Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made

The most innovative and creative screenwriting book yet, from an author who knows first hand what it takes to get a movie made.Based on an award winning website hailed as smart enough for professional screenwriters and accessible enough for aspiring screenwriters , Crafty Screenwriting is the first book not only to offer a successful screenwriter s tricks of the trade, buThe most innovative and creative screenwriting book yet, from an author who knows first hand what it takes to get a movie made.Based on an award winning website hailed as smart enough for professional screenwriters and accessible enough for aspiring screenwriters , Crafty Screenwriting is the first book not only to offer a successful screenwriter s tricks of the trade, but to explain what development executives really mean when they complain that the dialogue is flat, or the hero isn t likeable Fresh, provocative, and funny, Alex Epstein diagnoses problem that other screenwriting books barely address, and answers questions they rarely ask, like Why is it sometimes dangerous to know your characters too well before you start writing, or Why does your script have to be so much better than the awful pictures that get made every day As a development executive who has accepted and rejected countless screenplays, and a produced screenwriter himself, Epstein can take you into the heart of the most important question of all Is this a movie A crucial book for anyone who has ever wondered what it takes to get their movie made.
Crafty Screenwriting Writing Movies That Get Made The most innovative and creative screenwriting book yet from an author who knows first hand what it takes to get a movie made Based on an award winning website hailed as smart enough for professional

  • Title: Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made
  • Author: Alex Epstein
  • ISBN: 9780805069921
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made”

    1. If this isn't the first book you read about writing a script, it ought to be the second. The author has very pointed and practical advice about all of the phases of the process of getting a script actually made into a movie. He starts with the concept (the hook) and follows it all the way through to the rewrite and then shopping it around. Every step focuses on making sure that the script you have will capture the attention of a producer that will pay money to make it.

    2. Out of all the screenwriting books I've read, this is the most sensible and useful. Epstein writes with humor and humility. I would highly recommend this book to anyone attempting a screenplay.

    3. I read this book despite writing a stage play rather than film script. I found lots of useful advice in it, egWhat is each character risking in your story, what are the three obstacles each faces, that a story might have a main character drawing one moral and a secondary character drawing an entirely different moral, try to make each scene tell a truth about the theme, all the main characters should in some way reflect the theme, you want bad luck for the hero, and good luck for the anti-hero. T [...]

    4. I'm not usually a fan of the "How to" books, but Alex Epstein is definitely in another category. The information this author provides is useful, full of various tips I have not found on the internet, and his prose is not boring to read as many other books that make you feel like you're reading a very long manual. He does have a very particular sense of humor and conversational tone that makes you feel you're listening to him in person and not reading.This book does focus on the importance of the [...]

    5. This book nicely dispenses with the hard dictum of the screen craft that you must adhere to the template of the three-act structure. After all Shakespeare wrote five act plays. What the book offers is an insider's voice full of suggestions to make your script work. For example, don't put a coincidence at the end of the story, it must come at the beginning if at all, before the audience can rationalize away the contrivance. So I stop and think about that. I will order this from the book factory a [...]

    6. Great book by Alex Epstein on Screenwriting. Alex was formerly a development executive and has plenty of real life experience - lots on which to base tips on writing screenplays that will get optioned, and produced. Great addition to your writing library. Oh, and don't forget to make good use of all that helpful guidance and info.

    7. Not a bad addition for the aspiring screenwriter. A bit too wry for me at times, and also, it is quite outdated, from 2002. I recommend Save the Cat! for really innovative plot structure breakdown but this novel's got lots of the basics covered.

    8. This is a good tool to have if wrighting a script. All though it has some foul language throughout I have used it extensively.

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