Scriptwriting for the Screen (Media Skills) Hardcover – 3 May 2001
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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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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written. Good script examples and some excellent exercises to work on.Published on 26 Aug. 2014 by Mr Matthew C Francis