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This review is from: TOOLS OF SCREENWRITING, THE (Paperback)
I was recommended this book by my tutor on a university screenwriting course and I have found it easily the most useful of the many screenwriting books I've read. If you want a thoughtful, perceptive and readable primer then I don't think there's anything better. The authors don't attempt to give a story "blueprint" (like that of Syd Field) and there is none of the dense and prescriptive prose of Robert McKee's "Story". The book does not attempt to advance any overarching theory or model but concentrates on story awareness and skills. There are short chapters covering basic storytelling tools such as protagonist-antagonist relationships, conflict, the world of the story and the uses of uncertainty. The authors then go on to show how these elements work in film and explain the various scriptwriting techniques to make the story work, write interesting characters that are complex and believable and keep the audience watching. The style is highly readable, obviously knowledgeable and very inspiring. All ideas and techniques are backed up with excellent examples and the analyses of various feature films are genuinley helpful in explaining the screenwriting elements that the authors have identified.