Writing Screenplays That Sell Paperback – Aug 1 1991
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If you've got a half-finished screenplay in the drawer, these two unflaggingly optimistic additions to the how-to literature will make you want to dig it out and get to work. Aimed at beginners, both are by academics who not only teach the subject, but are professional screenwriters themselves. In agreement on most of the basic points, each gives a solid discussion of the craftcharacters, story development, etc.and industry; lays out the all-important details of format; then tells how to market the finished product. Hauge's volume is a detailed manual offering a step-by-step methodology, a scriptual analysis of a hit film, The Karate Kid , and handy chapter summaries. Walter's is more general and breezily written. Both authors argue that screenwriting is a developable craft rather than an art and stress the overpowering need for strong-willed commitment to achieve success. They also agree that, despite all the high-paid, well-established hacks, especially in TV, if you don't have talent, perseverance, imagination, and some luck, you're in the wrong field. For those libraries that can buy only one more title in this crowded field, Hauge is the preferred choice. Two other recent books are Jurgen Wolff and Kerry Cox's Successful Scriptwriting, Writer's Digest, 1988; and Ben Brady and Lance Lee's The Understructure of Writing for Film & Television, Univ. of Texas Pr., 1988. The latter seems aimed at replacing Brady's Keys to Writing for Television and Films as the standard college text. Ed.David Bartholomew, NYPL
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Michael Hauge's book: Writing Screenplays That Sell, is the BEST book I have ever read on screenwritng because of the way the information is PRESENTED, the PROCESS through which Michael Hauge guides you in THINKING through your story, ORGANIZING it and then LAYING it down.
What REALLY SURPRISED me is that it was not INCLUDED in the USC curriculum and since then, I have RARELY seen this book included with books about screenwriting on the internet. I simply just don't get it. It is not only a good book, it is the BEST! It far surpasses Syd's book...sorry Syd, but it's true! EVERY SERIOUS screenwriter should have this book and recommend it to their friends. I am happy to FINALLY see it beginning to get the RESPECT that it is due. Thank you Michael for your wonderful and invaluable GIFT!
Michael Hauge's book is an extremely pleasant read; it offers insight into both writing scripts and the industry you are attempting to enter. His advice is realistic yet optimistic; Hauge presents you with an honest account of the script market while managing to maintain, even encourage, the reader's belief in success.
The book offers several partial script breakdowns - including The Karate Kid and Body Heat amongst others - which are very helpful when applying his ideas to your own script. Hauge doesn't attempt to revolutionise scriptwriting with his own unproven theories, he mostly attempts to reinforce the basic steadfast rules of the Hollywood scriptwriting system while offering interesting and convincing explanations of why they work, which is encouraging.
I recommend this book for all scriptwriters, both beginners and the more experienced who, like myself, sometimes feel in need of a bit of a refresher.
When you're read for something intermediate, check out Armer's WRITING THE SCREENPLAY and Thom's THE BIG DEAL (about spec scripts that sold in the last decade or so).
And, for advanced techniques go to: Lagos Egri's THE ART OF DRAMATIC WRITING (more for plays but it does apply) and McKee's STORY . . . and, of course, the superlative WORDPLAYER.COM with free articles by two working screenwriters . .. Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio.
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It is a great book and sure helps me. If you wanted to learn how to write great and good screenplays; this is the book is good.Published on Feb. 3 2013 by Joanne C. Laplante
Started reading this book but quickly put it away. I wasn't really impressed with it so much. I have better ones that are so much better and more impressive.Published on Aug. 11 2003 by Marc Klein
so I gave this book one star instead. In my opinion, it is poorly written, confusing and worthless. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2000 by Georgia Sugarbaker
It's one of a handful of books I recommend to my screenwriting students!Published on Nov. 20 1999 by Marisa D'Vari, author of "Script Magic"
I loved this book! After thumbing through many of the other 'recommended' books at a local bookstore (with much better titles! Read morePublished on Sept. 13 1999
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