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

Michael Rogan
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PRAISE FOR "SCREENPLAY FORMAT MADE (STUPIDLY) EASY:

"Michael Rogan's "Screenplay Format Made (Stupidly) Easy" is a short, but invaluable reference for any screenwriter. I can not stress this enough. YOU NEED THIS BOOK! " -Jennifer

"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. " - Sara T.

Want to learn screenplay format without spending hours and hours poring over books that read more like an insurance manual than a format guide?

Want a screenplay template guide that will show how you to do cool things like a CROSS DISSOLVE or an INTERCUT or an ANGLE ON without looking like a total newbie?

Want some clear screenplay examples that don’t sound like they came from the 80s?

Screenplay format ain’t rocket science, but it can be confusing. (Especially if you’re relatively new to the craft of screenwriting.)

That’s why I put together this book.

I was tired of screenplay format tomes that sounded like employee handbooks, and didn’t have any cool tricks in them.

I was tired of looking at books that were using terms and techniques that were passé and dated when Mel Gibson was still a bankable movie star.

Because for all the terms, and there are a lot of them, screenplay format is really still all about telling the reader:
1. Where we are
2. What’s going on
3. What people are saying
4. What we should look at
And, yes, it's true. Software such as Final Draft or Movie Magic will keep your margins intact and your spacing accurate.
But software WON'T tell you how to set up a shot heading on a spaceship.
Or how to control pacing in your action-movie car chase.
Or the right way to use parentheticals.(Answer: Sparingly, if at all.)
A lot of screenwriters think just turning in a script in the FDR (Final Draft) format is enough to show they belong in the industry.
But one errant use of “WE PULL BACK TO SEE” or the “CAMERA PULLS BACK TO REVEAL” can brand you as an amateur quicker than a Walker, Texas Ranger DVD collection.
Good screenplay format isn’t just about following rules. It’s about making things easier on the reader. (And don’t you think the reader suffers enough, having to slog through endless “vampire romance” specs.)
So as you learn the proper uses of ANGLE ON or DISSOLVES or MOVING WITH, remember it’s not about the dials on the amplifier.
It’s about the music it makes.
There’s a lot of technical stuff (ie: crap) as it relates to screenplay format. From secondary shot headings to reverse angles to intercut conversation, a well-meaning writer could spend months, if not years, trying to master it.
Don’t.
Just learn the basics, or at least enough to make you not look like a total imbecile, and then keep writing.
And that’s what this book can hopefully do.
It’ll show how to put camera moves in your screenplay without sounding like a total tool, and which effects you should steer clear of. (Yes, I’m talking to you montage!)
I’ll also answer some of the biggest questions screenwriters have in regards to screenplay format such as:
• How do I write a flashback?
• How do I introduce a character who has no name?
• How do I write a montage?
• How do I write an action scene?
• How to I write telephone calls?
• Is a car an interior or an exterior?
To me, all of these questions have one underlying context.
Which is…
How do I write a script which I plan to send to managers and agents without looking like a total moron?

So whether you’re brand new to screenwriting, or just want to make sure you’re executing screenplay format properly, pick up a copy of Screenplay Format Made (Stupidly) Easy.

Who knows?

What you learn in this book may help you sell your script, make millions of dollars, and date Megan Fox. (Or maybe not.)

Good luck with your writing!


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing February 10, 2013
By Roberto
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Precise 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great For Beginners June 20, 2014
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This book has helped me tremendously start my first screenplay. Its easy to understand obviously from the title. Get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Screenplay Format Made (Brilliantly) Easy" January 3, 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Screenplay for dummies. July 7, 2012
By Sara T
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Writing a screenplay? You definitely need this June 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness
learned a lot reading this ebook! now back to writing, it is a must read for anyone will wants to write a screenplay
Published 18 days ago by raquel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Straight and to the point. Rogan tells it like it is with clear illustrations.
Published 2 months ago by singaway
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood here I come!
This guy is great.
He knows the score.
He has been around the block.

Buy this book today and write tomorrow!
Published 10 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and to the point!
Michael Rogan has a knack for making things seem as simple as they actually are, without the bluster and bore that are rampant in most scriptwriting books.
Published 13 months ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars As always, this author is great
Great book to just refer to and get some good advice from. I'd recommend it for any level of screenwriter, especially someone just getting into it.
Published 16 months ago by Jasper62
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and to the point.
My kind of book. Gets right to the point with no BS. I'll read it again and start my screenplay. A definite recommend read.
Published 16 months ago by Joel R. Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulls no punches!
Even as a brief publication, the book covers all the key issues that often nag each and every writer.

Thanks, and well-done!
Published 19 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Diana This Guy Is Funny
This booklet is a quick and easy read and, by the end of it, not only will you have learned, you will have laughed.
Published 20 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Direct and informative
Pulls no punches and tells it as it is. For those who can take it on the chin and benefit from constructive criticism. I felt as though he was talking directly to me. Read more
Published 20 months ago by eiggjohn
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