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This book provides a CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) approach to Academy Award-winning screenplays, giving you the nitty gritty details of how an Academy Award script was created.
Posted March 21, 2008
There are perhaps a handful of people in the vast motion picture industry who know more about what makes a script work, and not work, than Dr. Linda Seger. But I don't know who they are. In her new book, AND THE BEST SCREENPLAY GOES TO... Learning from the Winners - Sideways, Shakespeare in Love, Crash, Dr. Seger breaks down these top notch scripts intro myriad categories: the directing process, theme, nuance, story structuring, rewriting, etc., as they specifically pertain to the three scripts she uses. What an advantage: to see how the points can actually be applied. Theory and practice in abundance. AND THE BEST SCREENPLAY GOES TO... made me realize how much, as writers, we truly are responsible for -- if we are provided with the awareness of the opportunities themselves. Dr. Seger does just that. Her book opened so many roads into making my script far better that I felt I needed teams of horses to keep me away from my script until I finished this masterful book. An added bonus, and a big one, is her voice. Dr. Seger makes it seem as if we're sitting in the room together. Reading AND THE BEST SCREENPLAY GOES TO... has already led to many improvement in my own work, and the best is yet to come.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2008
She's written an enthralling, enlightening and inspiring book which will prove invaluable to writers, filmmakers and movie lovers ¿ and which has again made me very envious. With her rich, insightful analyses and wonderful interviews with their writers, she has examined three of my favorite films (which I already thought I knew well) and revealed layers of depth and artistry I hadn¿t recognized. A terrific book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2008
Everybody wins who reads Linda Seger's latest book: AND THE BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD GOES TO¿ And if you apply the insights and practical information in her book, your audiences will win, too, because you'll be using storytelling tools both profoundly basic and amazingly effective. Exploring Structure and Story Development, Theme, and Character through the lens of three Oscar-winning films, Seger analyzes the inherent challenges involved, how the writers approach them, why these approaches work, and how you can apply them in your own stories. Seger's clear eye for the process of writing helps you better understand how to craft your own artistic ideas into winning stories. Though familiar with all three films, I found new perspectives on Linda's pages, and got many 'aha's!' and useful suggestions as I read through her smart and lively look at the crafting of these winning scripts. Pamela Jaye Smith Award-winning producer-director. Story consultant, speaker, author. INNER DRIVES: How to Write and Create Characters Using the Eight Classic Centers of Motivation & THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE: Creating Great Villains, Dangerous Situations, and Dramatic ConflictWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.