Want to know how to write a script that people will remember, and can catch the attention of producers and other above-the-line talent? (Don't worry about agents; they don't want to talk to you). Nail your dialogue. Really. Now I know you've heard all the maxims: Film is a Visual Medium; You Can Either Write Dialogue or You Can't. And they both sound very logical. And esteemed writers, such as David Mamet, have been preaching them for years.
But, in my not so humble opinion, they're both total bullcrap. Yes, when learning how to write a movie you want to focus on structure and plot. And you don't want dialogue-heavy scenes where characters sit in coffee shops for three pages. But dialogue is the ONE PART of movie scripts that readers, producers, story editors and development exectuives will absolutely read. The same can't be said for your scene description.
I know, that breaks your heart. (You spent hours working on your lean description of a car chase involving nuns on mopeds). But when skimming, and lots of script readers skim, dialogue is the most efficient/easiest way to do it. So if it's so important how he heck do we get you better at it.
©2013 Michael Rogan (P)2013 Michael Rogan
Yes, it's basic level dialogue but that's what makes it easy to follow and it was fun to listen to.
Yes, very enjoyable.
He has some great advice but..."it is easy for him to say...". I believe, I just don't have the imagination to create or the intelligence to present a story in an effective way. I don't care how many great techniques you may hear, if you don't have some degree of talent to begin with, no one can make you a successful writer. If you possess talent, you can profit from the techniques in proportion to the amount of effort and time you are willing and able to invest.
The 1 hour long was just enough to not be a big thing and give me easy steps to follow. I listened to it while my car was being serviced Wrote down a few notes, and now I'm rewriting scenes with his suggestions..
His trying to be hip and witty, really was annoying.
I made it 5 minutes into the book and was mildly insulted about his views on teenagers, by the 10 minute mark I was informed that this book couldn't help me at all.
I reluctantly finished the audio book and found the author to not only be dated in his choice of "good" example movies, but also rude and obnoxious. I am in my mid thirties and yet felt like I was being lectured by my grand father on how great his generation is.
There could have been nuggets of gold in this book, but the author spent far to much time on sarcasm and poor humor that I was to annoyed to learn a damn thing.
"Truly entertaining and informative"
.Well worth listening to. A very clever, and not at all boring, way of getting excellent points across.
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