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Vale's Technique of Screen and Television Writing [Paperback]

Eugene Vale
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Book Description

March 6 1998 0240803558 978-0240803555 1
Vale's Technique of Screen and Television Writing is an updated and expanded edition of a valuable guide to writing for film and television. Mr. Vale takes the aspiring writer through every phase of a film's development, from the original concept to the final shooting script. Teachers of the craft as well as writers and directors have acclaimed it as one of the best books ever written on how to write a screenplay.

This book combines practical advice for the aspiring or established writer with a lucid overview of the unique features of this most contemporary art form, distinguishing film and video from other media and other kinds of storytelling. It teaches the reader to think in terms of the camera and gives practical advice on the realities of filmmaking. At the same time, Vale, who began his own career as a scriptwriter for the great French director Jean Renoir, provides a solid grounding in the history of drama from the Classical Greek theater through the great cinematic works of the twentieth century. Both philosophical and pragmatic, this is a very readable book for students and active professionals who want to improve their writing skills, and for film enthusiasts interested in knowing more about what they see on the screen.

Mr. Vale is that rare combination, a practitioner of great experience who can offer a lucid explanation of his craft.

Eugene Vale was born in Switzerland and began his career in France in the 1930s. He was an award-winning novelist, film and TV scriptwriter and teacher, whose works include the bestselling novel The Thirteenth Apostle and the scripts for Francis of Assisi, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and The Second Face. He also worked in many other areas of the motion picture industry, including directing, producing, cutting, distribution and finance. His archives are held by Boston University and University of Southern California. Mr. Vale died in 1997, shortly after he completed the updated version of this handbook.


· The classic textbook from the eminent novelist, playwright, and master screenwriter
· Updated, revised, and expanded to include examples from recent films
· A guidebook to scriptwriting for both beginners and professionals, and a joy for the movie-lover

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'Eugene Vale, who knows whereof he speaks, has summed up the screen writer's problems in a book that is brilliant, and loaded with common sense.'
The New York Times Book Review

'Extremely interesting, for the layman as well as for the professional.'
Billy Wilder

'The definitive book on this subject, and of immense value to anyone, amateur or professional.'
Carl Foreman

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Vale's Technique of Screen and Television Writing is an updated and expanded edition of a valuable guide to writing for film and television. Mr. Vale takes the aspiring writer through every phase of a film's development, from the original concept to the final shooting script. Teachers of the craft as well as writers and directors have acclaimed it as one of the best books ever written on how to write a screenplay.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool Nov. 6 2001
By Kasper
Format:Paperback
In this book Eugene Vale develops and explains his excellent technique of writing a movie or teleplay script, thereby covering all aspects of the production of a script from the initial idea to the finished shooting script. Although the book explains a lot of theory, it's firmly rooted in common sense and is more than anything about the craft of screenwriting from a craftsmans point of view. The theory is very well explained and easy to understand. With this book Mr. Vale gives us an important and advanced tool for analysing and creating a working dramatic construction. I won't hesitate to recommend the book, it's simply a must for students and aspiring screenplay writers.
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By D.H.
Format:Paperback
Vale's book should be a cornerstone of any screenwriting education...a classic that has withstood not only the test of changing times and movie tastes, but eloquently focuses on those
basics which make for great screen story. This book deserves to be on any screenwriters top shelf, and will be returned to often and for life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid text June 24 2000
By MCC
Format:Paperback
Vale's Technique is clearly written for someone interested in the nuts and bolts of film writing; and, while it can seem tedious, there is much to digest in this undervalued text. This book is free of the hype many screenwriting manuals serve up and methodically divulges the inner workings of film's blueprint.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poor printing quality for a $50 book June 8 2010
By Nutella Crepe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The content is terrific and presents a way of thinking about screenwriting which differs from other books I also use from Karetnikova, Frough, and McKee. However: the print quality is on par with a fuzzy, wavy photocopy. (Look carefully at the "Look Inside This Book" images -- their quality represents how the book really looks, not some digitized-aliasing...) Some lines are shorter (the characters look squashed) than others, etc., so much so that when I see a reference to a film later than the 1970s I'm surprised because the inside of the book looks so old. Yes, it's better than nothing, but since this thin book retails for ~$50 and it looks like a $10 photocopy with the same quality I could make, I think it's not a superb value. Focal Press should have re-OCRed it. There are no diagrams, so it would have been easy to make this edition un-noticeably professional, instead of noticeably lacking.

Yet, you should read it, so try to find a library copy or borrow a friend's. Or see if they come out with a better-printed edition -- mine is the 4th print run, 1998.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vale's Technique of Screen and Television Writing Jan. 6 2002
By D.H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Vale's book should be a cornerstone of any screenwriting education...a classic that has withstood not only the test of changing times and movie tastes, but eloquently focuses on those
basics which make for great screen story. This book deserves to be on any screenwriters top shelf, and will be returned to often and for life!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool Nov. 6 2001
By Kasper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In this book Eugene Vale develops and explains his excellent technique of writing a movie or teleplay script, thereby covering all aspects of the production of a script from the initial idea to the finished shooting script. Although the book explains a lot of theory, it's firmly rooted in common sense and is more than anything about the craft of screenwriting from a craftsmans point of view. The theory is very well explained and easy to understand. With this book Mr. Vale gives us an important and advanced tool for analysing and creating a working dramatic construction. I won't hesitate to recommend the book, it's simply a must for students and aspiring screenplay writers.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid text June 24 2000
By MCC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Vale's Technique is clearly written for someone interested in the nuts and bolts of film writing; and, while it can seem tedious, there is much to digest in this undervalued text. This book is free of the hype many screenwriting manuals serve up and methodically divulges the inner workings of film's blueprint.
5.0 out of 5 stars I was suggested this book by a legendary writer in Hollywood Dec 28 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It has forever changed my perspective on story in the industry. Read this book slow, make sure to understand it in its entirety.
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