500 Ways to Beat the Hollywood Script Reader: Writing the Screenplay the Reader Will Recommend

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 13, 1999 - Performing Arts - 175 pages
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If Your Screenplay Can't Get Past the Hollywood Reader, It Can't Get to Hollywood
This ultimate insider's guide to screenwriting is designed to get you past the fiercest gatekeepers in Hollywood: the Hollywood script readers. This small army of freelancers will be among the first to read and evaluate your script and then to recommend it -- or not -- to the studios, directors, and stars.
Designed for quick and easy access, these 500 points are a step-by-step recipe. They cannot guarantee success, but failure to follow them can almost certainly guarantee failure. Tips include:
* Get your foot in the door: 23 ways to make a good first impression on the Hollywood Reader
* Screen talk: why it is essential to write dialogue that looks good on the page
* Your goals in each act: how to make your story unputdownable from beginning to end
* Specific genre issues: writing a romance? a mystery? a thriller? Learn their special requirements and pitfalls
* The final scenes: how to go out with a bang that will wow the Hollywood Reader
* Still didn't get positive coverage? Inside info on what to do and how to do it

Written by an industry insider who has recommended scripts that have sold for as much as one million dollars, this is the only book to show you what the Hollywood Reader wants to see. Clear, smart, and completely authoritative, 500 Ways to Beat the Hollywood Script Reader is by far the simplest, most practical book ever to hit the entertainment shelf.

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Im a Hollywood script reader and I whip scripts into shape before they head off to the readers at the studios and networks and there hasnt been one script I have read where the writer thought it was ... Read full review

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I read this book after reading a few others about screenwriting. Skip it. It basically relays the same points over and over again. It was like the writer was desperately trying to reach 500 ways and reworded the same 50 points.
It's not worth buying, get the screenwriters bible instead. I learned about 2 new points after reading this particular book.


Scripting It Liko tht Pros Do
Putting It on tho Pago
Croating a Concept and Characters That Will Soil Your Script
Acts 13 Writing for
Act a Goals 115

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About the author (1999)

Jennifer Lerch has been a Hollywood Reader for more than a decade, including eight years at the William Morris Agency. She lives in Los Angeles.

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