Multcolib Research Picks: Screenwriting
Annotation:Five books in one! A primer of screenwriting basics, a workbook that walks you through the writing process, a formatting guide, a spec writing guide, and a sales and marketing guide.
Annotation:Screenplay is one of the bibles of the film trade and has launched many a would-be screenwriter on the road to Hollywood. - from a Library Journal review
Annotation:This fun-to-read insiders guide reveals the truth about what it takes to craft and sell a script. There are two other Save the Cat! books by the same author, with more tips and tricks for screenwriting success.
Annotation:A screenplay can be understood as being built of sequences of about fifteen pages each, and by focusing on solving the dramatic aspects of each of these sequences in detail, a writer can more easily conquer the challenges posed by the script as a whole.
Annotation:Accomplished writers from the UCLA Extension Writers' Program present how-to advice for aspiring feature film writers, covering topics from how to identify story ideas that make a good movie to opening career doors and keeping them open. There's another book from the UCLA Extension Writer's Program about writing for TV, called Inside the Room.
Annotation:This book focuses on dialogue, providing an analytical treatment of certain individual scenes. Each chapter deals with how a particular screenwriter approached dialogue relative to that particular scene's construction.
Annotation:A comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen, including how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, the magic of story construction and the relationship between structure and character.
Annotation:A complete screenwriting course -- from initial idea through final script sale -- providing in-depth discussions of theme development; story research; script plotting and structuring; character development; dialogue; writing and rewriting methods; formatting; the ins and outs of marketing and pitching scripts; writing for TV, the Web and video games, and more.
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Whether you're scribbling out your first screenplay or already a seasoned screenwriter selling your work, this list of screenwriting resources is for you. - Phoebe W.