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Lew Hunter's Screenwriting 434 Paperback – September 1, 1995
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My boss asked about a book that detailed script writing and writing screenplays and I could think of no better book.
Dr. Hunter is simply the best at his craft, and his track record shows this.
Not to put down that 'other' book that everyone scrambles to for methods of Hollywood screen writing, but the homogeneous and predictable product of modern film is greatly due to its popularity. Dr. Hunter's ex-students, on the other hand, often win acclaim and awards for their original screenplays and adaptations.
The methods he advises take the reader through every step in an easy and relaxed way and allow the student to move at his/her own pace to a finished product without cynicism or condescension.
Need I say more?
I found a certain magic in the book. It provides just enough information to keep you learning yet not overwhelmed. And the author is encouraging and positive, which I believe is important. Of course, the reality is that only one of thousands of people who read their first screenplay book will ever earn back even the cost of the book from their screenplay writing. So it is critical that the PROCESS be as pleasurable as possible. I believe that "Screenwriting 434" is an excellent way to ensure that your process is pleasurable, while ensuring that you do begin your growth as a screenwriter.
Of course, Screenwriting 434 is only a primer. From there, you might go to Alex Epstein's Crafty Screenwriting.
UCLA Screenwriting guru with CONCEPT explanation. Concept beats cookie cutter. You will be inspired and given two things: freedom and direction. His tricks of the trade generate invention. If you are an artist type, this book is for you. If you are recipe you will follow to cook a screenplay, not so much. Then again, you're never going to be a chef until you get the concept.