At a Glance
At last, leading Hollywood screenwriting instructor Pilar Alessandra shows everyone who's ever wanted to write a screenplay how to do it - without quitting their jobs or leaving their families.
Packed with over sixty 10-minute writing tools, The Coffee Break Screenwriter keeps it focused and keeps it simple. Now, writers can make real progress on their scripts with only ten minutes of stolen time.
The writer receives guidance and tips at every stage of the often intimidating writing process with a relaxed, "ten minutes at a time" method that focuses the writer and pushes him or her forward. At each step, writers are encouraged to "Take Ten" and tackle an element of their scripts using the templates and tools provided. "What you've Accomplished" sections help writers review their progress. And "Ten Minute Lectures" distill and demystify old-school theory, allowing the writer to unblock and keep writing.
Pilar Alessandra is the director of the popular writing program "On The Page." A sought after teacher and lecturer, she's traveled the world teaching screenwriting and is in high demand at major writing conferences and film festivals. As a consultant, she's helped thousands of writers create, refine and sell their screenplays. Her students and clients have sold to Disney, DreamWorks, Warner Brothers and Sony and have won prestigious competitions such as the Austin Film Festival, Open Door Competition, Fade-In Competition and Nicholl Fellowship.
Pilar jump-started her career in film as a script reader for Amblin Entertainment. With the formation of DreamWorks, she became Senior Story Analyst and a reader liaison between the studio and Robert Zemeckis's company, ImageMovers. Her expert script analysis was also sought out by The Robert Evans Company, Cineville Entertainment, Handprint Entertainment and Saturday Night Live Studios, and work at Interscope Communications led her to a position as Senior Story Analyst for Scott Kroopf's production company Radar Pictures.
Pilar was later bitten by the "teaching bug" while teaching screenwriting and story analysis at the UCLA Writers' Program. In 2001 she started her own company, "On the Page," and in 2004 opened the On the Page Writers Studio in Sherman Oaks, California.
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