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Writing for the Screen

1st Edition

Edited by Anna Weinstein

Routledge

254 pages

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Description

Writing for the Screen is a collection of essays and interviews exploring the business of screenwriting. This highly accessible guide to working in film and television includes perspectives from industry insiders on topics such as breaking in; pitching; developing and nurturing business relationships; juggling multiple projects; and more. Writing for the Screen is an ideal companion to screenwriting and filmmaking classes, demystifying the industry and the role of the screenwriter with real-world narratives and little-known truths about the business. With insight from working professionals, you’ll be armed with the information you need to pursue your career as a screenwriter.

  • Contains essays by and interviews with screenwriting consultants, television writers, feature writers, writer-directors of independent film, producers, and professors.

  • Offers expert opinions on how to get started, including preparing your elevator pitch, finding mentors, landing an internship, and moving from an internship to the next step in your career.

  • Reveals details about taking meetings, what development executives are looking for in a screenwriter, how and when to approach a producer, and how to pitch.

  • Explores strategies for doing creative work under pressure, finding your voice, choosing what to write, sticking with a project over the long haul, overcoming discrimination, and reinventing yourself as a writer.

  • Illuminates the business of screenwriting in the United States (New York and Los Angeles) as compared to other countries around the globe, including England, Ireland, Peru, France, Australia, and Belgium.

Reviews

"This book answers all the hard questions every aspiring writer asks and the rest of the screenwriting manuals avoid. It's astonishing that this essential addition to every screenwriting library hasn't existed before—and a cause for celebration that it finally does now."

—William Rabkin, Author of Writing the Pilot, Professor of Television Writing and Producing at Long Island University’s TV Writers Studio

"An essential book – so accessible, so beautifully written, so encouraging and realistic and specific. It covers all the bases. Anyone contemplating a career as a screenwriter MUST read this book!"

—Dr. Linda Seger, Script Consultant, Author, Seminar Leader

"Writing for the Screen is perhaps the most powerful book on 'making it' in screenwriting that I've read in years. It is feverishly real, with raw truths and unabashed encouragement. I love the book's kaleidoscopic portrait and its solid approaches to the unique challenges of succeeding as a screenwriter today."

—Dr. Pieter Aquilia, Head, Screenwriting, Australian Film Television & Radio School

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1: GETTING STARTED

EXIT STRATEGIES

Preparing to Leave School and Begin Your Screenwriting Career

By Gabrielle Kelly

TEN ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE

To Be an Active Hero in Your Career

By Jen Grisanti

IMPRESSING THE DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

By Trai Cartwright

WRITING FOR TELEVISION

What It Takes

An Interview With Fern Field Brooks

WHERE DO YOU BEGIN?

Notes From the Screenwriting Guru

An Interview With Erik Bork

FROM WRITER’S ASSISTANT TO SHOWRUNNER

Interning, Knocking on Doors, and Making Connections

An Interview With Stacy A. Littlejohn

CHAPTER 2: STICKING IT OUT

THE SCREENWRITER’S JOURNEY

By Pat Verducci

WHAT IS A PITCH…?

And Why and How Do You Do It?

By Joshua Malkin

BUILDING A SCREENWRITING CAREER

Advice From the Entertainment Career Coach

An Interview With Carole Kirschner

A SCRIPT READER’S PERSPECTIVE

How to Love What You Do When You Can’t Do What You Love

By James Napoli

THE ART OF DISCIPLINE AND PERSISTENCE

Moving Toward Creative Success

An Interview With Anne Fontaine

A VETERAN PRODUCER’S TAKE ON SCREENWRITING

An Interview With Bruce Gilbert

By Chuck Erven

NEGATIVE FEEDBACK

How to Find the Positive

By Hugo Van Laere

CHAPTER 3: FINDING SUCCESS

BUILDING YOUR TEAM

Insights From the Screenwriting Consultant

An Interview With Linda Seger

INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING

Working With an Independent Film Producer

An Interview With Mary Jane Skalski

DECIDING WHAT TO WRITE

By Kira-Anne Pelican

A WORKING SCREENWRITER’S JOURNEY IN AUSTRALIA

By Susan Macgillicuddy

THE PATH TO WRITING AN ICONIC FILM

Navigating the Business of Hollywood

An Interview With Barry Morrow

CHAPTER 4: GETTING AHEAD

A BOLD MOVE

Running With an Unexpected Story

An Interview With Mary Harron

SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN HOLLYWOOD

Eight Principles to Empower Your Writing and Your Life

By Jim Jennewein

FROM CREATIVITY TO CRAFT IN SCREENWRITING

By Mark Readman

WRITING FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

A Strategy of Forward Motion

An Interview With Claudia Llosa

RISKS AND REWARDS

Following a Passion

An Interview With Jay Paul Deratany

SCREENWRITING AND MENTAL FITNESS

Thoughts From a Mental Health Professional

An Interview With David Silverman

CHAPTER 5: STARTING AGAIN

REINVENTION

Writing the Next Great Script

By William Rabkin

ART VS. COMMERCE

The Cage Match in My Brain Continues

By Shalom Auslander

EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD…

I Learned From Writing Scripts

By Rosanne Welch

STARTING OVER IN AMERICA

From Writing to Directing and Back Again

An Interview With Kirsten Sheridan

LIFE LESSONS IN WRITING FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

Wisdom From the Head Writer for Sesame Street

An Interview With Lou Berger

INDEX

About the Editor

Anna Weinstein is the Series Editor for PERFORM. A writer and editor with over fifteen years of experience in educational publishing, she received her MFA in Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California at Riverside-Palm Desert and her BA in Communication Studies/Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches introductory and advanced screenwriting at Auburn University, and she is a frequent contributor to Film International, where she publishes interviews with award-winning female directors in her series "Diva Directors Around the Globe."

About the Series

PERFORM

PERFORM is an easy-to-read series for undergraduate and graduate students that professors across disciplines in the arts can use to accompany their primary textbooks. The books are encouraging in tone and detail what it takes to perform creatively and financially in the specific fields. The series serves as a career development tool to help students understand the various vocational possibilities in the discipline they’re studying, whether it be theater, film, music, visual arts, or design.

How we make a living as artists can be a bit of a mystery, particularly to students who are just beginning to learn the craft of their field. This series offers practical, real-world discussions about how people go about the business of getting paid to be artists. Each book includes essays by and interviews with working artists (writers, directors, actors, stage managers, cinematographers, editors) as well as the people these artists interact with in the field (show runners, development executives, producers, agents, casting directors). The books also includes essays by prominent professors, profiling specific artists and their journeys to success, as well as some of the lesser-known difficulties artists face in their fields and the perseverance and successes of marginalized groups.

The range of perspectives in each book offers a broad but detailed view of the industry and varying career tracks within it, ultimately bolstering readers’ confidence that they have a solid understanding of what it takes achieve creative and financial success with their art—in other words, what it takes to make a living as an artist.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER004050
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Screenwriting
PER010050
PERFORMING ARTS / Television / Screenwriting