With in-depth interviews and revealing insights from those who have done it, this unique behind the scene information is comprehensive in its scope inspiring readers with advice, secrets and war stories from famous screenwriters.
Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; How This Book Works; The Screenwriters; Imagine This; Part 1: It all Starts with a Big Idea; Chapter 1: That's a Lot of Money-Who are these People?; The Blockbuster Screenplay; Two Kinds of Million Dollar Screenwriters; Why They're Paid the Big Bucks; Chapter 2: Blockbuster Movies are Big in Every way; Million Dollar Screenplays Start with a Big Idea; Chapter 3: Begin By Looking in your Heart; Big Ideas Come From the Heart; The Writer's Journal; Ask Yourself Questions Chapter 4: Train your Mind to Think BigThe Two Worlds of a Writer; The World we Live in; The World of Stories; Chapter 5: Imagination is your Biggest Creative Tool; Unleash your Imagination; Think Outside the Box; Part 2: What you Need to know about the Audience; Chapter 6: Writing for a Big Audience; Blockbuster Movies are Intense; Audiences want to be Emotionally Charged; The Mind and the Imagination are Good, too; Other Audience Considerations; Chapter 7: The Audience Loves Heroes; Creating a Blockbuster Main Character; Blockbuster Characters Can Come in Any Package Chapter 8: Blockbuster Stories go PlacesThe Journey Story Structure; The Journey has Spectacle; The Journey is Spiritual; Part 3: Writing a Million Dollar Screenplay; Chapter 9: Start with a Big Idea and Build; Creating a Story; Story Preparation; Chapter 10: Blockbuster Screenplays are Built to Thrill; Three-Act Dramatic Structure; Blockbuster Three-Act Structure; Chapter 11: You have to Work Hard and Play Hard; Start with an Outline; Choose your Writing Weapon; Writers Write; Control what you can; Chapter 12: Blockbuster Writing Style; Screenplay Format; Get Inside their Heads A Great Writing Style Makes you UniqueChapter 13: The Bullet-Proof Screenplay; Your Screenplay should Sell Itself; How to Make your Screenplay Bullet-Proof; Part 4: What you Need to know about Hollywood; Chapter 14: Writing for Hollywood; Movies are Collaborative; The Power of Screenwriters; The Screenwriter's Goal; Pitching your Screenplay; Chapter 15: Tactics and Strategies; You have to Produce your Career; The Self-Starter Strategy; Contests, Fellowships, Festivals, Events; Moving to Los Angeles; Chapter 16: Agents Need you as Much as you Need them; What Agents do; What Agents want How Agents Judge New ClientsAgents Help those who Help themselves; Choosing the Right Agency; Finding an Agent; Making Contact with an Agent; Chapter 17: Readers and Development Executives Need Love; First You Make Love to a Reader; Development Executives Need Love, Too; Chapter 18: Studio Executives have to Hit It Big; It's a Big Job Because of Big Decisions; They Bought it Once, so they'll buy it Again; In the Hollywood Movie Game, be a Player; Chapter 19: How to think Like a Hollywood Screenwriter; Study what Hollywood is Buying; Stay Up-to-Date on Screenwriting Chapter 20: More Tactics and Strategies
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