How to Write a Screenplay That Doesn't Suck and Will Actually Sell: Book 1 of the ScriptBully Screenwriting Series (ScriptBully Book Series) Kindle Edition
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This short and simple ebook accomplishes this by going right into telling you the honest reality of the scriptwriting industry without trying to fluff it up--which so many other books are guilty of.
I'm generally the person who does enjoy details and long explanations in my scriptwriting education. The fact that this book doesn't follow that usual structure really shocked me at first to where I wondered what could this offer that I didn't know already. Then I was even more shocked that it gave me information I had never even heard of before.
The ebook is roughly is around 70 kindle-pages, and sections itself into twelve basic steps. The book is written in the author's voice, who has a unique sense of humor and is unafraid of being blunt. He says things as they are--the tough business side that many books like to mellow out.
One of the best features I found in this book is that the author provides links to extremely useful sites of information. His examples of movies are spot on as well.
If you're expecting a full introduction or explanation to the mechanics of scriptwriting, this is not that book. While the title does claim how to write a screenplay, it is moreso a plan you need to follow.
The only con of the book is that there were some points where the humor felt overused. But that may just be the style of voice.
Instead of the books that have you following it word for word, this book simply tells you what you need to do. How or if you go about doing it, is entirely up to you.
This is a great pocket companion to reference back to. As someone who has gone to script/film classes and read other screenplay how-to books, this is definitely a bargain to have in your library.
But it doesn't say anything about formatting, etc. By the time I was finished, I had no idea how to write a screenplay.
This is the first book in the ScriptBully series, and if you're at all interested in writing as a career, then I would highly recommend reading the rest of the books in the series. This book gives a few good tips, but the other books in the series go into much more detail on how to elbow your way into Hollywood, how to write stuff that stands out from the crowd, and how to make your scripts great, not just passable. Anyone enrolled in writing or film school beware - this series just might make you think about bailing on your classes and forging your own path instead!
The one issue I have with this book is the chapters dealing with getting a foot in the LA door. There are thriving film industries all over the world and Hollywood is not the Mecca of Movies anymore.
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