- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Plume; Revised edition (June 29, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452296277
- ISBN-13: 978-0452296275
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This inspiring and comprehensive book teaches the nuts and bolts of screenwriting with clarity, wisdom, and humor.”—Alexander Payne, Oscar-winning writer/director of Sideways
“In his legendary lectures, and now in this book, [Walter] kicks you in the tail, gets you laughing, and with invaluable specifics, makes that blank page seem surmountable.”—Dustin Lance Black, Oscar-winning writer of Milk
“In the gold rush atmosphere of screenwriting, Richard Walter is a wise guide.”—Andrew Bergman, writer/director of The Freshman and Honeymoon in Vegas
About the Author
Richard Walter is a celebrated storytelling educator, movie industry expert and longtime co-chairman of the graduate screenwriting program at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.
A screenwriter and widely published author, his books include the novels Escape from Film Schooland Barry and the Persuasions and the non-fiction works The Whole Picture: Strategies for Screenwriting Success in the New Hollywood, Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television Writing and The Essentials of Screenwriting.
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I find by watching the videos, and then reading the book you get a feel for the authors mannerisms it gave me a more personalized read, made me feel like the guy was talking to me directly. I got a few good laughs out of his delivery. Useful material I have read about a dozen books on screenwriting and attended a few classes on the subject. I am done reading now and am applying what I have read to my own screenplay on my Hawaiian Missionaries book, we will see if this effort helps me create an enjoyable adaptation, if nothing else I enjoyed the quest. Thanks for sharing.
I pre-read this in a few evenings. Very simple straight forward language. No highbrow intellectual theory.. JUST HOW TO turn an idea from thought or other fiction into a screenplay - what works and what doesn't and why.
After she read it after Christmas we took one of her older stories and turned it into a screenplay and started a short film.
Professor Richard Walter, UCLA's Screenwriting Chairman, is one of these guys. He's been pondering the dynamics of story and structure every day for the past several decades and doesn't break a sweat referencing everything from Aristotle to Avatar in the same breath.
Essentials of Screenwriting covers all the big stuff in detail-- theme, conflict, character, dialogue, etc. But this book goes deeper, exploring the interplay of psychology, art and commerce before defining a 'foolproof, shockproof, waterproof, tamper resistant' method for reaching an agent.
Throughout these pages Richard also lays out a series of Screenwriting Principles. They are short and sweet, barbed and brilliant. These sixty odd philosophies (along with the story of the clueless Kindergarten teacher) are alone worth many times the cover price of this book.
Essentials cuts to the chase with more style, wisdom and funny than all of the other screenwriting books I've ever read... combined. It's a fun and informative read packed with practical knowledge about the biz along with profound insights on every conceivable subject, mistake, obstacle and/ or challenge a screenwriter is likely to face.
Professor Walter knows that movies are much more than just a way to kill a few hours on a Saturday night. Great movies express the love, pain, suffering, joy, triumph and tragedy of the human experience. That's why we love them.
This book will help you write them.
Get this book, use page markers and follow everything in there. I've just finished my outline and now proceeding to the fun part: my first draft