- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: Silman-James Press; 5 Exp Upd edition (August 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935247026
- ISBN-13: 978-1935247029
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script 5 Exp Upd Edition
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As a teacher and writing coach, he has helped hundreds of writers sell their work, break into the biz, and win contests (including two Nicholl Fellowship winners and a National Play Award winner). Recently, Dave rated in the top 6% of the "Cream of the Crop" category of Creative Screenwriting's report "The Best Movie and TV Script Analysts and Consultants as Rated by Screenwriters."
He has taught at the major screenwriting expos and conferences, has lectured or led writing and screenwriting seminars at dozens of American universities, and teaches occasional writing classes at the University of Phoenix where he was honored with a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005. He also conducts his own online courses, workshops, and retreats, including his popular Sundance Retreat. He hosts the popular web site keepwriting.com.
His major work, "The Screenwriter's Bible," is now in its fifth edition. He has also published several other books, including "The Freelance Writer's Bible," based on his popular national seminar 17 Ways to Make a Living as a Writer. He has written a column for Script magazine since 1989, and has published hundreds of articles and stories in national publications.
With his B.A. in business administration (from Cal-State, Fullerton), Dave has a strong business and marketing background. He served for five years as the marketing manager and then executive vice president for a distributor of memorabilia and precious metals (about 100 employees). Prior to that, he was in middle management for a large corporation. As a marketing consultant and business writer, his past clients include The Walt Disney Company, Honda Acura, American Premiere, Lucasfilm, Nutrex, Mitsubishi Materials, Ivy Communications, and Citizen America. He edited the quarterly newsletter "Precious Metals Today" for four years.
Dave has an M.A. from Goddard College and is a graduate of both the Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute and the Hollywood Film Institute. He served on the board of the Arts & Humanities Department of Cal-State, Long Beach, before moving to his present home near Sundance, Utah, where he married Virginia artist and educator Marsha Sawyer. They have two children, which is why he currently spends less time on the road.
Top Customer Reviews
But that's why people write - to tell their own stories and find their own way... This book stresses structure and the 3 act format, which is important, but it also stresses right brain imagination exercises and formatting and selling, and all the other stuff that goes along with writing.
In retrospect, I wish I would have read this ONE book 10 times, then read the other 10 books on screenwriting that I have read. David Trottier covers it all in this one book, trust me. Or don't, and drop another $200 on screenwriting books that you end up trashing or giving to the goodwill.
Further, the book is updated frequently to stay current. And, certainly fits as a main book for referencing later on after you're well into your screenwriting efforts. A terrific book!
I cannot recommend this enough. Pick it up and turn to any page and learn something fun, creative and also about "The Biz" you want to get into.
Some of the activities listed in the book at least get my thoughts going so I can start on a project. He also does give some mention of the differences between movies and TV shows, which is nice. Unfortunately, it's not enough to completely save the book for me.
Most of it is unorganized, and the author has a bad habit of jumping around on topics. It gets frustrating after awhile. There's a lot of filler and references to popular movies of the time. It might help some people to draw connections, but I kind of spaced out at those points. He also uses his work as examples, which is unfortunate, since his work comes off as a touch amateurish and uninspiring.
Don't misunderstand me. I'm not some holier than thou type. I'm just a student, and I just don't feel like this book would be that helpful in the long run. Some of the advice and observations are common sense or carried over from middle school English class (or could even be found on free resources). The parts that are really useful seem to be about selling the script.
Just use your best judgment when considering this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's an okay intro to screenwriting, Contains too much self-promotion for his website. Good format information though.Published 13 days ago by Peak Oiler
Best screenwritting book out there IMO. Buy it. Read it. Write your dream screen play. Updated to keep with the times but old habits die hard. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Loki B3
I started from scratch. I knew nothing about screenwriting. I have destroyed this book through use. After two years, and writing three screenplays,I have landed an agent, a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ken McArthur
All you need if you want to be a screenwriter. Has the proper techniques you need to take and other suggestions.Published 5 months ago by Chantel