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Raindance Writers' Lab: Write and Sell the Hot Screenplay Paperback – 28 Jun 2001
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'This is an invaluable manual for the first time screenwriter. A guide that takes in every aspect of the screenwriting process.' Ayub Kahn-Din, writer for East is East
'An authoritative guide full of wit and wisdom, through which Grove's personality shines.' Justin Bower, Total Film
'a powerful and compelling read, containing many secrets and easily applied techniques to solving all the screenwriting dilemmas faced by new writers and not so new ones. As a produced screen writer myself, I can heartily recommend his candid and often witty approach to the realities of the industry - A complete guide to the movie business - Great stuff.' Nick Dunning, www.screenwriting-on-the-net.com
"Elliot Grove is passionate about film making and so it's been a joy to read this witty, well-researched and informative book. Elliot's no-nonsense approach tells you how it is in the world of commercial film making, and what's expected of you if you really want to make it. This is definitely a book to keep close by for frequent reference." - www.writersdock.co.uk
About the Author
Elliot Grove is Founder and Director of the Raindance Film Festival - the largest independent film festival in Europe, and also founder of the British Independent Film Awards. He teaches professional scriptwriting and lo-to-no budget courses as well as weekend master classes 'Write the Hot Script' both in London and abroad. Many of Elliot's former students have gone on to make commercially successful films, such as Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. A former film student at the Royal College of Art, London, Elliot has produced 3 features and over 50 short films.
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-Syd Fields, Robert McKee, Blake Snyder, Christopher Vogler, Linda Seger.
As well as structure and characterisations, there are plenty of tid-bits of advice about (for example) how the screenplays get assessed. The three 'Ums' is a case in point. The first 10 pages. What to describe and what to leave out? Passing the flick test (like one has to with the book itself - trust me, it 'flicks' well).
Some of these are pointers to be read more than once. Others are 'Ahah!' moments that lodge quickly in the mind. Grove also adds just enough of his own background to provide some counterpoint and the result is a thoroughly interesting read.
As an aside, there are a few reviewers who have said that the book offers a 'free' DVD for positive reviews and that the reviews should not be trusted. Don't count me in that category. I wrote this review because it is a good book that I recommend to others.
It's the most appallingly written piece of trash I've ever come across that was non fiction. It's so bad, I don't even know where to start. There are typos on just about every paragraph, he's talking nonsense from start to finish, it's laid out for little kids with boxes to be filled in, etc. He frequently forgets the difference between a movie and a screenplay after spending the intro telling you that the writer must appreciate that they are not the same. I only read the first 12 or so pages and couldn't believe my eyes. He tells an anecdote about a DJ who performs at 3am every morning, and in the next paragraph he talks about no one listening to his show 'that evening'. An anecdote about Mozart shows that Mr Grove doesn't even know the composer's name! And my favourite: 'Every screenplay starts with a script.' It's that bad.
I leafed through the rest of it and found another corker that tells you everything you need to know about this guy. He has a page showing the writers guild minimums for scripts, then across from it tells you that he's actually a producer, not a writer (surprise, surprise), and he'll always try to get away with paying less. 'Am I exploiting writers? You must answer this question. If you don't like the deal, you can always walk away.' In other words, I will rip you off, and if you don't like it go **** yourself.
I normally wouldn't bother posting comments on Amazon. But given the fact that people are buying this for all the wrong reasons (reviews written for a free DVD), I feel I have to.
I've written several scripts for stage and I'm hoping to make the transition to film; this book seems like an excellent start, and Elliot Grove feels like a kindly mentor. And anyone who thinks my five-stars can be bought in exchange for a DVD doesn't know me at all - this is from the heart.
Thank you, Mr Grove, for sharing your expertise.
This encouraging book is filled with gems of useful information. It gives instruction on how to organise and plan your screenplay, facts and insights into the film-making industry, along with advice such as pitching and marketing. I have to say that this Amish boy seems to understands the writer's mind.
Elliot Grove's book inspired me to take one of his classes, and I wasn't disappointed. He has an authoritative knowledge of the film industry, and an encouraging and creative approach to screen writing.
Mr Grove is quite character, and Raindance is a company that is going places.
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