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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (March 6 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240803558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240803555
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #528,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By Kasper on Nov. 6 2001
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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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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By MCC on June 24 2000
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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
Lousy title, fantastic content Dec 18 2012
By Carol M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've read and studied the dozen or so standard books on screen writing. I took Robert McKee's screen writing course. If you're looking for the cookie cutter screenplay formula, there are plenty of other books. But if you're interested in the science (so to speak) of screen writing, then this is a fantastic book. Vale explains "what makes it interesting." He explains the nuts and bolts of suspense. He explains how screenplays are different from stage plays which are different from novels and short stories. I would like to buy the rights to this book and sell it again, but with a different title.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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!
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
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.


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