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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all aspiring screenwriters. Bill Martell tells you how., 28 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Supporting Character Secrets (Screenwriting Blue Books Book 12) (Kindle Edition)
I heard Bill lecturing at the recent Raindance London film festival. He was funny, thought-provoking and inspiring. He writes just like he talks, so reading his blue books (i've now read most of the ones availabe in e-book format) is like spending a few hours in the company of a charismatic, highly knowledgeable L.A.film guy. This book is packed full of practical wisdom from someone who writes scripts for a living. Although he describes himself as an 'action' guy, what is says, is relevant across genres and even, to writers who don't see themselves as commercial. Some how-to books on script writing leave me cold - particularly the ones that are all about structure. Bill places much more emphasis on character, and the way that drama arises from the emotional conlicts of the protagonists. There's something more human about this approach, that actually makes me want to get on and write. He has some interesting ideas about how supporting characters can be used to support the theme and there's a great analysis of 'Rear Window' which makes this point. Some material is shared with 'Creating Strong Protagonists' which is also excellent. Another Blue Book - 'Your Idea Machine' is great if you want to free up your creativity, and 'Dialogue Secrets' is full of amazing insights about creating dialogue that arises from characters' attitude and background. This is all really useful, practical stuff. The only tiny negative, which I feel I should point out to be totally accurate, is that these e-books probably haven't gone through the rigorous editing that printed books do, so there are a typos here and there. But frankly, at this price, who cares?
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