How to Write a Selling Screenplayby Christopher Keane
Christopher Keane has spent 20 years in the business, learning the truthsand the tricksof writing a selling screenplay. In How to Write a Selling Screenplay, he takes writers through the entire process, from developing a story to finding the best agent. Using an annotated version of an often-optioned screenplay of his own, and citing examples/i>
Christopher Keane has spent 20 years in the business, learning the truthsand the tricksof writing a selling screenplay. In How to Write a Selling Screenplay, he takes writers through the entire process, from developing a story to finding the best agent. Using an annotated version of an often-optioned screenplay of his own, and citing examples from movies ranging from Casablanca and Lethal Weapon to Sling Blade and The English Patient, he discusses how to create three-dimensional characters, find a compelling story, build an airtight plot structure, fine-tune dialogue, and much more. Keane's tips on the difference between writing for film and television, as well as his advice on dealing with Hollywood movers and shakers, make this an essential companion for people writing their firstor their fortiethscreenplay.
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This book should be somewhat of a writer's 'bible.' Mr. Keane exemplifies the fundamental structure of a great story, whether you are writing a script, a novel, or any other piece of narrative. I recommend all Authors purchase this book, study it, and breath it.
Contained in this novel, is the step by step process in which any writer (movie, television, short story, etc.) uses to write successful scripts. It shows you in detailed descriptions on how to develop each division of your story. The author shows how to develop characters and how to keep their appeal for the entire story. The plot is broken down into all of its subparts and describes how to use different techniques to build the plot and heighten the suspense. Each section from introduction to climax to conclusion is laid out and the author teaches you how to develop each of these parts into three acts. This book also helps people turn the ideas in their head into a movie or a story complete with all of the essential parts. The author explains the length of most scripts and teaches the beginning writer how to write in a given amount of time and how to determine how much writing is necessary. This book is perfect for anyone who tells himself 'I have a great idea for a movie.' This book notifies people on different techniques on how to approach writing and sets up schedules on what is best for the writer. In addition to the quotes from award winning writers is a script from the author, Christopher Keane, which helps identify the format of a movie script. I found this book very useful as I continue to write my scripts and feel that any new writer will too.