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Offline RevellWriting

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Best screenwriting book?
« on: December 05, 2013, 12:11 PM »
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?

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Re: Best screenwriting book?
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2013, 12:45 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.
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Re: Best screenwriting book?
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2013, 12:57 PM »
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).
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Re: Best screenwriting book?
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2013, 01:43 PM »
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!
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Re: Best screenwriting book?
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2013, 01:53 PM »
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He was even portrayed in the film ADAPTATION.
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Re: Best screenwriting book?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2013, 04:25 PM »
 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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Re: Best screenwriting book?
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2014, 08:28 PM »
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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