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- Print Length: 160 pages
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- Publisher: First Strike Productions (October 28, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 28, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0060SHUIQ
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Dialogue Secrets (Screenwriting Blue Books Book 10) Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
How many writers of screenwriting books make their living actually writing and selling screenplays?
William C. Martell has written nineteen produced films, including three HBO World Premieres, two Showtime Originals, two MOWs for USA Network, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong). In 2009 he wrote the big budget studio remake of a low budget 1980s theatrical horror movie - which is still inching toward production, and in his 20 year career as a professional screenwriter has done everything from adapting a New York Times Bestseller to turning down the job adapting ANGELS & DEMONS.
When he's not writing screenplays, he spends his time on film festival juries, including Raindance in London (twice - once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright - and went back to "jury duty" in October of 2009). Roger Ebert discussed him with Gene Siskel on his 1997 "If We Picked The Winners" Oscar show. and he's quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book "The Way Hollywood tells It". His USA Net flick HARD EVIDENCE was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film Something To Talk About and out-rented it in the USA... resulting in many meetings at Warner Bros (who released both films) where various executives asked him "Why?". In 2007 he had two films released on DVD on the same day - one from Sony Pictures, one from LionsGate - and both made the top 10 rentals. He is currently working on several projects for studios... plus a bunch of spec scripts.
Mr. Martell has been interviewed in Variety (February 24, 1997), featured in The Hollywood Reporter's first Writers Special Issue (February 1994), was the cover interview in The Hollywood Scriptwriter (October 1996), and was interviewed in the first issue of ScreenTalk Magazine (Denmark). Entertainment Today (March 23, 2001) named his website ScriptSecrets.Net the Best On The Web for screenwriters... and his blog was selected as one of the best by Bachelor's Degree Org.
Mr. Martell's book, THE SECRETS OF ACTION SCREENWRITING (First Strike Press) has been called "The best book on the practical nuts-and-bolts mechanics of writing a screenplay I've ever read." - Ted Elliott, co-writer "The Mask Of Zorro", "Shrek", "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies.
"William C. Martell knows the action genre inside out. Learn from an expert!" - Mark Verheiden, screenwriter, "Time Cop", "The Mask" and TV's "Smallville".
"This book is dangerous. I feel threatened by it." - Roger Avary, Oscar winning screenwriter, "Pulp Fiction".
"My only complaint with SECRETS OF ACTION SCREENWRITING is that it wasn't around when I was starting out. The damned thing would have saved me years of trial and error!" - Ken Wheat, screenwriter, "Pitch Black" and "The Fly 2".
"Finally a screenwriting book written by a working professional screenwriter. Bill Martell really knows his stuff, showing you how to write a tight, fast screenplay." - John Hill, screenwriter, "Quigley Down Under".
Mr. Martell was born in the same hospital, in the same month, as Tom Hanks. Many believe they were switched at birth, and Bill should be the movie star. He lives in Studio City, California, and can be found most afternoons at some coffee house writing some darned new script on his laptop.
Top Customer Reviews
In this ebook Bill explains how to avoid on-the-nose dialogue like "How are you?", "Fine. How about you?" etc. That kind of obvious exchanges will kill a screenplay no matter what. In Hollywood parlance that's also known as "laying the pipe." It's the kind of expository speech that you should steer away at all costs.
I suspect some people are born with a golden ear. Whatever they write, sounds right and natural. But rest of us must study and learn to write dialogue that flows like honey yet buzzes like a bee. That's where Bill comes in.
Martell explains many ways in which you can make your characters speak in a convincing yet intriguing and engaging fashion. Some of the sections included address interesting dialogue-writing issues like jargon and slang, "lame confessions", "bumper sticker dialogue", voice overs, how to write text with sub-text, how to create suspense, the issue of foreign tongues, how to dance around the subject, and many many more. Most of the sections are accompanied with examples and writing exercises as well.
To lift your dialogue writing skills to a whole'nuther orbit, use this book as your booster rocket. When you finish it, you'll wonder why you haven't read it earlier.
I have two more dialogue books in my queue, but I can tell you that none of the other books I've read so far ever came close to explaining the technical side of dialogue. They have always left me feeling vexed and frustrated (see some of my other reviews, like Stein on Writing). But not so with this book. Reading it was satisfying. I've gained some real insight into the process, insight I looked for in many of the famous story seminars that float around Hollywood like fecal matter in a cesspool, where none of them had a clue how to make conversations work. This is the real deal, and will get you where you're going.
While I know you may be skeptical to buy a book from someone who didn't write ET or The Godfather, don't let that get in your way, Bill has a gift of understanding how film elements function, and conveying that insight through his books. I'm now reading The Secrets of Action Screenwriting, and it's also informative way beyond the conventional books and seminars.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's not easy writing effective dialogue. This book will help.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The brief feedback I received from the first narrative script I wrote (a short) said that my dialogue was "very on-the-nose". Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rachel Sheridan
Dialogue is tricky beast. I loved this book and all the ideas packed inside. It feels like I should have paid so much more for all the time this book saved me.Published 6 months ago by Robin Grossman
Writing effective dialogue is an art. William Martell provides screenwriters with 40 excellent pieces of advice to help ensure your dialogue propels your story in a way that is... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
Entertaining and insightful. It really breaks down the art of writing great dialogue. I am excited to read more in this series.Published 14 months ago by Jonathan M. Sautter
These are all good tips, littered with embarrassing spelling and grammatical errors, and even a duplicate chapter (with an extra paragraph or two). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kelly Manchester
Am writing a play but found this to be quite instructive though it focuses on 'screenplays'. So much so I am going to purchase another two done by William Martel. Read morePublished 19 months ago by jaycee
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