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Screenwriters' Masterclass: Screenwriters Talk about Their Greatest Movies

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"The anecdotes are rich and enticing, particularly when they reveal the lengths those who are bitten by the creative bug will go to for their art....These are some of the longer, more satisfying interviews I've seen in print....If the writers profiled in Scott's book have only one thing in common, it's the love of the form that propels them to keep writing, despite countless obstacles (internal and external), until they've typed those final, fateful words: FADE TO BLACK." Chris Bolton, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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Journalist and film industry insider Kevin Conroy Scott presents an invaluable screenwriting masterclass featuring extensive, never-before-published interviews with acclaimed screenwriters ranging from Hollywood pros to top writers in the US and European independent scenes.

Each interview guides the reader through the entire creation process: how the writer handled the painstaking process of creating a three-dimensional world out of their imagination — what worked and what didn't in the finished film, and why. Each interview is an entertaining, illuminating look at the screenwriters' world, offering film buffs and aspiring screenwriters a rare glimpse behind the scenes of some of today's most riveting cinema.

Originally published by Faber and Faber UK, Screenwriters' Masterclass features interviews with:

  • Ted Tally — The Silence of the Lambs
  • Lisa Chodolenko — High Art
  • Carlos Cuaron — Y Tu Mama Tambien
  • Chris Weitz — About a Boy
  • Michael Haneke — Code Unknown
  • Wes Anderson — Rushmore
  • Darren Aronofsky — Requiem for a Dream
  • Patrick McGrath — Spider
  • Alex Garland — 28 Days Later
  • Michael Tolkin — The New Age
  • Scott Frank — Out of Sight
  • Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor — Election
  • Lukas Moodysson — Together
  • Paul Laverty — Sweet Sixteen
  • Fernando Leon de Aranoa — Los Lunes al Sol
  • David O. Russell — Three Kings
  • Francois Ozon — Under the Sand
  • Robert Wade and Neal Purvis — Die Another Day
  • Guillermo Arriaga — Amores Perros

Review:

"Screenwriters' Masterclass taps into the same market as Syd Field, but will prove infinitely more useful. This collection truly illuminates the state of contemporary scriptwriting." The Scotsman (U.K.)

Book News Annotation:

In these previously unpublished interviews screenwriters of such Hollywood films as The Silence of the Lambs, Rushmore, and Out of Sight and writers of international renown such as Cuarón and Arriaga dish the inside dirt on the business along with describing why and how they love this most collaborative form of public writing. They cover collaboration of a more immediate kind (Payne's and Taylor's Election), working within the traditions of story (Weitz's About a Boy) and within the world of compromise amongst finance, artistic vision, and differing interpretations of the market (almost everyone else). Scott, who knows film from both an academic and practical level, seems to have chosen questions student writers would ask, so this could serve as supplemental or even primary classroom reading, but is also careful to consider general readers and film buffs, asking about not only the rigors of writing but also the films themselves and the changes the writers endured, some not in silence.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

In these previously unpublished interviews screenwriters of such Hollywood films as The Silence of the Lambs, Rushmore, and Out of Sight and writers of international renown such as Cuarón and Arriaga dish the inside dirt on the business along with describing why and how they love this most collaborative form of public writing. They cover collaboration of a more immediate kind (Payne's and Taylor's Election), working within the traditions of story (Weitz's About a Boy) and within the world of compromise amongst finance, artistic vision, and differing interpretations of the market (almost everyone else). Scott, who knows film from both an academic and practical level, seems to have chosen questions student writers would ask, so this could serve as supplemental or even primary classroom reading, but is also careful to consider general readers and film buffs, asking about not only the rigors of writing but also the films themselves and the changes the writers endured, some not in silence. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

An extraordinary collection of interviews with 21 of the leading screenwriters of our day for aspiring screenwriters, film students, and enthusiasts alike.

Synopsis:

Industry insider Kevin Conroy Scott reveals the secrets of writing a successfulscreenplay in a series of fascinating interviews with 21 of the world's leadingscreenwriters—a wonderfully diverse mix, ranging from writers of Hollywoodblockbusters to top writers on the U.S. and European indie scene.

Scott explores the screenwriters' creative process and shares their insightsinto what worked—and what didn't—in their greatest films, and why. Eachinterview is an entertaining, illuminating look at the screenwriter's world,offering film buffs and aspiring screenwriters a rare glimpse behind thescenes of some of today's most riveting cinema.

