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Come scrivere una grande sceneggiatura

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Questo è uno dei più diffusi manuali di sceneggiatura circolanti negli Usa. Ma è più che un libro per principianti, anche chi sta per affrontare la stesura del suo primo script e sente l’esigenza di approfondire alcuni momenti essenziali della scrittura trova qui una risposta esauriente. Ma nel libro c’è molto altro. Linda Seger insegna ai dilettanti, ma anche ai professio ...more
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Published 2006 by Audino (first published 1987)
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Muath Aziz
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film, borrowed, language, 2015
A good well-organized book for beginners. For someone like me who knows a little even about the Three Act Structure, it was easy to follow up with. It just assumes you've watched many movies already (I just skip reading a deep movie-analysis till I watch it then go back to read this skipped part).

I don't even intend to write scripts but it was helpful to develop a deeper eye and an insight in how writing in general and scripts specifically is done. It's like writing a play but then you have many
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Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: screenplays
As I struggle away on my current movie script I find myself looking through, or in this case completely reading, “how to” movie script books.

I will say this book by Linda Seger certainly has packed a lot of information in ‘Making A Good Script Great’ in not so many pages, and most of it is quite helpful. I read it through in three days and haven’t really had the time to digest all the information yet (I plan on re-reading sections again), but Linda really does seem to know what she is talking ab
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Mary Elizabeth
May 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What you get here is just a sound, basic text on act structure, turning points, catalysts, and overall narrative cohesion in films and television.

Sure, there are sections on character development and idea development, but I found the content in these sections to be obvious to the point of uselessness. I don't want to mean to the book or to anyone who found it entirely useful, by any means. Certainly, I understand that the whole book's premise is to be a primer on the fundamentals, it's just tha
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Jessamyn Leigh
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of straightforward, practical tips in here.
Sergio Mira Jordán
Todo se resume en: reescribir, reescribir y reescribir. Partiendo de una buena y cuidada estructura, claro. Si la trama no funciona como un reloj suizo la historia terminará haciendo aguas antes o después. Este manual (que presupone que estamos frente a una buena historia) nos habla de películas, pero sus recomendaciones se pueden extrapolar a la narrativa en general. Hay cientos de libros sobre el tema, aunque todos vienen a decir lo mismo: consigue que la historia no se estanque y triunfarás. ...more
Keri Payton
Script writing is a befuddling thing. Whether you're new to it all or have written a few scripts in your time, everyone is looking for a way to make their writing even grander.

This book was recommended to me by a family friend before I'd even begun to contemplate script writing. So, first off, 'Thank you, John!'

I'd like to clarify before I go any further that although "script" is in the title, the main focus of the book is on writing screenplays. Even so, the writing process for scripts is so ve
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Mitch
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will preface my review with this fact: I am a structuralist in pretty much everything I do. That being said, this is a pretty good book on screenwriting, focusing on structure. If you don't think structure is important in screenwriting, go find the last five movies to receive bad reviews in your newspaper. I would be surprised if more than one even mentioned the directing or acting. Most of the time bad reviews talk about how a film had holes or the story didn't make sense: structural problems ...more
Jeffrey Martin
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The single best book on screenwriting you will find. It surpasses Robert McKee in my opinion. I know, gasp!
Ryan Hibbett
Pretty elementary. Seger makes some good suggestions, but there's nothing in here that isn't in every other book. Also, her advice should be taken as "how to make a good script sellable." Her chapter about subplots shows her own hypocrisy when she says every great subplot needs a beginning, middle, and end, then she gives an example where a subplot doesn't have an end. She also says too many subplots can dull down a movie, then she gives AS GOOD AS IT GETS as an example of strong subplots, even ...more
Emmanuel Oberg
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in screenwriting
Recommended to Emmanuel by: Can't remember
In this accessible yet insightful book, Seger, one of the most well-known script consultants, gives first-class advice on screenwriting, especially regarding character development and the rewriting process.

When I first read her book two decades ago, Seger’s description of the link between character evolution and story structure planted one of the early seeds for the Developing a Character-Led Story chapter in Screenwriting Unchained: Reclaim Your Creative Freedom and Master Story Structure.
John
May 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first screenwriting book I read, and it's the original 80s edition. I only just found out there's a hot-off-the-presses update. I nevertheless found it extremely useful as a beginning screenwriter because it's so clear and concrete. It's also about rewriting, not writing, and as the adage goes, writing is rewriting. So the author's goal is to help you figure out how to make the heart of your story truly manifest in your script. She covers the three-act structure — including subplots, ...more
James
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well done presentation of writing a screenplay. Succinct, straight forward, sensible. Often presenting the formulaic basis to screenwriting, but I agree with the author that you must learn the rules before deviating from them.

