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1st Edition

Screenwriting for Micro-Budget Films

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ISBN 9780367687694
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
176 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Screenwriting for micro-budget films can present its own challenges and this book takes the reader through all the considerations that need to be made to write an effective screenplay for a micro-budget film.

Drawing on his own experience, case studies from films such as Primer, Coherence, and Reservoir Dogs, as well as the perspectives of working screenwriters such as Joe Swanberg, and Alex Ross-Perry, the book explores common pitfalls screenwriters face and suggests practical solutions; lays the groundworks of the realities of micro-budget filmmaking; and also talks through the practical aspects such as story structure, and genre considerations. Author Greenberg makes the process of writing a screenplay for a low-budget film accessible and creative, allowing student and independent filmmakers to tailor their writing for their films.

Ideal for aspiring screenwriters, independent filmmakers, and students of screenwriting.

Table of Contents


    Chapter 1: Know Your Limitations

    Chapter 2: Getting Real

    Chapter 3: Write For Your Producer

    Chapter 4: Screenwriting Hacks

    Chapter 5: Story Structure

    Chapter 6: Model Your Feature on a Short

    Chapter 7: Genre Considerations

    Chapter 8: Case studies

    Chapter 9: Stomping Ground

    Chapter 10: Final Thoughts



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    David J. Greenberg teaches screenwriting at Drexel University and University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has written nearly 60 screenplays for features, documentaries and shorts. He wrote and directed the feature Stomping Ground (2016) which was produced for $18,000 and shot in 24 hours.