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Essentials of Screenwriting: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television Writing


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Hollywood's premier teacher of screenwriting shares the secrets of writing and selling successful screenplays

Anyone fortunate enough to win a seat in Professor Richard Walter's legendary class at UCLA film school can be confident their career has just taken a quantum leap forward. His students have written more than ten projects for Steven Spielberg alone, plus hundreds of other Hollywood blockbusters and prestigious indie productions, including two recent Oscar winners for best original screenplay-Milk (2008) and Sideways (2006).

In this updated edition, Walter integrates his highly coveted lessons and principles from Screenwriting with material from his companion text, The Whole Picture, and includes new advice on how to turn a raw idea into a great movie or TV script-and sell it. There is never a shortage of aspiring screenwriters, and this book is their bible.

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This portable (5.25x8") guide provides an overview of creative and business aspects of writing for film and television. This updated edition integrates lessons and screenwriting principles from the author's book Screenwriting with material from the companion text The Whole Picture. It also includes new advice on writing and selling scripts. In addition to insight on story theme, character development, dialogue, and setting, there is practical advice on working methods and dealing with criticism. Business chapters give advice on collaboration, script sales strategies, agents, contracts, and option and purchase deals. The book concludes with a story craft exercise. Walter is chairman of UCLA's graduate program in screenwriting. The book is distributed in the US by Viking Penguin. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Richard Walter has been the Screenwriting Chairman of the UCLA Film, Television, and Digital Media writing program for almost thirty years. A screenwriter and novelist himself, he lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Walter, Richard
Plume Books
Film & Video - Screenwriting
Television - Screenwriting
Film - Screenwriting
Film and Television-Screenwriting
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