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SCREENWRITING

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THE SCREENPLAY
Written by SCOTT ALEXANDER, LARRY KARASZEWSKI
Contribution by TYLER STALLINGS

Format: Trade Paperback, 222 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/16/2014

Price: $11.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-91164-8

WITH AN INTERVIEW WITH MARGARET KEANE

The full screenplay by award-winning Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for acclaimed director Tim Burton's film Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.

A rare close-up look into a corner of the 1950s and '60s art world and a perfectly observed account of a dysfunctional marriage, Big Eyes tells the true story of Margaret Keane, an artist who lived and worked in virtual slavery while her husband, Walter, gained fame and fortune...

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Written by CORMAC MCCARTHY

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/15/2013

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80359-7

On the eve of becoming a married man, the Counselor makes a risky entrée into the drug trade—and gambles that the consequences won’t catch up to him.

Along the gritty terrain of the Texas–Mexico border, a respected and recently engaged lawyer throws his stakes into a cocaine trade worth millions. His hope is that it will be a one-time deal and that, afterward, he can settle into life with his beloved fiancée. But instead, the Counselor finds himself mired in a brutal and dangerous game—one...

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SCREENWRITING MADE (MOSTLY) PAINLESS
Written by JOSEPH MCBRIDE

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/28/2012

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-74292-6

Writing in Pictures is a refreshingly practical and entertaining guide to screenwriting that provides what is lacking in most such books: a clear, step-by-step demonstration of how to write a screenplay.

Seasoned screenwriter and writing teacher Joseph McBride breaks down the process into a series of easy, approachable tasks, focusing on literary adaptation as the best way to learn the basics and avoiding the usual formulaic approach. With its wealth of useful tips, along with colorful...

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UNDERGROUND WRITERS AND FILMMAKERS OF THE POSTWAR ERA
Written by DAVID COCHRAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 06/22/2010

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34218-8

In America Noir David Cochran details how ten writers and filmmakers challenged the social pieties prevalent during the Cold War, such as the superiority of the American democracy, the benevolence of free enterprise, and the sanctity of the suburban family. Rod Sterling’s The Twilight Zone featured victims of vast, faceless, bureaucratic powers. Jim Thompson’s noir thrillers, such as The Grifters, portrayed the ravages of capitalism on those at the bottom of the social ladder. Patricia...

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A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO PERFECTING YOUR WORK
Written by ROBERT J. RAY

Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages

Publisher: Watson-Guptill

On Sale: 02/16/2010

Price: $18.99

ISBN: 978-0-823-08443-2

This follow-up to the bestselling The Weekend Novelist will guide writers of all levels through the next phase in crafting their novel: the rewrite.
 
You’ve finished your first draft—congratulations! Think it’s ready for publication? Think again. The next stage is all about revising and reworking your manuscript—fine-tuning the plot, adding or improving subplots, and fleshing out characters; in short, addressing important structural issues that make or break a novel.
 
Robert J. Ray, who...

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TRADITIONAL AND NEW METHODS FOR RUNNING A SHOW FROM FIRST REHEARSAL TO LAST PERFORMANCE
Written by THOMAS A. KELLY

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Back Stage Books

On Sale: 06/16/2009

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-823-09802-6

The Most Widely Used Manual For Aspiring And Veteran Stage Managers - Now Revised and Expanded


The next best thing to shadowing a Broadway stage manager, this detailed, behind-the-scenes book as been brought completely up to date. First published in 1991, it is widely used and has been lauded as the most comprehensive, educational book on stage management available. From preproduction planning and first rehersals to opening night and final strike, all the essentials of the profession are...

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A WRITER'S GUIDE TO THE TV BUSINESS
Written by CHAD GERVICH

Format: Trade Paperback, 450 pages

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

On Sale: 11/25/2008

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-39531-3

The book has been adopted for course use at Long Island University and California State University, Fullerton

From mediabistro.com, the media industry’s most well-respected source for jobs, professional development, and community, this inside-the-business guide gives readers the knowledge and tools needed to infiltrate Hollywood and land a job as a TV writer. The book details Hollywood’s inner workings and shows how networks, studios, and production companies work together, how the process...

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A HISTORY OF AMERICAN SCREENWRITING
Written by MARC NORMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

On Sale: 09/30/2008

Price: $19.99

ISBN: 978-0-307-39388-3

“Fascinating.”
Los Angeles Times

A brilliant, wildly entertaining history of Hollywood from the screenwriters’ perspective

In this truly fresh take on the movies, veteran Oscar-winning screenwriter Marc Norman gives us the first comprehensive history of the men and women who penned some of the greatest movies of all time. Impeccably researched, erudite, and filled with unforgettable stories of the stars and scribes, amateurs and auteurs, directors, producers, and legendary moguls, What Happens...

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HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES AND ACHIEVE SUCCESS AS A WORKING ACTOR
Written by PAUL RUSSELL

Format: Trade Paperback, 324 pages

Publisher: Back Stage Books

On Sale: 09/30/2008

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-823-09955-9

Acting: Make It Your Business, written by an award-winning, veteran casting director, puts the power to land jobs and thrive in any medium - stage, film, TV, or the Internet - directly into the hands of the actor. This blunt, wise, and often hilarious guide overflows with cutting-edge audition, marketing, and networking strategies, combining traditional techniques with those best suited for the digital age. Well-known actors and powerful agents make cameos throughout, offering newcombers and...

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AN ACTOR'S REFERENCE TO OVER 1,000 SCENES AND MONOLOGUES FROM MORE THAN 300 CONTEMPORARY PLAYS
Edited by ED HOOKS

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Back Stage Books

On Sale: 10/16/2007

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-823-09949-8

All actors and acting teachers need The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook, the invaluable guide to finding just the right piece for every audition. The unique format of the book is ideal for acting teachers who want their students to understand each monologue in context. This remarkable book describes the characters, action, and mood for more than 1,000 scenes in over 300 plays. Using these guidelines, the actor can quickly pinpoint the perfect monologue, then find the text in the...

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FOR MONEY OR JUST FOR FUN

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Back Stage Books

On Sale: 08/01/2006

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-823-04947-9

Aimed at teens and tweens, Acting for Young Actors lets kids hone their skills and develop their craft. It begins with the five W's: WHO am I? WHAT do I want? WHY do I want it? WHERE am I? WHEN does this event take place? Sounds basic - but many young child actors are told simply to "get up there and act." This book explores each of these questions, using helpful exercises to allow young actors to work through problems of character identity and motivation. With comprehensive chapters on...

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MYTHMAKING IN AMERICAN FILM
Written by BRUCE CHADWICK

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/03/2002

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-70832-9

During the late nineteenth century, magazines, newspapers, novelists, and even historians presented a revised version of the Civil War that, intending to reconcile the former foes, downplayed the issues of slavery and racial injustice, and often promoted and reinforced the worst racial stereotypes. The Reel Civil War tells the history of how these misrepresentations of history made their way into movies.

More than 800 films have been made about the Civil War. Citing such classics as Birth of...

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