The Screenwriter Activist: Writing Social Issue Movies (Hardcover)

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The Screenwriter Activist: Writing Social Issue Movies (Hardcover)


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Hotel Rwanda. Philadelphia. Silkwood. Some of the most important films ever made have tackled real-world social issues, from genocide to homophobia to corporate greed. As storytellers, activist screenwriters recognize that social issues make great stories that can be gut-wrenching, heart-tugging, funny, tragic, and interesting to watch. The Screenwriter Activist helps screenwriters tell those stories in compelling, non-preachy, and inspiring ways.

The Screenwriter Activist is an in-depth, practical guide, appropriate for students in intermediate or graduate screenwriting courses in Film and English Programs as well as professionals who want to write a movie that can make a difference in the world. Using examples from classic and recent popular films, The Screenwriter Activist:

Explores the motivation and sensibility a screenwriter needs to embark on a social issue project

Gives techniques for choosing compelling subjects

Provides historical context for social issue movies

Explains how characters legitimize social issue themes

Puts forward specific models for structuring advocacy screenplays

Lays out a roadmap for how screenwriters can get a social issue movie made

If you care deeply about social issues and recognize that films can be highly effective platforms for motivativng audiences to civic involvement and social action, this is the one screenwriting book you need to read.

Marilyn Beker is the Senior Screenwriting Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and the author of Screenwriting With A Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters. She has written extensively for all forms of media--especially television and film and lectures internationally on screenwriting.
Product Details ISBN: 9780415897143
ISBN-10: 0415897149
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2012
Pages: 198
Language: English