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Making a good script great is more than just a matter of putting a good idea on paper. It requires the working and reworking of that idea.
Making a Good Script Great takes you through the whole screenwriting process-from initial concept through final rewrite-providing specific methods that will help you craft tighter, stronger, and more salable scripts.
While retaining the invaluable insights that placed its first two editions among the all-time most popular screenwriting books, this expanded, revised, and updated third edition adds rich and important new material on dialogue, cinematic images, and point of view, as well as an interview with screenwriter Paul Haggis.
If you're writing your first script, this book will help develop your skills for telling a compelling and dramatic story. If you're a veteran screenwriter, it will help you articulate the skills you know intuitively. And if you're currently stuck on a rewrite, this book will help you analyze and solve your script's problems and get it back on track.
The focus of this book is on how to solve the script's problems and still preserve the original creativity.
|Ch. 1||Gathering Ideas||3|
|Ch. 2||The Three-Act Structure: Why You Need It and What to Do with It||18|
|Ch. 3||What Do Subplots Do?||39|
|Ch. 4||Act Two - How to Keep It Moving||60|
|Ch. 5||Creating the Scene||74|
|Ch. 6||Creating a Cohesive Script||101|
|Ch. 7||Making It Commercial||117|
|Ch. 8||Creating the Myth||135|
|Ch. 9||From Motivation to Goal: Finding the Character Spine||149|
|Ch. 10||Finding the Conflict||165|
|Ch. 11||Creating Dimensional Characters||180|
|Ch. 12||Character Functions||199|
|Ch. 13||On the Road to the Academy Award: A Case Study of the Rewrite of Witness||215|
Posted March 15, 2004
If you've never written a screenplay or you've written several Linda Seger's book is the best of its kind. Motivating, informing, and jammed with details that are easy to follow. Buy this book and write a sceenplay. You'll have fun, you'll learn things about yourself, family and friends, and you might sell it and make a ton of money. Send me an email if you want to chat about this book and screenplay writing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 31, 2002
This book has down-to-earth tips and helps that are not only practical, but inspirational as well. I believe that this book helped me truly turn a good script into a great script! I got an offer for one of my scripts by Rodger Corman (I graciously declined), and I owe such a great milestone in my life to Linda Seger! I'm using this book for a textbook in my class!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 26, 2000
A year ago, I made a 'bet the ranch' decision to quit my job and write a novel. I gave myself one year to complete this project--and met my own deadline. A big chunk of credit goes to this book. Although aimed at writing for the big and small screens, it's far better than most of the overly theoretical dreck written for would-be novelists. It is practical, readable advice that any writer can use immediately.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.