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Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan Author Steven Spielberg
ISBN-10 1557043701
Release 1999-06-10
Pages 96
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Over 50,000 sold—the only illustrated companion book to the extraodinary film. Includes excerpts from Stephen Ambrose's books, screenplay extracts, and commentary by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Janusz Kaminski and others. 100 illustrations, 130 color plates.

The Third Act

The Third Act Author Drew Yanno
ISBN-10 9780826418784
Release 2006-09-01
Pages 176
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The Third Act is the first screenwriting instructional book to focus entirely on that most important part of a script - the ending.

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan Author Clinton LeFort
ISBN-10 1520708521
Release 2017-02-26
Pages 126
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I. Moral CharacterSaving another man's life in the face of death requires moral character (Gabbard 131). When soldiers give their lives for the sake of another, they teach a silent lesson of morality and virtue. Their actions say that the war is about "building character and not about brutality and stupidity" (Gabbard 132). Rather than putting the emphasis on death and dying, the hero puts the emphasis on virtue and life. Captain Miller fights for freedom and valor. In the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan virtue and heroism seem to be void of any meaning. Steven Spielberg paints the war as ugly and horrific in the opening minutes of the movie. As the pressure of war sets in on the small group of soldiers led by Captain Miller both the virtuous and vicious characteristics of the officers are revealed. A sharp contrast is made between Captain Miller and Corporal Upham; while Captain Miller ultimately faces the enemy fire in order to bring down the enemy tank, Corporal Upham fails to pull the trigger on the enemy only an inch away. Captain Miller remains a stable model of determination and courage under fire while Corporal Upham shows an increasing growth of fear and lack of nerve in the face of death and ill-treatment. Virtuous human characteristics wereoften spoken about by the noted WW II historian Stephen Ambrose. Ambrose was person most responsible for the view of heroism in the movie Saving Private Ryan (Gabbard 132). Ambrose is the author of around 200 hundred works on World War II. Ambrose has a unique style when dealing with World War II stories. He obtains his war facts by interviewing WW II veterans and shares their "anecdotal accounts" (Gabbard 132). Ambrose also shares the "catalogue of horrific and the antiheroic aspects of war" (Gabbard 132). Captain Miller and a small group looking for Private Ryan show the human side of being a soldier. These war stories sometimes show the "criminal incompetence of those who made command decisions" (Gabbard 132). WW II veterans base Ambrose's style of writing about WW II on private recollections of WW II events. Ambrose is noted for characterizing the "industriousness of American soldiers" (Gabbard 132). Ambrose being a highly respected WW II historian was asked to a private screening of Saving Private Ryan by Steven Spielberg. Ambrose was "so affected by the film's realism he crawled under the seat and asked the projectionist to shut down for a minute" (Gabbard 132-133). Ambrose says Saving Private Ryan is "the greatest because it rings the truest" (Kaltenbach). Ambrose served as a consultant on the movie. Ambrose was given "veto power by Spielberg over any scene he found objectionable" (Kaltenbach) but Ambrose never needed to use it. Ambrose's greatest comment about Saving Private Ryan is:"In 1964-'65, we sent young men off to Vietnam with images of John Wayne in their minds. The next time we send young men off to war, they're going to have images of Tom Hanks in mind, and they're going to have a much better idea of [what combat is]. There is not an experience like combat. It is not glorious; it is not romantic" (Kaltenbach).

Saving Private Ryan Adapted from the Novel by Max Allan Collins

Saving Private Ryan  Adapted from the Novel by Max Allan Collins Author Jacqueline Kehl
ISBN-10 1405880473
Release 2009-11-01
Pages 99
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It's June 9 1944, three days after D-Day. On the orders of the government, Captain John Miller and his men go to look for Private James Ryan. They must bring him home. But how many will survive the mission?

