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on June 23, 2003
While Epstein's book is better than most on this subject -- most consisting of books that suggest a total outsider can write a screenplay this year and pick up his or her Oscar next year --'Crafty Screenwriting' still suffers from the fact that it's pretty close to impossible to break into the entertainment industry without knowing someone in it, and generally someone high up in it, who will sponsor you.
If you want to know how competetive the movie industry truly is, stay in your seat and watch the end credits of the next film you see.
Guess what? All those people have screenplays or outlines of or ideas for screenplays, and they're already in the business!
Nonetheless, if you're crazy enough to want to try anyway, this book is worthwhile.
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on September 26, 2002
At the very least, the writing style is lively and accessible. This is a book you can enjoy reading just for the insights on moviemaking, even if screenwriting isn't your thing. Epstein doesn't really blow away a lot of major sacred screenwriting cows here, but he does offer a lot of very practical, very realistic advice about writing and selling screenplays. He displays an insight not usually found in most books like what "The dialogue is flat" REALLY means.
One of my favorite comments is when he talks about backstory in action films, pointing out that you progressively decrease the dialogue and "increase the whammies." As for recommending screenwriting books, he says "Stop reading and get writing!" Excellent advice!
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on February 28, 2004
Insights to the plight of an unknown seeking recognition are shared by Alex Epstein with genuine interest and skill that communicates valuable information. I felt I'd found a personal connection to the screenwriter's world.
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