Synopsis:

An extraordinary collection of interviews with 21 of the leading screenwriters of our day for aspiring screenwriters, film students, and enthusiasts alike.

Journalist and film industry insider Kevin Conroy Scott presents an invaluable screenwriting masterclass featuring extensive, never-before-published interviews with acclaimed screenwriters ranging from Hollywood pros to top writers in the US and European independent scenes.

Each interview guides the reader through the entire creation process: how the writer handled the painstaking process of creating a three-dimensional world out of their imagination, what worked and what didn't in the finished film--and why, collaborating with directors and actors, and the revision process.

Screenwriters' Masterclass features interviews with:

Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs)

Lisa Chodolenko (High Art)

Carlos Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien)

Chris Weitz (About a Boy)

Michael Haneke (Code Unknown)

Wes Anderson (Rushmore)

Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream)

Patrick McGrath (Spider)

Alex Garland (28 Days Later...)

Michael Tolkin (The New Age)

Scott Frank (Out of Sight)

Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor (Election)

Lukas Moodysson (Together)

Paul Laverty (Sweet Sixteen)

Fernando Leon de Aranoa (Los Lunes al Sol)

David O. Russell (Three Kings)

Francois Ozon (Under the Sand)

Robert Wade and Neal Purvis (Die Another Day)

Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros)

About the Author

Kevin Conroy Scott began his film career in the mailroom at New Line Cinema before becoming the script editor of their London office. He earned his MA in Film History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has written and directed two short films and now works in London as a literary agent and a freelance journalist writing about film.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781557046925
Author:
Scott, Kevin Conroy
Publisher:
Newmarket Press
Subject:
Motion picture authorship
Subject:
Screenwriters
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Film & Video - Screenwriting
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film and Television-Screenwriting
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Newmarket Insider Filmbook
Publication Date:
December 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 5.9 in 19 oz

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"Review A Day" by , "The anecdotes are rich and enticing, particularly when they reveal the lengths those who are bitten by the creative bug will go to for their art....These are some of the longer, more satisfying interviews I've seen in print....If the writers profiled in Scott's book have only one thing in common, it's the love of the form that propels them to keep writing, despite countless obstacles (internal and external), until they've typed those final, fateful words: FADE TO BLACK." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "Screenwriters' Masterclass taps into the same market as Syd Field, but will prove infinitely more useful. This collection truly illuminates the state of contemporary scriptwriting."
"Synopsis" by , An extraordinary collection of interviews with 21 of the leading screenwriters of our day for aspiring screenwriters, film students, and enthusiasts alike.
"Synopsis" by , Industry insider Kevin Conroy Scott reveals the secrets of writing a successfulscreenplay in a series of fascinating interviews with 21 of the world's leadingscreenwriters—a wonderfully diverse mix, ranging from writers of Hollywoodblockbusters to top writers on the U.S. and European indie scene.

Scott explores the screenwriters' creative process and shares their insightsinto what worked—and what didn't—in their greatest films, and why. Eachinterview is an entertaining, illuminating look at the screenwriter's world,offering film buffs and aspiring screenwriters a rare glimpse behind thescenes of some of today's most riveting cinema.

"Synopsis" by , An extraordinary collection of interviews with 21 of the leading screenwriters of our day for aspiring screenwriters, film students, and enthusiasts alike.

Journalist and film industry insider Kevin Conroy Scott presents an invaluable screenwriting masterclass featuring extensive, never-before-published interviews with acclaimed screenwriters ranging from Hollywood pros to top writers in the US and European independent scenes.

Each interview guides the reader through the entire creation process: how the writer handled the painstaking process of creating a three-dimensional world out of their imagination, what worked and what didn't in the finished film--and why, collaborating with directors and actors, and the revision process.

Screenwriters' Masterclass features interviews with:

Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs)

Lisa Chodolenko (High Art)

Carlos Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien)

Chris Weitz (About a Boy)

Michael Haneke (Code Unknown)

Wes Anderson (Rushmore)

Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream)

Patrick McGrath (Spider)

Alex Garland (28 Days Later...)

Michael Tolkin (The New Age)

Scott Frank (Out of Sight)

Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor (Election)

Lukas Moodysson (Together)

Paul Laverty (Sweet Sixteen)

Fernando Leon de Aranoa (Los Lunes al Sol)

David O. Russell (Three Kings)

Francois Ozon (Under the Sand)

Robert Wade and Neal Purvis (Die Another Day)

Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros)

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