Monday, May 20, 2013

FilmCraft: Screenwriting (By Tim Grierson)

FilmCraft: Screenwriting by Tim Grierson, the newest title in the acclaimed 7-part FilmCraft series, is available now from the Focal Press. Screenwriting features in-depth interviews with the world's top screenwriters, delving into the personalities and philosophies that have led these writers to champion the art of screenwriting. The screenwriters selected for this book span all genres of film including Oscar-winning writer Stephen Gaghan (Traffic), drama writers Guillermo Arriaga (Babel) and Hossein Amini (Drive), Hollywood writer John August (Big Fish), comedy writer Whit Stillman (Metropolitan), action writer Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard), acclaimed art-house writer Anders Thomas Jensen (Election Night) and many more. Order FilmCraft: Screenwriting on Amazon.com.

In the beautifully constructed book, these screenwriters share their insights and experiences on every aspect that goes into making a successful screenplay. Screenwriting looks at the foundation on which every great film is built-the script. Whether an original concept or an adaptation, the screenplay is the key to the success of a movie-good dialogue, story pacing, and character development are the framework everything else hangs on. This book reveals the mysteries behind how the best scripts are written and reach the screen.

Screenwriting is uniquely written in a format that appeals to the film student, the industry veteran and even the non-practitioner. Any fan of film will love the interview-based format with perspectives from the world's finest screenwriters. Along with the interviews, Screenwriting features Legacy sections each highlighting screenwriting legends of the past who have shaped the way movies are made today - including comedy writer Woody Allen. Additionally, the book is packed with stunning still images from classic films and exclusive on-set photos that will make film fans rejoice.


Tim Grierson is a film and music critic whose writing has appeared in Screen International, Gawker, Paste, L.A. Weekly, Backstage, Vulture, Wired, Blender, and The Village Voice. He is the author of four books, including two in the FilmCraft series: one on cinematography, and one on screenwriting. Tim regularly covers film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, True/False and Outfest, and he is currently vice president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this promotion. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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