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A complete screenwriting course, this book features illustrative examples, writing techniques, sage advice from veteran writers, and pertinent writing anecdotes.
Paperback, 438 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Silman-James Press (first published August 13th 1999)
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Jason Luna
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
As the subtitle of this book implies, this book is about you writing a screenplay for a motion picture. It's not really a book about being read.

That being said, while all the bullet points are hit on what it takes to write a screenplay, it doesn't feel like it's either creating new ground in its approach, nor does its techniques directly motivate to write the script, don't lay the groundwork for your work.

It's nice to have some notes on genre, or format, but it often feels like more about the
Sean Hall
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice text, well-written, good progression of information covering all aspects of screenwriting. Studying this form of writing is beneficial for fiction writing in learning to adhere to your story and keep things clear and concise.
T.J. Roberts
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the very best I have read (so far) on writing. Even if you never plan to write a screenplay, there is some extremely valuable information in here. I particularly liked how they related story elements to movies everyone knows. It goes into the details of writing a screenplay, but it also delves into characters development, plot, pacing and more. Really good.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Very easy to read and understand...especially for someone that has never planned to write a screenplay!
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Explains the craft in simple terms, while still being thorough and thought-provoking. Highly recommended for beginners.
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Another art of writing a screenplay book.
Jonathan O'brien
One of two top screenwriting books.
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