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The MFA in Film is a three-year program in screenwriting, directing, and producing, with production periods culminating in a feature screenplay, an MFA thesis film, or a feature producer’s package.
A History of the Screenplay by Steven PriceThe screenplay is currently the focus of extensive critical re-evaluation, however, as yet there has been no comprehensive study of its historical development. International in scope and placing emphasis on the development and variety of screenplay texts themselves, this book will be an important and innovative addition to the current literature.
Call Number: PN1996 .P85 2013 Main Stacks
Analysing the Screenplay by Jill Nelmes (Editor)Most producers and directors acknowledge the crucial role of the screenplay, yet the film script has received little academic attention until recently, even though the screenplay has been in existence since the end of the 19th century. Analysing the Screenplayhighlights the screenplay as an important form in itself, as opposed to merely being the first stage of the production process. It explores a number of possible approaches to studying the screenplay, considering the depth and breadth of the subject area, including: the history and early development of the screenplay in the United States, France and Britain the process of screenplay writing and its peculiar relationship to film production the assumption that the screenplay is standardised in form and certain stories or styles are universal the range of writing outside the mainstream, from independent film to story ideas in Bhutanese film production to animation possible critical approaches to analysing the screenplay. Analysing the Screenplayis a comprehensive anthology, offering a global selection of contributions from internationally renowned, specialist authors. Together they provide readers with an insight into this fascinating yet complex written form. This anthology will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students on a range of Film Studies courses, particularly those on scriptwriting.
Call Number: PN1996 .A64 2011 Main Stacks
Understanding Screenwriting by Tom Stempel; StempelFrom the author's introdution: This book isn't about me, it's about you. I am a teacher, not a guru. As a wise teacher once said, .With a guru it is all about the guru'his vision and the students' loyalty to him. Whereas with a teacher, it is all about the students learning.. You should be reading this book because you, as screenwriters, directors, producers, development executives, critics, historians, students in thosedisciplines, and just plain movie fans want to learn about screenplays. Feisty, clever, entertaining, and at times incredibly arch and cutting, Tom Stempel's Understanding Screenwriting delivers a practical how-to (or how-NOT-to) guide to writing a screenplay. Why study a bad screenplay? For the simple fact that it will train you to look for problems in your own work and avoid them in the future. ? Why does Rear Window's success owe more to John Michael Hayes's screenplay than Alfred Hitchcock's directing? ? Why is Bull Durham's .I believe in the church of baseball. one of the great opening lines in the history of movies? ? Why is James Cameron's first draft screenplay for Titanic better than the film? ? What can we learn from Kinsey about writing about sex for American audiences? ? Why is Lawrence of Arabia one of the best examples of .writing for performance. in films, not only the performances of the actors, but also of the director, cinematographer, and composer? Stempel guides the reader through a cross section of cinema: historical epic, adventure,science fiction, teen comedy, drama, romantic comedy, suspense'films with budgets large and small. selective in its discussions and (sometimes withering) analyses, Stempel dissects the blockbusters and the bombs, discusses why certain aspects of a screenplay work and others do not, explains the difference between the film we watch and what was, the screenplay, and lays out some of screenwriting's hard and fast taboos, only to give examples of screenplays that break them, with successful results. Full of insight for novice and expert screenwriters alike, Understanding Screenwriting is the perfect book for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of how screenplays work.
Call Number: PN1996 .S79 2008 Main Stacks
Bambi vs. Godzilla by David MametIn Bambi vs. Godzilla, David Mamet, the award-winning playwright and screenwriter, gives us an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from the perspective of a filmmaker who has always played the game his own way. Who really reads the scripts at the film studios? How is a screenplay like a personals ad? Whose opinion matters when revising a screenplay? Why are there so many producers listed in movie credits? And what the hell do those producers do, anyway? Refreshingly unafraid to offend, Mamet provides hilarious, surprising, and bracingly forthright answers to these and other questions about virtually every aspect of filmmaking, from concept to script to screen. He covers topics ranging from “How Scripts Got So Bad” to the oxymoron of “Manners in Hollywood.” He takes us step-by-step through some of his favorite movie stunts and directorial tricks, and demonstrates that it is craft and crew, not stars and producers, that make great films. He tells us who his favorite actors and what his favorite movies are, who he thinks is the most perfect actor to grace the screen, and who he thinks should never have appeared there. Demigods and sacred cows of the movie business–beware! But for the rest of us, Mamet speaking truth to Hollywood makes for searingly enjoyable reading.
Call Number: PN1993.5 .U6 M244 2007 Main Stacks
Story: substance, structure, style and the principles of screenwriting by Robert McKee
Call Number: PN1996 .M465 1998 Southampton
Screenwriters by Helena Lumme; Mika ManninenBased on their major show at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Science, award winning authors Lumme and Manninen reveal the hidden talents behind Hollywood's most famous films. Forty-eight leading screenwriters are introduced in brilliant portrait photography and their own revealing words. From Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard), Ernest Lehman (North By Northwest) and Robert Towne (The Firm) to Oliver Stone (Platoon), Nora Ephron (Sleepless In Seattle), Richard La Gravanese (Beloved) and Steven Zaillan (Schindler's List).
Call Number: PN1998.2 .S36 1999 Southampton
Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters by Michael TiernoAn insightful how-to guide for writing screenplays that uses Aristotle's great work as a guide. Long considered the bible for storytellers, Aristotle's Poetics is a fixture of college courses on everything from fiction writing to dramatic theory. Now Michael Tierno shows how this great work can be an invaluable resource to screenwriters or anyone interested in studying plot structure. In carefully organized chapters, Tierno breaks down the fundamentals of screenwriting, highlighting particular aspects of Aristotle's work. Then, using examples from some of the best movies ever made, he demonstrates how to apply these ancient insights to modern-day screenwriting. This user-friendly guide covers a multitude of topics, from plotting and subplotting to dialogue and dramatic unity. Writing in a highly readable, informal tone, Tierno makes Aristotle's monumental work accessible to beginners and pros alike in areas such as screenwriting, film theory, fiction, and playwriting.
Call Number: PN1040 A53 T54 2002 Main Stacks
Writing a Screenplay by John CostelloExploding the myth that a screenplay is the easiest literary form to master, this book navigates a relatively painless path through the screenwriting labyrinth and offers an easy-to-digest, step-by-step guide to writing a script from inception to completion. If you don't learn, you won't earn.