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In the UK, the role of the industry reader can seem relatively arbitrary to writers. As most readers are obviously employed by production companies, writers can be excluded from the feedback. However in this book, we have what is expected from writers in regard to their scripts both dramatically and structurally and the potential problems that can arise.
The sooner writers embrace the fundamentals that readers are (hopefully) expecting from them, the sooner we will have more dynamic and symbiotic development process in this country. I wish had read this book before I embarked on my last screenplay.
With chapters on Storytelling and the Principles of Genre, Script Report Writing, Writing and Assessing Treatments and building a Career in Script Development, Reading Screenplays contains sample synopses and a script report, a useful list of resources and helpful `good reader' tips from producers. This book should be an industry essential.
Not only did the author, Lucy Scher, conceive the UK's first script reader training course, but she also developed the Script Factory and National Film and Television School's Diploma in Script Development - the only comprehensive vocational programme in script development in the UK. She knows what she's talking about - and using her thorough, methodic approach outlined in this book will help to ensure that you do too.
Read it, and keep it, you will go back to it many times.
Already useful, it's more than that.
It provides the practical insights needed when developing a screenplay and advice that must flitter through most screenwriter's minds as they wonder about varying strategies.
It's aimed at movie screenwriting and there's useful references to sufficiently well-known movies to help the reader grasp the ideas. There's also very useful reference section at the end with useful links to many sources including screenplays available for review/inspiration.
One to keep close at hand.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyable and very instructive, I learned a lotPublished 6 months ago by Valerio Cugia di Sant'Orsola
good book insightful and educational. it always helps to read stuff written by those active within the subject matter, greatPublished on 17 Oct. 2013 by mr andrew d riley
the book every script readers should have. very clear; very practical. also useful for writers. a sample script report could be used as a template.Published on 25 July 2013 by L Sazanavets
Having attended many of Lucy Scher's courses, there is no doubt Scher knows what she is talking about and is in fact one of the industry's leading proponents in development; so it... Read morePublished on 29 May 2012 by CLB
This book is informative and concise. It offers a guide through the analytical practise of script development. Read morePublished on 14 May 2012 by SarahT
Insightful, concise and a pleasure to read. This is an essential guide for anyone working with or writing scripts. Read morePublished on 14 May 2012 by Saray
This is a good book!
It's easy to read, logical and full of useful tools for anyone in the industry. An excellent resource for screenwriters, producers and developers. Read more
This is an invaluable resource for screenwriters and developers alike. I find myself turning to it again and again to remind myself of the fundamental principles of cinematic... Read morePublished on 10 May 2012 by S. Shaw
My copy of this book is well thumbed. Its concise, well structured and peppered with recent and relevant examples that help explain and illuminate the genius that is a well written... Read morePublished on 10 May 2012 by Boderella