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Raindance Writers' Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay Paperback – Dec 11 2008

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (Sept. 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240520793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240520797
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #909,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is an invaluable manual for the first-time screenwriter. A guide that takes in every aspect of the screenwriting process.
--Ayub Khan-Din, Writer for East is East

An authoritative guide full of wit and wisdom, through which Grove's personality shines.
--Justin Bowyer, Total Film

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Elliot Grove uses a hands-on approach to screenwriting based on his many years experience teaching the subject for Raindance training. He uses step-by-step processes illustrated with diagrams and charts to lend a visual structure to the teaching. Techniques are related to real-life examples throughout, from low budget to blockbuster films. The accompanying CD-ROM contains interviews with British directors Declan Lowney (Father Ted), Gillies Mackinnon (Redemption, Hideous Kinky), Pawel Pawlikowski (The Last Resort), producers Nik Powell (The Crying Game) and Nowma Heyman (Dangerous Liaisons, Mary Reilly) and writer Andrew Shea (The Corndog Man)The CD also contains sample scripts and legal contracts, a writing exercise illustrated with a video clip, a folder full of useful hyperlinks for research, and a demo version of Final Draft screenwriting software. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I haven't attended the Writer's Lab in person, but the book is first rate. You will learn a number of great tools to spark and nurture creativity, how to make your screenplay better, and, most importantly, how to get into the industry without an agent or any prior experience. I am using this book to develop a growing number of screenplays I have written, and I can see an improvement from my earlier works. I think this book is particularly useful for writers who have to juggle a day job, family time, and other demands because it has made me make more efficient use of my writing time as well.
The business aspects of writing are well done here, too, and are applicable not only to the British and American industries but also the Canadian and probably most of the rest of the world, too.
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I recommend this book to anyone contemplating a career as a screenwriter. The early chapters deal with ideas, character, story, and finding those things when they don't arrive on their own. The book then goes on to cover the business aspects of selling your screenplay, and it is as essential as the first half. Just reading this book will get you fired up to write something.
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Raindance Writers' Lab: Write + Sell The Hot Screenplay is a book and CD-ROM created to speed aspiring screenplay writers to critical and financial success. Written from the ground up by Elliot Grove (Founder and Director of the Raindance Film Festival), Raindance Writers' Lab starts with the most basic tenets of how to create a screenplay and how to secure rights to true-life stories, offers extensive advice on how to properly tell a good, captivating story, and concludes with perhaps the most critical lessons of how to pitch a story and secure a deal. The CD-ROM files require Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher, and also contain MP3/MPEG-1 audio clips and video interviews that require a media player (Windows Media Player or Macintosh Quicktime recommended). Final Draft demo software is also included on the CD-ROM. Raindance Writers' Lab is an excellent technical how-to source, and highly recommended for film students and aspiring script writers with an interest in writing a commercially viable screenplay.
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