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Writing the Great American Screenplay | [Richard Walter, William Froug]

Writing the Great American Screenplay

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.
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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

    ©1993 William Froug, ©1990 Richard Walter; (P)2003 Writer's AudioShop

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      "Enjoyable to listen to, but not much use."

      I am a sitcom writer, interested in writing screenplays.

      I found these two lectures to be okay to listen to, but more on a motivational level. There was very little substance and very few practical suggestions. In the end, I thought there was really no merit. (And I found the first lecturer actually annoying).

      More useful books on writing from Audible I found to be:
      Stein on Writing - for fiction and non-fiction
      Story by Robert McKee - for screenplays
      The Hero's 2 Journeys - screenplays, Hauge & Vogler


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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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