Writing the Great American Screenplay

  • by Richard Walter, William Froug
  • Narrated by Richard Walter, William Froug
  • 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

Writers once dreamed of writing novels. Now screenplays top the dream list. Hear two top teachers explain the sometimes ungentle art of writing salable movie and television scripts. Screenwriting: How to Move Your Tale
In this fast-moving and entertaining seminar, Richard Walter praises commercial film and TV for catering to its audience. Popularity, he says, comes directly from the story. "Everything is important," he says, "but none of it means anything outside the context of the story." His expert advice on structure, lie through your teeth, integrate, and think beginnings, middles, and ends, will help your screenplay take a quantum leap in the direction of success. Screenwriting Tricks of the Trade
Emmy winner William Froug presents practical, write-from-the-gut advice that resounds with experience and integrity. "What you feel is what counts," says Froug. He advises how to:

Make the dialogue lean
Get intimate with your characters
Keep the dramatic tension in your script
Reveal information only when it has impact
Use the techniques of foreshadowing and surprise
Put aside formulas and get your best script down on paper

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Fascinating insight into screen writing

I was not sure about this title but wanted something to listen to in the car to and from my MA in creative writing course (two and a half hours round trip to fill), and I thought it might help with my drama assignments. I found it fascinating and motivating and I am now watching films in a completely new way; I can really see what they are up to. I think it is also relevant to any kind of story telling even if - like me- you are never going to try to pitch a film script but will maybe try a play.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2006
  • Publisher: Writer's AudioShop