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Best Screenwriting Books
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This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!...
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The Foundations of Screenwriting
Syd Field - 2005-11-29 (first published in 1979)
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A generation of screenwriters has used Syd Field’s bestselling books to ignite successful careers in film. Now the celebrated producer, lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author has updated his classic guide for a new generation of filmmakers, offering a fresh insider’s perspective on the film industry today. From concept to character, from opening...
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Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting
Robert McKee - 1997-11-25
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Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development exe...
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Rolf Potts
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The Writers Journey
Mythic Structure for Writers
Christopher Vogler - 2020-08-04 (first published in 1992)
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"Writers are storytellers. The best of them have utilized the principles of myth to create masterful stories that are dramatic, entertaining and psychologically true. Based on the work of Joseph Campbell, this edition provides an insider's look at how writers (both fiction and non-fiction) can utilize mythic structure to create powerful narratives....
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Adventures in the Screen Trade
A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting
William Goldman - 1989-03-10 (first published in 1983)
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No one knows the writer's Hollywood more intimately than William Goldman. Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the bestselling author of Marathon Man, Tinsel, Boys and Girls Together, and other novels, Goldman now takes you into Hollywood's inner sanctums...on and behind the scenes for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the Presiden...
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On Writing
A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King - 2020-06-02 (first published in 2000)
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Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King. Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly ...
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The Screenwriter's Bible
A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script (Expanded & Updated)
David Trottier - 2014-02-24 (first published in 1994)
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This book provides a concise presentation of screenwriting basics. The author shows the correct formats for both screenplays and teleplays, and takes the writer through the writing and marketing process....
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The Nutshell Technique
Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting
Jill Chamberlain - 2016-03-01
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Veteran script consultant Jill Chamberlain discovered in her work that an astounding 99 percent of first-time screenwriters don't know how to tell a story. These writers may know how to format a script, write snappy dialogue, and set a scene. They may have interesting characters and perhaps some clever plot devices. But, invariably, while they may ...
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Into The Woods
John Yorke - 2014-04-03 (first published in 2013)
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We all love stories. But why do we tell them? And why do all stories function in an eerily similar way? John Yorke, creator of the BBC Writers' Academy, has brought a vast array of drama to British screens. Here he takes us on a journey to the heart of storytelling, revealing that there truly is a unifying shape to narrative forms - one that echoes...
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Your Screenplay Sucks!
100 Ways to Make It Great
William M Akers - 2008-08-01
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A lifetime member of the Writer's Guild of America who has had three feature films produced from his screenplays, Akers offers beginning writers the tools they need to get their screenplay noticed....
The Art Of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
The Coffee Break Screenwriter by Pilar Alessandra
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Anatomy of Story by John Truby
The Hollywood Standard by Christopher Riley
The Idea by Erik Bork
Save the Cat!® Strikes Back by Blake Snyder
The Guide for Every Screenwriter by Geoffrey D. Calhoun
The 21st Century Screenplay by Linda Aronson
Getting it Write by Lee Zahavi Jessup
Making a good script great by Linda Seger
Three Uses of the Knife by David Mamet
My Story Can Beat Up Your Story by Jeffrey Schechter
Writing Screenplays That Sell, New Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Michael Hauge
Lew Hunter's Screenwriting 434 by Lew Hunter
Screenplay by Robin U. Russin
Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect by Claudia H. Johnson
Poetics by Aristotle
Screenwriters on Screen-Writing by Joel Engel
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
INSIDE STORY by Dara Marks
Screenwriting by Paul Joseph Gulino
Essentials of Screenwriting by Richard Walter
How to Manage Your Agent by Gervich Chad
Story Line by Jennifer Grisanti
The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters, 10th Anniversary Edition by Karl Iglesias
Down and Dirty Pictures by Peter Biskind
Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind
Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino
Conversations with Wilder by Cameron Crowe
Writing for Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias
Cut to the Chase by Linda Venis
150 Screenwriting Challenges by Eric Heisserer
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters by Michael Tierno
How Not to Write a Screenplay by Denny Martin Flinn