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Script Writing


Script Writing



SCREENWRITING - HOW TO WRITE A KILLER ENDING

Contains the most specific analysis of theme in the field Discussion of contemporary films such as Sideways, Million Dollar Baby and Eight Mile as well as several classics.

The climax of your story defines the theme, completes the character arc, creates a peripeteia and is the story's most emotionally charged moment. A great ending absolves a movie of many of its flaws. It can make a bad movie good and a good movie great. This program shows how to create meaning and emotion by unifying a characters goal and need into one succinct action - the Killer Ending. Includes discussion of contemporary films Sideways, Million Dollar Baby and Eight Mile.

Subjects Covered Include:
  • The power of endings
  • Definitions (Goal and Need, Dilemma, Crisis/Climax/Resolution)
  • Five different paradigms to find a killer ending (Dilemma, Projection, Antagonist, Character Arc & Theme)
  • Definition of Killer Endings
  • Applying it to Beginnings and Middles
  • The Writer's Dilema
  • Case Study - La Confidential

    DVD / 2011 / 78 minutes

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    SCREENWRITING - THE T WORD THEME

    As Hollywood uses the term, "story" is only one element of a great screenplay. Writers who have something to say about the world must learn how film and drama convey theme and ideas. Great writers seem to understand theme intuitively. They are able to achieve thematic clarity without being didactic. This program teaches how to use the tools presented in this program to add emotional and thematic resonance to your work. It shows how the intersection of all dramatic elements combines to create meaning.

    Subjects Covered Include:
  • Samuel Goldwyn and Western union
  • Definition
  • Dilemma and Intersection of Possible Meanings
  • Subplots, Character Orchestration,
  • Dialogue Do's and Don'ts,
  • Permutations, Image Systems/Motifs
  • Right Brain versus Left Brain
  • 7-Point Theme Checklist
  • Bringing it all together

    DVD / 2011 / 76 minutes

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    ADVANCED STORY TECHNIQUES

    With Linda Seger

    If you've learned the three act structure, you may be ready to try variations on the basics & simply create scripts that are more focused, with more momentum. What are other ways that the three-act structure can be used? How does a writer learn to juggle the difficult elements in non-traditional structures? This program discusses the three-act structure in scenes and scene sequences. It discusses how to use structure to give you stronger turning points (surprising reveals, twists, turns, scene transitions) and non-traditional structural forms that have created such great films as Pulp Fiction, Crash, Ordinary People, Before the Rain & Sleepless in Seattle.


    DVD / 2007 / 30 minutes

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    BROADENING THE CHARACTERS

    With Linda Seger

    Actors, directors, and producers want to see dimensional characters, capable of winning Academy Awards. They want breadth, depth, focus and direction to their characters, but they also want dimensionality - characters that are original and act-able. This program shows how to deepen characters through layering, creating subtext, how to transform characters & how to use dialogue to further add breadth and depth.


    DVD / 2007 / 30 minutes

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    DEEPENING THE THEME

    With Linda Seger

    The Theme or Central Idea of a script deepens the story and connects the audience with the film by conveying the truth about the human condition. What are common themes used in successful films? How do you clarify your theme and convey your theme without getting preachy? This program discusses the identity theme and its many variations, including methods of expressing the theme and how to convey the theme through cinematic images and image systems.


    DVD / 2007 / 30 minutes

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    STAR TREK: THE CREATIVE URGE - THE SCRIPT'S THE THING WITH MICHAEL PILLAR

    This program features Star Trek Producer/Head Writer Michael Piller, who reminisces about his career; then critiques some sample Star Trek scripts.

    DVD / 2007 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 60 minutes

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    SCREENWRITER - SUSANNAH GRANT

    Screenwriter Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) discusses the adaptation, development, writing and making of the film In Her Shoes from Jennifer Weiner's novel.

    DVD / 2006 / 128 minutes

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    SCREENWRITER - TOM SCHULMAN

    Academy Award-winning screenwriter Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society) discusses the development, writing and making of the hugely successful comedy film What About Bob?

    DVD / 2006 / 80 minutes

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    WINNIE HOLZMAN & ROBIN SCHIFF

    Winnie Holzman & Robin Schiff discuss the writing and development of the acclaimed television series My So-Called Life and the film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.

    DVD / 2006 / 121 minutes

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    WRITER-DIRECTOR - AUDREY WELLS

    Writer-director Audrey Wells discusses the adaptation writing and making of the film Under the Tuscan Sun from Frances Mayes' best-selling book.

    DVD / 2006 / 129 minutes

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    WRITER-DIRECTOR - DON ROOS

    Writer-director Don Roos discusses the writing, development process and making of the original feature film Happy Endings.

    DVD / 2006 / 108 minutes

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    WRITER-PRODUCER - MARSHALL HERSKOVITZ

    Writer-producer Marshall Herskovitz discusses the creation, writing and making of the television series Once and Again, outlining its journey from half-baked idea to successful series.

    DVD / 2006 / 125 minutes

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    A TRIBUTE EVENING

    WITH JOHN WELLS

    The writer-producer of China Beach, ER, The West Wing is interviewed about his career and writing process by Bradley Whitford, with tributes and comments from colleagues Martin Sheen, Elie Attie, Neal Baer, Carol Flint, Lydia Woodward and David Zabel.


    DVD / 2006 / 90 minutes

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    DAVID MILCH

    Acclaimed writer-producer (Hill Street Blues, Brooklyn South, NYPD Blue, Deadwood, John from Cincinnati) is interviewed by LA Times television critic Paul Brownfield about his career and creative process.

