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Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays!: A comprehensive guide to crafting winning characters with film analyses and screenwriting exercises Paperback – September 30, 2011
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"With her engaging, insightful Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! Susan Kouguell provides a valuable contribution to the ever-burgeoning world of screenwriting education."
- Professor Richard Walter, UCLA Screenwriting Chairman
"Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! is chock full of useful examples and exercises to help beginning and seasoned screenwriters deepen their characters."
-Barry Brodsky, Director, Emerson College Screenwriting Certificate Program
"Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! is definitely a welcome and useful addition to the screenwriting repertoire!"
-John Bernstein, Associate Professor, Film, Boston University College of Communication
"Savvy Characters helps the screenwriter craft characters of substance whose actions change - and are changed by - the story. This book is a marvelous resource."
--Allie Light, Academy Award® and Emmy® Award-winning Filmmaker
"For over twenty years, Susan Kouguell has been a practicing screenplay doctor - and she's never lost a patient. Her latest lucid book is a must for anybody writing scripts or seeking a deeper understanding of the movies they love."
Thelma Adams, Yahoo! Movies Film Critic, New York Film Critics Circle Member, author of the novel Playdate
From the Author
I have read the very good, the very bad, and the very ugly screenplays, during my many years consulting and teaching, and working as a story analyst, story editor, and writer for film studios and production companies. As a film industry insider, I know what movie executives are looking for in a great screenplay--and as a screenwriter, professor, and script consultant, I know what types of writing tools really work for my students, Su-City Pictures' clients, and for me.
Since the release of The Savvy Screenwriter: How to Sell Your Screenplay (and Yourself) Without Selling Out!, (St. Martin's Griffin)--many of my students and clients suggested (okay, some demanded) I write another screenwriting book, but this time focusing on crafting characters. And, they suggested (okay, they demanded) this new book offer unique writing exercises and film analyses, and like The Savvy Screenwriter, be accessible, not long-winded and plodding, and that my sense of humor remained.
Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! heeds my clients' and students' demands...and more.
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