- File Size: 684 KB
- Print Length: 282 pages
- Publisher: Act Four Screenplays; 2 edition (January 4, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 4, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006X6FNUC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have used every approach known to man attempting to break a story and I think I own every piece of writing software ever created -- I have studied Vogler, Chris Soth's Mini Movie method, Jeff Kitchen's weekend seminars, Blake Snyder's Save The Cat and have read most every book the Writer's store has on plot and plot structure.
Without a doubt I am the writing software's fool. I own both FD and MMSW, Truby products and Truby Blockbuster, Dramatica, Movie Outline, Save The Cat and scads of others ad infinitum. When it comes to owning plotting and writing software I feel like that character in TIN CUP, Roy, when he gets the shanks and has all of those bells and whistles on his head and body supposedly to cure his golf swing -- But they don't cure his swing at all.
And neither do all of the software programs I own cure my writer's shanks. But, today, after reading Dan Calvisi's STORY MAPS: HOW TO WRITE A GREAT SCREENPLAY, I took one of my current screenplays I was "doodling" with and MAPPED IT -- Seriously, then I MAPPED IT FULLY -- Suddenly, fogs lifted, confusion vanished, and clarity came roaring in with a vengeance. His writing and approach spoke to me. In a matter of hours I had my story FULLY MAPPED and I had my writer's swing back again along with nearly all of my SCENE BEATS -- I feel like I have created a Story on Steroids and have cured the limp noodle story imitation I have been doodling with for the past months.Read more ›
"Story Maps: How To Write a Great Screenplay" by Daniel P. Calvisi is a succinct, and readable guide to that magical element of storytelling that seems to pass over the heads of many aspiring writers (myself included): structure. It's easy to just sit in front of a computer and just let it all out, but I'm sure many of you out there have found that sooner or later... you just run out of steam. Structure is a nebulous element of storytelling, but it's critically important. A story is like an other entity. It needs "parts" just like a body does: a metaphorical skeleton, heart, arms legs, and guts. The structure gives a story all of these things. This book takes the reader into the blood and guts of story structure, gives a plethora of tips and hints on storytelling and gives it all in plain English.
I call myself a writer (that is, I'm working on my first novel), and only half way through "Story Maps" I found myself restructuring parts of my own story; elements, scenes and other sections that I subconsciously knew were in need of help. So, before I've even finished reading this book, it's already given aspects of my own writing a much needed boost, and has re-invigorated my novel in my mind.Read more ›
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There are simply too many books about writing screenplays and not all will appeal to you. This book cuts through a lot of unnecessary books to be constructive and practical.Published 4 months ago by Manny
Calvisi is a genius and has mastered the art of breaking down 'story'. If you haven't checked his stuff out, this is a great place to start. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ElCuervoncito
This is a fundamental book to keep in your library for any writer.Published 6 months ago by Jamie L. Whitaker
As an actor and film fan that has had ideas for stories floating around my head since my first screening of 'The Wizard of Oz' at age 3, it's a travesty that I didn't buy this book... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great guide for the screenwriter who wants to break out of the three-act structure. Also Calvisi breaks down events within the acts in a new way. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alison McMahan
For those creative writers out there that are teeming with compelling ideas for film, but are just not sure that their screenplays will fit the bill in the real world, this book... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have been writing screenplays for a few years and have read dozens of screenwriting books. First, let me say that there is not one screenwriting book that is the best or... Read morePublished 10 months ago by ligerboy
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