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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (27 Aug 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444103253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444103250
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.9 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 669,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Everything that you need to know can be found between these covers" (- Total Film Magazine)

"Raymond Frensham's invaluable guide to writing screenplays, 10th in the film best-sellers..." (- The Independent Arts and Book Review)

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This is a comprehensive and jargon-free guide for all budding screenwriters.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is brilliant, not only showing you how to lay out a screenplay but going into the fine detail of how to structure plots without being confusing or full of jargon. Frensham also provides a lot of help in generating and refining ideas, an area that is neglected by many other screenwriting texts. I refer to this book on an almost daily basis, I can't give higher praise than that!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Mar 2002
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Frensham begins at the beginning and finishes at the end: visual layout of your script (including size of pages, colour, text size, UK or US), synopsis, genres, the 8 basic stories, development of your story, character development, 1st draft, 2nd draft, to promotion.
Frensham takes you on a journey, he advises films to watch and take note from. HE IS TEACHING, it's kind of an interactive book.
If you are thinking of writing for film or TV, to say this book is invaluable is an understatment.
Alfred Hitchcock said 'To make a great movie, you need just three things: a great script, a great script, and a great script.' (taken from TY Screenwriting By Raymond Fresnsham.)
I say 'To learn to write that great movie, you need just three things: this book, this book, God! You need this book!'
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ben David on 2 May 2003
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The best thing about Frensham is his emphasis on characterisation.
The main arguement of Robert McKee's book is plot-structure being far more important than characterisation. Thus if you want to know about plot-structure then buy McKee but if you want a great character biography analysis checklist buy Frensham.
Also frensham has lots to say about how to approach rewriting: he outlines his 6 different stages: again with good checklists.
Best of all he has a typical production company script reader's (story analyst) checklist, so that we know what how the enemy thinks.
However, on plot-structure he is too formulaic: he doesn't prove story principles the way McKee does. McKee's principles are based on Aristotle and Stanislavski.
I'd suggest you'd buy "An Actor Prepares" if you really want to 'Act at the desk' so that you feel what the characters feel.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ST on 7 Jan 2012
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Avoid this book, it will put you in the wrong direction completely. Robert Mckee "story" is a very good choice. The author, after some Googling, has done zero in screenwriting. Waste of time. Would rate 0 if I could.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Mar 2002
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Frensham begins at the beginning and finishes at the end: visual layout of your script (including size of pages, colour, text size, UK or US), synopsis, genres, the 8 basic stories, development of your story, character development, 1st draft, 2nd draft, to promotion.
Frensham takes you on a journey, he advises films to watch and take note from. HE IS TEACHING, it's kind of an interactive book.
If you are thinking of writing for film or TV, to say this book is invaluable is an understatment.
Alfred Hitchcock said 'To make a great movie, you need just three things: a great script, a great script, and a great script.' (taken from TY Screenwriting By Raymond Fresnsham.)
I say 'To learn to write that great movie, you need just three things: this book, this book, God! You need this book!'
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This is a very readable, no-frills, introductory guide to the business of screenwriting. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a straightforward, step-by-step introduction to the craft. 'Does what it says on the tin".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CW on 9 Dec 2012
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I didn't find this book very helpful at all. It didn't teach me anything new. I don't recommend it at all.
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This is a serious study book with lots of useful, essential information. It contains all that is needed for good scripts and hints and tips on how to move forward with writing.
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