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Lew Hunter's Screenwriting 434

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The conductor of UCLAUs legendary graduate workshop--Screenwriting 434--guides readers through every stage of the screenwriting process by actually having them write an original screenplay. "I heartily recommend (this book) for beginners and pros alike."--Steven Bochco.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 4th 1994 by Perigee Trade (first published 1994)
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Aug 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Not quite as helpful as I wished it would be, but still contains some nice tidbits of direction for aspiring screenwriters. Hunter's best advice is to use Aristotle's Poetics and Lajos Ergi's Art of Dramatic Writing as the two Bibles of storytelling. I couldn't agree more.
Sep 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
self indulgent piffle that almost makes you embarrassed for the author. RE McKee, I think casablanca is a bad example for a screenplay; s. field is smart to use chinatown; do you know what Hunter uses? a script for a afterschool special for tv that he wrote.

again: Lew Hunter's idea of a model screenplay is a script for an afterschool special for TV that was written by Lew Hunter in 1981.

NFW! Why? Because 1) he is overladen by an enormous sense of self-regard
Karen Marcum
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book ruined movies for me for a long time. Thank goodness I prefer books to movies. I have carefully avoided ever reading a book about how to write a novel. I'm not going to let that get ruined too. ;)
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This might as well be re-published as the Screenwriter's Bible, as that's how much it's revered in LA and the world of screenwriting in general. Great advice. Practical and to the point.
William Torgerson
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you want to write a script, this is a great place to start. It will help you plan and execute if you are new to writing.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Classic work by one of the best screenwriting instructors around. I strongly recommend it (or possibly his newer edition).
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Of all the hundreds of books on screenwriting, this, along with four screenplays, STORY, The art of dramatic writing and 'Creating unforgettable characters' is one of the best books on the subject.
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Unlike most other screenwriting books, this one provides an example of a script that the author authored. That may be helpful to some readers.
Angela Hunt
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My go to writing book, period. When I'm stuck, I pull it down.
Cyd Madsen
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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A great big teddy bear of a man with passion and compassion for his students and teaching. When I culled my library down to a couple hundred books, this is one of the few I saved.
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