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Screenwriting For Dummies Paperback – Jun 30 2008
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"Ideal for general readers, the book uses everyday examples and addresses social issues such as sweatshops and fair trade." Moneywise June 2008 "A guide for absolute beginners, it will take you through the whole process".Writers Forum June 2008
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Write a great script and get it into the hands of the Hollywood players!
So you want to be a screenwriter? Whether you want to write a feature film or a TV script or adapt your favorite book, this friendly guide gives you expert advice in everything from creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and selling it to the studios. You get savvy industry tips and strategies for getting your screenplay noticed!
The screenwriting process from A to Z — from developing a concept and thinking visually to plotline, conflicts, pacing, and the conclusion
Craft living, breathing characters — from creating the backstory to letting your characters speak to balancing dialogue with action
Turn your story into a script — from developing an outline and getting over writer's block to formatting your screenplay and handling rewrites
Prepare for Hollywood — from understanding the players and setting your expectations to polishing your copy and protecting your work
Sell your script to the industry — from preparing your pitch and finding an agent to meeting with executives and making a deal
Open the book and find:
The latest on the biz, from entertainment blogs to top agents to box office jargon
New story examples from recently released films
Tips on character development, a story's time clock, dramatic structure, and dialogue
New details on developing the nontraditional screenplay — from musicals to animation to high dramatic style
Expanded information on adaptation and collaboration, with examples from successful screenwriting duos
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Having said that, I don't like the way the book is organized. Someone who is completely inexperienced in scriptwriting might get confused trying to navigate through it. I was also quite shocked that even though there's a section about adapting other works of literature to script format, there was no mention of the legal complexities something like that might entitle.
But, all in all, Screenwriting for dummies is a good resource, but definitely not the only one that an inexperienced, aspiring screenwriting needs.
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