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"Clear advice delivered in a compelling manner. Everything you’d want from a book on screenwriting."
-Marc Madnick
 President & CEO
Final Draft, Inc.
"A superb book. Straight, to-the-point, and loaded with facts — this book is a must read!”"
-Dov S-S Simens
Hollywood Film Institute and WebFilmSchool.com
"Straightforward and brimming with great examples from well known movies, Writing Movies is a wonderful resource of both creative and technical elements for budding and proficient screenwriters."
-Jesse Douma
The Writers Store
"Writing Movies gives tons of practical advice, but also acknowledges that writing screenplays is ultimately an artistic endeavor, not just a paint-by-number exercise."
-Keith Gordon Gordon
A Midnight Clear and The Chocolate War
"Writing Movies is the ultimate resource. It’s like having twenty of the best screenwriting books skillfully rolled into one."
-John E. Johnson
 Executive Director
American Screenwriters Association
"Writing Movies gets it all right. It answers all the questions that I’m always asked and then some. You must read this book before you write your first or next screenplay."
-Stuart Beattie
Collateral and Pirates of the Caribbean
"Screenwriting is a craft that you learn by doing. While Writing Movies offers great screenwriting instruction it also allows the beginning screenwriter to start putting idea to paper right away."
-Joe Mefford
Writing Movies: The Practical Guide
Writing Movies: The Practical Guide
About Writing Movies: The Practical Guide
Table of Contents & Excerpts
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Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide
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About Writing Movies: The Practical Guide

To break into the screenwriting game, you need a screenplay that is not just good, but great. Superlative. Stellar. Writing Movies provides everything you need to know to reach this level. In a single book. And, like the very best teachers, Writing Movies is always practical, accessible, and entertaining.

¬†Inside you’ll find:

  • Explanations of the fundamental elements of screenwriting craft (plot, character, scenes, etc.)
  • Insight into such crucial (but seldom discussed) topics as description, voice, tone, and theme.
  • Analysis of five brilliant screenplays—Die Hard, Thelma & Louise, Tootsie, Sideways, and The Shawshank Redemption
  • Strategies for breaking into the business
  • A guide to screenwriting format
  • Assignments that strengthen your command of screenwriting craft
  • Step-by-step tasks that take you from rough idea to polished script
  • Tie-ins to supplementary material at the book’s website

Written by Gotham Writers Workshop expert instructors and edited by Dean of Faculty Alexander Steele, Writing Movies offers the same methods and exercises that have earned the school international acclaim.

Whether you’re writing a Hollywood or indie script, Writing Movies is the one book you need to shine above the rest.

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Table of Contents & Excerpts
     1. Screenwriting: Inventing a Myth   by Alexander Steele
     2. Plot: The Path of Action   by Daniel Noah
     3. Characters: The Lifeblood   by Paul Zimmerman
     4. The Page: Words That Move   by John Glenn
     5. Scenes: Exploring and Exploding Moments   by Tal McThenia
     6. Dialogue: Making More of Less   by Michael Eldridge
     7. Subplots: A Side of Story   by Helen Kaplan
     8. Plot II: Like a Roller Coaster   by Tommy Jenkins
     9. Tone and Theme: The Overlay & Underlay   by Jason Greiff
     10. Revision: From Rough to Ready   by Amy Fox
     11. Slipping Past the Velvet Rope   by Christopher Momenee

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