The Coffee Break Screenwriter

The writer receives guidance and tips at every stage of the often intimidating writing process with a relaxed, "ten minutes at a time" method that focuses the writer and pushes him or her forward.

Author: Pilar Alessandra

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ISBN: 1615932429

Category: Motion picture authorship

Page: 270

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The writer receives guidance and tips at every stage of the often intimidating writing process with a relaxed, "ten minutes at a time" method that focuses the writer and pushes him or her forward. At each step, writers are encouraged to "Take Ten" and tackle an element of their script using the templates and tools provided. "What You've Accomplished" sections help writers review their progress. And "Ten-Minute Lectures" distill and demystify old school theory, allowing the writer to unblock and get writing.
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The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks the Rules

Nope. Who says you have to follow the screenwriting rules? In this book Pilar reviews the rules writers assume they should follow, discusses why they're there in the first place, and then shows you ways to creatively break them!

Author: Pilar Alessandra

Publisher:

ISBN: 1615932828

Category: Motion picture authorship

Page: 86

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Pilar Alessandra's popular book, The Coffee Break Screenwriter, taught writers how to outline quickly, write efficiently, and rewrite creatively. It is the "go-to" book for getting one's story on the page. But now that same writer may be doing a final pass on a project, working with a producer, or coming up with a new project only to be hit with . . . RULES! Should the writer respond to this random list of do's and don'ts pertaining to structure, characters, dialogue, and formatting? Nope. Who says you have to follow the screenwriting rules? In this book Pilar reviews the rules writers assume they should follow, discusses why they're there in the first place, and then shows you ways to creatively break them! Rules evaluated include those addressing: storytelling devices like flashback and voiceover character rules such as empathy and backstory dialogue faux pas such as writing on the nose structural issues such as nonlinear writing and act-break placement formatting sticking points involving emotion and visuals For every "rule" that's discussed, Pilar covers: 1. Why the rule exists. 2. Why writers should break the rule. 3. How writers can break the rule. 4. How breaking the rule can break bad (so break with care).
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Now Write Screenwriting

She is the author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter. Many writers feel they need to do a page-one rewrite, when, in truth, what they really need is a page seventy-five rewrite. They've honored their concept, created some great set pieces ...

Author: Sherry Ellis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101486078

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

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An essential handbook featuring never-before-published writing exercises from the acclaimed screenwriters of Raging Bull, Ali, Terminator 2, Fame, Groundhog Day, Cape Fear, "Lost", "True Blood", "The Shield", and many other hit films and television shows. Now Write! Screenwriting-the latest addition to the Now Write! writing guide series-brings together the acclaimed screenwriters of films like the Oscar-winning Raging Bull, Oscar- nominated Ali, era-defining blockbuster Terminator 2, musical classic Fame, hit series "Lost" "True Blood" and "The Shield," Groundhog Day, Cape Fear, Chicken Run, Reversal of Fortune, Before Sunrise, Mystic Pizza, Indecent Proposal, and many more, to teach the art of the story. *Learn about why it is sometimes best to write what you don't know from Christina Kim ('Lost') *Find out how Stephen Rivele (Ali, Nixon) reduces his screenplay ideas down to their most basic elements, and uses that as a writing guide *Learn why you should focus on your character, not your plot, when digging yourself out of a plot home from Danny Rubin (Groundhog Day) *Take tips from Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run, The Spiderwick Chronicles) on how to give an inanimate object intense emotional significance *Let Kim Krizan (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset) teach you how to stop your internal critic dead in his tracks This lively and easy-to-read guide will motivate both aspiring and experienced screenwriters. No other screenwriting book offers advice and exercises from this many writers of successful, iconic films.
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Rocliffe Notes for Screenwriters

A Professional Approach For Screenwriters and Writer-Directors Farah Abushwesha ... Hauge – Writing Screenplays That Sell • Phil Parker – The Writers' Factory (courses in the UK) • Pilar Alessandra – The Coffee Break Screenwriter, ...

Author: Farah Abushwesha

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 9781843444282

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

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Rocliffe Notes for Screenwriters is a compendium for scriptwriters and filmmakers which brings together tips and opinions from over 140 film and TV industry professionals, and provides a step-by-step, common-sense guide on how writers and writer-directors can best present themselves and their scripts to the industry. Including insider insights from award-winning industry players, it details their habits, scriptwriting processes, daily passions and preoccupations, whilst also looking at the nuts and bolts of the industry, aiming to motivate scriptwriters on their own creative journey, maximise networking opportunities and encourage a professional approach to scriptwriting. An essential armament in any writer's store, contributors include: Moira Buffini, Danny Huston, David Parfitt, Jack Thorne, Sarah Gavron, John Madden, John Yorke, Nik Powell, Peter Kosminsky, Christine Langan and Asif Kapadia.
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Introducing Media Practice

Pilar Alessandra, author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter, convinces us that a screenwriter only needs a ten-minute deadline to write a great idea for a screenplay. If they are given an additional ten minutes they 'overwrite.

