“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, screenwriter of Collateral and Pirates of the Caribbean


Writing Movies

The Practical Guide to Creating Stellar Screenplays

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.

Buy it online at Barnes & Noble.com or Amazon.

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.

(Educators: request an exam copy from Holtzbrinck.)

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