Screenwriting With a Conscience

This book also puts forth a livable work philosophy for dealing with the ethics of the screenwriting business, and presents a viable personal philosophy for surviving in the screenwriting world.

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Author: Marilyn Beker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135637934

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 266

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Screenwriting With a Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters is for screenwriters who care deeply about what they write; who are aware that movie images matter and can influence audiences; and who want to create meaningful screenplays that make powerful statements while entertaining and winning over audiences. A user-friendly guide to ethical screenwriting, this book makes the case that social responsibility is endemic to public art while it emphatically champions First Amendment rights and condemns censorship. In this dynamic and practical volume, author Marilyn Beker provides methods for self-assessment of values, ideas, and ethical stances, and demonstrates the application of these values to the development of plot, character, and dialogue. Screenwriters are introduced to ethical decision making models and shown--through specific film examples--how they can be utilized in plot and character development. In addition, specific techniques and exercises are supplied to help screenwriters determine the difference between "good" and "evil," to write realistic and compelling characters based on this determination, and to present "messages" and write dialogue powerfully without preaching. This book also puts forth a livable work philosophy for dealing with the ethics of the screenwriting business, and presents a viable personal philosophy for surviving in the screenwriting world. Screenwriting With a Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters is an indispensible, dynamic guide for the ethics-conscious screenwriter. It is intended for screenwriters at the student and professional level, and is appropriate for beginning to graduate screenwriting courses in film and English programs, and for film courses dealing with Ethics in the Media.

Screenwriting With a Conscience

Ethics for Screenwriters Marilyn Beker ... I maintain that we always know what our conscience tells us. Some of us may choose to disregard our conscience but when we do that, we often feel unsettled and out of sorts.

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Author: Marilyn Beker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135637927

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 266

View: 888

Screenwriting With a Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters is for screenwriters who care deeply about what they write; who are aware that movie images matter and can influence audiences; and who want to create meaningful screenplays that make powerful statements while entertaining and winning over audiences. A user-friendly guide to ethical screenwriting, this book makes the case that social responsibility is endemic to public art while it emphatically champions First Amendment rights and condemns censorship. In this dynamic and practical volume, author Marilyn Beker provides methods for self-assessment of values, ideas, and ethical stances, and demonstrates the application of these values to the development of plot, character, and dialogue. Screenwriters are introduced to ethical decision making models and shown--through specific film examples--how they can be utilized in plot and character development. In addition, specific techniques and exercises are supplied to help screenwriters determine the difference between "good" and "evil," to write realistic and compelling characters based on this determination, and to present "messages" and write dialogue powerfully without preaching. This book also puts forth a livable work philosophy for dealing with the ethics of the screenwriting business, and presents a viable personal philosophy for surviving in the screenwriting world. Screenwriting With a Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters is an indispensible, dynamic guide for the ethics-conscious screenwriter. It is intended for screenwriters at the student and professional level, and is appropriate for beginning to graduate screenwriting courses in film and English programs, and for film courses dealing with Ethics in the Media.

The Screenwriter Activist

The Screenwriter Activist is an in-depth, practical guide for screenwriters who want to change the world by writing meaningful movies that make a difference.

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Author: Marilyn Beker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415897143

Category: Social Science

Page: 186

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Hotel Rwanda. Philadelphia. Silkwood. Some of the most important films ever made have tackled real-world social issues, from genocide to homophobia to corporate greed. As storytellers, activist screenwriters recognize that social issues make great stories that can be gut-wrenching, heart-tugging, funny, tragic, and interesting to watch. The Screenwriter Activist helps screenwriters tell those stories in compelling, non-preachy, and inspiring ways. The Screenwriter Activist is an in-depth, practical guide, appropriate for students in intermediate or graduate screenwriting courses in Film and English Programs as well as professionals who want to write a movie that can make a difference in the world. Using examples from classic and recent popular films, The Screenwriter Activist: Explores the motivation and sensibility a screenwriter needs to embark on a social issue project Gives techniques for choosing compelling subjects Provides historical context for social issue movies Explains how characters legitimize social issue themes Puts forward specific models for structuring advocacy screenplays Lays out a roadmap for how screenwriters can get a social issue movie made If you care deeply about social issues and recognize that films can be highly effective platforms for motivativng audiences to civic involvement and social action, this is the one screenwriting book you need to read.

Ethics in Screenwriting

The most fully-developed conception of the virtuous screenwriter in recent years comes from the work of Marilyn Beker, who has been a pioneer in promoting issues of ethics and screenwriting in her books Screenwriting with a Conscience ...

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Author: Steven Maras

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137544933

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 263

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Ethics in Screenwriting: New Perspectives is a book that breaks new ground by forging a link between screenwriting research and a burgeoning interest in film, media, and narrative ethics. Going beyond the orthodox discussion of morality of film and television, the collection focuses on ethics in screenwriting. Building on a new wave of screenwriting research, as well as a ‘turn to ethics’ in humanities and media studies scholarship, this title forms a bridge between these areas in a unique analysis of a key area of media practice. Each essay goes beyond the general discussion of ethics and media to engage with specific aspects of screenwriting or scripting. Written for readers interested in questions of ethics as well as screenwriting, the collection offers new perspectives on ethical questions associated with Writers and their Production Environment; Actuality and History; and Character and Narrative.

