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Performing Arts Screenwriting

How to Make Love to a Movie Star

Writing for Film

by (author) Norman Snider

Exile Editions
Initial publish date
Jun 2012
Screenwriting, Reference
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2012
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Illustrating the multifaceted art of screenwriting, this guide expertly navigates its vital aspects—dramatic structure, the creation of character, and story development. The nature of the writer’s role in the film and television industry—both in Hollywood and in Canada—is explored, and the art of collaboration and the practicalities of writing for commercial Production are examined in detail. Chapters cover classic three-act structure and its multi-character variation, story arc, adapting material from other forms of media, and creating dramatic movement in character. From portraying morality and establishing good and evil to fashioning the element of suspense, this sophisticated handbook also explores film as a business, considering agents, producers, and the arduous task of breaking into the industry.

About the author

Norman Snider of Toronto is a screenwriter, journalist, professor, and fiction writer. He wrote the screenplay for the film Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey the film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, and is available in full as the first book of the Exile Silver Screen Series. He has also published Smokescreen: One Man Against the Underworld and The Roaring 80s & Other Good Times.

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