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Scriptwriting for the Screen (Media Skills) Hardcover – 3 May 2001

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (3 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415229111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415229111
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 1.8 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,254,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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..."the Routledge Media Skills series.... offering solid how-to-do-it advice for those embarking on a career in journalism or television...and together they are beginning to form a comprehensive textbook published in installments."
-Bruce Hamlin, City University, London, in Journalism
..."the growing and important Media Skills stable from Routledge."
-John Herbert, Staffordshire University, in Journalism Studies

About the Author

Charlie Moritz is a freelance scriptwriter who has written for both television and theatre. He teaches screenwriting at Manchester Metropolitan University and has also taught at the RITS School of Film and Television in Brussels.


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If you have read several scriptwriting books, you could be forgiven for thinking 'What else could there be to say about scriptwriting?' - particularly by an English writer - as opposed to a Hollywood style writer.
You'll be pleasantly surprised by this book. It offers insights that I have never read before in my 30 or so scriptwriting books packed on my shelves. It states obvious facts that make you feel like kicking yourself for not seeing them before - a 'How come I never thought of that before' scenario. These insights are very valuable as they touch upon your own personal perspective as a writer. In other words it's not just a how-to-do book, it is also a how to access the scriptwriter within - not by exercises but just by straight-talking that really makes sense.
It does give clear examples of scene layout and examples of how-to- do aspects as well as how-not-to-do, so it does cover everything in an understandable way that is also very useful.
To summarise - It is a deep, insightful and very clear book. It is very different from other books on the market and so is definitely worth a read. It is suitable for a beginner, but probably better for someone who has read at least one scriptwriting book before or if you are looking for your first books and want to buy more than one book.
Although written from an English perspective, it non-the less very applicable to any scriptwriter - even in Hollywood - and I highly recommend it.
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I had the pleasure of having Charlie Moritz teach a couple of workshops for my screenwriting students in the '90s, and they were all without a single exception extremely enthusiastic about his approach.
You won't find complicated structural models or paint-by-numbers approaches to writing here. Instead, you will get a lot of insights about writing, bringing characters to life, being truthful in your writing and learning to use techniques like subtext to bring added substance to your writing.
Very highly recommended, both for being an excellent textbook with a lot of practical exercises and for bringing a decidedly non-American slant to the screenwriting game, which will enrich the work of any screenwriter.
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A great book. Not finished it yet but I am finding it both interesting and inspiring. He creates his own small screenplay in the first chapter and then breaks it down with highly informative results. My perception of the screenplay had changed and this caught me by surprise. It is well written and an excellent piece of work.
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Moritz's 'Scriptwriting for the Screen' is an indispensible guide to writing for film and television for any budding screenwriters! I recommend this book highly - it is up there with mckee's 'story' as a must-have bible for all those about to write; A really excellent screenwriting companion and the results will show in your scripts!
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