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Screenwriting for Dummies

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  198 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Write a great script and get it into the hands of the Hollywood players! So you want to be a screenwriter? Whether you want to write a feature film or a TV script or adapt your favorite book, this friendly guide gives you expert advice in everything from creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and selling it to the studios. You get ...more
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Published February 2nd 2011 by For Dummies (first published January 31st 2003)
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Lauren
Sep 11, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very simple, basic introduction to screenwriting. Would be good for people who were entirely new to screenwriting. Possibly a good read before you jump into the other two screenwriting books I recommend, The Screenwriter's Bible and Invisible Ink.
Lance Greenfield
Dec 28, 2015 Lance Greenfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have yet to find a "... for Dummies" book that has disappointed me.

This is also a good one and it is on my shelf waiting for the day when I write my first screen play.
Katherine Nader
Jun 16, 2013 Katherine Nader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Anyone who wants to start screenwriting should first read this book. If you've already been screenwriting for a while and you've been having a lot of success then you probably won't need it. I started screenwriting last year, but I not only have trouble with format I also have trouble with connecting all three acts sometimes. However, this book has solved many, if not all, of my problems with screenwriting.

I didn't get hooked until Chapter 6-7 when Schellhardt began discussing how to plot the be
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Waad Ak
May 28, 2014 Waad Ak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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it's a great book for who want to start writing for movies . Simple English and simple ideas any one can understand it . The English is my second language , I found some difficult with some English book but this one is very simple and I like it.
Christian
Pretty informative. The three plot parts 'beginnings, middles, and endings' was the most informative part. I enjoyed reading it, and Laura Schellhardt has good advice, but it seemed very basic.
marc
Mar 16, 2015 marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
grat guide
Aaron Glett
Oct 16, 2012 Aaron Glett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While most other books give you the bread and butter, this book gave you a lot of formatting cues that the other books don't give you. I would read this in addition to other books I've read on screenwriting.
Jared
Apr 15, 2011 Jared rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good summary of what needs to be known and thought about. I need to reread it and do more research on what the author brings up. This book is helpful, I recommend it for a beginner like me.
Loni
Jan 09, 2009 Loni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was complete and helpful. The author's optimism may be too generous though. If read, I highly recommend reading Your Screenplay Sucks! in addition--they compliment each other well.
Jon
Mar 10, 2011 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to help me with writing. This is a great book to compliment the "Filmmaking For Dummies" book by the same publisher. It covers a wide variety of screenwriting types and methods.
Ahmad Al Tukhaifi
Jan 07, 2012 Ahmad Al Tukhaifi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was at a loss before reading this but it helped me a LOT. Very easy to follow & helpful to all aspiring screenwriters.
Johanna
May 29, 2014 Johanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sort of finished it, sort of skimmed the interesting parts. To buy/get out again sometime.
Frank Kelly
Oct 24, 2011 Frank Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Helpful for my secret project!!
Karen
Apr 16, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Informed, easy to follow and inspiring!
Dwayne
Apr 29, 2011 Dwayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book for aspiring screenwriters.
Teeny
Feb 24, 2013 Teeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fact is, I never finished this...
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