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Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made

by Alex Epstein

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I liked this. It focuses right in on screenwriting, and ways it is different than novels. Lots of tips and keywords, lots of practical useful stuff.
On the other hand it has a very depressing view of novels, in that they exist basically to be pulled apart for useful bits to adapt for the screen. And it says to smoosh characters together if at all possible. Not a fan of keeping the details. For sound screenwriting reasons, but it made me make faces a bit. ( )
  beccaelizabeth | Aug 8, 2006 |
Amazon: If you're already doing some writing and need a little refresher, something to remind you of some of the details we all forget while writing, or somethign to inspire, then this is an excellent book. Often when reading a book like this, you'll think back to your own work and say to yourself, "Oh, that's why that scene didn't work, or that's why that character doesn't ring true, or Dang it, no wonder I can't get anywhere with the heart of my screenplay.
One major quibble I have with Epstein is his insistence on talking your story out with everyone and their brother before committing anything to paper.
  mmckay | Jun 3, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805069925, Paperback)

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, 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.

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Provides advice for aspiring screenwriters on how to write scripts that will be accepted, not rejected, by Hollywood executives.

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