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Writing Movies: The Practical Guide to Creating Stellar Screenplays [Kindle Edition]


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To break into the screenwriting game, you need a screenplay that is not just good, but great. Superlative. Stellar. In Writing Movies you'll find everything you need to know to reach this level. And, like the very best teachers, Writing Movies is always practical, accessible, and entertaining. The book provides a comprehensive look at screenwriting, covering all the fundamentals (plot, character, scenes, dialogue, etc.) and such crucial-but seldom discussed-topics as description, voice, tone, and theme. These concepts are illustrated through analysis of five brilliant screenplays-Die Hard, Thelma & Louise, Tootsie, Sideways, and The Shawshank Redemption. Also included are writing assignments and step-by-step tasks that take writers from rough idea to polished screenplay. Written by Gotham Writers' Workshop expert instructors, Writing Movies offers the same winning style and clarity of presentation that have made a success of Gotham's previous book Writing Fiction, which is now in its 7th printing. Named the "best class for screenwriters" in New York City by MovieMaker Magazine, Gotham Writers' Workshop is America's leading private creative writing school, offering classes in Manhattan and on the Web at The school's interactive online classes, selected as "Best of the Web" by Forbes, have attracted thousands of aspiring writers from across the United States and more than sixty countries.


Instructors from the nation's most popular writing school share their insights into how to perfect the craft of screenwriting, covering such fundamentals as plot, character, dialogue, point of view, theme, setting, voice, and more and analyzing five outstanding sample screenplays--Tootsie and The Shawshank Redemption, among others. Original.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 617 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 159691145X
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (19 Dec. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UM5BLE
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #429,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to read before you start writing your next script! 31 Jan. 2010
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I bought this book for the kindle and I love it to death. Saw it in a bookstore and was hooked from the first chapter. I later ran home and purchased from Amazon.

To give you some insight on what this book has to offer here's the table of contents:

1. Screenwriting: Inventing a Myth
2. Plot: The Path of Action
3. Characters: The Lifeblood
4. The Page: Words That Move
5. Scenes: Exploring and Exploding Moments
6. Dialogue: Making More of Less
7. Subplots: A Side of Story
8. Plot 2: Like a Roller Coaster
9. Tone and Theme: The Overlay and Underlay
10. Revision: From Rough to Ready
11. The business: Slipping Past the Velvet Rope
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best! 27 Feb. 2009
By Click - Published on
I was really sorry to see only one person had written a review of this truly tremendous and helpful book.This book is the most straight forward book you could read on the subject.Made me stop making excuses and just write the dang thing.One of the best hands down and I have read a few.Read this on the craft and then read Breakfast with Sharks.You'll be good to go.Oh and don't forget to read lots and lots of screenplays, doctor's orders.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide that led me into the industry 21 Oct. 2010
By G. Bear - Published on
This book was my one and only educational tool on how to write movies. I did every excercise in the book based on my idea and wound up with a script that is now under an option agreement. I cannot recommend it enough for the fact that these saavy authors have made their points so clear and tangible that a rookie like myself could have an opportunity like this. Also, it is very interesting to study...not something to bore you into falling asleep. I loved the format, it makes for an excellent reference guide after you are finished writing and moving onto the next steps. This book is clearly written by a talented group of professionals.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this, then write! 10 Oct. 2012
By Craig Zamboni - Published on
I have read many books on screenplay writing and writing in general, "Writing Movies," is by far the easiest to read and the most entertaining of them all. Like a good screenplay this book has "flow." It is a book that you will hold onto for your library. The website associated with the book has 5 of the best full screenplays you can down load and print out. One of the best features is that the book uses real movies as references not just stuff made up by the author.

The book is set up like a seminar in which the hands on exercises keep it exciting. These associated exercises, are presented at the end of each chapter, help reinforce the reading while sharpening your skills. I would highly recommend this book to any writer, novice or experienced. Read this first, then write your screenplay. For what you get knowledge wise, the price is very resonable.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Would Have Thought? 14 Aug. 2012
By Andrew L. MacNair - Published on
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Who would have thought a book about writing screenplays would be so entertaining? Books of this genre are supposed to be drier than five-minute sourdough toast. 'Writing Movies' is witty, thoughtful, and most important, elucidating. It offers--through an analysis of a variety of well-known movies--all the tools and maps for creating your own winning screenplay. Solid formulas that are not formulaic. Aristotle's poetics could not have set the conventions down better than this.

It is rare for me, as an author, to take notes about how to weave a tighter plot, create more intriguing protagonists, or nastier antagonists. I thought I had learned it all in my sixty years of living and writing. The charming crew at Gotham Writers' Workshop proved once again to me that we can continue learning and still be entertained doing it. My legal pad is nearly full and this book will be placed (open) next to Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing, and the Strunk and White's Elements of Style.
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