- Paperback: 430 pages
- Publisher: Silman-James Press; 6 edition (February 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935247107
- ISBN-13: 978-1935247104
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 396 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Screenwriter's Bible, 6th Edition: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script (Expanded & Updated) 6th Edition
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About the Author
David Trottier is a script consultant, writer, producer, and screenwriting teacher. The Screenwriter s Bible was developed (and has been regularly updated) over the many years that he has helped screenwriters achieve their goals.
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- Being new to screenwriting, I found the first section the most helpful. There are lots of examples for some concepts (fewer for others). Currently reading this section for the third time. Some of the need to re-read the text is because the writing style, some because of my learning style. Regardless, I am flagging things I feel are important for developing my skill set and refining my product.
- Read the Workbook section(II) once. If you are perpetually in a writer's block, this may help you flush out the design of what you want to write. Otherwise, it's one person's idea of how to do something that is the "Art" of the matter.
- Read the Formatting section(III) once and then delegated it to a reference position. It's there if needed, a good reference.
- Script Consultant's section(IV) was a casual read. Had a couple things to keep in mind, but I wouldn't put this on my reference shelf if it wasn't already included in the book.
- The Marketing Plan section(V) may come in handy in the future as something to re-read. Right now, it's less important to me than being confident that my script is polished and presentable.
- Side note: My script was at a point where I, as a fledgling writer, wanted outside feedback. I submitted my script for three(3) different script consultant/reviews; The Austin Film Festival with a review option ($80), Industrial Scripts ($118), and this author's service ($475 discounted to $385 and advertised in this book). Cost was not a reflection of the attention that was given to reviewing the script.
The GM at Industrial Scripts wrote in the cover letter that the reviewer had gone "above and beyond" reviewing my script. They had in fact gone a half page over the requirement and included encouraging remarks such as " - is brilliantly unusual, and has real potential." One of the other Script Consultants just included a lot of white space to fill up the minimum page requirement. Two of the three taught me the valuable lesson that some people who will "read" your script are less than enthusiastic about doing their job. One in particular needs to turn off the TV, or what ever is distracting them, to allow them to focus on the script. The other needs to learn to read, not skim.
Good bet that we all will be subjected to that level of indifference again and again as we pursue this vocation. Don't let those folks get you down. May you find the person out there that actually wants to read your script. Cheers.
And of course, it's a whole hell of a lot more than that!
But the most important thing it did for me was help me COMPLETE a story... finish it. 90 pages of a fully fleshed out story that moved through the ACTS just like Dave taught me with a backstory, catalyst, a big event, midpoint, crisis, climax, realization. And then, from that point forward... ALL of my outlines have hit all the major points he lists which makes writing my books a much easier task and I no longer write myself into a corner. Now, I think about these major plot points BEFORE I even write out my outline. And then, I write my story like a script with all the dialogue until I've hit the 90 pages. From there, I can tag the dialogue with action and fill in the description like a director sees it in their head.
The updated edition is just as good, if not, BETTER than the 3rd edition. And I couldn't be more pleased with owning, now, TWO of these bibles!
Thank you, Dave Trottier, for really helping me understand how act structures work and what PLOT POINTS actually are. I mean, I get that there are beats to a story like a song. But the way you explain things just make SENSE! Again... THANK YOU!
It's easy to make the mistake of gathering tidbits of info from different websites, and then deciding that you're properly armed to submit a spec script. Don't make that mistake. This book is worth every penny.
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