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Book ElfWeek 11 - The Screenplay
spacer "A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue"
David Mamet

"I went out there for a thousand a week, and I worked Monday, and I got fired Wednesday. The guy that hired me was out of town Tuesday"
Nelson Algren

"I could be just a writer very easily. I am not a writer. I am a screenwriter, which is half a filmmaker.... But it is not an art form, because screenplays are not works of art. They are invitations to others to collaborate on a work of art."
Paul Schrader

Class Meeting #10
Monday, November 2 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
AB2 249

Reading Assignments
Understanding Movies, Chapters 8 and 9

Larry Brody, The Art (Craft? Business?) of Writing for TV
There is a world of difference between writing for film and writing for TV. This is an excellent site from a writer with over 500 hours of network television experience.

Charles Deemer, Dramatic Structure
An excellent discussion of the elements of dramatic structure in relation to screenwriting.

Drew's Script O'Rama
Over 600 theatrical scripts and hundreds of television transcripts

Screenplay 451
Another collection of scripts. These are zipped for quick download.

Howard Meibach, Spec Screenplay Website for Writers
This site focuses more on the sale than on writing. And they do try to sell you things. But the tips and interviews are useful.

Terry Rossia and Ted Elliot, Wordplay
From the writers of Aladdin, Small Soldiers, and many other Disney and Dreamworks projects. Full of tips and tricks.

Writer's Guild of America
Advice, articles, interviews, and profiles from the people who do this for a living.

On-Line Discussion
Continue discussion of "Z" and "Blow Up"
In Class Discussion
"Hollywood Screenwriters and Their Craft" video followed by a discussion with Prof. Alpert
Additional Screenings
There are two important TV shows on this week:
Tuesday, November 3, 8:00 PM - WGCU-TV (Channel 30, Cable 3)
NOVA: "Special Effects: Titanic and Beyond"
a special about special effects

Wednesday, November 4, 9:00 PM - WGCU-TV (Channel 30, Cable 3)
Anatomy of a Homicide: Life on the Street
the first part of this is a behind the scenes documentary on the making of the NBC series Homicide. The second part is a showing of the episode discussed.

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