Writing Movies: The Practical Guide to Creating Stellar Screenplays Paperback – 5 Sep 2006
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Instructors from the nation's most popular writing school share their insights into how to perfect the craft of screenwriting, covering such fundamentals as plot, character, dialogue, point of view, theme, setting, voice, and more and analyzing five outstanding sample screenplays--Tootsie and The Shawshank Redemption, among others. Original.
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Founded in 1993 by Jeff Grae and David Fligelman, Gotham Writers' Workshop is the leading writing school in New York and in the United States. Based in New York City, it reaches more writing students than any other school, offering more than 400 courses to 6,000 students each year. Its distinctive technique has won raves from alumni and from the media. Gotham has published two previous books with Bloomsbury, the very popular Guide to Writing Fiction and Fiction Gallery.
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It is rare for me, as an author, to take notes about how to weave a tighter plot, create more intriguing protagonists, or nastier antagonists. I thought I had learned it all in my sixty years of living and writing. The charming crew at Gotham Writers' Workshop proved once again to me that we can continue learning and still be entertained doing it. My legal pad is nearly full and this book will be placed (open) next to Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing, and the Strunk and White's Elements of Style.
This is my first book on the subject and I am REALLY impressed with their thorough coverage of ALL related subject matter. It was fairly easy to understand & implement and, also, inspirational.
I should note though: this book is old and does cover certain ways of breaking in that exist today. I don't think at any point Craigslist, online job boards, or cold emails were mentioned. That's where those podcasts come in handy. That's my only reason for giving it one star fewer.