'Impressively readable, unpretentious, and remarkably useful. Based on a lifetime of experience and observation, as well as conversations with some of the greats (like Orson Welles, John Ford and Howard Hawks), Joe McBride's comprehensive yet very succinct work should become a standard text.' --Peter Bogdanovich, screenwriter, director, film historian.
'I must confess that I had never read a how-to book straight through for the sheer pleasure of it, and I never expected to - until I got my hands on the splendid 'Writing in Pictures'. ... A word of warning: in this book you will not find the Six Keys to Compelling Characters, the Seven Secrets of Successful Plotting, or the Eight Jungian Archetypes No Studio Executive Can Resist. There are no magic formulae here - but if you do have a story to tell, this book will give you the solid practical advice you need to tell it in the most effective way. 'Writing in Pictures' is a short course in how to think cinematically. It will change the way you write. It will change the way you watch.' --Sam Hamm, screenwriter of 'Batman', 'Batman Returns', and 'Homecoming'.
'If this isn't the greatest screenwriting book ever, I'll eat my hat! 'Writing in Pictures' is the kind of how-to book Ben Hecht would have written on that subject: a Socratic tour of the profession the novice aspires to, filled with screenwriting lore, for illustration and entertainment. If you want to judge someone's work by how personal it is, this may just turn out to be Joe McBride's masterpiece.' --Bill Krohn, author of 'Hitchcock at Work' and Hollywood correspondent, 'Cahiers du Cinema'.
Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless, by Joseph McBride, is an essential guide to screenwriting by the leading film historian and biographer.