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Shaping True Story Into Screenplay Paperback – August 5, 2011
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About the Author
Candace Kearns Read has worked for twenty years in the film industry as a story analyst, screenwriter and screenwriting instructor, many of those years in the demanding and high stakes world of talent and literary agencies. Read began her career as a story analyst for talent and literary agencies, primarily the William Morris Agency and International Creative Management. The clients she has read scripts for include Michelle Pfeiffer, Denzel Washington, Anthony Hopkins, Marlon Brando, Mel Gibson, Nicolas Cage, Roger Spottiswoode (Director, TOMORROW NEVER DIES), Jeff Woolnough (Director, THE DON CHERRY STORY and CELINE), John Wells Productions and Village Roadshow Pictures. Over the years she has worked on many films, including DANGEROUS MINDS, NIXON, WHITE OLEANDER, CRIMSON TIDE, COURAGE UNDER FIRE, TRAPPED IN PARADISE, THE EDGE, INSTINCT, MEET JOE BLACK, ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, and many others. She has written over a dozen screenplays, all of which have been either optioned or commissioned by producers. Her scripts have been in development with Fox, Disney, Lifetime and HBO. Read teaches writing at Metropolitan State College of Denver and Antioch University, and is a script consultant to film industry professionals as well as aspiring screenwriters all over the world. She earned her BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University.
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Essentially that, just because something is true doesn't make it dramatic. Ms. Kearns Read shows writers how to squeeze out the most essential parts of a true story to make it dramatic an compelling. I often think that something from my personal experience will be a great jumping off point for a story or scene. The question I have to ask myself is; will it help the story or just be filler? This book taught me how to know the difference.
I have many, many screenwriting books. Some are useful, some are not. This is one I'll keep referring back to for years, I'm sure.