The Screenwriter s Workbook

The Screenwriter s Workbook Author Syd Field
ISBN-10 9780307497727
Release 2008-12-18
Pages 320
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At last! The classic screenwriting workbook—now completely revised and updated—from the celebrated lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author, Syd Field: “the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world”* No one knows more about screenwriting than Syd Field—and now the ultimate Hollywood insider shares his secrets and expertise, completely updating his bestselling workbook for a new generation of screenwriters. Filled with new material—including fresh insights and anecdotes from the author and analyses of films from Pulp Fiction to Brokeback Mountain—The Screenwriter’s Workbook is your very own hands-on workshop, the book that allows you to participate in the processes that have made Syd Field’s workshops invaluable to beginners and working professionals alike. Follow this workbook through to the finish, and you’ll end up with a complete and salable script! Learn how to: • Define the idea on which your script will be built • Create the model—the paradigm—that professionals use • Bring your characters to life • Write dialogue like a pro • Structure your screenplay for success from the crucial first pages to the final act Here are systematic instructions, easy-to-follow exercises, a clear explanation of screenwriting basics, and expert advice at every turn—all the moment-to-moment, line-by-line help you need to transform your initial idea into a professional screenplay that’s earmarked for success. The Perfect Companion Volume to Syd Field’s Revised and Updated Edition of Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting *Hollywood Reporter From the Trade Paperback edition.

Independent Ed

Independent Ed Author Edward Burns
ISBN-10 9780698186286
Release 2015-01-29
Pages 272
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An entertaining and inspirational memoir by one of the most prominent practitioners and evangelists of independent filmmaking, and the acclaimed writer, director, and actor (Saving Private Ryan, Friends with Kids, Entourage) whose first film—The Brothers McMullen—has become an indie classic. At the age of twenty-five, Ed Burns directed and produced his first film on a tiny $25,000 budget. The Brothers McMullen went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995, and established the working-class Irish American filmmaker as a talent to watch. In the twenty years since, Burns has made ten more films (She’s the One, Sidewalks of New York, and The Fitzgerald Family Christmas), while also acting in big budget Hollywood movies (Saving Private Ryan), hit television shows (Entourage and Mob City), and pioneering a new distribution network for indie filmmakers online and with TV’s On Demand service (“why open a film in twenty art houses when you can open in twenty million homes?”). Inspired by Burns’s uncompromising success both behind and in front of the camera, students and aspiring filmmakers are always asking Burns for advice. In Independent Ed, Burns shares the story of his two remarkable decades in a fickle business where heat and box office receipts are often all that matter. He recounts stories of the lengths he has gone to to secure financing for his films, starting with The Brothers McMullen (he told his father: “Shooting was the twelve best days of my life”). How he found stars on their way up—including Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz—to work in his films, and how he’s adhered religiously to the dictum of writing what you know, working as if he was just starting out, and always “looking for the next twelve best days of my life.” Chronicling the struggles and the long hours as well as the heady moments when months of planning and writing come to fruition, Independent Ed is a must-read for movie fans, film students, and everyone who loves a gripping tale about what it takes to forge your own path in work and life.

How to Build a Great Screenplay

How to Build a Great Screenplay Author David Howard
ISBN-10 1429994789
Release 2010-04-01
Pages 464
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Acclaimed USC screenwriting teacher David Howard has guided hundreds of students to careers in writing for film and television. Drawing on decades of practical experience and savvy, How to Build a Great Screenplay deconstructs the craft of screenwriting and carefully reveals how to build a good story from the ground up. Howard eschews the "system" offered by other books, emphasizing that a great screenplay requires dozens of unique decisions by the author. He offers in-depth considerations of: * characterization * story arc * plotting and subplotting * dealing with coincidence in story plotting * classical vs. revolutionary screenplay structure * tone, style, and atmosphere * the use of time on screen * the creation of drama and tension * crucial moments in storytelling Throughout the book, Howard clarifies his lessons through examples from some of the most successful Hollywood and international script-oriented films, including Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, Trainspotting, North by Northwest, Chinatown, and others. The end result is what could very well become the classic text in the field---a bible for the burgeoning screenwriter.

Virgin Film War Films

Virgin Film  War Films Author James Clarke
ISBN-10 9781448133925
Release 2013-08-31
Pages 296
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War films have existed since the birth of cinema, typically gung-ho tales of macho derring-do. But war films are not always about bravado and bravery, they also detail the horrors of war, the sadness, the brotherhood of soldiers and comedy that can be found in the bleakest of situations, as well as the excitement of the battlefield. War Films explores defining movies of the genre in sections covering different wars as well as wars with other worlds. The book also offers links between the different films, historical and cinematic worth and profiles of key actors and directors. Among the films included are Saving Private Ryan, Dr Strangelove,Welcome to Sarajevo, The Dam Busters, Gallipoli, The Deer Hunter and Ran.

