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Writing a Great Movie: Key Tools for Successful Screenwriting Paperback – October 1, 2006
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Jeff's tools help you transform your tale into a compelling drama.
As a reader, you will feel like you're looking over Jeff's shoulder as he lays the bricks of a pyramid from the ground up.
I've been applying the tools to a script I previously completed. The DILEMMA tool really helped me get a handle on some weak spots regarding my main character. And the Sequence, Proposition, Plot tool blew me out of the water.
I also plan to use "Writing a Great Movie" to build other story ideas I've been working on. Jeff offers all the ingredients needed to cook up an original and memorable story.
But you still have to add the spices, brew the potion to just the right temperature and serve it to an audience hungry for a film that will "rock their world."
Jeff's book will help you do that. Too bad I could only give it five stars. It deserves at least ten.
I particularly like his practical suggestions for using Polti's 36 dramatic situations and the enneagram as brainstorming tools. I've seen books on those things before but needed more information on the practical application of such tools, and this book is it. As one who writes short stories and novel-length fiction, this book has really helped me plow past some writer's block and take a hard look at my characters.
I can see using this book again and again, especially during National Novel Writing Month when I'm the most starved for a fresh idea.
I think the truth about a lot of these books is that most people are looking for small, concise manuals that are easy to read and easy to cull the real gems from. From the way I've seen a lot of people approach screenwriting, most of it is typically haphazard. The bulk of people read bits and pieces of books and rarely ever any one book from cover to cover. If you can imagine a person shaking a book above their head hoping for gold coins, diamonds, rubies and other riches to fall from the pages then you have the correct visual. It's a classic blunder, but one that more often than not is the result of too much television advertising and not taking one's dream serious enough.
Jeff Kitchen's "Writing a Great Movie", is a rare book that most people can, and should read from cover to cover at least once. If you read it twice, then you'll be ahead of the curve. It's most likely the best book on writing I've seen bar none, and not just on screenwriting either. Using a system of `comparison and contrast' with different films like Blade Runner, Training Day, Tootsie, Minority Report and The Godfather to illustrate the strengths, the thread and the blood of good writing. Kitchen shows you many, many times over how a good story builds up on itself and how to successfully break it down to properly understand it, and how to identify the most integral aspects of it and use them all as tools.Read more ›
This is one of the most useful screenwriting books I have read yet. I am the type of writer that likes to plan everything out before I start scripting, and that is the basic approach of this book.
However, even if you have already finished your script or like to begin by just diving into the writing this book is still extremely useful for later development and rewrites.
Kitchen's techniques of Dilema, Crisis, Decision & Action and Sequence, Propostion, Plot are designed to help you create a most dramatically tight and seamlessly plotted screenplay.
Kitchen's unique approach to the 36 Dramatic Situations is alone worth the price of the book.
Valuable tools for your writing toolbox!
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Any independent filmmaker who doesn't BUY THIS BOOK is going to suffer.
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Very informative. There's a lot of technical information to consider in putting together a screenplay. My one quibble is with the choice of one film to examine. Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Morell
I've been writing screenplays for 20 years.. If have a screenwriting library with the likes of, Martell, Soth, Snyder, Fields, McKee, et al.. this is a must.. Read morePublished 9 months ago by George Speed
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Lifted my understanding of screenwriting and the constructs that can be used! Also helped me with writing method.Published on August 8, 2014 by R Bruce Hudson
I have been attempting to be a screenwriter for an embarrassingly number of years. I have talent I truly believe this, but just could not cross the finish line. Read morePublished on May 11, 2014 by Book Bag
This is the book to give them to you. It's an unconventional approach, but for sure it adds an element that you can't get anywhere else when you can't figure out the next move.Published on March 20, 2014 by Amazon Customer
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Jeff Kitchen is brilliant! Read more
There are lots of great ideas and techniques in this book but for my money, his take on the role of dilemma in dramatic composition is as insightful as any observation by... Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Tim Fried-Fiori