The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script

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Book 1 -- A screenwriting primer that provides a concise presentation of screenwriting basics.

Book 2 -- A workbook that walks the writer through the writing process, from nascent ideas through revisions.

Book 3 -- A formatting guide that presents correct formats for both screenplays and TV ...

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Overview

The Screenwriter's Bible is six books in one.

Book 1 -- A screenwriting primer that provides a concise presentation of screenwriting basics.

Book 2 -- A workbook that walks the writer through the writing process, from nascent ideas through revisions.

Book 3 -- A formatting guide that presents correct formats for both screenplays and TV scripts.

Book 4 -- A spec writing guide that demonstrates today's spec style through sample scenes and analysis.

Book 5 -- A sales and marketing guide that presents proven strategies to help you create a laser-sharp marketing plan.

Book 6 -- A resource guide that provides addresses and contacts for industry organizations, schools, publications, support groups, services, contests, etc. Among its wealth of practical information are sample query letters, useful worksheets and checklists, hundreds of examples, sample scenes, and straightforward explanations of screenwriting fundamentals. The "Bible" was a featured selection of The Writer's Digest Book Club.

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Editorial Reviews

Melissa Jones
The formatter alone is worth the price of the book. [Melissa Jones, Hollywood Story Analyst]
William Kelley
Whether you are a rank beginner who needs instruction, or an old pro who needs reminding, you could not do better than David Trottier's book. A brilliant effort by a first-class, dedicated teacher." [William Kelley, Academy Award-winning writer, Witness]
New York Screenwriter
For the writer searching for the one book that has it all, The Screenwriter's Bible is an essential reference. [New York Screenwriter]
Candace Monteiro
Good common sense. Sets up practical guidelines without encroaching on the writer's creativity. Easy to follow--feels like a workbook that will be used and not just read. [Candace Monteiro, Monteiro Rose Agency]
Booknews
Presents the fundamentals of screenwriting, an overview of the entire writing process, script formatting, speculative writing style, sales and marketing strategies, and a resource guide of addresses and contacts. The new edition is expanded by nearly 120 pages. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Academy Award-winning writer, Witness - William Kelley
"Whether you are a rank beginner who needs instruction, or an old pro who needs reminding, you could not do better than Trottier's book. A brilliant effort by a first-class, dedicated teacher."
UCLA Screenwriting Faculty Chairman - Richard Walter
"A treasure chest of useful information-not only for new writers but also for seasoned veterans."
Emmy-nominated Co-Executive Producer, Everybody Loves Raymond - Ellen Sandler
"Whenever I am writing, I have The Screenwriter's Bible close at hand for reference.
Hollywood Film Institute - Dov S-S Simens
"The best screenwriting book available."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879505445
  • Publisher: Silman-James Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

David Trottier is a writer, a producer, a script consultant, and a popular screenwriting teacher who has developed and perfected The Screenwriter's Bible during the more than fifteen years that he has spent helping screenwriters attain their goals.
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Table of Contents

Book I - How to Write a Screenplay, A Primer
How stories work -- Situation, conflict, and resolution -- The flow of the story -- The low down on high concept -- Story layering, plot, and genre -- Ten keys to creating captivating characters -- Dialogue, subtext, and exposition -- How to make a scene -- Suspense and comedy - Television

Book II - 7 Steps to a Stunning Script, A Workbook
Step 1, Summon your Muse -- Step 2, Dream up your movie idea -- Step 3, Develop your core story -- Step 4, Create your movie people -- Step 5, Step out your story -- Step 6, Write your first draft -- Step 7, Make the necessary revisions -- The Character/Action Grid

Book III - Correct Format for Screenplays & TV Scripts, A Style Guide
How to use this guide and its unique cross-referencing tools -- Sample scenes -- The cover, title page, first page, and last page -- Headings (slug lines) -- Description -- Dialogue -- How to format TV scripts -- Glossary -- Complete formatting index

Book IV - Writing Your Breakthrough Spec Script, A Script Consultant's View
The spec script, your key to breaking in -- Exercises in revising scenes -- The first ten pages (a sample plus an analysis)

Book V - How to Sell Your Script, A Marketing Plan
How to protect your work -- What you must do before entering the market -- Your strategic marketing plan (with worksheets) -- How to find an agent -- The query letter (with sample letters) -- How to pitch without striking out -- How to sell your script without an agent -- Television -- Hollywood's back door -- How to break into Hollywood when you live in Peoria -- A personal challenge

Book VI - Resources and Index
Industry organizations and guilds -- Script consultants, seminars, and schools -- Internet sites -- Directories, periodicals, and writers organizations -- Bookstores -- Software -- Books for screenwriters and TV writers -- Contests -- General index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2000

    Highly Recommended!

