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1.
Making a Good Script Great
by Linda Seger(Preface)


Samuel French Trade
Paperback - 242 pages
2nd edition (November 1994)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Loraine Despres , April 12, 2000 5 out of 5 stars
No Serious Screenwriter Should Be Without This Book
As a professional screenwriter and university screenwriting teacher, I have found this book invaluable as have many of my colleagues. There's always a moment in every script, when inspiration falters. I read a few pages of Linda's book and ideas begin to break through the barrier of my unconscious.... Read more

 


2.
AFI Guide to Writing Great Screenplays for Film and TV, 2nd Edition
by Dona Cooper


IDG Books Worldwide
Paperback - 208 pages
2nd edition
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
The American Film Institutes bestselling sreenwriting guide is now updated! Only the American Film Institute -- the countrys most prestigious film organization -- could offer this level of screenwriting expertise! Specially created by a top television programming executive and former instructor at... Read more

3.
Comedy Writing Step by Step
by Gene Perret, Carol Burnett


Samuel French Trade
Paperback
2 edition (December 1990)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
The author, Gene Perret (e-mail address) GPerretCom@aol.com , December 22, 1998
This book is a step by step process for writing comedy.
When I was asked to write this book, I first thought that there is no real process for writing jokes. In my writing for Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Bill Cosby, Tim Conway and others, I just sat down and did it. Then, as I researched this book, I investigated the process that I, and other comedy... Read more

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Making a Good Writer Great: a Creativity Workbooks for Screenwriters
by Linda Seger, Silman-James Press


Silman-James Pr
Paperback - 220 pages
1st silman edition (September 15, 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Ray Bradbury
"Linda's technique is a light to see by." Read more

5.
Writing Television Sitcoms
by Evan S. Smith


Perigee
Paperback - 281 pages
1 Ed edition (September 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
With guidance from top sitcom producers and examples straight from the screen, this book can help anyone write, revise--and sell--a script.

With twenty years in the business--as a writer, programming executive, and university instructor--Evan Smith knows what it takes to get from spec script to... Read more

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Writing Treatments That Sell : How to Create and Market Your Story Ideas to the Motion Picture and TV Industry
by Chi-Li Wong, Kenneth J. Atchity


Henry Holt (Paper)
Paperback - 256 pages
1 Ed edition (June 1997)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
In this entertaining guide, writer-producers Ken Atchity and Chi-Li Wong tell readers everything they need to know to create an effective and salable treatment--one that includes such key elements as a compelling conflict, likable characters, plot twists, a climax, and visual drama. Read more

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The Laugh Crafters: Comedy Writing in Radio and TV's Golden Age (Vintage Comedy Series)
by Jordan R. Young


Past Times Pub Co
- 351 pages
(February 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight, 10/98
"There's a lot of show-business history here that might otherwise be lost. What a boon for show-biz buffs and comedy students alike." Read more

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Good Scripts, Bad Scripts : Learning the Craft of Screenwriting Through 25 of the Best and Worst Films in History
by Thomas Pope, et al


Three Rivers Pr
Paperback - 256 pages
1 Ed edition (April 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
2.5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
In this unique volume, respected screenwriter Thomas Pope offers an innovative and practical approach to teaching the craft of screenplay writing, in the process providing an engaging, behind-the-scenes look at the way the film industry really works. Each chapter deals with a different component of... Read more

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The Frasier Scripts
by David Angell, et al


Newmarket Press
Paperback - 384 pages
(October 1, 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Entertainment Weekly, Kristen Baldwin, 5 November 1999
[A]n elegantly crafted comedy like Frasier...translates superbly to book form. Read more

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The Whole Picture : Strategies for Screenwriting Success in the New Hollywood
by Richard Walter


Plume
Paperback - 342 pages
(August 1997)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
From a leading teacher and lecturer on screenwriting comes a practical guide that explores the many aspects of the writer's relationship with the art of filmmaking and the world of Hollywood. Offering insider's advice and valuable words of counsel for any up-and-coming Hollywood player, Richard... Read more

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Becoming Human : The Seven of Nine Scripts

Pocket Books
Paperback - 464 pages
Vol 2 (January 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars
Book Description
Of all the diverse races and civilizations encountered by Starfleet, none have been as fearsome and unstoppable as the cybernetic life-form known as the Borg™. Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise™ considered them the closest thing to pure evil that he had ever faced.

