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Screenplay Format Made (Stupidly) Easy (ScriptBully Book Series 4) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 777 KB
  • Print Length: 71 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083UACWU
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roberto on February 10, 2013
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This kindle e-book has two significant problems.

1) No attempt at formatting the screenplay text for kindle. None. Every part of every screenplay example fragment is left-justified, in the default kindle font. More than likely, the kindle version is a simple-minded automated translation from a PDF original. The author kindly offers the PDF version of this book if you ask him for it... and you WILL need the PDF to get a decently readable copy of this e-book. Don't expect to enjoy the reading experience of the Amazon format book on your kindle device.

The text also has annoyingly large paragraph breaks, which are actually also in the PDF version. One wonders if this was done to pad out the length of the PDF? (even so it is very short - 43 pages). Or perhaps the entire text of the book was done in a program like Final Draft, and that is the default spacing? That might also explain the lack of a table of contents.

2) There is no distinction between what is appropriate for spec scripts versus shooting scripts. 99% of those wanting to learn about formatting are going to be writing spec scripts, and yet this book goes into great detail about camera angles, sound effects, etc. with nary a caveat. I really doubt that most script readers are going to appreciate a new screenwriter trying to "direct" a movie like this.

It is a shame the book has these shortcomings, as there is quite a bit of good info here. Not good value at the asking price though.
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By Dennis Waller on July 19, 2014
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This is my second book on screenplay writing by Michael Rogan and once again, I am pleased with his ability to convey points on writing a better screenplay. I found some interesting aspects to screenplays that made the time spent worthwhile. I also like his style of writing, making for an enjoyable read while learning. For someone like me who is new to this form of writing, Michael Rogan's work is a nice compliment to the works of others in giving a broader view to the art of writing screenplays.
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By Joe Z on February 27, 2015
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This is a great resource if you're new to script writing. I know it looks daunting at first, but spend a few hours with little gem and it'll all be clear.
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That's right, this book should be renamed, replacing "stupidly" with "brilliantly" because, if anything, most other books on this subject make it stupidly hard while this one shows how easy it can be to write a no-nonsense guide to aspiring screenwriters. After having read this book, it's almost laughable to think that not more "how to" books are written in this way. It baffles me when I think of the wealth of books and articles I have read that could have achieved the same results if only their authors hadn't been so preoccupied with appearing knowledgable. It's nice to finally read a book where the author actually gets to the point within a few paragraphs, or sentences even, without showcasing their own expertise for fifteen pages or, as I find the "...For Dummies" series to tell you quite often after having been introduced to a subject: "but more on that later...". A guide to anything should be streamlined and give you only the pertinent information when needed, this book will do just that. If you want to know how to write a flashback, read the section on flashbacks and a short while later you will know how to write a flashback. It's that simple because it IS that simple. I have unlearned years of bad habits and I have shed a lot of uncertainty as a result of reading this book.

In short, what makes this book so great is, it's to the point, it never confuses you, and, best of all, it leaves you feeling inspired to write. Best $2.99 investment I have ever made.
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By Sara T on July 7, 2012
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I've read my fair shares of DIY's, and this one was one of the best. Rogan explained the techniques of screenwriting in a clear, succinct manner with a generous touch of humor. As a novice screenwriter, the reader experiences a relationship with the author, but the author maintains a comfortable setting. He introduces classic movies like "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" and "Brick" as model examples for narration in script. Additionally, he plays with commonly known actors and puts them in hypothetical scenes. I had a good laugh out of these.

Rogan's a great writer. I don't know much about screenwriting, but after reading this, I even tried out some of my own scripts. His step-by-step book is quick, easy to follow, and an enjoyable read. If you need to brush up on your screenwriting skills or if you just want to try something new, grab this ebook!
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Michael Rogan knows that most would-be screenwriters use Final Draft or Movie Magic to do their script formatting for them. This book is not meant to replace those programs, but to supplement them by teaching writers exactly why their scripts must be formatted a certain way and how to create camera directions (among other things) that won't make them look like chumps.

I remember taking a script writing class back in college and having to jerry-rig Microsoft Word to get the right margins. Even though this book wouldn't have helped with that (Rogan, after all, recommends paying the $200 for a program that'll do it for you), this book WILL help you remember there whys and wherefores of ALL CAPS vs. no caps, how to properly write master headings ("EASTER is not a place, nor is DARKNESS, nor is the EDGE OF MADNESS--all of which I've seen in spec scripts."), the vagaries of INT. vs. EXT. and much more.

I also enjoyed his brief rant on why he hates montages, including hilarious examples. I would've liked a similar example for phone calls, as he notes that they are "inherently undramatic," and yet they're the source of many budding screenwriters' questions about formatting. Couldn't we kill the phone scenes, too?

This short guide will serve as a handy reference book for those just starting out in the screen trade, and provides friendly reminders for anyone who needs to brush up on their formatting. The free bonus 5-page script will also prove useful once you're sitting in front of the computer and banging out your own script, since trying to figure out the visuals of formatting from an ebook can occasionally prove challenging.
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