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This book is what you need to know to write a good script.
If you want a series of generally unremarkable antequdotes and detours into the joy of directing soft-core porn then you may like this book.
Secrets of Film Writing by Tom Lazarus is a great (and perhaps the best) second tier book on screenwriting.
This book was rife with typos, It was more of a personal rant than instructional book. Very interesting bullet points that cut to the meat of screenplay writing were helpful. Read morePublished 7 months ago by T. Engram
I've read this book twice, six years apart, and it wasn't until I had completed 4 screenplays that I appreciated the beauty of this book. Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by J.W.
One thing that screenplays, novels, stage-plays, and just about every other form of literature have in common are authors who are so self-absorbed that they're incapable of telling... Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by David A. Beier
This could have been a good, very basic book about how to write a screenplay. As a previous reviewer pointed out, Lazarus makes good points about outlining and creating a log line... Read morePublished on April 13, 2009 by laurenbacall44
The first thing you notice from reading the excerpts of scripts provided in the book is that Mr. Lazarus is extremely self-indulgent. Read morePublished on December 8, 2008 by Mike P
I really appreciated this book, because it reads like a seasoned veteran standing over your shoulder. He gives good advice born of experience. Read morePublished on December 23, 2005 by Anthony Toohey
This book is a clever, insightful, informative little treasure chest of information and advice on excellent screenwriting. Read morePublished on March 21, 2005 by MG
Tom Lazarus' style is simple and strait forward, almost conversational, making this book easy to read cover to cover in minimal time and with a minimum of effort (not that I'm... Read morePublished on May 6, 2002 by "toug"