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Screenwriting For Dummies® [Kindle Edition]

Laura Schellhardt , John Logan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Write a great script and get it into the hands of the Hollywood players!

So you want to be a screenwriter? Whether you want to write a feature film or a TV script or adapt your favorite book, this friendly guide gives you expert advice in everything from creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and selling it to the studios. You get savvy industry tips and strategies for getting your screenplay noticed!

  • The screenwriting process from A to Z -- from developing a concept and thinking visually to plotline, conflicts, pacing, and the conclusion
  • Craft living, breathing characters -- from creating the backstory to letting your characters speak to balancing dialogue with action
  • Turn your story into a script -- from developing an outline and getting over writer's block to formatting your screenplay and handling rewrites
  • Prepare for Hollywood -- from understanding the players and setting your expectations to polishing your copy and protecting your work
  • Sell your script to the industry -- from preparing your pitch and finding an agent to meeting with executives and making a deal

Open the book and find:

  • The latest on the biz, from entertainment blogs to top agents to box office jargon
  • New story examples from recently released films
  • Tips on character development, a story's time clock, dramatic structure, and dialogue
  • New details on developing the nontraditional screenplay -- from musicals to animation to high dramatic style
  • Expanded information on adaptation and collaboration, with examples from successful screenwriting duos

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"Ideal for general readers, the book uses everyday examples and addresses social issues such as sweatshops and fair trade." Moneywise June 2008 "A guide for absolute beginners, it will take you through the whole process".Writers Forum June 2008

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Write a great script and get it into the hands of the Hollywood players!

So you want to be a screenwriter? Whether you want to write a feature film or a TV script or adapt your favorite book, this friendly guide gives you expert advice in everything from creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and selling it to the studios. You get savvy industry tips and strategies for getting your screenplay noticed!

  • The screenwriting process from A to Z — from developing a concept and thinking visually to plotline, conflicts, pacing, and the conclusion

  • Craft living, breathing characters — from creating the backstory to letting your characters speak to balancing dialogue with action

  • Turn your story into a script — from developing an outline and getting over writer's block to formatting your screenplay and handling rewrites

  • Prepare for Hollywood — from understanding the players and setting your expectations to polishing your copy and protecting your work

  • Sell your script to the industry — from preparing your pitch and finding an agent to meeting with executives and making a deal

Open the book and find:

  • The latest on the biz, from entertainment blogs to top agents to box office jargon

  • New story examples from recently released films

  • Tips on character development, a story's time clock, dramatic structure, and dialogue

  • New details on developing the nontraditional screenplay — from musicals to animation to high dramatic style

  • Expanded information on adaptation and collaboration, with examples from successful screenwriting duos


Product Details

  • File Size: 1883 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470345403
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (November 3, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001KAM6Q0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong title May 26, 2011
By Kerry
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This book should be retitled "Writing a book for dummies". It concentrates WAY too much on creating a story and writer's block. If you already know how to write a decent story you're not going to like this book. It doesn't get in2 screenwriting until Chapter 15, and there are only TWO pages of screenwriting format. I was expecting at least a chapter of format, considering the title. False advertising. I'd look into other books.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a fairly comprehensive guide to writing screenplays. You'll find tips on how to structure your screenplay, advice on how to craft compelling plots and deeper characters, instructions for formatting your script to industry standards, and finally a guide to marketing your script to Hollywood agents and producers. I was going to give this book 4 stars, but ultimately decided on 3 stars due to the author's unfortunate habit of using music metaphors to explain film industry techniques. There are two problems with this... 1) For a reader who has no experience as a composer or a performing orchestral musician, the author's use of one artform (music) to explain another (filmmaking) is completely useless as the analogy will not make any sense and only serve to further confuse the reader 2) In addition to being confusing for non-musicians, these analogies are infuriating to those of us who actually do understand music, because of the author's ignorance of the subject matter. This is most evident in one example (there are many others that I won't take the time to detail) where the author claims that a pause in dialogue is analogous to a grace note in music. She obviously has confused grace notes for rests. A grace note is a short note that precedes a written note, typically used to create an accent. A rest indicates one or more beats of silence. She is way off the mark here, and it makes her look more than a little foolish to those in the know. In summary, I would recommend this book as a starter for beginners, with a warning to ignore her attempts at analogy and focus in on those parts of the book where she explains things in a straight-forward and less colorful manner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Excellent well written and informative book. Don't let the "Dummies" title fool you. This book is full of good information that would would helpful to any beginning screenwriter, or veteran writer who just needs a little reaffirmation about the changes and rewards of the screenwriting process. I would recommend it to anyone in the writing field, whether they're doing a screenplay, novel, short story, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Screenwriting for Dummies August 20, 2013
By Jane
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This does the trick for the most part but if you know anything at all about decent writing, too basic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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perfect for a person just starting out writing screen writing and for well seasoned vets as well.
although I prefer a different title, the book is truly a life saver, when looking for a great book on the subject.
also Grant Writing for dummies is a great book as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dummy...that's me August 30, 2013
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I haven't had a chance to delve into this full force yet but I like her style! Plus John Logan's statements inspire me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book August 13, 2013
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Great tips for writing and a must have for anyone would wants to write their own movie or whatever your writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Nat
Format:Paperback
Screenwriting for dummies is a good resource that provides a lot of good, helpful information. I particularly enjoy the use of lists and clearly defined titles in each section because they make it easier to find what I'm looking for, something that's harder to do with books that are more on the anecdotal side.

Having said that, I don't like the way the book is organized. Someone who is completely inexperienced in scriptwriting might get confused trying to navigate through it. I was also quite shocked that even though there's a section about adapting other works of literature to script format, there was no mention of the legal complexities something like that might entitle.

But, all in all, Screenwriting for dummies is a good resource, but definitely not the only one that an inexperienced, aspiring screenwriting needs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars ng don't buy. (but i may update after more review, could be worse)
Just got the book. Did not see a sample screen play in the book named screen Plays for Dummies. the author and her cronies emphasize reading and writing . Read more
Published 4 days ago by ddelaney2011
5.0 out of 5 stars All You Need to Know!
All you need to know as a beginner! the book has really made it easier for me to write script! The book covers all the important parts and theories of screenwriting. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Bo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Transaction and vendor
Thank you for the ease of purchase! I love the book and feel it will be a good tool for writing!
Published 10 months ago by Anne Marie Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Fast Shipping!
The product arrived real quick to my front door step. So amazed by the fast shipping and it's in real good condition too! Thank you so much for all the hard work! Read more
Published 11 months ago by June
5.0 out of 5 stars just what we expected
Son is autistic and is excited about trying to be a film maker. Thank you for sending these promptly and in fantastic shape
Published 11 months ago by kyle hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Writing reviews for dummies.
This is becoming my best read book for the last while. It breaks screenwriting down step by step. You don't get frustrated and throw everything away.
Published 12 months ago by New to Florida
5.0 out of 5 stars for my daughter
She's been interested in writing for a while, and recently got interested in film making. She loves this book, and consults it often in her writing.
Published 14 months ago by Mikal C. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference to Go By
It basically says the same thing that any other screenwriting book will tell you but because its a "for dummies" book, it lays it out in a more friendly and predictable... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kristin
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