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Understanding Screenwriting: Learning from Good, Not-Quite-So-Good, and Bad Screenplays

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This book isn't about me, it's about you. I am a teacher, not a guru. As a wise teacher once said, "With a guru it is all about the guru—his vision and the students' loyalty to him. Whereas with a teacher, it is all about the students learning." You should be reading this book because you, as screenwriters, directors, producers, development ex
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Bloomsbury Academic
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Chris
Jan 09, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
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Stempel uses deconstruction to teach structure and writing techniques. This invariably leads to the author's opinions coloring his assessment of the deconstructed scripts, but knowing this going in helps with keeping the book in context.

I've glossed it over once and plan on going back to re-read for deeper understanding as deconstruction is a great way for some folks to learn. Being familiar with the movies that are analyzed will also help quite a bit.
Rob
Oct 20, 2010 Rob rated it did not like it
Shelves: film, public-library
While the title may lead readers to assume this book will help them grasp the art of screenwriting, it does little more than summarize movie plots and voice Stempel's opinions on good and bad movies.
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