Write to Shoot

Write to Shoot teaches budding screenwriters and screenwriting filmmakers how to write a short script with production in mind.

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Author: Marilyn Beker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317548249

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 180

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Write to Shoot teaches budding screenwriters and screenwriting filmmakers how to write a short script with production in mind. Beker instructs them how to showcase their strengths, tailor projects to shoestring budgets, resources, and practical production parameters without sacrificing the quality and punch of their screenplays, whether they're creating a sizzle short for an unproduced feature script, an independent creative work, or a soapbox to promote a cause. Write to Shoot: Writing Short Films for Production is a must-have guide for anyone who wants to be sure there will be no surprises on set that come from a script that's not ready for production.

Write to Shoot

She is the author of Screenwriting With a Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters and The Screenwriter Activist: Writing Social Issue Movies. She has extensive screenwriting and production experience and is the recipient of the Visionary ...

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Author: Marilyn Beker

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317548256

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 180

View: 641

Write to Shoot teaches budding screenwriters and screenwriting filmmakers how to write a short script with production in mind. Beker instructs them how to showcase their strengths, tailor projects to shoestring budgets, resources, and practical production parameters without sacrificing the quality and punch of their screenplays, whether they're creating a sizzle short for an unproduced feature script, an independent creative work, or a soapbox to promote a cause. Write to Shoot: Writing Short Films for Production is a must-have guide for anyone who wants to be sure there will be no surprises on set that come from a script that's not ready for production.

Maverick Screenwriting

A manual for the adventurous screenwriter Josh Golding. a conscience behind the cocky exterior, while Woody Allen's voiceovers undercut his neurotic on-screen persona. In Fight Club, Ed Norton's detached voiceover shows how far he has ...

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Author: Josh Golding

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408154939

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 382

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Every film development executive says they're looking for original stories. Maverick Screenwriting will teach you how to play with advanced narrative techniques - time, logic and reality - that change the way we look at the world. Discover the techniques that give films like The Matrix, The Truman Show and Avatar an original twist. You will learn: * the difference between plot-driven and concept-driven films * how to play with time, reality and point-of-view in radical ways * how to emotionally connect with your audience * how to create a 'Matrix' that will hold your story together * how to push your concept to the limit- how to tell a story that expresses the unique way you look at the world In Maverick Screenwriting, writers, development executives, producers and directors will all find inspiration and new approaches that will help your film project stand out.

Screenwriting for a Global Market

Laughing Out Loud: Writing the Comedy-Centered Screenplay. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. ———. ... Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay. 2d ed. ... “The Pathological Hero's Conscience: Screenwriter Frank Nugent.

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Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520937529

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 227

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Cinema is a truly global phenomenon and screenwriters who limit their ambitions to Hollywood can unnecessarily limit their careers. This book, loaded with information on every page, provides the practical know-how for breaking into the global marketplace. It is the first book to offer specific advice on writing for screens large and small, around the world from Hollywood to New Zealand, from Europe to Russia, and for alternative American markets including Native American, regional, and experimental. The book provides valuable insider information, such as * Twenty-five percent of German television is written by Hollywood writers. Screenwriters just need to know how to reach that market. * Many countries, including those in the European Union, have script development money available—to both foreign and local talent--from government-sponsored film funds. * The Web's influence on the film industry has been profound, and here you can find out how to network through the Web. The book also lists the key Web addresses for writers. Andrew Horton, author of two acclaimed books on screenwriting, includes personal essays by accomplished screenwriters from around the world and offers insightful case studies of several films and television scripts, among them My Big Fat Greek Wedding; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and The Sopranos. Full of endless enthusiasm for great films and great scripts, this book will be an essential resource for both aspiring writers and accomplished writers hoping to expand their horizons, improve their skills, and increase their chances for success. Includes an interview with Terry Gilliam and contributions from Bernard Gordon, writer for The Day of the Triffids and The Thin Red Line; Lew Hunter, Chair of Screenwriting at UCLA; Karen Hall, writer/producer for Judging Amy and M*A*S*H; and other screenwriters

Screenwriting in a Digital Era

Linda Aronson, The21st Century Screenplay: A Comprehensive Guide toWriting Tomorrow's Films (Crows Nest:Allen &Unwin, 2010), p.172. ... Bert Cardullo, 'A Cinema of Social Conscience: An Interviewwith Ken Loach', The Minnesota Review, ...

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Author: Kathryn Millard

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137319104

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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Screenwriting in a Digital Era examines the practices of writing for the screen from early Hollywood to the new realism. Looking back to prehistories of the form, Kathryn Millard links screenwriting to visual and oral storytelling around the globe, and explores new methods of collaboration and authorship in the digital environment.

Memo from Darryl F Zanuck

... I had " confined my extraordinary talents to screenwriting " I would be the President of the Screen Writers Guild today . ... in the days when a screenwriter had a guilty conscience unless he turned in an " original " once a month .

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Author: Darryl Francis Zanuck

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 0802133320

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 276

View: 570

This volume provides an insider's view of Hollywood's most glamorous era and the elements of film production.