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Product Details

  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Dan Deker Books; 1 edition (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096657320X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966573206
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dan Decker is the founder and director of The Screenwriters Group and has taught screenwriting in cities all over America to audiences from professionals to high school students, where his skills at communicating the essence of screenwriting have been honed. Mr. Decker's students have sold the scripts developed under his guidance to television and feature film producers. Mr. Decker also operates Stylus Management, a writers' management company, and has sold a number of his own screenplays.

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You need to learn... If you are looking into screenwriting, I recommend this book.
Sir Spe
The only reason I am giving it four stars instead of five is that I got the ebook version and it was not formatted that well.
Adam Janssen
I' d like to read more about sequencing, Beats and scenes construction on Og hunt kill example.
Revenoc Alexander

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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
If you want a practical, "how to" book that treats the reader with respect and assumes a high level of intelligence this is it. More in depth than other screenwriting books on the market. The other book of quality I would look at is "The Writer's Journey" by Vogler.
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it's okay, but there's better books with MUCH more useful information out there. Heck, most of what's in this book can easily be found for free online. If i were you, i'd look there first. I made the mistake of thinking there'd be something in the book that wasn't already online, and there isn't. Still glad i bought the book though, if only to support the author for his time and effort :-)
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By Revenoc Alexander on September 14, 2013
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I' d like to read more about sequencing, Beats and scenes construction on Og hunt kill example. Thank you for experience
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By Adam Janssen on July 27, 2014
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This is definitely a hidden gem. It's probably the best screenplay book I've ever read. The only reason I am giving it four stars instead of five is that I got the ebook version and it was not formatted that well. Other than that, I would recommend this book to anyone!
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1999
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This is a book about the fundamental CRAFT of writing a screenplay. Outlining, structure, character relationships, story points, log lines, format. I had the good fortune of taking one Dan Decker's classes in screenwriting, it was an invaluable experience. This is everything one needs to get started... that is, if they are SERIOUS about writing a successful screenplay!
K.E. Cole
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12 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 1999
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Dan Decker has written the only screenplay book I know of that deals with what makes a charactor. The needs and wants. He also deals with the roots of what makes a good story that people will want to see.
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