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The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style

The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style
Your Price: $39.95 CDN
Author: Christopher Riley
Foreword by: Antwone Fisher
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 208
Pub. Date: 2009
Edition: 2nd
ISBN-10: 1932907637
ISBN-13: 9781932907636

About the Book:

The key to getting a "green light" in Hollywood is a polished screenplay, which means that your script needs to be correctly formatted before it hits the agency or production company story analyst's desk. The simple format rules found in The Hollywood Standard – which you can learn in an hour – come from Hollywood's top expert on script format and will guarantee that your script makes a winning first impression.

Thousands of promising scripts never get a fair read from Hollywood because their format is wrong. Does it really matter? Yes! Professionals reading your scripts are looking for any reason to throw it in the "no" pile. They simply can't afford to spend much time on a script unless it catches their eye. The fastest way to not even get a reader past the first page or two is to mess up the formatting. Poor formatting is the mark of an amateur and in the ultra-competitive world of screenwriting, the wrong first impression can kill your dreams. Your scriptwriting software offers you all these little screenwriting tools. However, this text gives you what even the best script software can't. A detailed study of proper professional screenplay formatting, it goes beyond the software and tells you WHEN and WHY to use those tools.

Intended to be kept at a screenwriter's fingertips, this new edition of The Hollywood Standard has been expanded and updated, and features easy-to-use, lay-flat binding. With clear, concise instructions and hundreds of examples, this book takes the guesswork out of a multitude of formatting questions that perplex even seasoned screenwriters, waste their time, and steal their confidence.

Subtitled The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style, the contents of The Hollywood Standard include:

• When a new scene heading is appropriate and when it isn't;
• How to format shot headings, dialogue, direction and transitions
• How to control pace with formatting;
• How to make a script page visually inviting to the reader
• What to to capitalize and why;
• How to get into and out of a POV shot; what can and can't be included in an establishing shot and much more.
• Recommended by the Writers Guild Initiative!

The author is uniquely qualified to write about standard script format and style. For 14 years Christopher Riley worked in Warner Bros. acclaimed script processing department, eventually running the standard-setting operation. He wrote the studio's screenwriting software and served as the ultimate arbiter of screenplay format for Warner Bros. and dozens of outside clients that included Amblin, Disney, Columbia, Universal and Independent Productions.

Simply put, Christopher Riley knows more about television and movie script format than anyone in Hollywood and shares it all with you. Buy this book. Learn the rules as if your career depends on it; because it does.

What people say:

"Frankly, all the stuff you learn from Field or McKee won't get you anywhere if you don't know the stuff in Riley's book. Because if your screenplay doesn't read professionally, it won't be read by the professionals. This is the only writing book I still keep near my computer." — Brian Davidson, Writer-Producer: CSI: Miami

"Aspiring writers sometimes wonder why people don't want to read their scripts. Sometimes it's not their story. Sometimes the format distracts. To write a screenplay, you need to learn the science. And this is the best, simplest, easiest to read book to teach you that science. It's the one I recommend to my students at UCLA." — Antwone Fisher, from the foreword

"One of the first books I tell new writers to buy. It is indispensable. The book is practical, readable, and fun to use." — Dean Batali,
Writer-Producer: That 70's Show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

"Christopher Riley just made my job tougher! Each year experienced producers screen out hundreds of scripts because the mistakes in form and organization reveal them to be the work of amateurs. But if those hopeful writers follow Riley's concise and knowledgeable advice, they're going to look like the best professionals in Hollywood." — Robert W. Cort, Producer: Save the Last Dance, Runaway Bride, Mr. Holland's Opus, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Three Men and a Baby, Outrageous Fortune

"Riley has succeeded in an extremely difficult task: he has produced a guide to screenplay formatting which is both entertaining to read and exceptionally thorough. Riley's clear style, authoritative voice and well-written examples make this book far more enjoyable than any formatting guide has a right to be. This is the best guide to script formatting ever, and it is an indispensable tool for every writer working in Hollywood." — Screentalk

"Buy this book before you write another word! Required reading for any screenwriter who wants to be taken seriously by Hollywood." — Elizabeth Stephen, President, Television, Executive Vice President, Motion Picture Production, Mandalay Entertainment Group

About the Author:

Christopher Riley is a professional screenwriter and a veteran of the Warner Bros. script department. The author of the classic screenplay format guide The Hollywood Standard, he teaches screenwriting at the undergraduate and graduate levels.