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<i>Write What You Don't Know</i> is a friendly manual for aspiring screenwriters. It encourages you to move beyond your comfort zones in search of stories. We all write what we know - how could we not? Writing what you don't know and doing it in an informed and imaginative way is what makes the process worthwhile. <br/><p>Hoxter draws on his wealth of experience teaching young film students to offer help with every aspect of the writing process, including how we come up with ideas in the first place. Light hearted and full of insight into the roundabout way film students approach their scripts, it also discusses the important issues like the difference between stories and plots and what your characters should be doing in the middle of act two. <i>Write What You Don't Know</i> contains examples and case studies from a wide range of movies, both mainstream and alternative such as <i>The Virgin Spring, Die Hard, The Ipcress File, For The Birds, (500) Days of Summer, Juno, Up In The Air, Knocked Up</i> and <i>Brick</i>. </p>>

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<i>Write What You Don't Know</i> is a friendly manual for aspiring screenwriters. It encourages you to move beyond your comfort zones in search of stories. We all write what we know - how could we not? Writing what you don't know and doing it in an informed and imaginative way is what makes the process worthwhile. <br/><p>Hoxter draws on his wealth of experience teaching young film students to offer help with every aspect of the writing process, including how we come up with ideas in the first place. Light hearted and full of insight into the roundabout way film students approach their scripts, it also discusses the important issues like the difference between stories and plots and what your characters should be doing in the middle of act two. <i>Write What You Don't Know</i> contains examples and case studies from a wide range of movies, both mainstream and alternative such as <i>The Virgin Spring, Die Hard, The Ipcress File, For The Birds, (500) Days of Summer, Juno, Up In The Air, Knocked Up</i> and <i>Brick</i>. </p>>

Table of Contents

Introduction: Oh joy, another screenwriting book - Top ten tasks that are more important for a new screenwriter than reading this book

1. What's it all about? - How movies work, only without the complicated bits - "Write what you know": why this idea sucks and what to do about it

2. Screenwriting: the hardest easy thing you will ever do - Kind of a pep talk: you should write a movie - Bad reasons to write a screenplay - Good reasons to write a screenplay - Ideas and where the pesky things hide - Learning something new: the joys of research. Yes, really.

3. Screenwriting is For the Birds: A simple model for cinematic storytelling - Story worlds: their creation and destruction - The 'V': Build a world, break it and then fix it again - Plots and stories: why everything comes from character

4. It's all about the concept - The theme - The premise - The pitch statement - What is a screenplay and how do I get there? - The treatment - The screenplay

5. "Taming wild words": It's all about the structure- What structure is for and where it comes from- Narration: positioning your audience- Exposition- Acting it all out- The 'W' model of screenplay structure: acts and angles- Beating it up- The 'W' Beat Sheets- Making a scene- Case study: scene beats in Juno

6. Case Study: Brick in the 'W'

7. It's all about the characters: this time I really mean it- Character development, or why writing a character bio is often a waste of ink- The 'C Team'

8. Dialogue is not just people talking- Movie dialogue is dynamic - except when it isn't

9. OK, what now?

Product Details

ISBN:
9781441102102
Author:
Hoxter, Julian
Publisher:
Continuum
Subject:
Film & Video - Screenwriting
Subject:
Film and Television-Screenwriting
Subject:
Film - Screenwriting
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 in

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<i>Write What You Don't Know</i> is a friendly manual for aspiring screenwriters. It encourages you to move beyond your comfort zones in search of stories. We all write what we know - how could we not? Writing what you don't know and doing it in an informed and imaginative way is what makes the process worthwhile. <br/><p>Hoxter draws on his wealth of experience teaching young film students to offer help with every aspect of the writing process, including how we come up with ideas in the first place. Light hearted and full of insight into the roundabout way film students approach their scripts, it also discusses the important issues like the difference between stories and plots and what your characters should be doing in the middle of act two. <i>Write What You Don't Know</i> contains examples and case studies from a wide range of movies, both mainstream and alternative such as <i>The Virgin Spring, Die Hard, The Ipcress File, For The Birds, (500) Days of Summer, Juno, Up In The Air, Knocked Up</i> and <i>Brick</i>. </p>>
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