I have used this analogy before. Picasso mastered color and light so thoroughly he could create a work of art that was photographic in its exactness. Then, knowing he could put on canvas whatever he saw before him or imagined, he went off on incredible explorations of
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Reid Tillman
Jan 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
An absolutely dreadful cover to cover read. This could have been cut down to a solid 40-50 page resource, but for someone who advises others not to overwrite Seger spends a whole hell of a lot of time pontificating.

If you're going to read this book in any capacity, just stick to the "Appilcations" and "Questions to ask yourself" sections at the end of each chapter, the rest of the content is inane rambling about Crash, Tootsie, Shane, and the Fugitive that you really don't need in your life. Tr
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Andrew Gray
To be honest, this was fine, but not anything terribly special. I read this right after reading McKee's Story, and this book seemed like a warmed-over, thinner version of McKee's book, with less depth. The writing style is also a bit slap-dash.

Definitely it would be useful when you're doing rewrites. But as another reviewer said, it doesn't deliver anything that isn't fairly common in the screenwriting lexicon.
Camille
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whether you are a writer struggling with a script or - like me - curious about the screenwriting process, you will find very useful information in this book. Besides, it reads very easily and is illustrated by specific examples using popular films the reader is likely to have seen, although it is a shame it only focuses on American movies.
Michele
A great book filled with really good tips on writing a script or improving one you've already written. This is one of the only screenplay writing books I've ever read that gives good, practical advice on the crucial art of re-writing and polishing a finished script. Definitely worth reading to any aspiring screenwriter!
Wilson Lanue
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a great little book for anyone interested in writing for the screen.

There are plenty of other books to tell you that all films are formula and that if you just follow the numbered steps, you can get a movie that works. This is significantly more thoughtful than that, in an industry that seldom is.
Caitlin Simm
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Communications Students
Recommended to Caitlin by: My Image and Sound Lecturer
I read the first two chapters for university because I have an Image and Sound exam that I'm studying for. I know it's not the whole book, but if it's a part of a book then I will always add it to my read shelf and my reading challenge. The perks of going to university is that I can add the books I read a part of to the challenge
Elvira Bianchi
Un buon manuale per principianti con tanti esempi pratici e dritte concrete, avrei solo voluto veder riportati diversi film e non sempre gli stessi, ma capisco l'esigenza di fare un'analisi più o meno a tutto tondo di ognuno.

Consigliato agli appassionati e a chi si avventura in queste acque per la prima volta!
Jared
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Albert Einstein once said that true genius is being able to point out and acknowledge the obvious. This book serves as a great diagnostic tool to find the obvious problems that are wrong with the script. I particularly liked the questions at the end of each chapter. I also really liked the "homework" at the end of each chapter. I definitely plan on following through with each assignment.
Endelea
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first 22 pages answered nearly every question I had about the two screenplays I have already written. I'm looking forward to another round of rewrites on my projects now, but this time... more on structure
Suzanne Marty
Un bon ouvrage pour apprendre à identifier et résoudre les problèmes d'un scénario : point de vue, construction de la structure, gestion des intrigues secondaires, création de personnages et développement de la courbe dramatique de chacun. (traduit en français)
Glenn Bruce
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second choice reading for my screenwriting class - a terrific easy-to-understand sensible approach to screenwriting. She's a class act and this book will help anyone trying to understand the basics.
Claudia
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-ficción, 2014
Un libro excelente no solo para escribir guiones, sino para construir cualquier historia. Aunque quizás es muy superficial en varios temas, las pinceladas que se dan (sobre todo en la construcción de personajes) son básicas pero esenciales.
Shelly Yo
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended by my screenwriting professor and was really great informative book on the process of rewriting. It held a lot of basic and new information that requires review in the second draft of any screenplay that I hope to carry on in my own rewrite.
Ceda
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the David Howard book first, then this one
Brian Misakian
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Straight forward and informative. My go-to source for when I'm stuck on a screenplay and I don't know where to go next.
Clivemichael
Informative, descriptive and prescriptive. Enjoyed the dimensionality and depth of the process via the dissection of various example movies.
Jeremy
Script Writing with Dr. David Burke.
Maca Villares
Súper Mega Hiper Great! AGUANTE TOOTSIE!!!
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Dr. Linda Seger has a Th.D. in Drama and Theology, and created her script consulting business based on her dissertation project about the elements needed to make a script work. She explored the integration of Drama and Spirituality during her five years in seminary. She holds three M.A. degrees: Drama from Northwestern University, Religion and the Arts from Pacific School of Religion, and Feminist
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