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Step 3: The Character Biography

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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...The new frontier in film style is character. They’ve pushed film style so far that there’s no sense trying to change these music video and film school kids. You go back to basics. . . .That’s what it’s about. Particularly on a lower budget,...

Breaking the Back of the Book; or, The Art of Adaptation

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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...There’s another terrible phrase in Hollywood, but one that is much more useful than “high concept.” This is what is known as “breaking the back of the book.” It’s the elegant way movie people have of explaining the delicate process...

Agency and the Other

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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... A gency and the Other Agency and the Other N ear the end of Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974), the detec- tive, Jake Gittes, convinced of the guilt of his client/lover Evelyn Mulwray, charges into the house where she is staying...

Ten Tips for the Road Ahead

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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...Before we move on to our practical applications and exercises, here are some of the key dos and don’ts that help define the craft of screenwriting.1. Don’t write what we can’t see or hear. If I can leave you with one basic rule about...

Short Takes on Bad Screenplays

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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...The films are in chronological order of release. Dune (1984. Based on the book by Frank Herbert. Screenplay by David Lynch, but he took his name off the credits as writer of the 137-minute theatrical release. He put his name back...

Your First Book in Story Development

Jeff Lyons

Jeff Lyons is a working writer, story editor, script and book doctor, and has worked in the film, television, and publishing industries for more than two decades, helping thousands of screenwriters and novelists tell better stories. He is an instructor through Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio, and is a regular guest lecturer through the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Jeff’s writings on the craft of storytelling can be found in leading industry trade magazines such as Writer’s Digest Magazine, Script Magazine, and The Writer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Anatomy of a Premise Line : How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success

Focal Press, 2016

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... YOUR FIRST BOOK IN STORY DEVELOPMENT Before writing characters, before writing scenes, before worry- ing about your act breaks, you have to first know you have a story that will work. TELL ME YOUR STORY That is what this book is all...

Script Breakdown

The SHORT! Guide to Producing : The Practical Essentials of Producing Short Films

Routledge, 2018

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... Script Breakdown What Exactly Am I Producing? The director and screenwriter have burned through countless energy drinks and have crafted a script that is taut and funny—even moving. Now it’s time for you to stock up on your own...

Character, Location, Time Frame

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, Location, Time Frame W hen you are working in the real world, you may start with a rough idea. You may start with a situation that seems worthy. You may start with a commission for a story and be given the premise...

Opposition Characters

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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...I always look for amazing characters who I find are fascinating, charming, flawed, romantic and in trouble. These are the key elements.Every character in your screenplay is a potential source of conflict and tension for the main character...

The Visual Component—II

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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... The Visual Component—II As writers, you are shifting gears from compositional writing to screen- writing throughout these two chapters on The Visual Component. As one of my students remarked, “It’s like turning the sock inside out...