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mclicious
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Does anyone have a good screenwriting book they'd recommend? I had an idea for a novel, but then I thought it would work better as a film. All I know about writing screenplays, though, comes from reading a handful, so a book would be helpful.
#1 - April 07, 2008, 11:17 PM

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I loved David Trottier's The Screenwriter's Bible. It's for serious newbies, though. As basic as basic gets. Helped me SO much!

If you already know the basics, you probably want something more advanced.
#2 - April 08, 2008, 07:57 PM
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting, by Skip Press.

This book is updated regularly with new editions. 
#3 - April 08, 2008, 10:32 PM
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LUNCHBOX AND THE ALIENS, 2006 Holt; 2009 Square Fish
FROONGA PLANET, 2008 Holt
http://froongafiles.blogspot.com

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The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
#4 - April 09, 2008, 05:47 AM

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the legendary Robert McKee's Story, Substance, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting
and Syd Fields Screenplay:  The Foundations of Scriptwriting
are the acknowledged classics
but
Truby's Anatomy of a Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller is the new hit destined to be a classic
I really liked the book and recommend it (as well as the other two)

Steve      :typing
#5 - April 09, 2008, 09:30 AM

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the legendary Robert McKee's Story, Substance, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting
and Syd Fields Screenplay:  The Foundations of Scriptwriting
are the acknowledged classics

Syd Field's books (he has several) are what I used.  Also The Complete Book of Scriptwriting by J. Michael Straczynski
#6 - April 10, 2008, 03:03 PM

Steve

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Spicy,

You have a lot of great reading ahead of you.

AND, if you really like film, I also recommend David Cohen's Screen Plays:  How 25 Scripts Made it to a Theater Near You
It's a very interesting and very enjoyable book any writer would enjoy
It's not about the art of writing as much as the art of the deal

Steve    :typing
#7 - April 10, 2008, 03:54 PM

I heard about SAVE THE CAT: THE LAST BOOK ON SCREENWRITING YOU"LL EVER NEED here on the boards and loved it so much I read the sequel, SAVE THE CAT AT THE MOVIES, (despite the obvious irony) - they were both really great. (can't find a kitty icon, so Tigger will have to do...  :tigger)
#8 - April 10, 2008, 04:25 PM
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Save The Cat Goes to the Movies is good
#9 - April 10, 2008, 06:01 PM

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Thanks! Now I have a great summer reading list.
#10 - April 14, 2008, 10:35 PM

Steve

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they are all great reading
we'll give you an even longer list when you are ready
Enjoy!

Steve      :typing
#11 - April 15, 2008, 07:29 AM

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I just got turned on to Save the Cat. I love the 15-check points and have been using it as I revise.
#12 - April 15, 2008, 05:42 PM
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and note that there are TWO Save the Cat books  -  both equally easy-to-read, enjoyable and full of great information
#13 - April 16, 2008, 05:35 AM

Anyone have any thoughts on Viki King's How to Write a Movie in 21 Days?
#14 - April 20, 2008, 05:03 PM

Aimz

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Are there any screenwriting groups in your area?  Syd Field has been a good resource for me. Though not cheap, Final Draft is a good software program if you want to go hardcore.  It has all the formats. 
#15 - April 20, 2008, 07:35 PM

Cheddarcheese

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Just finished Save the Cat! Thanks for the recommendation. Well worth reading.
#16 - April 22, 2008, 12:00 PM

tgseale

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I just ordered it.  Thx all for reinforcing the rec!

#17 - April 28, 2008, 06:39 PM

merewald

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I know this thread hasn't been posted in for awhile, but I thought this link would help some people and it didn't seem to warrant me starting a new thread, so here it is: (forgive me if I should have just started a new thread, I'm new): Wordplay. It's a site by Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio, I believe, and it gives all sorts of tips and things about screenwriting.
#18 - September 05, 2008, 01:47 PM

Aimz

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Bumping is a good thing merewald. Ya done good. And a belated :welcome
#19 - September 09, 2008, 01:29 PM

merewald

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Bumping is a good thing merewald. Ya done good. And a belated :welcome

Good to know. And thank you!
#20 - September 10, 2008, 03:49 PM

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A couple of great books to read (more about the mindset of scriptwriting, rather than the nuts and bolts) are William Goldman's books, "Adventures in the Screen Trade" and "Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade."  I cannot recommend these highly enough...
#21 - November 19, 2008, 07:17 AM

JMKirk

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I'm off to check out these books! I've written a scrennplay of a children's movie but I need to go over it carefully before sending it out!
#22 - December 08, 2008, 01:21 AM

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Awesome! Thanks for the link. They've done tons of successful movies, so they must know what they're talking about :-)
#23 - December 08, 2008, 11:28 AM

How Not to Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make
by Denny Martin Flinn
#24 - December 08, 2008, 11:44 AM
MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH / Flux (2014)
NARC / Flux
TOTAL CONSTANT ORDER / HarperTeen

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I like Linda Seger's books, Michael Hauge's "Writing Screenplays That Sell" (what a terrible name) and Thomas Pope's "Good Scripts Bad Scripts", but nothing beats live workshopping in my opinion.
#25 - January 11, 2009, 05:14 AM

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