on October 4, 2000
I'll have to disagree strongly with the reviewers who canned this book. Although it is a little difficult to read at first because of the analytic and intellectual approach to scriptwriting, there are some excellent chapters which make this book worthwhile (even if a little expensive). As the title suggests, this is a 'practical manual', not a book to read from cover to cover and be expected to be entertained. The book is divided into 3 sections: the Fact Film, The Feature Film, and Tricks of the Trade. The reader decides what he wants to learn and goes to the appropriate section. The advise covers ouline, treatment, squence outline, shooting script, narration, dialogue devices, master script. Everytime I go and write a new script, I open this book to refresh my memory. I've recommended this book to countless people.
on May 11, 1999
This book is incredibly trite and condescending. Even for the few worthwhile tips I was able to get from reading this book, the price is still ridiculous. If you want a good book on writing a script, try reading The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lagos Egri--it is tailored to playwrighting, but can be easily applied to any kind of writing.