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Screencraft Series: Screenwriting

by Felim MacDermott

Screencraft has undertaken a venture aiming to unravel the multi-layered language of filmmaking by exploring the fusion of those crafts that combine to create the most important art form of the twentieth century. Each book in the series will focus on one key creative discipline within the medium, explaining and illuminating it in the best way possible–through the work of its leading practitioners. In revealing their roles in the filmmaking process, they will shed light on the way films evolve through a fusion of forces which at first glance might appear to be incompatible: art and industry, vision and compromise or design and accident.

The thirteen screenwriters gathered together in this book are world-class storytellers, whose skill at delineating plot and capturing character make them internationally renowned and respected. The contributors speak directly to the reader, allowing a rare insight into the creative process of the screenwriter. The interviews are illustrated with script excerpts, hand-written notes, storyboards, film stills, and photographs from the screenwriters' own personal collections.

Film-making is all about telling stories. While the director is the person responsible for pulling all the aspects of film-making together, the screenwriter creates the backbone of the film; suggesting location, forming

and sustaining plot and devising and building character. The screenwriters in this book come from the US, Ireland, Poland, Italy, Japan, France, Germany, and Canada.


  • Paul Schrader
    Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, American Gigolo
  • George Axelrod
    The Seven Year Itch, The Manchurian Candidate
  • Steven Zailian
    The Falcon and the Snowman, Schindler's List
  • Jim Sheridan
    My Left Foot, The Field
  • William Goldman
    All the President's Men, The Princess Bride
  • Jean-Claude Carriere
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Belle de Jour
  • Kaneto Shindo
    Will to Live, A Last Note
  • Andrew Stanton
    Monsters, Inc., A Bug's Life

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Screencraft Series: Screenwriting
Publisher: Focal Press
Pages: 176
ISBN: 0-240-80512-7


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