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The recent explosion of unsolicited material written for the world's greatest, sexiest entertainment medium has largely produced a mountain of wasted paper.

Truth is, the many who write from scratch, no matter how talented, have more chance of winning the lottery than creating an excellent script. The few who achieve success do so because they have shed the blood, sweat and tears necessary to master the elaborate art and craft of screenwriting.

This book explodes the myth that a screenplay is the easiest literary form to master, navigates a relatively painless path through the screenwriting labyrinth, and offers an easy to digest step-by-step guide to writing a script from inception to completion.

What's in it? The main areas covered are: Motivation; Research & Development; Genre; Idea; Story & Plot; Audience; Character; Action & Setting; Structure; Format; Dialogue; Synopses & Treatments; Drafts; Marketing & The Industry. There's also a glossary of commonly used jargon to further demystify the process.

©2006 Pocket Essentials; (P)2008 Summersdale Publishers Ltd

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  • Don
  • Panorama City,, CA, United States
  • 11-27-08

Poor to average

This survey of storytelling for films should have come out 20 years ago. The ideas presented are uninspired and trite to say the least. Anybody interested in screenwriting would be better off listening to Robert McKee's "Story." Pass on this one.

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