Complete Book of Scriptwriting Paperback – 1 Jul 2002
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A brief word from the author....
In 1981, I wrote and published, via WD Books, the kind of book that I wished someone had written when I was trying to break into writing for the media (television, film, radio and other venues). My hope was that the book would give others that leg-up in a terribly difficult field. The original edition of the book sold almost 40,000 copies and became one of WD Books' all time best sellers...and a standard text at a number of colleges and universities. Subsequent to its publication, I heard from many writers who managed to break into the business using the book, which made all the effort worthwhile. But the business changes...and after about 5 years, I let the book go out of print until I could afford the time to revise it, make it more current, more useful (what's the point otherwise?). The "revised" edition became the "rewritten" edition. Over the course of the last 4 years, I've revised the book stem to stern, totally rewriting nearly every chapter, and adding about 100,000 words to the book, with updated information and chapters on agents, animation, and other new areas. The book also contains the Hugo-Award winning script for the BABYLON 5 episode, "The Coming of Shadows." It is my hope that you will enjoy the book. I intended for it to be useful, and to be an enjoyable read. Good luck with your own writing. I hope THE COMPLETE BOOK OF SCRIPTWRITING will light your path just a little on that voyage. J. Michael Straczynski Author, THE COMPLETE BOOK OF SCRIPTWRITING Writer/Producer, BABYLON 5, MURDER SHE WROTE and others --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
As writer, scripr editor and producer his experience spans a variety of programme styles including cartoon animation, straight drama and science fiction. This comes through loud and clear in this volume, the second edition of 'The Complete Guide to Scriptwriting.
Straczynski teaches by example, dealing with technique for all types of script. Chapter by chapter he deals with a different topic, telling you how to write for each type, how to sell - even how to draw up your own contracts.
The information he gives on structure and layout is invaluable - script readers are pedantic beyond belief.
Straczynski comes across as honest, open and plain speaking. He tells you what will work and what will not - and teaches you to review your own work objectively.
Obviously there is an American bias to all the information, but this will be a valuable reference tome for all budding writers. Accept no substitutes - learn from the master!
An absolutely excellent book, which out of the 7 screenwriting books I have purchased I can truly say is worth 100 times the price.
This book gives you *suggestions* for story and structure, without cramming some step-by-step stifling "guaranteed" method down your throat. JMS's advice is open-ended and encourages you to strike out on your own and write unique, one-of-a-kind scripts that are completely yours. No Syd Field type "paradigm", no top secret formula that the author claims can be found in ALL successful movies (or TV shows or cartoons or plays...)--No BS!
But what this book does best is function as a reference for a wide variety of script formats and styles, from television to radio to the stage to the screen (even cartoons are covered). The book gives you ideas on how to market your particular script, helps the reader to decide what kind of story he'd like to tell or what kind of script he'd like to write, even gives you some ideas of what to expect depending on your choices. (You even get solid guidelines on what producers and professional readers expect the script to look like, right down to page margins.)
No scriptwriter should be without this book. It is crammed full of refreshingly useful and relevant information, it's funny, it's no-nonsense, it's fun to read, and it makes you want to sit down and get writing.
Let the "wannabes" read something like "How to be a Megarich Screenwriter in 24 Hours" or "PROVEN Hollywood Secrets". But if you're serious and not dumb enough to expect the road to be easy, check this book out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastically informative and anecdotal in style, with a plethora of practical, methodical hints for all beginners scriptwriting needs. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2000
Excellent! For those of you who truly want to write scripts, and become successfull, yet really have no clue how. Don't wait around for some college course; this is 'the berries'. Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 1999
J. Michael Straczynski, creator and writer of the successful Babylon 5 and writer on Murder, She Wrote brings us this truly GREAT Screenwriter's Bible. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 1999
J. Michael Straczynski hits home with the revised edition of his scriptwriting book. He allows the writer to identify that "burn" within and provides motivation to... Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 1997