A must-have guide for screenwriters...Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! will help you make
your characters thrive in all the essential elements that comprise a successful
script. This book has them all -- from protagonists to antagonists, supporting
to dysfunctional characters -- learn how to delve into your people and their
plots and subplots, settings, dialogue, and relationships.
An invaluable resource analyzing and referencing over 220 Hollywood,
independent and foreign films, offering 34 screenwriting exercises, and
providing six templates from fictional scripts.
Whether you are a first-time screenwriter or have written several scripts, Savvy
Characters Sell Screenplays! offers inspiration and hands-on tools, guiding
you through each critical element of screenwriting, with the spotlight on
creating and crafting compelling characters so you can write a savvy screenplay
that will sell.
About the Author
Susan Kouguell, author of The Savvy Screenwriter: How Sell Your Screenplay (and Yourself) Without Selling Out! (St. Martin’s Griffin), is chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, LLC, a motion picture consulting company founded in 1990 that works with more than one thousand international writers, filmmakers, movie executives, production companies, and studios. Kouguell wrote over a dozen features for independent production companies, including voice-over narrations for Miramax. She is the recipient of many grants and fellowships, including the Jerome Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Edward Albee Foundation. Her six short internationally award-winning films (made in collaboration with Ernest Marrero) are in the archives and permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and were included in the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. Kouguell worked with director Louis Malle on the documentary And the Pursuit of Happiness, and she associate produced Rum & Coke and Where the Rivers Flow North. Kouguell teaches screenwriting and film at Tufts University, and she presents seminars to organizations and universities, including the Writers and Directors Guilds of America, Screenwriting Expo, Scr(i)pt Magazine’s seminars, Independent Feature Project, New York Women in Film & Television, Women in Film/Video New England, Atlantic Film & Video Producers Conference in Canada, The New School, New York University, Temple University, Boston University, and Emerson and Hunter Colleges. Kouguell’s most recent industry writing includes MovieMaker Magazine’s Complete Guide to Making Movies 2010, NOW WRITE! Screenwriting: Exercises by Today’s Best Screenwriters, Teachers and Consultants (2011, Tarcher/Penguin) and a monthly Ask the Screenplay Doctor column for NewEnglandFilm.com.