Top 20 Film Courage Screenwriting Interviews and Corresponding Books on the Craft

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Check out Steve’s Book – THE HIDDEN TOOLS OF COMEDY:
The Serious Business Of Being Funny

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About the Book: While other books give you tips on how to “write funny,” this book offers a paradigm shift in understanding the mechanics and art of comedy, and the proven, practical tools that help writers translate that understanding into successful, commercial scripts. The Hidden Tools of Comedy unlocks the unique secrets and techniques of writing comedy. Kaplan deconstructs sequences in popular films and TV that work and don’t work, and explains what tools were used (or should have been used).

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Check out Richard’s Book Essentials of Screenwriting


About the Book:  Anyone fortunate enough to win a seat in Professor Richard Walter’s legendary class at UCLA film school can be confident their career has just taken a quantum leap forward. His students have written more than ten projects for Steven Spielberg alone, plus hundreds of other Hollywood blockbusters and prestigious indie productions, including two recent Oscar winners for best original screenplay-Milk (2008) and Sideways (2006).

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Check out John’s Book The Anatomy of Story

About the Book:  John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood’s most successful films, including Sleepless in Seattle, Scream, and Shrek. The Anatomy of Story is his long-awaited first book, and it shares all his secrets for writing a compelling script. Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting, The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby’s own unique approach to building an effective, multifaceted narrative.

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Film Courage Podcast Episode # 103 ft. Julia Cameron of The Artist's Way and The Vein of Gold Writer Author

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Writer Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way, The Vein of Gold, The Right to Write) calls into Film Courage to discuss where she was in her life when she began writing ‘The Artist’s Way,’ keeping the drama on the page, stealing time to write, and tells us about Julia Cameron LIVE.

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Check out The Artist’s Way

About the Book:  The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for a new century.

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Check out Kathie’s Book ‘The Script-Selling Game’

About the Book:  Explains the processes of developing, pitching, and submitting stories. The book includes such unique information as a 10-point checklist for a completed script, the eight most common reasons why a script can be rejected, what really happens to a script once it’s submitted, how to navigate within the industry, and much more.

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Check out Vicki and Barbara’s New Book!

Notes To Screenwriters: Advancing Your Story, Screenplay, and Career With Whatever Hollywood Throws at You
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About the Book:  Screen storytelling is an essentially collaborative process. Writers need feedback but too often the notes they receive stall them and even demoralize them. This book unpacks the whys and what-fors of all the most commonly given notes on scripts, stories, and writers themselves. Coming from the perspective of experienced Hollywood professionals, Notes to Screenwriters offers insightful and concise guidance on the entire storytelling process, as well as what comes before it in the life of the writer, and after it in the marketing of the screenplay. It is a unique blend of classical storytelling principles combined with practical knowledge of the contemporary marketplace. This book is destined to be a resource for every writer who gets past the initial stage of writing a first draft and needs sage counsel for what to do next.

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Check out – The Secrets of Action Screenwriting
by William C. Martell

 

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About the Book:  Real techniques from a working professional screenwriter that you won’t find anywhere else! Let the other books tell you about the 3 act structure! This book covers: How to write a plot twist, the four kinds of suspense (and how to create it), reversals to keep your description exciting, ten ways to invent new action scenes, secrets and lies, creating the ultimate villain, five kinds of love interests, creating effective violence, is sex necessary?, theme, using magnification to create kick ass stories, weapons for weirdos, plans for world destruction and/or domination, four ways to explode cliches, twelve steps to a more focused script, *every* type of hero, emotional action scenes, your script’s DNA, pre-story goal and the connection to story goal, pacing, *how* to plot, giving them something extra, and more…. Plus a complete analysis of the classic DIE HARD!

Though this book focuses on the Action and Thriller genres, the information can be used in any genre. This is the book professional screenwriters recommend!

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CHECK OUT THE BOOK – “Writing For The Greenlight: How
To Make Your Script The One Hollywood Notices”

About the Book:  Tailor your screenplay to sell. Find out what Hollywood script readers, producers, and studio executives want in a screenplay (and why) from someone who’s been there. Discover what it takes to begin a lasting career as a screenwriter.

Peppered with interviews from established professionals, Writing for the Green Light: How to Make Your Script the One Hollywood Notices gives you a sharp competitive edge by showcasing dozens of everyday events that go on at the studios but are rarely if ever discussed in most screenwriting books. With his behind-the-scenes perspective, Scott Kirkpatrick shows you why the system works the way it does and how you can use its unwritten rules to your advantage.

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How Movies Work – Full Film Courage Screenwriting / Filmmaking Interview with Peter Russell at STORY EXPO 2014
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Check out Michael’s Book
‘Writing Screenplays that Sell’

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About the Book:  For more than twenty years, Writing Screenplays That Sell has been hailed as the most complete guide available on the art, craft, and business of writing for movies and television. Now fully revised and updated to reflect the latest trends and scripts, Hollywood story expert and script consultant Michael Hauge walks readers through every step of writing and selling successful screenplays. If you read only one book on the screenwriter’s craft, this must be the one.

