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Writing Movies

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  108 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
To break into the screenwriting game, you need a screenplay that is not just good, but great. Superlative. Stellar. In Writing Movies you'll find everything you need to know to reach this level. And, like the very best teachers, Writing Movies is always practical, accessible, and entertaining.
The book provides a comprehensive look at screenwriting, covering all the fundam
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Bloomsbury USA (first published July 7th 2006)
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Virginia Jacobs
Apr 13, 2013 Virginia Jacobs rated it liked it
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This book is written by several different authors. I would have liked some information on the authors so I'd know how to value what they were saying.

The tone of the book was very literary. For example, on p. 25, in discussing Orson Welles and his dedication to the craft of storytelling, as well as his daring choices in Citizen Cane, Alexander Steele says: Orson Welles wasn't a know-it-all. He was a student, a human sponge who absorbed everything around him then let it rain down in a fresh way.
Jan 11, 2016 Eric rated it it was amazing
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An awesome book on how to write screenplays. I used this book in/for my screenwriting class in college, it's very thorough and helpful, a definite must for anyone curious or pursuing a degree in film or screenwriting!
Oct 20, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
"Persistent of Vision...
Be patient & persistent! Eventually everything you learn will blur together in your mind as a wondrous and flowing whoe reality, it will." page 28

love the reading.

Jun 12, 2015 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly helpful, and pretty awesome
Apr 02, 2014 Jamie rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. After reading Robert McKee's "Story" I really didn't think any other book on screenwriting could come close. This book is awesome. It is wonderful to get different perspectives, plus "Writing Movies" fills in some gaps left by my study of "Story." I didn't know about the format of a screenplay and what to do once you have written the darn thing. Well, now I do. Thanks to the Gotham Writers' Workshop, and to my friend Huy for recommending it.
May 10, 2010 Jerjonji rated it it was amazing
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In the past five years, I've read most of the important books about screenplay writing, but this one clicked with me. From the opening sentence, I got it. It was so helpful that I am mourning returning to it the library! Written simply, with useable exercises, it forces you to look at your work, piece by piece, as if you were actually taking the screenwriting workshop with the authors- practical, insightful, critical for anyone learning to write screenplays on their own!
Elliot Richards
Jun 02, 2013 Elliot Richards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best screenwriting books I've read by a long shot, it's full of practical advice and very well put together. It's a great read too, and I enjoy dipping in and out. I like the fact that each chapter is written by someone else and they all have their own style which keeps it interesting. I borrowed a copy before buying my own, there are so many books out there that it's hard to know which ones resonate with you and which ones are complete rubbish.
Oct 28, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it
There are several typos in this book, which is a pet peeve of mine, but it's a solid resource that uses five iconic and diverse films -- Die Hard (the blockbuster), Thelma & Louise (the character dramedy), Tootsie (the comedy), Sideways (the indie) and The Shawshank Redemption (the wild card) -- to illustrate how fundamental screenwriting principles can be adapted to a wide variety of stories.
Raul Duarte
Jul 14, 2015 Raul Duarte rated it it was amazing
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Un gran libro que nos introduce al guión cinematográfico, muy claro y con consejos útiles. Cada capitulo esta escrito por una persona diferente, por lo que hay variedad en cuestión de puntos de vista.

Recomendado para los que quieren empezar en este mundo.
Nov 27, 2007 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: screenwriters
I read a few books on screen writing before I dived into it, and this one stood head and shoulders above the rest. Easy to follow, with plenty of clear examples, I not only learned from this book, I enjoyed reading it. Buy this book and a copy of Final Draft and get writing!
Cindy Lapeña
Dec 05, 2013 Cindy Lapeña rated it really liked it
Lots of useful information. Because each chapter is written by a different writer, you get different perspectives. Provides jargon that would otherwise stymie the newbie.
Jan 09, 2011 Stephen rated it it was amazing
An excellent resource for script writing.
Oct 22, 2008 Jane rated it really liked it
A great guide. Straighforward, clear, practical.
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