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Basics Film-Making: Screenwriting
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2010
This is an interesting and useful read for those about to embark on writing their first screenplay or for those studying film/media at college or university. It is also a great book for those with the often inevitable writer's block!

The author covers a variety of screen writing issues such as script form, character development, choosing a genre, developing tone and developing and re-writing drafts. The content is split into digestible chapters with sections within these. I've found this really useful when I'm flicking through for ideas or looking for a specific topic to revise on. It also meant that when I read the book for the first time I did not feel overwhelmed by a subject which was new to me. The glossary at the back is also very handy.

The screenwriter interviews were inspiring - I really enjoyed reading about Mark Herman (writer of `Brassed Off' amongst others). These, combined with other examples and visual case studies made this an engaging and motivational read. I am glad I read this book, I don't think I've found another on the market, which is of such good-value and absorbing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2010
This book so laid out well, so you can find what your looking for with ease. It shows yo a first, second and final draft of a script to show and give examples of how yo can progress your script - a great use to someone who has never done one before - and even to someone who has! It has sections of what things mean, so if there is anything your unsure of, you don't have to read half a book to find out what it is your looking for, its right there ready for you with no messing about. Without a doubt one of the best books for those who struggle to start a script, or who are doing an assignment on screenwriting. Even for those times when you can't quie remember what something means, this is your dictionary for screenwriting. Well worth it, 10/10!!
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good intro to the subject, laid out in logical fashion
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