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Genre Screenwriting: How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell

Genre Screenwriting: How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell
Your Price: $29.95 CDN
Author: Stephen V. Duncan
Publisher: Continuum
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 204
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 0826429939
ISBN-13: 9780826429933

About the book:

It's simple: films need to have commercial value for the studios to produce them, distributors to sell them, and theater chains to screen them. While talent definitely plays a part in the writing process, it can be the well-executed formulaic approaches to the popular genres that will first get you noticed in the industry.

Genre Screenwriting: How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell does not attempt to probe in the deepest psyche of screenwriters and directors of famous or seminal films, nor does it attempt to analyze the deep theoretic machinations of films. Duncan's simple goal is to give the reader, the screenwriter, a practical guide to writing each popular film genre. Employing methods as diverse as using fairy tales to illustrate the how to process for each popular genre, and discussing these popular genres in modern television and its relation to its big screen counterpart, Duncan provides a one-stop shop for novices and professionals alike.

What people say:

"[This book] reveals the secrets of a successful screenplay across a range of genres and employs a variety of methods to illustrate the processes." — Writer's Forum

"Duncan concentrates here on the nuts and bolts of writing commercial screenplays. He explores each of the five primary film genres and a few subgenres to help readers understand the formula for each well enough to write — and perhaps sell — a successful screenplay of their own. Although not aiming for a general screenwriting primer, Duncan gives a brief overview on screenwriting basics. He uses his own speculative scripts, based on reworked fairy tales, as illustrations for each genre covered… Each chapter closes with helpful textual notes; appendixes provide worksheets for genre and character development." — Library Journal

About the Author:

Stephen V. Duncan is an Associate Professor, and currently Chair of the Screenwriting Department, at Loyola Marymount University.