Global Scriptwriting

Global Scriptwriting Author Ken Dancyger
ISBN-10 9781136048104
Release 2013-06-26
Pages 240
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Global Scriptwriting offers a look at an exciting new phase in screen storytelling, as writers and directors from all over the world infuse traditional forms with their own cultural values to create stories that have an international appeal and suggest a universality among readers, viewers, and listeners. A unique blend of screenwriting technique and film studies, Global Scriptwriting discusses screen stories as they have evolved through the years, focusing first on the basics of scriptwriting, then going on to afford a more sophisticated look at script via different models of scriptwriting: the Hollywood model, the independent model, the national model, and various alternative models. It examines the internationalization of storytelling, and illustrates how particular innovations have helped national screen stories to international success. This book is the first to incorporate the basics of the classical form with the innovative edge of the last decade, as well the culture specific changes that have taken place outside of North America. It offers readers a view of the enriched repertoire available to writers resulting from the introduction of cultural perspectives into traditional story forms. Specific topics examined include, the ascent of voice, the search for new forms, the struggle between style and content, and the centrality of megagenre.

Four Screenplays

Four Screenplays Author Syd Field
ISBN-10 9780307569523
Release 2009-09-30
Pages 336
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In a field being transformed by technology, Syd Field shows you what works and why and how to find new ways to create a truly outstanding film using four extraordinary examples: Thelma & Louise, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Silence Of The Lambs, and Dances With Wolves. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Story Maps

Story Maps Author Daniel P. Calvisi
ISBN-10 098362660X
Release 2011-05-16
Pages 282
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Learn the secrets to writing a GREAT screenplay from a major Hollywood movie studio Story Analyst who will show you how to BLOW AWAY THE READER! Master the structure and principles used by 95% of commercial movies by studying detailed breakdowns, or "Story Maps," of several recent hit movies in all different genres, including The Hangover, The Dark Knight, The Wrestler, Juno, The Social Network, Black Swan, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Drag Me To Hell. "STORY MAPS: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay" cites examples from hundreds of hit films, several television series and includes samples from actual produced screenplays to show you HOW TO DO IT. Detailed lessons on format, capturing voice and tone on the script page and developing great characters with powerful dialogue are SHOWN IN ACTION in classic films such as Sunset Boulevard, The Godfather, Gladiator and As Good As It Gets, to name just a few of the hundreds of great movies analyzed in the book. The book also includes EXCLUSIVE insights from major industry professionals with whom the author has interacted with at events in Los Angeles and New York City, including Robert Zemeckis... the screenwriters of Final Destination, Limitless, Armageddon, Antwone Fisher, Speed, Justified and Blade Runner... Louis C.K.... Elijah Wood... and the President of Production of Columbia Pictures. This approach is simple: you learn from the PROS by studying their work and reading their advice. This is NOT a formula or just another structure paradigm - it is the view from behind the desk of the people evaluating your screenplay, what they want to read and what they will buy. With all the competition in the Hollywood marketplace, your script can't just be good, it must be GREAT. "There is a lot of great advice here... Most important, as I read Calvisi s "Story Maps," I was inspired to rethink my current project. And that s what it s all about, right -SCRIPT MAGAZINE Daniel Calvisi s "Story Maps" is readable, insightful and exciting. It focuses on the hard work and narrative strategies the screenwriter needs to adopt to write a commercially viable screenplay, and is up to date and strategic in the clearest way. Dan s book will help you do what you must do to succeed with your screenplay. -Ken Dancyger, best-selling author of "Broadcast Writing, Alternative Scriptwriting" and "Writing the Short Film" "Loved it! Should be required reading in every film school. -Daniel Fazel, sold screenwriter and VFX Artist ("Alice in Wonderland, Benjamin Button, I Robot") "Writing a great screenplay is not easy. This book provides a simple way to approach your idea or rewrite for maximum results...and helpful to evaluate your work in whatever stage it's at so you can make necessary improvements that will allow your unique story and vision to shine!" -Laurie Lamson, co-editor "Now Write! Screenwriting" "Dan has a no-nonsense approach to screenplay analysis that cuts through the bull and delivers the goods. A must read for serious screenwriters. -J. Stephen Maunder, writer/director ("Tiger Claws I, II, III, The Veteran, Shadows in Paradise")

