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Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made

Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made
Your Price: $18.99 CDN
Author: Alex Epstein
Publisher: Holt McDougal
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 274
Pub. Date: 2002
ISBN-10: 0805069925
ISBN-13: 9780805069921

About the Book:

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

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 likable."

Fresh, provocative, and funny, Alex Epstein diagnoses problems 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, Alex 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.

What people say:

"This book is grounded in solid, user-friendly advice, from the definition and development of a "hook" to negotiations on your option agreement. If you in earnest want to get tips on how to write a bankable, workable, successful screenplay, read this book." — The East Hampton Star

"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

"This is that rare kind of book about screenwriting which is truly helpful. I recommend it to anyone seriously wanting to write screenplays that get produced. It's full of detailed and no nonsense guidelines about what writers should do to make their scripts better, and about what they must do if they want their scripts to be considered for production. It's a how-to book on how to write not merely a script that shows you off — but a script that that convinces producers to make it into a movie. It's a book that genuinely wants to help — and does." — Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter, Dirty Dancing

About the Author:

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

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