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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841509655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841509655
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Can screenwriting be taught? Parker's students have a remarkable success rate." -- Screen International

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book clearly and in an understandable way covers all you need to know about all the elements used to create a good screenplay. I have found the information on layouts and genre to be particularly useful as well as the way in which the author provides examples of films (and a few script extracts) for all of his points. As a beginner to screenwriting I have found the information in this book useful and it has increased my analytical skills in looking at various scripts that I have brought. It has also furthered my appreciation of screenplays. This book would also prove useful to those with more experience of screenwriting as it offers advise on polishing up your screenplays and on seeking employment as a screenwriter. The author does not give you all the answers with what to write, explaining that it is the writer's own approach to style, genre etc which gives the screenplay a sense of originality, but gives examples of various sources you can use to come up with ideas and how best to develop these into a good screenplay. It makes an interesting read and gets you thinking about areas you may not have considered before. Thumbs up.
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In serious need of a script doctor 24 July 2001
By Paul Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Much is made on the cover of Parker's book of his teaching credentials. He might well be a fine teacher, but this is a poorly written book.
The irony is that a book dealing with that most *structural* of art-forms should be so poorly structured. Parker's 'creative matrix' (little more than an assertion that every aspect of a screenplay relates to every other aspect) seems to be claimed as an overarching structure for the study, but this is soon lost within a jumble of fragmentary sections and subsections. Barely half-a-dozen paragraphs pass without a new section or subsection. Bullet lists continually work against any sense of narrative flow.
The overall effect for the reader is to be lost in deep woods without a map. Section numbering has been resisted here, but might have helped a great deal to orient the reader. Often, this feels like sketchy *notes for a book*, rather than the book itself.
Unfortunately, Parker's prose also fails. Much is clumsy and stilted, showing uncertainty and inconsistency of tense, and even at times problems with number agreement. This clumsiness seriously damages clarity.
Even basic-level copy-editing seems to have been overlooked. For example, Nick Park's Oscar-winning claymation short 'Creature Comforts', is referenced as 'Creative Comforts'. Renowned BBC drama producer Michael Wearing becomes 'Michael Wareing'. Reference is made to items '9 to 11' of a list, despite the fact that the list items are marked not with numbers, but letters. Mistakes and infelicities continually trip the reader. (Peter, when you use ellipses, the things that have been left out aren't 'ellipsed', they're 'elided'.)
And yet, whilst there's nothing startlingly original here, Parker covers most of the familiar ground. Anyone new to screenwriting who is willing to hunt around in the dark woods of Parker's unstructured prose is likely to find valuable advice. They'll have to work hard, though. This is a very frustrating read.
Poorly written and badly structured. 1 Oct. 2012
By Rambling Sid Rumpo - Published on Amazon.com
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Jumbled and poorly structured. Parker is an academic, and yet he doesn't know what a 'premise' is. Read Alexander MacKendrick's On Filmmaking for all you need to know on screenwriting; and it's written by a filmmaker.
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