So who... Read more


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Story Sense : Writing Story and Script for Feature Films and Television
by Paul Lucey


McGraw Hill College Div
Paperback
(February 1996)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
This is the first true textbook for a course in screenwriting. Story Sense provides specific strategies for writing story, character, and script. A wealth of techniques are suggested so that screenwriters can select those that work best for them. The book has been conceived as a working manual for... Read more

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How to Write It, How to Sell It : Everything a Screenwriter Needs to Know About Hollywood
by Linda Palmer


Griffin Trade Paperback
Paperback - 336 pages
1 Ed edition (June 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Sandra Jerome, November 29, 1999 5 out of 5 stars
It's Fool-proof
Okay, I admit that I read it as required reading for my screenwriting class at UCLA, but now this book has become my bible. If you don't read anything else, use Chapter 4 as a checklist  before you think a script is ready to go out. I read it before my scripts got submitted to my instructors (and I... Read more

 


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Screenwriting from the Soul : Letters to an Aspiring Screenwriter
by Richard W. Krevolin, Jeff Arch


Renaissance Books
Paperback - 256 pages
(September 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
How often have you gone to the movies and come out of the theater thinking, "I could have written that!" Many of us believe we have what it takes to turn out a Hollywood blockbuster, if only we had the right tools to help us do it. Screenwriting from the Soul is that tool. It simplifies the process,... Read more

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Screenwriting : The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television
by Richard Walter


New American Library Trade
Paperback
Reissue edition (August 1992)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
Nationally known as the leading teacher of screenwriting, Walter makes his classes available to all screenwriters, offering the essential how-to's as well as a wealth of practical advice. Read more

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The Insider's Guide to Writing for Screen and Television
by Ron Tobias, Ronald B. Tobias


Writers Digest Books
Hardcover - 208 pages
(March 1997)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
Industry insider Ronald B. Tobias teaches practical scriptwriting by showing writers how the film industry works. All-star interviews take screenwriters behind the scenes to show how directors, actors and others look at scripts. Read more

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The Seinfeld Scripts : The First and Second Seasons
by Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David

Out of Print--Try our out-of-print search service!
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
Jerry. George. Elaine. Kramer.

We've followed their misadventures for nearly ten years on Thursday nights. Here, finally, are the scripts of the first two seasons that will take you back to the beginning of Seinfeld.

Featuring the first 17 episodes ever aired, The Seinfeld Scripts contains all the... Read more


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Harlan Ellison's the City on the Edge of Forever
by Harlan Ellison


White Wolf Publishing Inc.
Paperback
(September 1996)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist
Ellison has had it--up to here! He wrote the original teleplay for the first Star Trek TV series' most popular episode (in which Kirk and Spock leap through a time gate into 1930s Chicago in order to prevent history being changed) and then watched, patiently fuming, for 30 years as Gene Roddenberry,... Read more

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Screen & Stage Marketing Secrets
by James Russell(Editor)


JR Publishing
Paperback - 170 pages
First edition (January 1, 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Hollywood, California - Literary Agent
There should be a written guide so screenwriters can learn how to submit scripts, professionally! Screen & Stage Marketing Secrets is the book! Read more

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The Star Trek Scriptbooks : The Q Chronicles
by Gene Roddenberry


Pocket Books
Paperback - 752 pages
Vol 1 (January 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
Of all the myriad beings who inhabit our galaxy, none are as enigmatic (and as entertaining) as the omnipotent cosmic trickster who calls himself Q. Since the very beginning of Star Trek: The Next Generation® he has confounded Starfleet captains from one end of the Milky Way to another.... Read more

21.   Fallen Angels : Six Noir Tales Told for Television
by James Ellroy, et al


Grove Press
Paperback - 274 pages
(October 1993)
 
From Booklist
This is an unusual anthology. It contains six hard-to-find stories by six masters of noir and the teleplays for their film adaptations, which will air on cable this fall as a series of half-hour dramas featuring such well-known directors and performers as Steven Soderbergh, Tom Hanks, Laura Dern,... Read more

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The Complete Guide to Standard Script Formats Part Two Taped Formats for Television
by Judith H. Haag(Compiler)


CMC Publishing
Paperback - 161 pages
(December 1989)
 

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Laughing Matters: On Writing MASH, Tootsie, Oh, God!, and a Few Other Funny Things
by Larry Gelbart


Random House Trade
Hardcover - 304 pages
(March 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
2.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
Laughing Matters is the kind of memoir one might expect from the creator of M*A*S*H*, Tootsie, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: honest, intelligent, bitingly satirical, and, of course, very funny indeed. Larry Gelbart enjoyed a long and varied show-business career that began at... Read more

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Talking Heads
by Alan Bennett


Bbc Pubns
Paperback - 91 pages
(February 1993)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
tiffanny , February 3, 2000 5 out of 5 stars
talking heads
I have been studying Alan Bennett and like many others find it highly amusing. It works remarkably well as a television series and not just on the page. The personalisation and connection to the viewer draws you in and makes it appear that each character is actually talking to you. Excellent work Read more

 


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Writing Television Comedy
by Jerry Rannow, Jerry Ramow


Allworth Press
Paperback - 224 pages
0 edition (January 2000)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
How to "jump start your funny bone" is the theme of this humorous, eye-opening guide to conceiving, writing, and marketing a winning TV sitcom. The book tells how to construct a story outline, develop character and dialogue, format scripts, pitch producers, and work with studio executives,... Read more

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