    As the author of ¿Screen & Stage Marketing Secrets¿ I highly recommend screenwriters to read ¿The Screenwriter¿s Bible.¿ This book solves many of the problems of properly formatting screenplays. The book solidly sets up the structure of the story you are writing in the proper script format -- precisely what agents and production companies need to submit a script to higher levels of management for a green light. If you follow the advice given in this book, you will have a screenplay with the major critical elements installed. This will satisfy story analysts. You¿ll be satisfied with the results, too! This book is of high value to the screenwriter, as a properly formatted script will be recognized as a professional submission in Hollywood. Professional submissions are a prime critical element that gets script¿s sold!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    I LOVE IT

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR CAREER AND AMATUER WIRTERS ALIKE.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2008

    The Most Practical Book on Screenwriting

    THE SCREENWRITER'S BIBLE, in one volume, comprises six substantial guidebooks: Book I: How to Write a Screenplay--A Primer Book II: 7 Steps to a Stunning Script--A Workbook Book III: Proper Formatting Technique--A Style Guide Book IV: Writing & Revising Your Breakthrough--A Script Consultant's View. Book V: How to Sell Your Script--A Marketing Plan Book VI: Resources and General Index. The book's large format 386 pages, eleven by eight-and-a-half inch, would equal at least 600 pages in the more common format of nine by six inch. Book I: How to Write a Screenplay. Aptly subtitled a primer, it presents a compact introduction to screenwriting. In particular, Trottier focuses on the three-act structure with six key turning or plot points: the catalyst the big event the pinch 'or midpoint' the crisis 'low point' the showdown the realization. Throughout, the author includes examples from well-known films. Book II: 7 Steps to a Stunning Script. This workbook includes 25 checkpoint lists and a character/action grid -- highly useful in constructing the screenplay. Book III: Proper Formatting Technique--A Style Guide. 'The spec script is the selling script, sometimes called the writer's draft. You write it with the idea of selling it later or circulating it as a sample. Once it is sold and goes into pre-production, it will be transformed into a shooting script, also known as the production draft. The spec-script style avoids camera angles, editing directions, and technical intrusions' 'page 114'. This book convinced me to use the author's software 'Dr Format' instead of 'Final Draft.' To illustrate formatting a spec script, Trottier includes his humorous three-page script 'The Perspicacious Professor.' Book IV: Writing & Revising Your Breakthrough--A Script Consultant's View. In this book the author provides tips on 'how to direct the camera without using camera directions' and exercises, based on his clients' scripts, to guide reader in revising to current spec-writing style. Book V: How to Sell Your Script--A Marketing Plan. In addition to numerous suggestions on marketing, Trottier cautions screenwriters to protect their work. 'Registering one's copyright and displaying the copyright notice on the script's title page is no longer seen as something done by paranoid writers.' Writers Guild of America will register one-page synopsis, longer treatments, as well as draft's' of a screenplay. Book VI: Resources and General Index. This book includes several lists containing 'carefully selected entries.' I promptly looked up the first entry: 'Updates to The Screenwriter's Bible' on the author's website... and found a useful tip on formatting as well as revisions on one of the exercises in Book IV. Presumably these changes will be included in the next edition. Five shining stars to this book. -- C J Singh

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2005

    Everything you'd need.

    Just started with this book, and I'm very impressed. Anything you need to know about writing Screenplay's he explains in ways that are easy to understand and gives great examples of movies you can relate too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2004

    All you'll ever need!

    What an amazing, revolutionizing experience! Every screenwriter should own this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    THE BOMB

    This book is the best screenwriting book that I have come encounter with. I have read many book they were so complicated that I didn't finish reading. Now that I have read the screenwriters bible I am half-way through my script. It gives you direction, how to get fresh ideas to naming your characters. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to get started with a script but don't know how. This book will be the best investment you give yourself. It is all so the first pay off of your successful script. Good luck k.ray

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2002

    Nothing Comes Close!

    All you really need to know about this book is the price. That is it. If you have ever, or currently have an idea for a screenplay, this book will guide you from the ideas that are tossed around in your mind to the signing on the dotted line. Nothing comes close to this book, although the prices of actually consulting the author are slightly pricey, his book is even better. Before I bought this book, my script was good and now its even better. The minor 'writing mistakes' that I made, are gone and the script is well on its way. No other screenwriting book comes close.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    Best of Many

    I ordered three other titles about screenwriting before this one, and while all were helpful, this is the one that finally showed me what I wanted to know, and a lot more. The breadth and depth of this volume far exceeded all the others combined. Like someone else said, if you've got the gift, this is the book that will show you how to do it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    A MUST BUY!!

    A must buy for any novice or experienced screenwriter. A great reference for all aspects of screewriting.

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