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Writing the Great American Screenplay by Richard Walter

Writing the Great American Screenplay

by Richard Walter

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Unabridged Edition
Running Time
2 Hrs. 48 Min.
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Writers once dreamed of writing novels. Now screenplays top the dream list. Hear two top teachers explain the sometimes ungentle art of writing salable movie and television scripts.

Screenwriting: How to Move Your Tale
In this fast-moving and entertaining seminar, Richard Walter praises commercial film and TV for catering to its audience. Popularity, he says, comes directly from the story. "Everything is important," he says, "but none of it means anything outside the context of the story." His expert advice on structure, lie through your teeth, integrate, and think beginnings, middles, and ends, will help your screenplay take a quantum leap in the direction of success.

Screenwriting Tricks of the Trade
Emmy winner William Froug presents practical, write-from-the-gut advice that resounds with experience and integrity. "What you feel is what counts," says Froug. He advises how to:

  • Make the dialogue lean
  • Get intimate with your characters
  • Keep the dramatic tension in your script
  • Reveal information only when it has impact
  • Use the techniques of foreshadowing and surprise
  • Put aside formulas and get your best script down on paper

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