From Library Journal
If you've got a half-finished screenplay in the drawer, these two unflaggingly optimistic additions to the how-to literature will make you want to dig it out and get to work. Aimed at beginners, both are by academics who not only teach the subject, but are professional screenwriters themselves. In agreement on most of the basic points, each gives a solid discussion of the craftcharacters, story development, etc.and industry; lays out the all-important details of format; then tells how to market the finished product. Hauge's volume is a detailed manual offering a step-by-step methodology, a scriptual analysis of a hit film, The Karate Kid , and handy chapter summaries. Walter's is more general and breezily written. Both authors argue that screenwriting is a developable craft rather than an art and stress the overpowering need for strong-willed commitment to achieve success. They also agree that, despite all the high-paid, well-established hacks, especially in TV, if you don't have talent, perseverance, imagination, and some luck, you're in the wrong field. For those libraries that can buy only one more title in this crowded field, Hauge is the preferred choice. Two other recent books are Jurgen Wolff and Kerry Cox's Successful Scriptwriting, Writer's Digest, 1988; and Ben Brady and Lance Lee's The Understructure of Writing for Film & Television, Univ. of Texas Pr., 1988. The latter seems aimed at replacing Brady's Keys to Writing for Television and Films as the standard college text. Ed.David Bartholomew, NYPL
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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“No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story.” (Will Smith (Men in Black; Ali; The Pursuit of Happyness; Hitch; I Am Legend; Hancock))
“Michael Hauge is a story master, and this book is an absolute must have for anyone serious about telling great stories for the screen.” (DeVon Franklin, Vice-President of Production, Columbia Pictures)
“There are five essential books that every person who wants to write screenplays should read. One of them is Writing Screenplays That Sell, and the other four don’t matter.” (Terry Rossio, Co-writer: Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 2, 3 & 4; Shrek; Aladdin; The Mask of Zorro; Déjà Vu)
“The most practical and best single book on the subject.” (Hollywood Scriptwriter)
“The craftsman’s blueprint for anyone who is serious about writing or developing good screenplays.” (Roger Birnbaum, Chairman, Spyglass Entertainment; former President of Production, Twentieth Century Fox)
“If you’re serious about becoming a screenwriter, start by reading this book.” (Robert Mark Kamen, screenwriter, The Karate Kid and The Power of One)
““…When I pick up the phone for help, Michael Hauge is the call I make.” (Shane Black, Screenwriter: Lethal Weapon 1 & 2; The Last Boy Scout; The Long Kiss Goodnight; Writer/Director: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)
“What Michael Hauge does seems quite simple but is in fact quite rare. He takes your ideas and makes them better.” (Christopher Murphey, screenwriter: The Karate Kid (2010); The Unsaid; Body of Proof)