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The Complete Book of Scriptwriting, Revised Edition

By J. Michael Straczynski

J. Michael Straczynski, writer/producer of Murder, She Wrote and creator of Babylon 5, teaches scriptwriters everything they need to know to write and sell work for television, movies, animation, radio and the theater. They'll ...

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The Complete Book of Scriptwriting, Revised Edition

By J. Michael Straczynski

J. Michael Straczynski, writer/producer of Murder, She Wrote and creator of Babylon 5, teaches scriptwriters everything they need to know to write and sell work for television, movies, animation, radio and the theater. They'll find page after page of insider advice and uncommon insight, while learning how to:

Approach the craft and business of screenwriting professionally

Strengthen their writing technique

Bring their own unique vision to the work

Avoid scriptwriting formulas

Master script format

Secure an agent's services

Elude show business's trickiest traps

Straczynski covers each medium in depth. He reveals facts, tells stories and offers observations from the vantage point of a career in the business. He shows writers how to make their scriptwriting dreams come true--and assures them it's possible.

J. Michael Straczynski has worked on The New Twilight Zone, Walker Texas Ranger, Jake and the Fatman, Murder, She Wrote and other television programs, including the award-winning Babylon 5. He has also written films, plays, books, articles and comics. He lives in Sherman Oaks, California.

A successful scriptwriter shares "inside" information on how to write and sell scripts for TV, radio, film, and theatre.

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TV writer J. Michael Straczynski has written what many consider the bible on writing for TV and movies: The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. A keeper.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898792720
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1987
  • Pages: 255

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Television
1 A Brief History of Television 7
2 The Writer, the Language, the Formats 16
3 The Craft of Telescripting 35
4 Marketing the Television Script 77
5 A Look at the Future 104
Pt. II Motion Pictures
6 A Brief History of Motion Pictures 116
7 The Benefits and Drawbacks of Screenwriting 129
8 The Art of the Screenplay 139
9 The Craft of Screenwriting 145
10 The Screenplay 159
11 Marketing the Screenplay 181
Pt. III Animation
12 Animation: Past, Present and Future 206
13 The Art and Craft of the Animation Script 216
14 Marketing the Animated Script 235
Pt. IV Radio
15 Radiodrama Scripting: Past, Present and Future 241
16 The Art and Craft of Radiodrama Scripting 248
17 Marketing the Radiodrama Script 273
Pt. V The Stage Play
18 Writing for the Stage: Past, Present and Future 289
19 The Art and Craft of the Stage Play 294
20 Marketing the Stage Play 322
Pt. VI The Business of Scriptwriting
21 Warning Signs 332
22 The Writers Guild of America 341
23 The Art of Getting and Keeping an Agent 348
Appendix 355
App. Two 368
Index 419
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2006

    Great for the beginning writer

    When I purchased this book I was looking for reference material on writing a screenplay. I have definately gotten more than my monies worth out of this book. After six months I'm almost done with my first treatment (Outline) and about to start my first screenplay.

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