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Alone in a Room: The Secrets of Professional Screenwriters
     

Alone in a Room: The Secrets of Professional Screenwriters

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by John Scott Lewinski
 

This book tackles the hard truths that other screenwriting books are afraid to confront. Film and TV writing is the most competitive literary field in the world and if an aspiring does not get the work done properly, he or she will fail.

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This book tackles the hard truths that other screenwriting books are afraid to confront. Film and TV writing is the most competitive literary field in the world and if an aspiring does not get the work done properly, he or she will fail.

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Library Journal
In this realistic and sometimes even harsh book, Lewinski lays out what it really takes to make it in Hollywood--"the ability to accept the realities of the business and be able to perform effectively within those realities." And the reality is that Hollywood is a town centered on providing entertainment and making money, so the aspiring screenwriter must be prepared to bang out stories because they have to, not because they want to. Lewinski's interviews with professional screenwriters are humorous and insightful, offering personal perspectives on this unique kind of writing. Best for academic libraries supporting film programs. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780941188937
Publisher:
Wiese, Michael Productions
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Lewinski is an award winning screenwriter, former executive story editor at Trimark Pictures, and journalist.

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Alone in a Room: The Secrets of Professional Screenwriters 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I definitely bought this book thinking it would help me with exactly what I was having trouble with, finishing my screenplay, but it barely does that at all. The author tries to create this aura of danger, and 'you're not going to like what I have to say' attitude thinking this book is rebellious and new, but it's not AT ALL. He spaces his lines to make the book seem longer, because it's short in length (especially for it's price), and there were at least 1/2 a dozen grammatical errors in it, and that was especially dissapointing considering one of the points he made in his book was the absolute importance of correct grammar and professionalism. He also has chapters on agents and producers and even lawyers that has NOTHING at all to help me write any better. Even a cheesy inspirational quote to inspire me or get me motivated would have been nice. Please, don't buy this book, or even read a few pages to test it out. Don't bother, PLEASE. It only wastes precious time that you could be using to actually write your screenplay OR read a GOOD book on screenwriting. I actually think the author hired his friends to write those positives reviews on this site, because there is no way someone actually found this helpful, unless they've been reading books in the wrong language up until now. You REALLY want to know how bad this book is? I NEVER write reviews anywhere, for any site, because I'm so lazy, but this book was so bad, I HAD to. O, and every time he mentions some obscure person, he lists like 20 things they've accomplished trying to create a sense of 'reputation' for the book, which basically tells you he is trying to mask the fact that he is a nobody, with the worst credentials himself. And finally, he says, at least a dozen times in the book, that he could write about a certain topic of screenwriting but there are plenty of other books like that...THAT'S THE POINT OF SCREENWRITING BOOKS BUDDY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are hundreds of books about screenwriting filled with information about how to write a good script but they are all useless unless potential screenwriters read ALONE IN A ROOM first. Don¿t waste your time spending long hard hours toiling over a spec script, pet project, or screen adaptation until you¿ve read this book. As Lewinski says ¿I¿ve got no reason to lie to you¿ - and he doesn¿t. This book is chocked full of facts delivered to the reader in an easy, reader-friendly manner. Its like you sat down to have coffee with a highly respected and all- knowing Hollywood insider and he¿s decided to tell you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth....and if his wisdom isn¿t enough, he interviews some of the most talented and successful screenwriters of both feature films and television and they tell you the whole truth also. If you¿re thinking of writing a spec script, you¿re currently writing your second or third script, or you¿ve already completed ten scripts ¿ get this book. You need this sort of information that's not available anywhere else. Lewinski is an important Hollywood resource, himself a successful screenwriter and mentor. When he states at the end of this book that he wishes he would have had a book like this before he started knocking around Hollywood, he is echoing all of our thoughts exactly ¿ those of us who had to find our own way. Now you don¿t have to go into the whole scene of being a Hollywood player blindly....ALONE IN A ROOM is there for you. Get it now. Utilize this great advice and become an extremely successful screenwriter so you don't have to remain 'alone in your room.' L. Scheer - Media Consultant and Professor, Yale University.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone is working on a screenplay, it seems, but who is actually FINISHING them? Lewinski's book looks into the day-to-day life of actual, working and earning screenwriters and gives those of us who are still striving some sound advice on getting the job done. Recommended!