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- Publisher: First Strike Productions; Revised Edition edition (July 24, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 24, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005EE649S
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More About the Author
How many writers of screenwriting books make their living actually writing and selling screenplays?
William C. Martell has written nineteen produced films, including three HBO World Premieres, two Showtime Originals, two MOWs for USA Network, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong). In 2009 he wrote the big budget studio remake of a low budget 1980s theatrical horror movie - which is still inching toward production, and in his 20 year career as a professional screenwriter has done everything from adapting a New York Times Bestseller to turning down the job adapting ANGELS & DEMONS.
When he's not writing screenplays, he spends his time on film festival juries, including Raindance in London (twice - once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright - and went back to "jury duty" in October of 2009). Roger Ebert discussed him with Gene Siskel on his 1997 "If We Picked The Winners" Oscar show. and he's quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book "The Way Hollywood tells It". His USA Net flick HARD EVIDENCE was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film Something To Talk About and out-rented it in the USA... resulting in many meetings at Warner Bros (who released both films) where various executives asked him "Why?". In 2007 he had two films released on DVD on the same day - one from Sony Pictures, one from LionsGate - and both made the top 10 rentals. He is currently working on several projects for studios... plus a bunch of spec scripts.
Mr. Martell has been interviewed in Variety (February 24, 1997), featured in The Hollywood Reporter's first Writers Special Issue (February 1994), was the cover interview in The Hollywood Scriptwriter (October 1996), and was interviewed in the first issue of ScreenTalk Magazine (Denmark). Entertainment Today (March 23, 2001) named his website ScriptSecrets.Net the Best On The Web for screenwriters... and his blog was selected as one of the best by Bachelor's Degree Org.
Mr. Martell's book, THE SECRETS OF ACTION SCREENWRITING (First Strike Press) has been called "The best book on the practical nuts-and-bolts mechanics of writing a screenplay I've ever read." - Ted Elliott, co-writer "The Mask Of Zorro", "Shrek", "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies.
"William C. Martell knows the action genre inside out. Learn from an expert!" - Mark Verheiden, screenwriter, "Time Cop", "The Mask" and TV's "Smallville".
"This book is dangerous. I feel threatened by it." - Roger Avary, Oscar winning screenwriter, "Pulp Fiction".
"My only complaint with SECRETS OF ACTION SCREENWRITING is that it wasn't around when I was starting out. The damned thing would have saved me years of trial and error!" - Ken Wheat, screenwriter, "Pitch Black" and "The Fly 2".
"Finally a screenwriting book written by a working professional screenwriter. Bill Martell really knows his stuff, showing you how to write a tight, fast screenplay." - John Hill, screenwriter, "Quigley Down Under".
Mr. Martell was born in the same hospital, in the same month, as Tom Hanks. Many believe they were switched at birth, and Bill should be the movie star. He lives in Studio City, California, and can be found most afternoons at some coffee house writing some darned new script on his laptop.
Top Customer Reviews
One specific concept in the book was particularly helpful to me in squashing a lot of self-doubt. As I brainstorm ideas that excite me, I often notice--right then or later--that my "fresh" idea has actually already been done before, and then I get discouraged that my idea is not original enough for a novel. Martell goes into this at length near the end of the book: he explains not only the value but the near inevitability of recycling old ideas. The trick is to make them unique, universal, and personal (read the book to get more on this).
I'm going to rate it 5 because it helped me so much, but if I could rate it 4 1/2 I would, and for one reason only: an abundance of typos and formatting issues in the Kindle version. There are scores of omitted and misspelled words, and one large section in the middle of the book is actually duplicated. The proofreading, editing, and formatting was obviously rushed through.
Other than that, this book is GREAT read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who feels that their creativity is mechanical and stiff. I believe it will give you a whole new perspective as well as the tools necessary to create quality ideas that will get your novel or manuscript SOLD. After all, isn't that the ultimate goal?
Even those who have written a few screenplays can benefit from this book. We all need more ideas, after all, and training ourselves to think in terms of turning our good ideas into better (or even great) ones is really what this book is all about.
I'd highly recommend this book.
Having said all this, the information contained is really good and delivers on what was promised. Hopefully he checks the reviews periodically and will consider fixing the errors on existing publications as well as on future books. For you readers looking to purchase this book, please don't let my review be a hindrance. If you want great info presented in a no nonsense format, his books shouldn't be missed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always thought it would be difficult to find ideas. Not anymore. Great book.Published 2 days ago by tferreira
I read a lot of screenwriting book and Martell is the best .
For me this book is the most important because i don't want to waste time and energy on a bad idea ! Read more
An excellent prompt for ideas, especially for the screenwriter.Published 4 months ago by changes21st
It is the idea machine. All of his books help me. Martell has no nonsense, easy to follow advice. I feel my writing improve with each read.Published 6 months ago by Robin Grossman
This clear and concise ebook helped me generate some unique ideas for a screenplay I am writing. I would recommend it to those who are struggling to find those creative ideas as... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Karam Ezzideen
I found it all very basic and obvious. "get ideas from headlines" or "combine two different ideas"… that kind of thing. Waste of money.Published 20 months ago by Kevnard
I gave this book my highest rating. Why? Because though nothing in it was ground-breaking or earth shattering, the content lifted me up and got my brain to working. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Karma Lee Nash
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