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But the script you pour your soul into won't be read by a single soul you've ever heard of. If a star or mogul reads anything about your story, it will be in the form of "coverage," a brief report reducing your screenplay to a one-sentence summary, with a very few pages of synopsis and ratings of your characters, dialogue, and plot. That report is written by a Hollywood reader, who is likely to be a smart woman desperate to find something she can recommend to her boss--someone like Jennifer Lerch. If her eyes glaze over, you're dead.
Your eyes won't glaze over reading Lerch's 500 brisk mini-lessons. How many pages can you turn in? Not over 120. How crucial are the first 30 pages? Utterly. How many big, climactic moments do you need in those 30 pages? Two. How many scenes do you need in the dramatic opening sequence? Three to five. How many parenthetical comments directly addressed to the reader can you include? One or two per script. How about your favorite passages, where you plumb your characters' inner depths? Throw them away: "If the character doesn't say it, wear it, or do it, delete it." How do pros write? "Staccato. Economical." That's how Lerch writes. And if you want to get anywhere in Hollywood, you'll have to please someone just like her. Know your enemy--and make her your best friend. --Tim Appelo
Lerch is a script reader/consultant who wrote this book to point out the most common mistakes in screenplays submitted to Hollywood. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Book Maven Reviews
As an aspiring screenwriter, I've been poring over many books, web sites, and other resources. This book seemed like a good one to augment my learning. Read morePublished 24 months ago by NickSab
An excellent guiding light to help you navigate through unknown or unexpected rough waters, yet a comforting sight always pointing you to an open ocean of clear sailing just ahead.Published on October 20, 2013 by MT
Excellent. A must for the first time screenplay writer or someone who is looking to cross the T's in professionalism and marketability. I keep it next to my chair.Published on April 12, 2013 by Abacus Books,Inc.
After finishing my third screenplay, I happened upon this book. It is an easy read and is well laid-out. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Steve
I was very glad to discover this book on Amazon, it's a must for every screenwriter!Published on October 1, 2010 by P. J. Venema