Author: Matthew Kerry

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781526448255

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Taking readers from media students to media professionals, Introducing Media Practice brings together the 'why' and the 'how to' of media studies. It explains how adding theory to practice improves students' media projects, and shows them how to develop the kind of project skills they need for a career in the creative and media industries. With a clear, easy-to-follow structure, the book: Covers the full range of media practice skills, from building production teams and writing briefs, through audience research and scripting, to production, distribution and evaluation. Offers a range of exercises for both the classroom and independent learning, helping students put their learning into practice, build their confidence and establish a portfolio. Includes a glossary of key terms, helping students to get to grips with the concepts they need to know to succeed. By bridging the gap between theory and practice, this book provides students with a richer understanding of both. It is the ideal guide to succeeding in a media degree, enhancing their employability, and preparing for a career in the creative and media industries.
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Script Development

participants and members of the Screenwriting Research Network who responded to these thoughts and the 'Dogme' manifesto (Fig. 1), both in person and via email. REFERENCES. Alessandra, P. (2010). The Coffee Break Screenwriter.

Author: Craig Batty

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030487133

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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This book offers the first international look at how script development is theorised and practiced. Drawing on interviews, case studies, discourse analysis, creative practices and industry experiences, it brings together scholars and practitioners from around the world to offer critical insights into this core, but often hidden, aspect of screenwriting and screen production. Chapters speculate and reflect upon how creative, commercial and social practices – in which ideas, emotions, people and personalities combine, cohere and clash – are shaped by the practicalities, policies and rapid movements of the screen industry. Comprising two parts, the book first looks ‘into’ script development from a theoretical perspective, and second looks ‘out from’ the practice to form practitioner-led perspectives of script development. With a rising interest in screenwriting and production studies, and an increased appetite for practice-based research, the book offers a timely mapping of the terrain of script development, providing rich foundations for both study and practice.
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SceneWriting

Chris would like to thank Will Reiser for inviting him into multiple rewarding screenwriting collaborations and sharing ... The Screenwriter's Bible by David Trottier, Backwards & Forwards by David Ball, The Coffee Break Screenwriter by ...

Author: Chris Perry

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501352157

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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You've got an idea for the next great screenplay. Maybe you're just getting started or perhaps you've spent time with other screenwriting books, and you have your hero's journey, plot twists, reversals, and cat-saving moments all planned out. Either way, what stands between you and an amazing finished script are the blank pages that you must fill with engaging and unforgettable scenes. So how the heck do you do that? SceneWriting will show you.
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Freewriting with Purpose

https://education.alberta.ca/media/3272998/competencyindicators-september-30-2016.pdf. Alessandra, Pilar. 2017. The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks the Rules: A Guide for the Rebel Writer. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions.

Author: Karen Filewych

Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited

ISBN: 9781551389394

Category: Education

Page: 144

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In freewriting, we write continuously: we begin with a prompt and keep our pen or pencil moving throughout the entire duration. We do not stop to question or censor ourselves; we do not concern ourselves with spelling, punctuation, capitalization, or grammar; we do not allow critical thoughts. This practical book shows teachers how to use freewriting to help kids write well and more, regardless of grade level, subject, or time of day or year. It is a simple process to implement, and yet makes a significant difference in teacher attitudes, student confidence, and, ultimately, student writing abilities.
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Your Goal Guide

I can't wait to share her wisdom with my screenwriting clients and writing students.” —Pilar Alessandra, screenwriting instructor at On the Page and author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter “If you ever dared to dream big, ...

Author: Debra Eckerling

Publisher: Mango Media Inc.

ISBN: 9781642501513

Category: Self-Help

Page: 290

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Accomplish Your Goals―Without the Stress Start with a plan. One of the biggest reasons goals fail is that we often don’t put enough thought into what we really want before diving in. Your Goal Guide by Debra Eckerling starts with that first, crucial step: figuring out your goals and putting a plan in place. As a professional writer, communications specialist, and project catalyst with more than 20 years of experience, Eckerling is prepared to help you achieve success. A method that works. Eckerling presents readers with her own tested and proven method: The DEB Method. DEB is a brainstorming and task-based system and stands for: Determine Your Mission, Explore Your Options, Brainstorm Your Path. Eckerling's method is a roadmap for goal setting that helps professionals lay down a plan and accomplish their mission. Making the process as stress-free as possible. Goals can be intimidating because of the pressure we often put on ourselves to succeed. However, Eckerling believes that setting goals should be easy―we just need the right tools to tackle them. Through a combination of writing exercises and systems, Eckerling provides readers with a process for making and setting goals that is stress-free and easy-to-manage. Debra Eckerling’s Your Goal Guide is your next step to success. Open it up and find: • To-the-point advice and user-friendly recommendations • Easy-to-read examples and case studies • Adaptable worksheets and numerous resources to bring you one step closer to goal achievement Readers of books like Atomic Habits, Your Best Year Ever, and The Bullet Journal Method will love Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals.
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Screenwriting is Storytelling

Although this notion may seem basic, what distinguishes a good screenwriter from a great screenwriter is the humility to recognize that whether we are sitting around a campfire, chatting on a coffee break, or writing a major motion ...

Author: Kate Wright

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101161623

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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While most screenwriting books focus on format and structure, Kate Wright explains how to put story at the center of a screenplay. A compelling story, complete with intriguing characters and situations created with these screenwriting tricks of the trade can become a box office blockbuster film. Screenwriters will learn: - Developing themes within the plot - Using structure to define the story - Creating memorable characters - Establishing moral dilemmas and conflicts - Achieving classic elements of storytelling in a three-act dramatic structure - Mastering different genres
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