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How to Write a Movie in 21 Days: The Inner Movie Method Paperback – 21 Sep 1989


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperReference (21 Sept. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060962402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060962401
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,328,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Viki King manages to demystify the art and science of screenwriting. Speaking from the heart and later, spotlighting concepts from the head, Viki King presents tactics that place writing in the unstressed context of nonthreatening time management. The idea of eight, nine and ten minute sessions is wonderfully simple, promisingly adaptive, and joyfully do-able."--Maisha Hazzard, Ohio University --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Viki King is a writer, script consultant, and lecturer. Since 1968 she has written for such prime-time TV shows as Three's Company and Hart to Hart. As a script consultant she has wide clientele of screenwriters. She lectures at the University of California at Los Angeles on the Inner Movie Method and conducts seminars nationally, from New York University and the University of California at Santa Barbara, from Mensa to Lompoc Federal Penitentiary, to the Writer's Guild of America. Ms. King lives in Los Angeles. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 May 2004
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Yes it's hokey and american, but this is a true gem of a book. It commands, challenges and inspires you to write. Yes it's three act stuff, and probably most suitable to Hollywood formula stuff, but...it actually gets you writing.
This book sets you exercises to write. Who ever read Robert McKee and tried to hone their writing skills while reading it? More likely they put that book down for a stiff gin and a bracing walk to avoid getting a DVT.
It's not perfect, but it's as perfect as you are going to get. It will stop you reading and start you writing, and that's more than half the battle.
You may buy others first, but please buy this eventually, and realise its condensed, inspiring magic.
This book lays bare the truth of many writers: we all dream of writing a work of genius, yet in dreaming, never write a word.
This book tells you to keep dreaming, and keep writing.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Sept. 2001
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I have had this book for a number of years now. I work as an editor and script writer and find Viki King's description of the emotional journey of the hero, and that of the writer closely aligned with how you hope your audience to feel as they watch your movie. There's very few reference books that deal with that essential relationship. Obviously she works with a classic single hero story form which is great for first timers and easy to adapt for more experienced writers. Above all she gets one writing - a crucial issue for even the most experienced and celebrated writers I've worked with.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 July 2001
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A short and sweet book designed to help the writer listen to his or her heart when writing a story. I think this is supposed to mean 'follow your intuition and don't think too much and get the bloody thing down on paper -- and you will reach a sort of truthfulness in your work, and there will be a finished product in a format worth showing to others.'
It has provided me with a formula to follow in order to accomplish a proper story with a beginning, middle and end -- a lot more difficult than it seems when you're starting out. In particular, it has helped me manage my writing time in a more useful way. Oh, and it sets daily goals that are manageable.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By rowantree on 25 Aug. 2007
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Not entirely sure why everyone seems to be raving about this book. It's not a bad book but there are *much* better screenwriting books than this kicking around out there e.g. Save The Cat, or How Not To Write A Screenplay, or the quite excellent Teach Yourself Screenwriting and Pocket Essential Writing A Screenplay and so on.

Maybe it's me but I've just stuck my copy in a charity bag...!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ms. N. M. Smith on 28 Mar. 2005
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This is an excellent book to give you pointers on writing your movie. It is remarkebly easy to read and understand and is just the right size to take anywhere with you with great ease.
This book helps to solve the small as well as the large problems you may have with simplicity. It helps you with the visualisation of your movie, even when you don't have too much to go on.
The suggested layouts are quite conventional though but this is easily solved with a little visualisation and imagination on the writers part and actually helps you to know what it is that you want out of your script and its layout. There are some great pointers for each stage of your movie and some basic tips to get you through the day and any fears that you might have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Wilson on 28 Aug. 2014
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Absolute rubbish, books like this do much more harm that good to aspiring screenwriters. Would you buy, paint like a pro in 21 days? Download the scriptnotes podcast instead or if you must buy a book buy Syd Field or Robert McKee, read and then ignore it all. Read screenplays, watch movies, that's how to learn to write. I wasted years on these books only to realise 95% of it is all bunk.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct. 2004
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Does what it says on the tin. I managed to get out a screenplay in 21 Days following this book.
It still needs polishing but it got my idea onto paper. Highly recommended - and it was recommended to me by someone who wrote a screenplay in 21 Days using this book.
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By Skywood on 10 Jun. 2013
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This book that is worth going through and doing all the exercises. It's a bit formulaic but it is important to understand the basic formulas should you wish to drift away from them. It's clear, it's persuasive and it gets you writing and teaches you much about the story timing of screenwriting.
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