Screenwriting Products

  • TV Outside the Box

    Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution

    By Neil Landau

    TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution explores the new and exploding universe of on-demand, OTT (Over the Top) networks: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Crackle, CW Seed, Vimeo, AwesomenessTV, and many more. Featuring in-depth conversations with game-changing content creators…

    Paperback – 2015-12-22 
    Focal Press

  • Screenplay

    Building Story Through Character

    By Jule Selbo

    Screenplay: Building Story Through Character is designed to help screenwriters turn simple or intricate ideas into exciting, multidimensional film narratives with fully-realized characters. Based on Jule Selbo’s unique 11-step structure for building story through characters, the book teaches…

    Paperback – 2015-08-03

  • Anatomy of a Premise Line

    How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success

    By Jeff Lyons

    If a story is going to fail, it will do so first at the premise level. Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success is the only book of its kind to identify a seven-step development process that can be repeated and applied to any story idea. This…

    Paperback – 2015-06-18
    Focal Press

  • Writing for the Green Light

    How to Make Your Script the One Hollywood Notices

    By Scott Kirkpatrick

    Tailor your screenplay to sell. Find out what Hollywood script readers, producers, and studio executives want in a screenplay (and why) from someone who’s been there. Discover what it takes to begin a lasting career as a screenwriter. Peppered with interviews from established professionals,…

    Paperback – 2015-03-16
    Focal Press

  • Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect

    4th Edition

    By Claudia H Johnson

    Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect, Fourth Edition stands alone among screenwriting books by emphasizing that human connection, though often overlooked, is as essential to writing effective screenplays as conflict. This groundbreaking book will show you how to advance and deepen your…

    Paperback – 2014-08-22
    Focal Press

  • Film Genre for the Screenwriter

    By Jule Selbo

    Film Genre for the Screenwriter is a practical study of how classic film genre components can be used in the construction of a screenplay. Based on Jule Selbo’s popular course, this accessible guide includes an examination of the historical origins of specific film genres, how and why these genres…

    Paperback – 2014-08-05

  • Digital Storytelling

    A creator's guide to interactive entertainment, 3rd Edition

    By Carolyn Handler Miller

    Digital Storytelling shows you how to create immersive, interactive narratives across a multitude of platforms, devices, and media. From age-old storytelling techniques to cutting-edge development processes, this book covers creating stories for all forms of New Media, including transmedia…

    Paperback – 2014-05-14
    Focal Press

  • Writing for Visual Media

    4th Edition

    By Anthony Friedmann

    This updated edition of Writing for Visual Media will enable you to understand the nature of visual writing that lies behind the content of all visual media. This unique kind of writing must communicate to audiences through content producers, since audiences don’t read the script. Most media…

    Paperback – 2014-04-28
    Focal Press

  • Write to TV

    Out of Your Head and onto the Screen, 2nd Edition

    By Martie Cook

    Learn to craft smart, original stories and scripts for a variety of television formats and genres, including comedy, drama, pilots, animation, made-for-TV movies, late night, and reality television. Hear directly from studio and network executives, agents, and managers on what they’re looking for…

    Paperback – 2014-04-28
    Focal Press

  • Beyond Continuity

    Script Supervision for the Modern Filmmaker

    By Mary Cybulski

    A guide to the craft of script supervising, Beyond Continuity features practical instruction through real-world examples demonstrating and explaining the skills needed by a professional script supervisor. Mary Cybulski, one of Hollywood’s premier script supervisors, imparts her sage wisdom as she…

    Paperback – 2014-03-17
    Focal Press

  • The TV Showrunner's Roadmap

    21 Navigational Tips for Screenwriters to Create and Sustain a Hit TV Series

    By Neil Landau

    If you’ve ever dreamed of being in charge of your own network, cable, or web series, then this is the book for you. The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap provides you with the tools for creating, writing, and managing your own hit show. Combining his 20+ years as a working screenwriter and UCLA professor,…

    Paperback – 2013-12-04
    Focal Press

  • How to Manage Your Agent

    A Writer’s Guide to Hollywood Representation

    By Chad Gervich

    Have you written the script for the next box office blockbuster or hit TV show and just need the right agent to sell it? Not sure whether to accept an if-come deal or a script commitment? Debating which manager is the right choice to steer your career? Well, worry no more... How to Manage…

    Paperback – 2013-11-25
    Focal Press

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