Screenwriters’ Essentials – Book Set
The Screenwriters’ Essentials Book Set includes some of our best titles covering different aspects of scriptwriting:
- How to write a screenplay
- Script formatting
Whether you are a novel writer or a memoirist tackling the screenplay adaptation of your book, this great selection of books gives you invaluable insights on how to get started and develop your script on the right way!
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A Practical Guide and Exercises to Write your ScreenplayBy Michael Barmish
You’re reading this now because you’ve probably said at some point, “I should write a screenplay.” You have a great idea for a TV series or a feature film, but that’s all it is right now. An idea. Now that you’re ready to sit down in front of your computer and write it, where to start? A blank screen stares you in the face, giving you the realization that all the ideas, all the words, have to become formulated into a cohesive script. Famed author Roald Dahl once said, “I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.” The same can be applied to movies. Love it or hate it, it still starts with a finished script. The key to writing is “write what you know.” This doesn’t mean writing about only the subjects you know, but rather more about putting your experiences into the characters and stories you create. This book, which contains concrete examples and more than 30 exercises, will guide you through the steps you need to craft a cohesive structure, from developing your characters, organizing your ideas, creating the elements of your story to writing your first script.
The difference between a Spec Script and a Shooting ScriptBy Michael Barmish
Because so many scripts are available to download on the web, there is lots of confusion between what is a spec script and what is a shooting script. Most screenplays on these sites are, in fact, shooting scripts that contain many of the elements you would never see in a spec script. Many aspiring writers use these scripts as a reference and can be steered in the wrong direction when submitting their own scripts to producers. While they both refer to the same story, the spec and shooting scripts serve different purposes as they correspond to different stages of the film production cycle. This guide covers the differences between a Spec script and a Shooting Script.
Narrative elements to engage your audience
SPECIAL OFFER - Includes THE AUDIOBOOK VERSIONBy Neil Fallon
The art of storytelling is to hook your audience from the beginning until the end. And yes beyond the 3-Act structure, there are many narrative elements which make your story more engaging to your audience. These elements will make your audience become more emotionally involved in the development of your story and characters. Creating expectations or dread and constantly navigating from hope to fear allows a viewer to experience a wide range of emotions. While there are some subjects more interesting than others, characters more intriguing than others - although it’s a matter of taste and personal interest - what makes a story a great one to read, to watch, comes from the way the story unfolds, the way the plot and characters are revealed to us, the audience. How to create your plot without revealing too much but enough to constantly hook your audience is the heart of storytelling. And your skill as a screenwriter is to combine and deliver all these narrative elements, to make an engaging story for your audience. Whether you are stuck on developing your plot or need to refer to storytelling characteristics as a guideline, this storytelling guide will examine all the narrative elements that you should use to transform your story into one that is captivating to tell.
How to Write Your Own LoglineBy Michael Barmish
Loglines. They seem simple, but they’re not. It takes skill to distill a story into 25-35 words or so. You need to be able sell your story, to pitch it properly to draw the interest of a Director, an Agent or Producer. It’s vital to make your story sound exciting, yet keep it as concise as possible. But the logline is also very useful during the writing process. Having your logline posted in front of you, on top of your keyboard or at the bottom of your screen, always reminds you what your story is about. In addition to creating the best pitch for your project, the logline helps you to refocus on your subject and to find the right answers to the many questions raised along the development of your story.
Film & TV Adaptation for Novel Writers and Memorist by Michael Barmish In this guide, we will explain how to transform a literary text into a visual medium in order to condense an average of a 15-20 hour reading story into a 2-hour reading script.
Spec Script vs Shooting Script by Michael Barmish Because so many scripts are available to download on the web, there is a great deal of confusion between what is a spec script and what is a shooting script. The guide "Spec Script vs Shooting Script" covers their differences.
Storytelling by Neil Fallon This storytelling guide will examine all the narrative elements that any screenwriter should use to transform his/her story into one that is captivating to tell.
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