Cinema is a truly global phenomenon and screenwriters who limit their ambitions to Hollywood can unnecessarily limit their careers. This book, loaded with information on every page, provides the practical know-how for breaking into the global marketplace. It is the first book to offer specific advice on writing for screens large and small, around the world from Hollywood to New Zealand, from Europe to Russia, and for alternative American markets including Native American, regional, and experimental.
The book provides valuable insider information, such as
* Twenty-five percent of German television is written by Hollywood writers. Screenwriters just need to know how to reach that market.
* Many countries, including those in the European Union, have script development money available—to both foreign and local talent--from government-sponsored film funds.
* The Web's influence on the film industry has been profound, and here you can find out how to network through the Web. The book also lists the key Web addresses for writers.
Andrew Horton, author of two acclaimed books on screenwriting, includes personal essays by accomplished screenwriters from around the world and offers insightful case studies of several films and television scripts, among them My Big Fat Greek Wedding; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and The Sopranos. Full of endless enthusiasm for great films and great scripts, this book will be an essential resource for both aspiring writers and accomplished writers hoping to expand their horizons, improve their skills, and increase their chances for success.
Includes an interview with Terry Gilliam and contributions from Bernard Gordon, writer for The Day of the Triffids and The Thin Red Line; Lew Hunter, Chair of Screenwriting at UCLA; Karen Hall, writer/producer for Judging Amy and M*A*S*H; and other screenwriters
Foreword by Bernard Gordon
Introduction: Drink Locally, Write Globally
PART 1. AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY WAYS
Chapter 1. Have Laptop and Passport, Will Travel: Personal Takes on Worldwide Screenwriting
Chapter 2. The Hollywood Influence on Worldwide Screenwriting and International/Independent Influences on Hollywood
Chapter 3. Eight Worldwide Projects Up Close
PART 2. A CARNIVAL OF WORLDWIDE SCREENWRITERS
Chapter 4. New Zealand: Moving Beyond a National Cinema—Andrea Bosshard
Chapter 5. After Naked Men and Wedding Bells: Screenwriting in the United Kingdom in a New Century—Phil Parker
Chapter 6. Through a Mythic Lens—Randy Redroad-Snapp
Chapter 7. Screenwriting (and Filmmaking) in the Balkans—Slobodan Sijan
Chapter 8. American TV Writing: Musings of a Global Storyteller—Karen Hall
Chapter 9. Lew Hunter’s Worldwide Screenwriting 434—Lew Hunter
Chapter 10. Building a Screenplay: A Five-Act Paradigm, or, What Syd Field Didn’t Tell You—Rachid Nougmanov
Chapter 11. "I Want Movies to Surprise, Stimulate, and Shock Audiences": An Interview with Terry Gilliam—Andrew Horton
Fade Out: Conclusions, New Beginnings
Appendix 1. Print Resources
Appendix 2. The Internet and Screenwriting: FADEIN.com
Appendix 3. Americans Reaching Out
Appendix 4. Hooking into Hollywood and Beyond from Overseas
Appendix 5. Finding an Agent, Producer, or Guardian Angel
Appendix 6. A Recipe for Worldwide Salmon Out of Water
List of Contributors
Andrew Horton is the Jeanne H. Smith Professor of Film and Video Studies at the University of Oklahoma. His many books include Laughing Out Loud: Writing the Comedy-Centered Screenplay (California, 2000), Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay (second edition, California, 2000). He is an award-winning screenwriter who has written for American, Greek, New Zealand, Russian, Hungarian, and Norwegian productions.
"Horton offers a unique and most welcome perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing today's screenwriters. The result -a rich mixture of memoir, analysis, contributing articles from a global array of writers, and recipes (!) -is both informative and inspiring."—Herschel Weingrod, Screenwriter (Trading Places, Twins, and Kindergarten Cop) and producer (Falling Down).
"Andy Horton has traveled more widely than any mortal in search of that elusive species, the perfect screenplay. He has lived not only to tell the tale but to entertain, delight and educate all who read him. Travel, inside and out, and you might find a tale of your own. But first, read Horton!"—Gareth Jones, Writer, Director (Shalom Salaam, The Trial of Klaus Barbie), Producer, Script Analyst