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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)

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
NERVE  ~Truth or Dare, without the Truth~ Dial, Fall 2012
CHARISMA ~Gene Therapy Gone Bad~ Dial, Winter 2015

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STORY by Robert McKee.

He was even portrayed in the film ADAPTATION.
#5 - December 05, 2013, 01:53 PM
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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:
#6 - December 05, 2013, 04:25 PM

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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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