Film Studies

Film Studies Author Ed Sikov
ISBN-10 0231142935
Release 2010
Pages 212
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Ed Sikov builds a step-by-step curriculum for the appreciation of all types of narrative cinema, detailing the essential elements of film form and systematically training the spectator to be an active reader and critic. Sikov primes the eye and mind in the special techniques of film analysis. His description of mise-en-scene helps readers grasp the significance of montage, which in turn reveals the importance of a director's use of camera movement. He treats a number of fundamental factors in filmmaking, including editing, composition, lighting, the use of color and sound, and narrative. Film Studies works with any screening list and can be used within courses on film history, film theory, or popular culture. Straightforward explanations of core critical concepts, practical advice, and suggested assignments on particular technical, visual, and aesthetic aspects further anchor the reader's understanding of the formal language and anatomy of film.

Destructive Sublime

Destructive Sublime Author Tanine Allison
ISBN-10 9780813597508
Release 2018-06-25
Pages 250
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The American popular imagination has long portrayed World War II as the “good war,” fought by the “greatest generation” for the sake of freedom and democracy. Yet, combat films and other war media complicate this conventional view by indulging in explosive displays of spectacular violence. Combat sequences, Tanine Allison argues, construct a counter-narrative of World War II by reminding viewers of the war’s harsh brutality. Destructive Sublime traces a new aesthetic history of the World War II combat genre by looking back at it through the lens of contemporary video games like Call of Duty. Allison locates some of video games’ glorification of violence, disruptive audiovisual style, and bodily sensation in even the most canonical and seemingly conservative films of the genre. In a series of case studies spanning more than seventy years—from wartime documentaries like The Battle of San Pietro to fictional reenactments like The Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan to combat video games like Medal of Honor—this book reveals how the genre’s aesthetic forms reflect (and influence) how American culture conceives of war, nation, and representation itself.

The Longest Day

The Longest Day Author Cornelius Ryan
ISBN-10 9781439126462
Release 2010-02-16
Pages 352
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The unparalleled work of history that recreates the battle that changed World War II -- now in a new edition for the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Newly in print for the first time in years, this is the classic story of the invasion of Normandy, and a book that endures as a masterpiece of living history. A compelling tale of courage and heroism, glow and tragedy, The Longest Day painstakingly recreates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany. For this new edition of The Longest Day, the original photographs used in the first 1959 edition have been reassembled and painstakingly reproduced, and the text has been freshly reset. Here is a book that is a must for any follower of history, as well as for anyone who wants to better understand how free nations prevailed at a time when darkness enshrouded the earth.

Save the Cat

Save the Cat Author Blake Snyder
ISBN-10 1615931716
Release 2013-07-01
Pages 216
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This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!

Save the Cat Goes to the Movies

Save the Cat Goes to the Movies Author Blake Snyder
ISBN-10 1615931724
Release 2013-07-01
Pages 312
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Provides advice for budding screenwriters on how to handle the challenges of writing a Hollywood script and includes insider information on the most popular genres in Hollywood as well as references to 500 movie "cousins" to help guide the script writing process.

Quotable Soldier

Quotable Soldier Author Lamar Underwood
ISBN-10 9781461748939
Release 2005-09-01
Pages 304
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"The book provides familiar and not-so-familiar sayings that capture the chaos, challenges, and sacrifices of war."--Army magazine The Quotable Soldier is a rich and balanced collection of the best quotations about war and those who go to war. From Thucydides to General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, here are the reasons men go to war, the challenge of human courage, the strategy of great battles and campaigns, the horrors of war, and much more. The Quotable Soldier includes comments about the battles of ancient times, through the Napoleonic and World Wars, and on into the complicated conflicts of Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. This is one of the most compelling, challenging, and comprehensive collections of quotes about war and soldiering ever assembled. The perfect gift for any soldier, veteran, or war buff, The Quotable Soldier is a compulsively readable collection of some of the most illuminating observations ever made about war.