality. It took...

Synopsis

Mark Evan Schwartz

Mark Evan Schwartz is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University, School of Film and Television, in California. He’s a former Head of Story Development for Nelson Entertainment, Story Analyst for the David Geffen Company, and Production Assistant to Francis Ford Coppola. A working screenwriter, he has credits on over a dozen produced feature films and television movies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How to Write: A Screenplay : Revised and Expanded

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Act One Wanting to score with starlet Bebe, Danny is told that if he wants to get anywhere with her he’s going to have to write her a great screenplay. Unbe-knownst to Danny, someone is lurking, listening, in the shadows. With a draft...

Titanic

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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...Titanic (1997. Screenplay by James Cameron. 194 minutes) Ever since the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, there have been movies about it. In 1943 the Nazis made Titanic as propaganda about the excesses of British capitalism. Joseph Goebbels,...

Step 1: The Story Outline

Joseph McBride

Joseph McBride is a film historian and associate professor in the Cinema department at San Francisco State University. His many books include Searching for John Ford, Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success, Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Hawks on Hawks, Whatever Happened to Orson Welles?: A Portrait of an Independent Career, as well as the critical studies John Ford (1974, with Michael Wilmington) and Orson Welles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing in Pictures : Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless

Faber & Faber, 2012

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...A Chinese proverb says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This is your first step as a screenwriter.Write a two-page ( double-spaced) outline of the story you choose. The outline should be in narrative paragraph...

Dialogue as Action

Joseph McBride

Joseph McBride is a film historian and associate professor in the Cinema department at San Francisco State University. His many books include Searching for John Ford, Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success, Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Hawks on Hawks, Whatever Happened to Orson Welles?: A Portrait of an Independent Career, as well as the critical studies John Ford (1974, with Michael Wilmington) and Orson Welles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing in Pictures : Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless

Faber & Faber, 2012

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...After I went to the first Hollywood screening of John Huston’s The Man Who Would Be King in 1975, I ran into a studio executive I knew and admired as someone with uncommonly intelligent taste in movies. When I praised the film...

Actors Are Your Medium

Joseph McBride

Joseph McBride is a film historian and associate professor in the Cinema department at San Francisco State University. His many books include Searching for John Ford, Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success, Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Hawks on Hawks, Whatever Happened to Orson Welles?: A Portrait of an Independent Career, as well as the critical studies John Ford (1974, with Michael Wilmington) and Orson Welles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing in Pictures : Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless

Faber & Faber, 2012

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...Yes, actors are your medium. That statement may surprise some of you. But the actor is your primary means of expression as a screenwriter. Stanley Kubrick made this point in a 1960 article for Sight & Sound entitled “Words and Movies...

Lawrence of Arabia

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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...Lawrence of Arabia (1962. Based on Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence. Screenplay by Michael Wilson and Robert Bolt. 216 minutes in the 1989 restoration) Thomas Edward Lawrence was a young British scholar of the Middle East serving...