Raindance Writers' Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay Paperback – 29 Sep 2008
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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 Khan-Din, Writer for East is East
An authoritative guide full of wit and wisdom, through which Grove's personality shines.
--Justin Bowyer, Total Film
About the Author
Elliot Grove founded Britainas Raindance Film Festival in 1993, The British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance TV in 2007. He has produced more than 150 short films and five feature-length films. He teaches writers and producers in the U.S., the U.K., Europe, and Japan, and has written two previous books on filmmaking, as well as a soon-to-be published novel.
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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.
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.
When I could, I started reading it, and to my amazement, it totally cleared the fogginess away from the writing I was doing.
In my case, I had developed a basic storyline and outlined a few characters. With Raindance Writers Lab, I was able to sort out the second act, and clarify the ending to the point where my agent says that this is the best work I have done for years!
The business tools, although somewhat elementary for me (I have been living off my writing for nearly thirty years) they still provided me with some new marketing ideas, and some interesting insights on how the screenplay market really works.
I can't reccomend this book enough: either for a starting writer, or for someone, like myself, a veteran.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am interested in the DVD as advertised in the book. Very smart marketing!
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This is not a bad book at all, might be a little out dated but it still offers some useful tips on screen writing and getting your screen play out there.Published on 9 Jan. 2014 by Najib
A clear and insightful book with a good chapter on the short film. Some excellent suggestions which I haven't seen in any other publication on writing. Read morePublished on 2 May 2013 by creativegary4321
If I could rate this 0 stars I would. This guy has no clue about decent writing, he admits as much in the book. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2013 by Jarred N.
As a writer starting out it is important to have a number of books and manuals to turn to. "Raindance writer's lab" is a must. Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2012 by Teekay
This book is just great, I have found that I can dip in and out without having to read the whole chapter again. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2012 by Bigstef
I left my first copy on a train but felt the book was so invaluable to me and my writing I went and bought another copy. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2012 by MacDave