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Top Secrets: Screenwriting [Paperback]

Jurgen Wolff , Kerry Cox
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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Lone Eagle Publishing Co (1 Jan 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943728509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943728506
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,543,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Offers professional and novice writer alike in-depth advice from top screenwriters

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent source. 25 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
"An excellent source of insider insights and know-how, this volume will interest movie fanatics and screenwriter wannabes." -- ALA BOOKLIST
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2.0 out of 5 stars What secrets? 26 Nov 2005
By bookloversfriend - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First of all, this book contains no secrets about screenwriting.

Second, it contains no information on how to write screenplays.

The book contains biographical summaries of how a number of screenwriters broke into screenwriting (told in narrative and in interview form), bits and pieces about writing habits, a summary of the movie, and a scene from the screenplay.

The screenplays chosen include six mediocre movies and four fair to good movies.

Studying mediocre movies can be useful provided you ask the all-important questions: (1) Why was this movie mediocre? (2) How could it have been made better? Since these screenwriters don't have a clue that their screenplays are mediocre, they never ask these two questions. (Actually, a number of them admit that their scripts were ruined by studios and rewrites by other screenwriters, but they still don't go into detail as to why those changes hurt the movie.)

The biographies also are depressing: most got their break because they had a friend who was already in or because they had a friend who knew somebody who was already in. Not very encouraging to screenwriters who don't have such connections.

Bottom line: this book is largely a waste of money. Buy a book on screenwriting to learn screenwriting and a book on writing treatments or outlines to learn about submitting material.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent source. 25 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"An excellent source of insider insights and know-how, this volume will interest movie fanatics and screenwriter wannabes." -- ALA BOOKLIST
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5.0 out of 5 stars A practical guide for would-be screenwriters 24 Jan 2001
By "buzzmike" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Jurgen Wolff and Kerry Cox have put together another useful guide for aspiring writers. There is nothing quite as practical as the voice of experience, and Mr. Wolff generously shares the insights he has gleaned from a long and successful career. He infuses the potentially dull technical aspects of the writing process with his customary wit and humor, and shows the aspiring writer how to focus and succeed.
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