The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting

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Penguin, 2008 - Performing Arts - 378 pages
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An updated and revised edition, this book is a practical and popular guide to realizing the dream of succeeding as a screenwriter. Insider Skip Press gives novice screenwriters a cook's tour of the industry, then leads them through the process of picking a winning idea, structuring and writing a screenplay, and packaging the final script for sale. This down-in-the-trenches book provides invaluable tips and advice that will help the newcomer navigate the business and avoid mistakes that brand him/her as an amateur.

In the third edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting, readers will also find:

  • CD-ROM packed with sample screenplays, Hollywood contact information, screenwriting software demos, and more.
  • Chapters on writing for television, including a sample TV script segment.
  • How comic book and 2D-animation software creations can lead to script and movie deals.
  • Advice on using concise storytelling and viral short films effectively.
  • A new chapter on sources for screenplays and movies, including how Asian films are acquired and adapted.
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    Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

    User Review  - Ralph Halse - Goodreads

    While slightly outdated, this book provides an excellent insight into an approach to Screenwriting. It should serve as reminder to look back on when milestones are met and checks and balances are required to view the way forward. Read full review

    Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

    User Review  - Goodreads

    While slightly outdated, this book provides an excellent insight into an approach to Screenwriting. It should serve as reminder to look back on when milestones are met and checks and balances are required to view the way forward. Read full review

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    Contents

    The Evolution of Storytelling
    1
    History Lessons Make Better Writers
    3
    That Fellow Shakespeare
    15
    Birth of the Movies
    23
    From Scenario to Screenplay
    35
    From the Big Screen to the Computer Screen
    45
    What to Write
    57
    Sources for Movie Ideas That Will Sell
    59
    Writing the Feature Film
    171
    The Screenplay StepbyStep
    185
    Navigating the Rewrite
    199
    Polish Makes Perfect
    211
    PostScript Possibilities
    223
    What a Reading Can Show You
    225
    Why the Screenplay Is Merely a Blueprint
    237
    The Real Role of the Screenwriter
    249

    Movies Are Not Books or Plays
    69
    What Your Audience Really Wants to See
    81
    Defining Your Movie
    95
    Whats Hot Whats Not and Whats in Your Heart
    107
    Your Screenwriting Schedule and Why It Is Essential
    119
    How to Write Your Screenplay
    131
    Preparing Your Outline and Reordering Scenes
    133
    The AllImportant First Ten Pages
    145
    The Structure of Hollywood Movies
    159
    Writing for Television
    263
    Filmmaking Your Way to Hollywood Success
    277
    Its All in the Details
    285
    Sweating the Small Stuff
    287
    Fixing Amateur Technical Mistakes
    299
    The Mentor MerryGoRound
    311
    The Truth About Selling Scripts
    323
    Plotting Your Screenwriting Career
    337
    Copyright

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    About the author (2008)

    Skip Press is a veteran author, screenwriter, online writing instructor, and former editor of Entertainment Monthly. He has written and sold television scripts, feature films, plays, and a variety of books, including the acclaimed WriterĀ's Guide to Hollywood Producers, Directors, and Screenwriting Agents and How to Write What You Want & Sell What You Write.

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