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Charlie Moritz
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30 Sep 2008 Media Skills

'If I was setting out as a screenwriter, this is the book I would read first and keep by me'– Melanie Harris, Producer, Crosslab Productions

'An excellent resource for students and teachers alike'– In the Picture

'...a valuable addition to every screenwriting bookshelf' – Screentalk

'This is one of the best guides to help screenwriters think visually that I have ever read' – Creative Screenwriting

'The inventive exercises in Scriptwriting for the Screen give it the potential for revitalizing the experience of even experienced scriptwriters' – ' Scope’ Online Journal of Film Studies

Scriptwriting for the Screen is an accessible guide to writing for film and television. It details the first principles of screenwriting and advises on the best way to identify and formulate a story and develop ideas in order to build a vivid, animated and entertaining script.

Scriptwriting for the Screen introduces the reader to essential skills needed to write effective drama. This edition has been updated to include new examples and an entirely new chapter on adaptation. There are examples of scripts from a wide range of films and television dramas such as Heroes, Brokeback Mountain, Coronation Street, The English Patient, Shooting The Past, Spaced, Our Friends In the North and American Beauty.

Scriptwriting for the Screen includes:

  • advice on how to visualise action and translate this into energetic writing
  • how to dramatise writing, use metaphor and deepen meaning
  • tips on how to determine the appropriate level of characterisation for different types of drama
  • practical exercises and examples which help develop technique and style
  • a section on how to trouble-shoot and sharpen dialogue
  • a guide to further reading

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (30 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415465176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415465175
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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..."the Routledge Media Skills series.... offering solid how-to-do-it advice for those embarking on a career in journalism or television...and together they are beginning to form a comprehensive textbook published in installments."-Bruce Hamlin, City University, London, in Journalism ..."the growing and important Media Skills stable from Routledge."-John Herbert, Staffordshire University, in Journalism Studies --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Charlie Moritz is a freelance scriptwriter who has written for both television and theatre. He teaches screenwriting at Manchester Metropolitan University and has also taught at the RITS School of Film and Television in Brussels.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Scriptwriting Book Out For Several Years 6 July 2004
If you have read several scriptwriting books, you could be forgiven for thinking 'What else could there be to say about scriptwriting?' - particularly by an English writer - as opposed to a Hollywood style writer.
You'll be pleasantly surprised by this book. It offers insights that I have never read before in my 30 or so scriptwriting books packed on my shelves. It states obvious facts that make you feel like kicking yourself for not seeing them before - a 'How come I never thought of that before' scenario. These insights are very valuable as they touch upon your own personal perspective as a writer. In other words it's not just a how-to-do book, it is also a how to access the scriptwriter within - not by exercises but just by straight-talking that really makes sense.
It does give clear examples of scene layout and examples of how-to- do aspects as well as how-not-to-do, so it does cover everything in an understandable way that is also very useful.
To summarise - It is a deep, insightful and very clear book. It is very different from other books on the market and so is definitely worth a read. It is suitable for a beginner, but probably better for someone who has read at least one scriptwriting book before or if you are looking for your first books and want to buy more than one book.
Although written from an English perspective, it non-the less very applicable to any scriptwriter - even in Hollywood - and I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book from a great, non-dogmatic teacher 11 Oct 2008
I had the pleasure of having Charlie Moritz teach a couple of workshops for my screenwriting students in the '90s, and they were all without a single exception extremely enthusiastic about his approach.
You won't find complicated structural models or paint-by-numbers approaches to writing here. Instead, you will get a lot of insights about writing, bringing characters to life, being truthful in your writing and learning to use techniques like subtext to bring added substance to your writing.
Very highly recommended, both for being an excellent textbook with a lot of practical exercises and for bringing a decidedly non-American slant to the screenwriting game, which will enrich the work of any screenwriter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scriptwriting for the screen 10 Jun 2013
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A great book. Not finished it yet but I am finding it both interesting and inspiring. He creates his own small screenplay in the first chapter and then breaks it down with highly informative results. My perception of the screenplay had changed and this caught me by surprise. It is well written and an excellent piece of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential lessons for any budding screenwriter 19 Mar 2003
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Moritz's 'Scriptwriting for the Screen' is an indispensible guide to writing for film and television for any budding screenwriters! I recommend this book highly - it is up there with mckee's 'story' as a must-have bible for all those about to write; A really excellent screenwriting companion and the results will show in your scripts!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential stuff 8 April 2003
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This is an indispensable guide for any screenwriter. Accessible and intelligent, Moritz's lessons make for essential reading. This is a scriptwriting guide to be taken seriously - highly recommended!
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