Beating Hollywood: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Screenplays (Paperback)

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What do It’s a Wonderful Life, The Graduate, and The Shawshank
Redemption have in common? Can you recall how you felt when watching
them? Their stories, characters, and images are all highly memorable.
Telling a good story is one thing, but how do you create an
unforgettable motion picture or television show?

Steve Cuden’s Beating Hollywood examines, piece by piece, how writers,
directors, and producers create stories for extraordinary movies by
breaking down forty classic films into narrative beats, plot points, and
movements to uncover how magic was made.

More than a simple look at what others have done, this book also serves
as a comprehensive guide to how you, too, can craft a memorable story
for the screen. From Cuden’s 150 invaluable tips, you’ll learn how to:

· Master storytelling fundamentals
· Create unforgettable characters, dialogue, and scenes
· Build solid story structure
· Develop plot
· Break your story into what Cuden calls eight essential chapters
· Cultivate a unique voice
· Think like a businessperson who can sell your writing, not merely a
creative artist

This is a must-read for anyone who writes screenplays—new writers and
seasoned pros alike—as well as an invaluable resource for film teachers
and movie buffs.

About the Author

Steve Cuden has written 90 scripts for TV series such as "X-Men," "The Batman," "Iron Man," "Xiaolin Showdown," "The Mask," "Beetlejuice," "Extreme Ghostbusters," "Pink" "Panther," "RoboCop," "Gargoyles," and "Goof Troop." He also directed and coproduced the multiple award-winning, cult favorite horror-comedy feature Lucky, for which he won Best Director at the Nodance Film Festival. Cuden is perhaps best known for co-creating the hit Broadway and international sensation "Jekyll & Hyde," "The Musical," writing the show's original book and lyrics with noted composer Frank Wildhorn. Cuden authored the popular book on writing musicals, "Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That Get Standing Ovations." Cuden teaches a wide variety of screenwriting classes in the Cinema Arts Department at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To learn more about the author, please visit and

Praise For…

“…so comprehensive, so well organized, so accessible and useful for
writers at any stage of their career, I want to quote the whole damn
thing… This is one gigantically valuable asset to the screenwriting
—Hal Ackerman, Screenwriting Co-Area Head, UCLA School of Theater, Film,
Television and Digital Media

“If you’re a lover of cinema, read it and be the smartest guy in the
room at your next film society gathering.”
—David Wise, Developed/Executive Story Editor/Writer, The Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles; Story Editor/Writer The Mighty Ducks

“Cuden’s text is a masterpiece of insight delivered with the ease and
wit of a conversation with good friend, who just happens to be a
life-long craftsman at the top of his game.”
—Rick Hawkins, Emmy-winning Writer, The Carol Burnett Show, Mama’s
Family, Major Dad, Sister, Sister

“Steve has demonstrated by his own writing and through this book that he
understands the complexities of screenwriting, and his analysis of what
makes certain films unforgettable is enlightening. This book is, above
all, useful.”
—Howard Suber, Professor at UCLA’s film school for 50 years, Author, The
Power of Film and Letters to Young Screenwriters

“Talk about the tools of the trade! After absorbing this amazing book,
you may never watch a movie the same way again—and you will certainly be
inspired to write one of your own.”
—Phil Proctor, Firesign Theatre

“If you want to learn screenwriting, you could spend $120,000 dollars on
graduate school or just buy Steve Cuden’s book.”
—Fred Rubin, Screenwriter-Producer, Instructor at UCLA, Screenwriter,
Different Strokes, Archie Bunker’s Place, Family Matters, Step by Step
Product Details
ISBN: 9781515230298
ISBN-10: 1515230295
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: December 23rd, 2015
Pages: 486
Language: English