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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Writing Short Films is one of the bestselling university text books on writing short film screenplays. This updated and revised edition includes several new chapters. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 1st by Lone Eagle first published January 25th More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Writing Short Films , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Although not all that entertaining to read, Cowgill does breakdown narrative structure well, and her re-iterations ought to help clarify for first time 'story tellers.
View 2 comments. Good information for someone who wants to understand the structure and process of writing a screenplay. Although the title indicates it's for short films, any aspiring screenwriter would benefit. I had a bit of a hard time getting through it, to be honest. The examples helped a lot. One reviewer complained that she used the same short films over and over for different aspects of writing, but I found it helpful to not have to revisit a new film every time she needed an example. I also enjoyed wat Good information for someone who wants to understand the structure and process of writing a screenplay.
I also enjoyed watching some of the short films she referenced, e. Jul 11, Kassie rated it really liked it. Very good instructional material.
Only fault would be that I wish she would have used more examples instead of returning to the same one to illustrate her various points. Aug 23, Abdullah H.
It was what I expected: not a let down. First year students at Arizona State University are very privileged to be using this. Apr 04, Jason rated it really liked it. When I was in college, I loved book-buying time.
I loved going into the bookstore at the student union and finding what books were required for my upcoming classes, but I also loved browsing the shelves to see what books were being used in other classes. I remember that one semester in graduate school I found the shooting script for Fargo , and I admit that I bought it, hoping the professor had printed extra copies. Well now that my son is in college, I returned to my browsing habits when we went When I was in college, I loved book-buying time.
Well now that my son is in college, I returned to my browsing habits when we went to get his books. One of those books was Linda J. I put it on my Christmas list for , and now that work has slowed down due to the coronavirus outbreak, I have gotten around to reading it.
This is an excellent book. It is relatively short under pages of instructional text , and it breaks everything down into manageable chunks, so you have plenty of breaks to stop and process what has been presented.
It does a great job of pulling from a limited set of examples most readily available in this age of streamed programming to keep the text and the reader both focused. The book binds itself to the practical art of screenwriting while pointing briefly to the larger philosophical issues involved in storytelling. And finally, it manages to be about scriptwriting in general and the short film in particular. If someone was burning to write the script for a short film and had an idea in mind, I believe this book would provide the guidance needed to bring that script from idea to the page all on its own.
There are exercises at the end of each chapter that are designed to help you move that script from idea to fully fleshed out scenes in a logical progression. The book is divided into three main parts. In the first part, Cowgill covers the fundamentals of storytelling in the visual medium of film. In the second part, she looks at the general concerns of the beginning, the middle, and the end of those stories. And in the third part, she looks at what the construction looks like at the level of the scene.
She even provides and weighty appendices that includes everything you need to know for formatting the script, references to more reading and viewing, and a complete script of one of the short films she references in the book.
On top of it all, Cowgill has an easy writing style and a skill for fullness and brevity. Apr 17, Ramon Galeana rated it really liked it. I feel ready! I'm glad Life Lessons is used for examples throughout the book. It helps you see how the different concepts dovetail into a satisfying final product.
There are other frequently mentioned short films, but Life Lessons is the only one I bothered to watch and it was sufficient enough to understand each new concept well. I think I feel ready! I think a reader of this book should at minimum watch Life Lessons before reading this. It adds another dimension to the experience. It's pretty good :p Mar 19, Daisy rated it it was amazing Shelves: studied-books , non-fiction. Dec 23, Raymond Urrutia rated it really liked it.
I find the process of writing short films more complicated then writing an actual film with a proper three act structure. With short films, you have a finite timeframe 30 minutes or less, usually to do everything a 90 minute film does.
With all this being said, this book is more then a great place to begin if you hope to properly attempt such a feat. Pa I find the process of writing short films more complicated then writing an actual film with a proper three act structure. Particular note should be taken, when reading the chapters about scripting, which is the hardest part to get down in my opinion. However, this one should serve your needs just fine. Excellent book. Filled in all the cracks for me -- or at least many of them.
Mar 04, Emily rated it liked it. Great reference. Dec 03, Iris Windmeijer rated it liked it Shelves: reads-for-school , non-fiction , read-in , english. Interesting and useful manual for writing. Sometimes it was a bit lengthy but overall very clear.
Jan 28, J. I found this book to be useful, but you really have to search for the useful material and spend a lot of time reading to get there.
A shorter version with the basics would be ideal. Jan 29, Priscilla rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction-writing. A very solid guide. Rani rated it really liked it Dec 03, Allison Craig rated it it was amazing Jun 12, Jeffrey Beaucar rated it really liked it Dec 18, Pedro rated it really liked it Apr 30,
Writing Short Films
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