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Postwar Renoir: Film and the Memory of Violence

by Colin Davis

This book re-assesses director Jean Renoir's work between his departure from France in 1940 and his death in 1979, and contributes to the debate over how the medium of film registers the impact of trauma.


The Shocking Miss Pilgrim: A Writer in Early Hollywood

by Frederica Sagor Maas

" Freddie Maas's revealing memoir offers a unique perspective on the film industry and Hollywood culture in their early days and illuminates the plight of Hollywood writers working within the studio system....

Adventures in the Screen Trade

by William Goldman

Now available as an ebook for the first time!

No one knows the writer's Hollywood more intimately than William Goldman. Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the bestselling author of Marathon Man,...

Conversations at the American Film Institute with the Great Moviemakers: The Next Generation

by Jr., George Stevens

A companion volume to George Stevens, Jr.’s, much admired book of American Film Institute seminars with the great pioneering moviemakers (“Invaluable”—Martin Scorsese).

Those represented here—directors,...

The Philosophy of Joss Whedon

by Dean A. Kowalski & S. Evan Kreider

Every generation produces a counterculture icon. Joss Whedon, creator of the long-running television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is famed for his subversive wit, rich characters, and extraordinary plotlines....

What Happens Next: A History of American Screenwriting

by Marc Norman

Screenwriters have always been viewed as Hollywood’s stepchildren. Silent-film comedy pioneer Mack Sennett forbade his screenwriters from writing anything down, for fear they’d get inflated ideas about themselves...

The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters

by Karl Iglesias

Aspiring screenwriters can struggle for years to get a foot in the door with Hollywood producers-or they can take a page from the book that offers proven advice from twentyone of the industry's best-and-brightest!...

Writing in Pictures

by Joseph McBride

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.


Keeping the Dream Alive

by Raymond Webster Thompson

'Keeping the Dream Alive' is a unique and intriguing memoir charting the life and times of how someone growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in a very poor working class environment in post-War Britain...

Memo from the Story Department: Secrets of Structure and Character

by Christopher Vogler & David McKenna

Memo From the Story Department offers a battery of storygenerating engines and storyimproving tools, and reliable methods tested on hundreds of Hollywood productions. It goes far beyond the standard advice given...

Rewrite: A Step-By-Step Guide to Strengthen Structure, Characters, and Drama in Your Screenplay

by Paul Chitlik

Professional screenwriters know that the rewriting process is what separates the money-makers from the neophytes. This illustrated, step-by-step guide shows the process of re-writing and why it is so essential....

Writing the TV Drama Series: How to Succeed as a Professional Writer in TV

by Pamela Douglas

Here is the complete guide to the unique craft of writing drama series for television. Learn how the industry works from the experts who work in it, told with insight and wit by today's top television writers...

The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style

by Christopher Riley

The Hollywood Standard describes in clear, vivid prose and hundreds of examples how to format every element of a screenplay or television script. A reference for everyone who writes for the screen, from the...

The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue & Vice for Box Office Success

by Stanley D Williams

The Moral Premise reveals the foundational concept at the heart of all storytelling and successful box office movies. In concrete terms it explains how you can create your own success and, in the process, entertain,...

Psychology for Screenwriters

by William Indick

Screenwriters must understand human behavior to make their stories come alive. This book clearly describes theories of personality and psychoanalysis with simple guidelines, thought provoking exercises, vivid...

The Power of the Dark Side: Creating Great Villains, Dangerous Situations, & Dramatic Conflict

by Pamela Jaye Smith

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.

Horror Screenwriting: The Nature of Fear

by Devin Watson

The horror genre has one of the longest, most distinguished, and often misunderstood bloodlines in history. It is often overlooked by critics, Watson argues, who miss the hard-hitting commentary on society and...

Something Startling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs to Know

by Todd Klick

Klick's book reveals the 120 minutebyminute story genome that unites all successful films. In other words, it shows filmmakers what makes a great movie ticklike no other book has done before.

My Story Can Beat Up Your Story: Ten Ways to Toughen Up Your Screenplay from Opening Hook to Knockout Punch

by Jeffrey Schechter

My Story Can Beat Up Your Story! is the same powerful, easytolearn system that industry insiders have used to generate millions of dollars in script sales and assignments.

You're Funny: Turn Your Sense of Humor Into a Lucrative New Career

by DB Gilles

You're Funny! is the next best thing to being in a comedy writing class. It covers the different ways to earn a living as a comedy writer, including writing sitcoms, jokes for late night talk shows, parody,...