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How to Write Great Screenplays and Get them into Production

How to Write Great Screenplays and Get them into Production [Kindle Edition]

Linda James , 9781848034914
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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"As a manual for making progress in a highly complex, formulaic, market-driven industry, this book is indispensable."
-- RICHARD CRANE,[Playwright and Lecturer in Screenwriting]

`A very practical and businesslike take on scriptwriting...effectively delivers the most essential information in all areas of concern in the craft of scriptwriting. This is an introduction to the concepts of screenwriting that will take your scriptwriting from the basics to a good and near professional level. For that, it has to get five stars. The appendices are also fantastic.' --


"As a manual for making progress in a highly complex, formulaic, market-driven industry, this book is indispensable."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 341 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1845283074
  • Publisher: How To Books (25 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #288,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring can-do guide 11 Jun 2009
This book's clear, concise advice is an inspiration. The author's can-do attitude makes the reader confident that they can give their script the best possible chance of getting into production.

The layout is really helpful -- the information is presented in bitesize pieces, with headings and sub heads, so it's easy to find a particular detail when you refer to the book again. This must have been hard work to edit though, and a few typos and mis-formats have crept in.

I really appreciated the book's signposts to other resources -- there's so much out there that it can feel like a jungle, so any pointers are welcome.

This is an excellent book for a beginner; and it would probably have some helpful points to inspire a more experienced writer, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Everyone! 27 Nov 2011
Having read and studied many screenwriting books, I rate this book as one of the best and a complete steal at it's current price. From novice to professional, this book is an absolute must read for anyone wanting to take their writing skills to another level!

Jam packed with everything you need to know to write a great screenplay, I found this especially helpful for the U.K/European market.

An additional BONUS is all the professional contact links inside...If you are NOT a professional screenwriter already, you will definitely feel like one once you have finished reading this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not great 1 Dec 2011
By Jonas
It's an okay book, with many helpful tips for beginning writers.
Yet I've read many books on the subject and I must say I was a bit disappointed by this one.
It isn't very detailed, for instance.
For a very helpful introduction into the art of screenwriting, I'd recommend How Not to Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make !
Don't get me wrong, this book isn't a waste of money.
It's quite helpful, in a way.
But in it's own way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful 30 Nov 2011
By Helen
Found this book to give very good advice for someone writing their first screenplay. Not finished reading yet so can't review the part on getting them into production but so far so good!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and detailed guide to screenwriting 13 May 2009
This is an excellent and detailed guide for both aspiring and experienced writers and producers. Moving step by step approach through the writing process with clarity and precise examples from the essentials of preparation to delivery helps to clarify the writing process and eliminate simple pitfalls. First person examples from Linda James own writing keep the text fresh avoiding the trap of many guides to screen writing which make esoteric references to films which are personal favourites. This makes for an ideal text for those ambitious enough to want to write a screenplay from simple self belief without first having undergone an academic media course. But not to underestimate the value of this guide reference should be made to the excellent section on marketing and selling your script with a valuable list of sources of funding. All ways round this guide covers the ground in a straightforward and comprehensive way which offers great support for all screenwriters in the UK.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to do it like the professionals 15 Dec 2011
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Linda James has the knack of making difficult projects (like writing a play for TV) seem perfectly simple and straight forward. She obviously knows her subject well and can write clear concise guidelines for the novice playwright to follow. If you can paint-by-numbers you can follow Linda's instructions. The story and the talent to create a great play have to come from yourself, but Linda's blueprint for turning your baby into an exciting script that might catch the eye of a production team are all contained in the pages of this super book. A few pounds invested in this superb guide to writing screenplays could be the turning point in the fortunes of a budding screenwriter. Add to that her immence enthusiasm which literally bursts from the pages. If playwriting for film or television is your ambition, with Linda's guidance and your talent you can hardly fail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Linda's book is a very good read and would be useful not only for the novice screenwriter but also for teenage students tackling screenplays as part of media studies courses; lively, encouraging and straight forward.

Phil - Screenwriter & screenwriting lecturer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to screen playwriting 28 April 2009
I would strongly recommend this book for anyone wanting a thorough grounding in writing a screenplay. Linda James' book is both concise and easy to read and gives plenty of technical details for any aspiring writer. The information given is relevant and up to date and clearly laid out. The author has packed an amazing amount of information in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scriptwriting Made Easy For Beginners.
I found it very easy reading, very interesting and a help to start writing scripts. It is a good book for taking the first steps to scriptwriting.
Published 14 months ago by Margaret Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Manual
Really good book - well written. Full of useful tips and advices. Stimulating and useful. Very happy with the purchase.
Published 16 months ago by Maria
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the right book to start writing.
Ever heard of Linda James? Well, in case not, you could look for her on imdb. Done? Found nothing? Really? How is it possible? Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2011 by Michele Casucci
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreams of success
Clear, informative and a serious challenge to your writing skills. All you need to add is a bowlful of ideas, a dash of creative energy, an ability to stir up a sentence or two, a... Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2011 by Livia D
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and well structured.
If you have an interest in comitting a narrative to page then I recommend that you read this book. It provides a very useful insight into the structure of a story and would make an... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by Mr. P. J. R. Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This book was recommended by a lovely lady at a writers conference & I appreciate it. It is easy to follow and contains fab tips. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2010 by K. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars If your toying with the idea of writing a screen play then this is a...
I took this book on holiday with me to read on the plane. I ended up reading it on the beach, by the pool and in bed! Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2009 by Daniel G. Egan
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting started in screenwriting
I was struggling to write my first screenplay and until I read this book. It is a simple to understand guide yet is totally comprehensive. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2009 by GF Rodney
5.0 out of 5 stars No hype practicality
This is an excellent no hype guide to writing a screenplay and getting it published. I've read most of the ooks in this area and this one stands out because it is written in a... Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2009 by Mark Treacher
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