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Writing the Script

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  4 reviews
This essential guide to writing for the screen goes step-by-step through the process of getting the script on paper, and then onto the screen.
Paperback, 228 pages
Published January 15th 1980 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 1980)
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This was, as advertised, a useful and practical guide to what makes a screenplay or teleplay good and sellable. Root emphasizes the importance of character as being at the heart of the audience's interest in almost any type of story. Perhaps his crystal ball was unable to perceive the degree of flatness and simplicity that most movie characters have today. Besides character, Root also trumpets the importance of conflict as being the basis for any decent drama. Even small scenes, according to Roo ...more
Easy read. Some obvious things. Could use more concrete examples of scripts and discussion of solving basic technical problems presented by story telling with the camera.
Character development based on responses to crises is what makes a compelling story.
Lots of good tips and observations here. "Push your character off a cliff..."
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