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Big Eyes
The Screenplay
Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
Contribution by Tyler Stallings


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 16, 2014
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-1-101-91164-8 (1-101-91164-6)

WITH AN INTERVIEW WITH MARGARET KEANE

The full screenplay by award-winning Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for acclaimed director Tim Burton's film Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.

A rare close-up look into a corner of the 1950s and '60s art world and a perfectly observed account of a dysfunctional marriage, Big Eyes tells the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Acting for Young Actors
For Money Or Just for Fun
Written by Mary Lou Belli and Dinah Lenney


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Back Stage Books
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-4947-9 (0-8230-4947-7)

Aimed at teens and tweens, Acting for Young Actors lets kids hone their skills and develop their craft. It begins with the five W's: WHO am I? WHAT do I want? WHY do I want it? WHERE am I? WHEN does this event take place? Sounds basic - but many young... Read more >

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The Reel Civil War
Mythmaking in American Film
Written by Bruce Chadwick


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70832-9 (0-375-70832-4)

During the late nineteenth century, magazines, newspapers, novelists, and even historians presented a revised version of the Civil War that, intending to reconcile the former foes, downplayed the issues of slavery and racial injustice, and often promoted and reinforced the worst racial stereotypes. The Reel Civil War tells the history of... Read more >
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America Noir
Underground Writers and Filmmakers of the Postwar Era
Written by David Cochran


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-218-8 (1-58834-218-2)

In America Noir David Cochran details how ten writers and filmmakers challenged the social pieties prevalent during the Cold War, such as the superiority of the American democracy, the benevolence of free enterprise, and the sanctity of the suburban family. Rod Sterling’s The Twilight Zone featured victims of vast, faceless, bureaucratic... Read more >

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Monster
Living Off the Big Screen
Written by John Gregory Dunne


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 17, 1998
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75024-3 (0-375-75024-X)

John Gregory Dunne--journalist, novelist, and screenwriter--gives students an intimate, accurate account of Hollywood, offering a riveting expose of life and work in the movie industry.  In 1988 Dunne and his wife, Joan Didion, were asked to write a screenplay about the dark and complicated life of the late TV anchorwoman, Jessica Savitch.  Eight... Read more >
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When Harry Met Sally. . .

Written by Nora Ephron


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 24, 1990
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72903-7 (0-679-72903-8)

Rob Reiner’s enormously funny and moving When Harry Met Sally . . . —a romantic comedy about the difficult, frustrating, awful, funny search for happiness in an American city, where the primary emotion is unrequited love— has delighted audience since it first was released. Here is the complete screenplay is published... Read more >
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Four Screenplays
Studies in the American Screenplay
Written by Syd Field


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: August 1, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50490-0 (0-440-50490-2)

Field examines four groundbreaking contemporary classics "Thelma and Louise," "Terminator 2: Judgement Day," "The Silence of the Lambs," and "Dances with Wolves" to show how a great script is written. This book includes a frame-by-frame analysis, as well as in-depth interviews with the four screenwriters.

"This is one of the very best... Read more >
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The Screenwriter's Problem Solver
How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problems
Written by Syd Field


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: February 17, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50491-7 (0-440-50491-0)

Bestselling author Syd Field, who works on over 1,000 screenplays a year, shows students how to identify and fix common screenwriting problems. Students will learn to: understand what makes great stories work; make their screenplay work in the first ten pages, using such hits as "Pulp Fiction," "Thelma & Louise" and... Read more >
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Selling a Screenplay
The Screenwriter's Guide to Hollywood
Written by Syd Field


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: November 1, 1989
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50244-9 (0-440-50244-6)

This book, an essential guide for every writer, is filled with frank, real-life advice from producers, agents, and screenwriters about what sells, how to pitch a product, developing a marketing strategy, how to get an agent, and much more.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Preface, Introduction, Part I: Buyers and Sellers; 1. The Market; 2... Read more >
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Mediabistro.com Presents Small Screen, Big Picture
A Writer's Guide to the TV Business
Written by Chad Gervich


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: November 25, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39531-3 (0-307-39531-6)

The book has been adopted for course use at Long Island University and California State University, Fullerton

