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The Secrets Of Action Screenwriting (fully revised edition) [Kindle Edition]

William C. Martell
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Now fully revised! The Screenwriting Book recommended by an Oscar Winning Screenwriter and a Screenwriter with *Four* of the Top Twenty Box Office Movies Of All Time! The old version sells on Amazon for $399 (check it out!).

The old version was 240 pages packed with tips and techniques - the new version is fully expanded with new chapters and is over 500 pages! Real techniques from a working professional screenwriter that you won't find anywhere else! Let the other books tell you about the 3 act structure! This book covers: How to write a plot twist, the four kinds of suspense (and how to create it), reversals to keep your description exciting, ten ways to invent new action scenes, secrets and lies, creating the ultimate villain, five kinds of love interests, creating effective violence, is sex necessary?, theme, using magnification to create kick ass stories, weapons for weirdos, plans for world destruction and/or domination, four ways to explode cliches, twelve steps to a more focused script, *every* type of hero, emotional action scenes, your script's DNA, pre-story goal and the connection to story goal, pacing, *how* to plot, giving them something extra, and more.... Plus a complete analysis of the classic DIE HARD!

Though this book focuses on the Action and Thriller genres, the information can be used in any genre. This is the book professional screenwriters recommend!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1102 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: First Strike Productions (10 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genre writers of the world unite 14 Mar. 2012
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While general screenwriting books get you going and provide some important pointers they remain general. What Martell has done with Secrets of Action Screenwriting is looking into what makes action movies work. This is such a focussed piece of work you'll be reading action films with a whole new mindset and most likely applying it to your film ideas. Right from the start he nails the genre and for me personally the villains plan thoughts got me improving a script idea in seconds. Martell is an ideas man, film man and has a done a whole load of analysis so you can dip in before exploring action for yourself and through your own work. Melodrama writers need not apply. This is a book for solving evil plans of world domination, destroying the ray gun pointing at Wall St, £3bn robberies et al
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Given that the the essence of all drama is conflict, it's inevitable that you will want the conflict in your screenplay to be the best it can be. What William C Martell has managed is to write a book that, while it's ostensibly about writing action for the screen, has wisdom and insight that will help you write better conflict - period.
Every element he describes, the villian's plan, the reversal, the hamlet moment, personal injuries, sidekicks, secrets and lies and so on, works not just for 'action scenes', but can equally be applied to construction of dialogue or to ordinary action.
Hang the expense, track down and buy this book now, it's worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for 13 Aug. 2005
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Now out of print but a must read for anyone contemplating writing a screenplay with any action elements. This is particularly strong on structuring a screenplay to create a 'bladder burster' and cleverly relates examples to successful films such as Die Hard
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