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Check out Mark’s book

‘The Film Director’s Bag of Tricks’

About the Book:  Provides a dazzling array of useful tips to get the performances you want from your actors.
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Creating Great Villains, Dangerous Situations, & Dramatic Conflict by Pamela Jaye Smith

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The Power of the Dark Side

by Pamela Jaye Smith

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About the Book:  Conflict is the very heart and soul of drama, and Smith’s latest work explores character conflict and the various ways to portray it both in scripts and on the stage.

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Check out Peter and Jeffrey’s Book ‘Show Me the Funny’

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About the Book:  Enjoy a unique glimpse into the intelligent and quirky inner workings of the comedic mind! Show Me the Funny! presents 28 top comedy screenwriters from the revered figures of television’s “Golden Age” to today’s favorite movie jokesters. Authors Desberg and Davis put an innovative spin on the traditional interview: each writer was given the same loosely structured comedic premise and asked to develop it in any way he or she wanted-no rules, no boundaries, no limits! The result is a hilarious and illuminating look at the comic process.

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Check out Linda’s Book ‘Making a Good Script Great’

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About the Book:  Making a good script great is more than just a matter of putting a good idea on paper. It requires the working and reworking of that idea. This book takes you through the whole screenwriting process – from initial concept through final rewrite – providing specific methods that will help you craft tighter, stronger, and more saleable scripts. While retaining the invaluable insights that placed its first two editions among the all – time most popular screenwriting books, this expanded, revised, and updated third edition adds rich and important new material on dialogue, cinematic images, and point of view, as well as an interview with screenwriter Paul Haggis. If you are writing your first script, this book will help develop your skills for telling a compelling and dramatic story. If you are a veteran screenwriter, it will help you articulate the skills you know intuitively. And if you are currently stuck on a rewrite, this book will help you analysis and solve your script’s problems and get it back on track.

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Getting it Write: An Insider’s Guide to a Screenwriting Career
by Lee Zahavi Jessup

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About the Book:  There are plenty of books about the craft of screenwriting, and a handful about pitching your screenplay. However, little can be found on how to go from writing to pitching in the professional space. There is no formula, no three-step plan. Getting It Write: An Insider’s Guide to a Screenwriting Career unlocks pragmatic guidance for constructing a screenwriting career, delivered by a sought-after industry authority who works with writers both novice and professional. Never pulling any punches, the book aims to decode Hollywood, prepare the writer for the road ahead, and offer tangible avenues for screenwriting success.

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When A Screenwriter Has 5 Minutes To Pitch A Movie Idea by Larry Hankin at Story Expo 2014

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Check out Gary’s Book ‘Conquering Hollywood’

About the Book:  There are over 1,094 books on Amazon that show you “how to write a screenplay”… but next-to-nothing on how to break into Hollywood, sell your script, and build a successful writing career. Until now. As a producer, Gary W. Goldstein’s movies have generated well over $1B in global box office receipts. His portfolio includes Pretty Woman, Under Siege, and The Mothman Prophecies.

But more importantly — over the last two decades — Gary has nurtured, mentored and launched some of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters. In his book, Conquering Hollywood, he reveals proven career-making strategies, planning and advice for aspiring (and established) screenplay writers.

The strategies in this book will help you whether you’re looking to sell a spec script, option your screenplay, land a writing assignment and get hired, attract an agent or manager of your dreams…or get a producer to take a meeting with you.

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Check out Curtis Ray’s Book

Juvenile Justice 101: A Juvenile Crime Fiction Novel

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About the Book:  Juvenile Justice 101 is a candid look into the world of juvenile crime: those that fight to steer kids back on track, and those that exploit them for material gain.

Julian Marcel doubles as a police officer and an auxiliary probation officer with the Department of Juvenile Justice in Colton, South Carolina. When a new probation kid, Calvin Thompson, is dragged unwillingly by his grandmother to Julian’s office, an onslaught of troubles arise. Calvin’s gang affiliation, and his desire to “move up” in the ranks make it difficult for him to adhere to the judge’s order of probation, which in turn creates major problems for Julian. While Julian is busy focusing on Calvin’s exploits, he neglects another probation kid–Dayne Larkins. Dayne, a spoiled rich kid, is upset about his best friend getting jumped by a band of young thugs, and has revenge on his mind. He intends to get “justice” for his friend, and he plans to make a bang in doing so.
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Check out Joe’s Book ‘The Devil’s Guide to Hollywood’

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About the Book: In The Devil’s Guide to Hollywood, bestselling author and legendary bad-boy screenwriter Joe Eszterhas tells everything he knows about the industry, its players and screenwriting itself–from the first blank sheet of paper in the Olivetti to the size of the credit on the one-sheet.

Often practical and always entertaining, The Devil’s Guide to Hollywood distills everything one of Hollywood’s most accomplished screenwriters knows about the business, from writing advice to negotiation tricks, from the wisdom of past players to the feuds of current ones.  Eszterhas has selected his personal pantheon of the most loved and loathed players in the business and treats the reader to a treasure trove of stories, quotes and wisdom from those luminaries, who include William Goldman (loathes) and Zsa Zsa Gabor (loves).

The Devil’s Guide to Hollywood could only have been written by someone who loves the business as much as Eszterhas does–but who also has its number.

 

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