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on October 21, 2010
Most screenwriting books focus on the same things - 3 act structure, etc. This one says that is too vague a concept and focuses instead on how you can appeal to the person reading your script with the intent of possibly buying it. Very practical!
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on December 25, 2012
Really great advice and reference book. It fits in nicely with my screenwriting library. screenwriting is a big chore for us common folk and this book makes things easier.
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on October 26, 2014
Hands down one of the best and most practical books on screenwriting and producing. Will save you a lot of time and money.
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on October 4, 2004
Mr. Epstein comes across as extremely arrogant from his first word, and it's hard to figure out why. He's had exactly one movie produced, ten years ago. He's primarily a development executive and TV writer.

I've read twelve other screenwriting books in the last month, and Mr. Epstein quite often contradicts what these other books, written by very successful film writers and teachers, say about screenwriting. His way is better, he promises.

On Mr. Epstein's web site he offers to critique scripts for nearly $500 each, saying "That's what it costs me not to write." This is an outrageous and doubtful claim.

This book is the worst of a large crop of screenwriting books. Mr. Epstein can't even get the names of the movies and their characters right--it was THREE DAYS of the Condor, and Louise was played by Susan Sarandon, not Geena Davis.

Spend your money on Syd Field, Lew Hunter, Linda Seger--or anyone else. Not on this book.
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on September 8, 2015
Same ole rehashed stuff other books have
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on December 13, 2015
Item as described. Good book.
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on June 1, 2015
Good info!
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on January 18, 2007
This is the started you need to boost your confidence. Lots of tips and websites too.
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on December 17, 2002
Rubby ducky, pat the dog, and why don't they just call the cops!
A pragmatic approach to screenwriting in commonsense language from a long-time development exec and scripter.
I read an early version of this book when it was still a webpage and found it filled with both practical advice - the Apple Mac's Courier New is 10% smaller than the PC which means 12 extra pages - to the inspirational magic of the old Celtic myths.
A great new addition to the literature of the well-made script.
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on December 7, 2002
This is truly the best book on screenwriting that I have read. Very good information and very well written. Anyone serious about screenwriting needs to read this book.
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