Laura Schellhardt Screenwriting For Dummies

ISBN 13: 9780764554865

Screenwriting For Dummies

 
9780764554865: Screenwriting For Dummies

Includes all the essentials for writing a screenplay, from crafting dialogue to marketing a script
Packed with easy-to-understand guidelines and writing projects, Screenwriting For Dummies makes film writing accessible to novices and helps more experienced writers improve their scripts. This engaging guide walks readers through the essential elements of every good screenplay, from character development, to creating a story, to writing compelling dialogue, to adopting a screenplay from a different source. It also includes all the specific formatting details that go into writing a visual screenplay from scripting character introductions, to writing the camera into the script, to creating a cinematic collage. In addition, Screenwriting For Dummies covers the important task of selling a screenplay, including tips for getting a spec script into the proper marketing format, protecting intellectual property rights, and securing an agent.

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"Valuable advice. . . . Presents any number of provocative and clever ways to understand the screenwriting process."
—John Logan, coscreenwriter of Gladiator

Packed with fun and helpful writing projects

Find your voice, craft your story, and sell your screenplay

So you want to write for pictures? This friendly guide walks you through the essential elements of a good screenplay, from crafting the plot to character development to writing compelling dialogue. You’ll discover how to write for different genres, think visually, format your screenplay, and get your script noticed by the right players in show biz.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

About the Author:

Laura Schellhardt holds degrees in screenwriting, playwriting, and poetry. Schellhardt has taught alongside Oscar nominee John Logan.

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