Plots and Characters: A Screenwriter on Screenwriting

Plots and Characters: A Screenwriter on Screenwriting

by Millard Kaufman

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A working writer from the old studio system to the here and now, twice Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Millard Kaufman effortlessly brings the reader from Hollywood Day One to Hollywood today, infusing stories about films from the silent era to the Golden Era to the present with an equally timeless quality. His sketches of the filmmaking menagerie range from hairdressers who claim credit for the success of a film to megalomaniacal moguls who spit out barbarisms like bad seeds.
Based on over fifty years of experience as a screenwriter and teacher, Plots and Characters expertly leads aspiring writers through the various challenges of sitting down to write every day, while articulating the particular frustration even the most accomplished writers must face. Citing hundreds of films, classic tales, and the history of aesthetics, Kaufman dissects the compelling elements of story and structure with an even hand and a shrewd eye, all the while spinning tales with a wit and a gift for the telling that may make you forget this is a book about screenwriting.
Augmenting Kaufman�s wise words on the screenwriting process are short essays scattered throughout the text from modern-day screenwriters who offer decidedly individual � and occasionally contradictory � takes on the art of getting it down on paper. They include:

Alex Cox (Repo Man)
Larry David (Seinfeld)
Scott Franks (Get Shorty)
Bryan Gordon (Ray�s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall)
Nick Kazan (Reversal of Fortune)
Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise)
Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects)
Jessie Nelson (Corrina, Corrina)
Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams)
Eric Roth (Forrest Gump)
Michael Schiffer (Colors)
Robin Swicord (Little Women)
Alan Zweibel (It�s Garry Shandling�s Show)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149753734
Publisher: Lorraine Kaufman
Publication date: 06/12/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 265
File size: 224 KB

About the Author

Millard Kaufman was a successful screenwriter with Academy Award nominations for his screenplays of Bad Day at Black Rock (1954) and Take the High Ground. His other films, including Never So Few and Raintree Country have garnered critical praise and success at the box office. In addition, he was the co-creator of the beloved Mr. Magoo, a columnist for Scenario Magazine, and taught screenwriting at John Hopkins University, The University of Southern California (USC), and The Sundance Institute. His other work includes the novels, Bowl of Cherries (2007) and Misadventure (2010). Kaufman passed away in 2009 at the age of 92.

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