- Paperback: 430 pages
- Publisher: Silman-James Press; 6 edition (February 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935247107
- ISBN-13: 978-1935247104
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 364 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,123 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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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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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.
Personally for me I use the Bible simply as a reference for those tricky, not every day tools such as "Inserts" etc. Not only does the bible help provide a more simple way to put idea to page but it shows the industry standard not one person's trick. Not having read the bible cover to cover in over a decade I can't speak to his journey in teaching the fundamentals of structure and plot but from what I recall from earlier editions he references films most everyone has seen to show examples. This newest edition references newer movies which I'd actually consider the one fault of the book as in my personal and humble opinion I don't feel the future screenwriters of the world should be taking notes from the trash on the silver screen today but rather we should preserve and reference the classics from the 40's-90's when film-making was still about telling great stories and not just selling popcorn and putting butts in seats. You can't write in 3D after all.
All in all Trottier puts together a good product here which is cut up into separate books to cover everything from fundamentals to selling your final product. However from professional experience it's important to keep in mind screenwriting isn't a get rich quick scheme. You're not going to read this book, send out a query letter, and be rich and famous the following day, It takes elbow grease. Rewrites. Patience. Rejection. Rejection. And More Rejection... and a lot of luck. All and all this is a fine reference book which a writer can hold onto throughout his entire career and realistically use here and there but it's not the only book out there on screenwriting and I don't suggest sticking only to this one. Feed yourself with as much you can and hone your craft by writing every day and if you ever get stuck or don't quite know how to efficiently and best show your audience what's in your head flip through this "bible" and I'm sure you'll find something. Good luck.