Story Workout by Elisabeth NonasThis is a book of exercises designed to teach you to trust your instincts as a storyteller. It's not about the rules you need to learn before you break them, the 10 or 3 or 5 easy steps to writing the (your-genre-here) novel or screenplay. It isn't about how to make millions selling what you've written. Plenty of books and websites and seminars already exist to help you there. The goal of this book is to encourage you to think about your own life-the kinds of stories you respond to, how they make you feel, and how those feelings relate to the effect you want your stories to have on your audience. Discovering what connects you to these stories will help you articulate what you need to connect with in the stories you create. Story Workout can be used as a renewable resource because writing isn't something you learn once and are done with.
Call Number: General Stacks PN145 .N66 2016
Publication Date: 2016
Writing Hollywood by Patricia F. PhalenWriting Hollywood highlights the writing process in the production of television drama and comedy series in the U.S. The way writers do their jobs is heavily dependent not only on the demands of commercial business, but also on the uncertainties inherent in a writing career in Hollywood. Drawing on literature in the fields of Media Industry Studies and Occupational Culture, Writing Hollywood explains writers' efforts to control risk and survive in a constantly changing environment. Using data from personal interviews and a six-week participant observation at a prime time drama, Dr. Phalen analyzes the relationships among writers in series television, describes the interactions between writers and studio/network executives, and explains how endogenous and exogenous pressures affect the occupational culture of the television writing profession.
Call Number: General Stacks PN1992.7 .P48 2018
Publication Date: 2017
Classic Sitcom Writers Talk Shop by Finn Kane AsnerBehind every great television show is a group of professionals working at the top of their games--but no one is more important than the writers. And while writing comedy, especially good comedy, is serious business--fraught with actor egos, demanding producers, and sleepless nights--it also can result in classic lines of dialogue. Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Behind the Scenes with Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Other Geniuses of TV Comedy is a collection of conversations with the writers responsible for some of the most memorable shows in television comedy. The men and women interviewed here include series creators, show runners, and staff writers whose talent and hard work have generated literally millions of laughs. In addition to Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show) and Lear (All in the Family), this book features in-depth interviews with: -James L. Brooks (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Simpsons) -Al Jean (The Simpsons, The Critic) -Leonard Stern (The Honeymooners, Get Smart) -Treva Silverman (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) -Ken Estin (Cheers) -Matt Williams (Roseanne, Home Improvement) -Dava Savel (Ellen) -Larry Charles (Seinfeld) -David Lee (Frasier) -Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond) -Mike Reiss (The Simpsons) From these conversations, readers will learn that the business of writing funny has never been all laughs. Writers discuss the creative process, how they get unstuck, the backstories of iconic episodes, and how they cope with ridiculous censors, outrageous actors, and their own demons and fears. Sitcom Writers Talk Shop will appeal to fans of all of these shows and may serve as inspiration to anyone considering a life in comedy.
The udated and revised third edition provides new insights and observations from Vogler's ongoing work on mythology's influence on stories, movies, and man himself. The previous two editons of this book have sold over 180,000 units, making this book a 'classic' for screenwriters, writers, and novelists.
Graphic novel about a filmmaker's learning of fair use and the public domain.
Clearance and Copyright by Michael C. Donaldson; Lisa A. CallifClearance and Copyright is the industry-standard guide to almost every conceivable rights issue that filmmakers, videomakers, television producers, and Internet content creators might encounter. From the initial acquisition of material through the rights issues that arise during preproduction, production, postproduction, and release, this legalese-free guidenow extensively revised, updated, and expandedwill help you protect yourself and your work from disastrous legal actions. Among this edition's new features are links to 25 downloadable contracts and 50 illustrative film clips.