The Complete Guide to Writing a Successful Screenplay: Everything You Need to Know to Write and Sell a Winning Scriptby Melissa Samaroo
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he Complete Guide to Writing A Successful Screenplay outlines timesaving tools to hone your writing, so you can at¬tract Hollywood agents and producers. You will discover how to create (and stick to) a timeline and deadline, whether writing your screenplay is a full- or part-time job. Writing and pitching a screenplay is nothing like writing a novel, and this book presents screenplay-specific information vital for any aspiring film writer. This book discusses how to write great openings and endings — the vital elements of a successful screenplay (and eventually movie) — and how to create char¬acters that grow and evolve as the plot thickens. One of the hardest parts of writing a screenplay is developing a solid dia¬logue, and this book takes you through, step-by-step, how to fine-tune your characters’ dialogue so it is not only believable but also well-written. Once your script is polished and perfect, you will need to pitch it to the public, and this book shows you how. You will grasp how to write a compelling query letter that is specifically geared to what agents are looking for, so your chances of getting represented are increased.
Veteran screenwriters, television and film producers, agents, and directors have been interviewed for this book, and their
experiences are showcased here, giving you their insider secrets on how to best write and sell your script. This book also contains an extensive resource section of production companies that are eager to receive and package your script, includ¬ing the genre they are looking for, so you know exactly who to contact. If you are eager to jump into Hollywood as the next big thing in screenwriting, The Complete Guide to Writing A Successful Screenplay will help you get there.
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When I first skimmed the beginning pages of the book and wanted to read more when I saw the numbers. $3.25 million for writing a screenplay? I was hooked and motivated to learn how to turn my writing from merely a hobby into a successful career. The Complete Guide to Writing a Successful Screenplay by Melissa Samaroo is a must-have handbook for all beginning screenwriters. Samaroo lays out the screenwriting process in clear, easy-to-follow steps, giving practical advice and examples throughout. Readers of The Complete Guide to Writing a Successful Screenplay will learn everything from how to think like a screenwriter; to analyzing movies and scripts; to developing characters, plots, and themes; and of course how to market and sell your script. The book is easy to understand, with practical examples that and advice that can be put to use immediately to improve your writing. Ms. Samaroo breaks down the process into manageable stops. This book could replace the majority of college-level screenwriting textbooks. The wealth of information is astounding. I found myself pulling out an old screenplay I had written many years ago in college, and re-writing entire scenes as I read the book. I found Ms. Samaroo’s advice on reading already-produced screenplays extremely helpful. That exercise alone gave me insider insight that I didn’t have before. As I closed the book after reading the last word of the last chapter, I reflected upon the book’s cover. The movie crew in the background, and the smiling scriptwriter holding a manuscript in the foreground, inspired and empowered me want to make that picture my own—to visualize myself in the place of the content model on the book’s cover.
The Complete Guide to Writing a Successful Screenplay by Melissa Samaroo delivers on the promise inherent in its name. Samaroo discusses everything from Hollywood/audience expectations, to developing plot and characters, to finding an agent and selling a script. The process of writing a screenplay is laid out in detail, with supporting examples that any reader could relate to. The cover of the guide sets the mood. The colors chosen are professional and clean, the model is smiling, and there is a crew in the background. All of these elements scream success—the very thing the reader is trying to achieve. And which Samaroo is trying to sell between the covers of this book. The editing and the format lend to an ease of comprehension and reading. Important points are set into sections by bullet points or subtitles. Key passages are highlighted or set apart from the body of the work with special indents or formatting. Thus, the guide can be read cover-to-cover by a beginner just looking for information on what to expect, or used as a sort of textbook, in which the reader flips to the sections that pertain to their individual process. Samaroo writes a very thorough guide to screenwriting. She uses numerous examples, hoping to find something that strikes a chord with all types of readers. She gives information about less successful scripts/movies to shine a light on what to shy away from. It will even be interesting to apply knowledge about industry secrets when watching your next rental DVD.
"The Complete Guide o Writing a Successful Screenplay: Everything You Need to Know to Write and Sell a Winning Script" by Melissa Samaroo is a 288 page book that reads like a well defined cliff notes instruction manual. It provides writers with the who, what and where to find legitimate resources that will help them create and sell a pretty decent screenplay. What I loved about this book is it does not just give you a guide on how to write the screenplay but it also provides the reader with history of movies. This guide gives you free resources that allows you to research and see real screenplays of some of the most famous movies out; I used this as a visual guideline for my screenplay. There is a plethora of solid information presented by Samaroo and it was easy to understand and follow through. Great instructional guide!
If your finding yourself interested in wanting to tell a story, and write a screenplay, then this is a great guide to help you get started. It's a basic instruction manual on everything you'll need to know. From writing format, development of the story, and even how to sell the story to the big screen. You'll especially learn how to create imaginative and creative ways your characters converse with one another, in a enthralling way. Of course, a lot of this information can be used for anyone wanting to write things other than screenplays. It's a great tool to refer back to over and over as reminder skills. I found it an interesting read and of course learned a lot about screenplays along the way. It's organized, and easy to read, and not at all a bore to get through like some guide books can be. I recommend to anyone wanting to write a screenplay, or similar works of writing, rating it as a 5/5.