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Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made

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The most innovative and creative screenwriting book yet, from an author who knows first-hand what it takes to get a movie made.

Based on an award-winning website hailed as "smart enough for professional screenwriters and accessible enough for aspiring screenwriters", Crafty Screenwriting is the first book not only to offer a successful screenwriter's tricks of the trade, bu
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Published October 8th 2002 by Holt Paperbacks
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If this isn't the first book you read about writing a script, it ought to be the second. The author has very pointed and practical advice about all of the phases of the process of getting a script actually made into a movie. He starts with the concept (the hook) and follows it all the way through to the rewrite and then shopping it around. Every step focuses on making sure that the script you have will capture the attention of a producer that will pay money to make it.
Marsena Dufresne
Out of all the screenwriting books I've read, this is the most sensible and useful. Epstein writes with humor and humility. I would highly recommend this book to anyone attempting a screenplay.
This book nicely dispenses with the hard dictum of the screen craft that you must adhere to the template of the three-act structure. After all Shakespeare wrote five act plays. What the book offers is an insider's voice full of suggestions to make your script work. For example, don't put a coincidence at the end of the story, it must come at the beginning if at all, before the audience can rationalize away the contrivance. So I stop and think about that. I will order this from the book factory a ...more
Peggy Bechko
Great book by Alex Epstein on Screenwriting. Alex was formerly a development executive and has plenty of real life experience - lots on which to base tips on writing screenplays that will get optioned, and produced. Great addition to your writing library. Oh, and don't forget to make good use of all that helpful guidance and info.
Graham Holliday
This is a good tool to have if wrighting a script. All though it has some foul language throughout I have used it extensively.
Not a bad addition for the aspiring screenwriter. A bit too wry for me at times, and also, it is quite outdated, from 2002. I recommend Save the Cat! for really innovative plot structure breakdown but this novel's got lots of the basics covered.
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A native New Yorker, Alex Epstein studied Computer Science and English at Yale University. After a year in Paris, he studied filmmaking at the University of California, Los Angeles in the School of Theatre, Film and Television, finishing with an MFA.

Throughout the 1990s, Epstein worked in the motion picture industry as a development executive. His first book, Crafty Screenwriting, came out of his
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