    DVD / 2006 / 89 minutes

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    LOWELL GANZ & BABALOO MANDEL

    The writing team responsible for Parenthood, City Slickers, A League of their Own, Fever Pitch, are interviewed about their career and writing process by writer Ed Solomon (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure; Men in Black; Levity).

    DVD / 2006 / 90 minutes

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    DAVID MCKENNA

    Screenwriter, sold his spec script American History X to New Line Cinema at the age of 26. He is interviewed by author and critic F.X. Feeney about his career and approach to his work.

    DVD / 2006 / 76 minutes

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    GUILLERMO ARRIAGA

    Acclaimed Mexican novelist and Academy Award nominated screenwriter (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and Babel) is interviewed about his career, his thoughts on creativity and his approach to writing by critic and writer F.X. Feeney.

    DVD / 2006 / 86 minutes

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    JESSICA BENDINGER

    Writer of Bring it On, First Daughter, Aquamarine, writer-director of Stick It and successful script doctor is interviewed by writer Dana Fox (The Wedding Date) about her career, about being a woman in Hollywood, her approach to writing and in particular about creating believable characters.

    DVD / 2006 / 106 minutes

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    JIMMY MCGOVERN

    The acclaimed U.K. writer of television series Cracker, The Lakes and The Street, and films Priest and Liam, is interviewed about his career and writing process by television producer Meryl Marshall-Daniels.

    DVD / 2006 / 56 minutes

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    JOE ESZTERHAS

    The controversial and outspoken writer of box-office juggernauts such as Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, Flashdance and the Academy nominated Music Box, is interviewed about his career, his creative process and his opinions on Hollywood by critic and film writer Stephen Farber.

    DVD / 2006 / 85 minutes

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    MARCO PENNETTE

    Television writer and creator of Caroline in the City and Crumbs and executive producer of Ugly Betty is interviewed by writer-producer Chris Brancato (The X-Files, Boomtown, North Shore) about his career, a life in television and his approach to writing.

    DVD / 2006 / 92 minutes

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    PAUL ATTANASIO

    A writer equally at home in film (Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco, The Good German) and television (Homicide: Life on the Street; Gideon's Crossing; House MD) is interviewed about his career and approach to writing by critic and writer F.X. Feeney. "The really good guys are just compulsive rewriters," says Paul.

    DVD / 2006 / 94 minutes

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    MAKING A GOOD SCRIPT GREAT

    With International Lecturer & Author Dr. Linda Seger

    "A must have for every writer, beginner or professional." - Barbara Corday, President Columbia Pictures Television. "Ideal for producers, executives and writers." - Renee Valente, Producer 'Love Thy Neighbor.' "An invaluable tool for the working writer." - Richard Walter, UCLA Department of Theater, Film & TV. Features Structuring The Story, Expressing The Theme and Creating Unforgettable Characters.


    DVD / 2004 / 90 minutes

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    WRITING - ADAPTATION

    With Phil Alden Robinson (Sneakers, Field Of Dreams) & Robert Nelson Jacobs (The Shipping News, Chocolat) & Eric Roth (Lucky You, Ali, The Horse Whisperer, Forrest Gump, The Postman)

    This program teaches highlighting the good parts and trouble spots, research, visualizing and dramatization, non-fiction vs. fiction, the echo effect, online research vs. physical, changing directions, genre material, staying fresh and externalizing characters' thoughts.

    Subjects covered include: What to include. How to avoid the 200 page screenplay. How faithful should you be to the original? Is it easier to adapt fiction or nonfiction, trash or art? Which books, plays and stories will make good movies. How to rectify problems without alienating a book's fans?


    DVD / 2004 / 90 minutes

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    WRITING - CHARACTER

    With Nick Kazan (Bicentennial Man, Fallen, Reversal of Fortune) & Paul Attanasio (Sum Of All Fears, Donnie Brasco, Quiz Show)

    Learn the mystery of character, character dictating plot, character information, biographies, real characters vs. fictional characters, writing a franchise character, rules to break and not to break.

    Subjects covered include: Who should be your protagonist? Does plot or character come first? How do you find the right characters to suit your needs? How do you get a character to do what you want? How to you get your characters to do what they want?


    DVD / 2004 / 90 minutes

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    WRITING - DIALOGUE & DESCRIPTION

    With Bruce Joel Rubin (Stuart Little 2, Deep Impact, Jacob's Ladder, Ghost), Ed Solomon (The In-Laws, Charlie's Angels, Men In Black) & Dana Stevens (For Love Of The Game, City Of Angels)

    This program teaches text and subtext, conveying emotion of the character and the situation they're in, research, rewriting dialogue, character profiling and specificity of vision.

    Subjects covered include: Something you write or something you hear. Should it be realistic? How to condense a good scene. Should a movie have one "voice"? Description: minimizing dialogue. Is there magic in description or should it simply be clear? How to persuade benumbed executives to read your description.


    DVD / 2004 / 90 minutes

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    WRITING - NARRATIVE & STRUCTURE

    With Scott Frank (Minority Report, Out of Sight, Get Shorty) & Steven Zaillian (Gangs of New York, Hannibal, Schindler's List)

    This program teaches how to get started, the main idea and servicing it, finding a movies spine, sources of inspiration, outlining, characters' relationship with structure, description, research, instinct vs. technique, writing a script vs. selling one. Subjects covered include: How to tell a good story, which stories are worth telling and which aren't, character arcs; real and illusory, finding a movie's spine, the use of myth and theme as organizing concepts.


    DVD / 2004 / 90 minutes

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