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I'm looking to try my hand at screenwriting, but would like to read up on the conventions. Are there any books or websites you would recommend?
#1 - December 05, 2013, 12:11 PM

Syd Field's Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting is a very good resource but you'll want to expand beyond it.

I've found one of the best ways to learn about screenwriting is to read a lot of scripts (just like one of the best ways to learn about writing for kids is to read a ton of kidlit). You can find a few websites that have scripts for popular (and not so popular) movies if you do a search.
#2 - December 05, 2013, 12:45 PM
Young Henry and the Dragon (2011, Shenanigan Books)

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Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder is one of my favorites. I've also heard great things about Invisible Ink by Brian McDonald (I've heard him speak before and he's great).
#3 - December 05, 2013, 12:57 PM

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I'll second Save the Cat, which is also a great resource for novel writing. I've heard that many film execs use that structure as a guideline for reviewing scripts. Bonus, it's easy to comprehend and apply. Good luck!
#4 - December 05, 2013, 01:43 PM
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THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
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 As a former TV scriptwriter and current screenwriting teacher, I highly recommend you begin your screenwriting education with two excellent books:  1)  The Screenwriter?s Bible (5th edition) ? David Trottier; and 2)  Writing Movies:  The Practical Guide to Creating Stellar Screenplays - Gotham Writers' Workshop.
Both of these books are written in easy-to-understand language and offer lots of great examples that make writing/storytelling/filmmaking concepts easy to comprehend.  You'll never watch movies the same way again. Good luck!  :readthebook:
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I have most of these, but hadn't heard of Writing Movies:  The Practical Guide to Creating Stellar Screenplays. Thanks for rec, writerkat!
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