From mediabistro.com, the media industry’s most well-respected source for jobs, professional development, and community, this inside-the-business guide gives readers the knowledge and tools needed to infiltrate Hollywood and land a job as a TV... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Which Lie Did I Tell?
More Adventures in the Screen Trade
Written by William Goldman


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 20, 2001
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70319-5 (0-375-70319-5)

William Goldman's Adventures in the Screen Trade was a classic for moviephiles, revealing all the secrets behind the business of the big screen. Now, screenwriter extraordinaire Goldman returns to give us the latest lowdown on Hollywood moviemaking. He dishes the dirt, adventure by adventure, from his most recent films -- the... Read more >
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The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook, Updated and Expanded Edition
An Actor's Reference to Over 1,000 Scenes and Monologues from More than 300 Contemporary Plays
Edited by Ed Hooks


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Back Stage Books
On Sale: October 16, 2007
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-9949-8 (0-8230-9949-0)

All actors and acting teachers need The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook, the invaluable guide to finding just the right piece for every audition. The unique format of the book is ideal for acting teachers who want their students to understand each monologue in context. This remarkable book describes the characters... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Back Stage Guide to Stage Management, 3rd Edition
Traditional and New Methods for Running a Show from First Rehearsal to Last Performance
Written by Thomas A. Kelly


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Back Stage Books
On Sale: June 16, 2009
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-9802-6 (0-8230-9802-8)

The Most Widely Used Manual For Aspiring And Veteran Stage Managers - Now Revised and Expanded


The next best thing to shadowing a Broadway stage manager, this detailed, behind-the-scenes book as been brought completely up to date. First published in 1991, it is widely used and has been lauded as the most... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Something Like An Autobiography

Written by Akira Kurosawa


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1983
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71439-4 (0-394-71439-3)

Translated by Audie E. Bock.

"A first rate book and a joy to read... It's doubtful that a complete understanding of the director's artistry can be obtained without reading this book.... Also indispensable for budding directors are the addenda, in which Kurosawa lays out his beliefs on the primacy of a good... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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You Can Count on Me
A Screenplay
Written by Kenneth Lonergan


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71392-7 (0-375-71392-1)

Acclaimed playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me is one of the most highly praised independent films of recent years, earning many of the major screenplay awards.

This is the lovingly drawn story of a sister and brother’s complicated, fragile, but somehow enduring bond. Sammy and Terry Prescott were orphaned as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Writing in Pictures
Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless
Written by Joseph McBride


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 28, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74292-6 (0-307-74292-X)

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.

Seasoned screenwriter and writing teacher Joseph McBride breaks down the process into a series of easy, approachable tasks, focusing on literary... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Counselor (Movie Tie-in Edition)
A Screenplay
Written by Cormac McCarthy


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80359-7 (0-345-80359-0)

On the eve of becoming a married man, the Counselor makes a risky entrée into the drug trade—and gambles that the consequences won’t catch up to him.

Along the gritty terrain of the Texas–Mexico border, a respected and recently engaged lawyer throws his stakes into a cocaine trade worth millions. His hope... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What Happens Next
A History of American Screenwriting
Written by Marc Norman


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-39388-3 (0-307-39388-7)

“Fascinating.”
Los Angeles Times

A brilliant, wildly entertaining history of Hollywood from the screenwriters’ perspective

In this truly fresh take on the movies, veteran Oscar-winning screenwriter Marc Norman gives us the first comprehensive history of the men and women who penned some of the greatest movies of all time. Impeccably researched, erudite, and filled... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel
A Step-by-Step Guide to Perfecting Your Work
Written by Robert J. Ray


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: February 16, 2010
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-8443-2 (0-8230-8443-4)

This follow-up to the bestselling The Weekend Novelist will guide writers of all levels through the next phase in crafting their novel: the rewrite.
 
You’ve finished your first draft—congratulations! Think it’s ready for publication? Think again. The next stage is all about revising and reworking your manuscript—fine-tuning the plot, adding or... Read more >

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Acting -- Make It Your Business
How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success As a Working Actor
Written by Paul Russell


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Back Stage Books
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-9955-9 (0-8230-9955-5)

Acting: Make It Your Business, written by an award-winning, veteran casting director, puts the power to land jobs and thrive in any medium - stage, film, TV, or the Internet - directly into the hands of the actor. This blunt, wise, and often hilarious guide overflows with cutting-edge audition, marketing, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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