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Screenwriter Essentials

Buck Henry once said, "Screenwriting is like having sex, only different." While we can't comment on that, we can assure you this is a fine place for aspiring screenwriters to get started.

 

 
1.
500 Ways to Beat the Hollywood Script Reader : Writing the Screenplay the Reader Will Recommend
by Jennifer M. Lerch

Fireside
Paperback - 192 pages
(July 1999)


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So you want to write a movie! You could consult Robert McKee's influential Story, Syd Field's rather schematic Screenplay, which extrapolates lessons from famous films, or novelist-turned-screenwriter Meg Wolitzer's literate Fitzgerald Did It, inspired by her own experience.

But the script you pour... Read more

 


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The Big Deal : Hollywood's Million-Dollar Spec Script Market
by Thom Taylor

William Morrow & Co Paper
Paperback - 320 pages
(April 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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So, you want to write a movie. You could do worse than read The Big Deal, a collection of funny, horrible, and/or inspiring stories of Hollywood break-ins by former Oliver Stone employee Thom Taylor.

What's most striking about the book is the madly random nature of films' gestations. Allison Anders... Read more

 


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Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting
by Robert McKee

Harpercollins
Hardcover - 480 pages
1 Ed edition (October 1997)


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Writing for the screen is quirky business. A writer must labor meticulously over his or her prose, yet very little of that prose is ever heard by filmgoers. The few words that do reach the audience, in the form of the characters' dialogue, are, according to Robert McKee, best left to last in the... Read more

 


4.
Myth and the Movies : Discovering the Mythic Structure of 50 Unforgettable Films
by Stuart Voytilla, Christopher Vogler

Michael Wiese Productions
Paperback - 400 pages
(October 1999)



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Riffing off ideas articulated in Christopher Vogler's The Writer's Journey, Myth and the Movies serves both as a sequel to that book and a series of examples attempting to demonstrate its validity. In his book, Vogler, borrowing ideas from Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, argues that every story... Read more

 


5.
The Writer's Journey : Mythic Structure for Writers
by Christopher Vogler

Michael Wiese Productions
Paperback - 326 pages
2nd edition (November 1998)


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At the beginning of The Writer's Journey, Christopher Vogler asserts that "all stories consist of a few common structural elements found universally in myths, fairy tales, dreams, and movies." Some may be hard-pressed to accept this idea (and will wonder how storytellers from Homer to Shakespeare to... Read more

 


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Screenwriters : America's Storytellers in Portrait
by Helena Lumme(Editor), Mika Manninen (Editor)

Angel City Pr
Hardcover - 128 pages
1 Ed edition (February 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Even if you don't agree with the editors that screenwriting is the toughest and riskiest profession in the movie business, this lovely book holds tremendous appeal. Screenwriters offers unique visual and verbal portraits of each of the 47 writers covered. The striking photographs presented here were... Read more

 


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Fitzgerald Did It : The Writer's Guide to Mastering the Screenplay
by Meg Wolitzer

Penguin USA (Paper)
Paperback - 208 pages
(May 1999)


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3 out of 5 stars
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Unlike the many screenwriting guidebooks geared toward Hollywood wannabes with little writing experience whatsoever, this one is intended for writers--particularly fiction writers and journalists--eager to make the leap to screenwriting. Blessedly absent are the tedious lessons about how to write;... Read more

 



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