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Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made

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The most innovative and creative screenwriting book yet, from an author who knows first-hand what it takes to get a movie made.

Based on an award-winning website hailed as "smart enough for professional screenwriters and accessible enough for aspiring screenwriters", Crafty Screenwriting is the first book not only to offer a successful screenwriter's tricks of the trade, but to explain what development executives really mean when they complain that the "dialogue is flat," or "the hero isn't likeable." Fresh, provocative, and funny, Alex Epstein diagnoses problem that other screenwriting books barely address, and answers questions they rarely ask, like "Why is it sometimes dangerous to know your characters too well before you start writing," or "Why does your script have to be so much better than the awful pictures that get made every day?" As a development executive who has accepted and rejected countless screenplays, and a produced screenwriter himself, Epstein can take you into the heart of the most important question of all: "Is this a movie?" A crucial book for anyone who has ever wondered what it takes to get their movie made.

Alex Epstein has worked as a development executive, screenwriter, and television story editor for more than a decade. He has helped develop projects with directors such as Richard Attenborough and John Badham. A graduate of Yale University and the UCLA School of Film and Television, he is the creator of the popular website www.craftyscreenwriting.com.

Most screenwriting books focus on how to write a "good" screenplay. But in the movie business, a screenplay isn't "good" unless it might one day get made into a movie. A seasoned development executive, Alex Epstein has not only seen his own television and movie scripts produced, he has accepted and rejected countless screenplays and supervised dozens of writers. Now, in this indispensable guide, he shows how to write a script that will make a producer think, "This is a movie!" Fresh and provocative, Crafty Screenwriting answers questions other books don't ask and cheerfully slaughters the sacred cows of "how-to" screenwriting.

"From the most elevated artistic concerns to the mundane details of how many brads to bind your script with, Alex Epstein shines the light of common sense and experience on this tricky, delicate, and profitable art. Every page sparkles with wisdom andwit. It is my new answer to the dozens of questions I'm asked by new writers eager to get it right."Don Roos, screenwriter of Love Field, Boys on the Side, The Opposite of Sex, and Bounce

"From the most elevated artistic concerns to the mundane details of how many brads to bind your script with, Alex Epstein shines the light of common sense and experience on this tricky, delicate, and profitable art. Every page sparkles with wisdom and wit. It is my new answer to the dozens of questions I'm asked by new writers eager to get it right."Don Roos, screenwriter of Love Field, Boys on the Side, The Opposite of Sex, and Bounce

"Alex Epstein brings a screenwriting pro's honesty, skill, and expertise to a field otherwise crowded with how-to-write quacks."John Badham, director of Saturday Night Fever, War Games, and Stakeout

"I wish more writers knew what makes a script worth producingnot just how to structure a plot and write good dialogue, but how to come up with a story that people want to see on the screen. Crafty Screenwriting explains all of that in a clear and often hilarious way. I hope a lot of writers read this book; then I'll get more screenplays I want to make into movies."Paul Colichman, president of Regent Entertainment, producer of Gods and Monsters

"This is that rare kind of book about screenwriting that is truly helpful. It tells you how to write not merely a script that shows you off, but a script that convinces producers to make it into a movie."Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter of Dirty Dancing

"Crafty Screenwriting explains what no one else seems to be explaining: how to write a screenplay that's not only a good read, but a good movie project that a producer can make into a good movie. Shrewdly realistic and funny."Pieter Kronenburg, producer of The Hotel New Hampshire, Treasure Island, and more than two dozen other films

"Crafty Screenwriting is an invaluable tool for anyone attempting to penetrate the dangerous thickets of Hollywood with an idea in their hand and not much else. This book gives you an actual, workable road map, if followed with a strict loyalty to your own creativity, will guide

up0you through the often terrifying journey of confusion and rejection toward the bright realization of your singular talent!"Henry Jaglom, writer and director of Deja Vu, Eating, and Always

Synopsis:

The most innovative and creative screenwriting book yet, from an author who knows first-hand what it takes to get a movie made.

Based on an award-winning website hailed as "smart enough for professional screenwriters and accessible enough for aspiring screenwriters", Crafty Screenwriting is the first book not only to offer a successful screenwriter's tricks of the trade, but to explain what development executives really mean when they complain that the "dialogue is flat," or "the hero isn't likeable." Fresh, provocative, and funny, Alex Epstein diagnoses problem that other screenwriting books barely address, and answers questions they rarely ask, like "Why is it sometimes dangerous to know your characters too well before you start writing," or "Why does your script have to be so much better than the awful pictures that get made every day?" As a development executive who has accepted and rejected countless screenplays, and a produced screenwriter himself, Epstein can take you into the heart of the most important question of all: "Is this a movie?" A crucial book for anyone who has ever wondered what it takes to get their movie made.

About the Author

Alex Epstein has worked as a development executive, screenwriter, and television story editor for more than a decade. He has helped develop projects with directors such as Richard Attenborough and John Badham. A graduate of Yale University and the UCLA School of Film and Television, he is the creator of the popular website www.craftyscreenwriting.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805069921
Author:
Epstein, Alex
Publisher:
St. Martins Press-3pl
Location:
New York
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Play/Scriptwriting
Subject:
Film - Screenwriting
Subject:
Motion picture authorship
Subject:
Film & Video - Screenwriting
Subject:
Film and Television-Screenwriting
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. <21>, etc.
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 in

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The most innovative and creative screenwriting book yet, from an author who knows first-hand what it takes to get a movie made.

Based on an award-winning website hailed as "smart enough for professional screenwriters and accessible enough for aspiring screenwriters", Crafty Screenwriting is the first book not only to offer a successful screenwriter's tricks of the trade, but to explain what development executives really mean when they complain that the "dialogue is flat," or "the hero isn't likeable." Fresh, provocative, and funny, Alex Epstein diagnoses problem that other screenwriting books barely address, and answers questions they rarely ask, like "Why is it sometimes dangerous to know your characters too well before you start writing," or "Why does your script have to be so much better than the awful pictures that get made every day?" As a development executive who has accepted and rejected countless screenplays, and a produced screenwriter himself, Epstein can take you into the heart of the most important question of all: "Is this a movie?" A crucial book for anyone who has ever wondered what it takes to get their movie made.

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