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Writing Screenplays That Sell

Writing Screenplays That Sell
Your Price: $27.95 CDN
Author: Michael Hauge
Publisher: Collins Reference
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 384
Pub. Date: 2011
Edition: New, 20th Anniversary
ISBN-10: 0061791431
ISBN-13: 9780061791437

About the Book:

The acclaimed guide to writing and selling screenplays to today's film and TV markets.

Whether you're an aspiring artist looking to break into the business or a seasoned pro looking for tips to boost your skills, Writing Screenplays That Sell is the most complete guide available on the art, craft, and business of writing for movies and television. In this concise, expert, and comprehensive manual, Hollywood story editor and producer Michael Hauge walks you through every step of writing (and selling) successful screenplays.

Reflecting the latest trends and scripts, Writing Screenplays that Sell includes insight and detailed information on:

• The Primary Goal of the Screenwriter;
• Finding and selecting commercial story concepts;
• The five most common goals in Hollywood movies
• Guidelines for story structure
• Opening scenes that immediately grab the reader;
• Artistry vs. Commerciality;
• Adapting Novels, Plays, and True Stories;
• Why most adaptations fail;
• Ensuring Character Identification;
• Charting the Screenplay;
• Action, Description, and Dialogue;
• The most effective use of flashbacks
• Protecting Your Material;
• Getting an Agent;
• The Four Paths to a Deal;
• Writing Episodic TV Series;
• Tips for marketing a script – script consultants, script competitions, pitch fests, virtual pitching, e-mail blasts, log-line listings, and audio script readings;
• Living and Working Outside Los Angeles; and
• The Life of a Screenwriter.

What people say:

"The most practical and best single book on the subject." — Hollywood Scriptwriter

"...When I pick up the phone for help, Michael Hauge is the call I make." — Shane Black, screenwriter, director, producer

"There are five essential books that every person who wants to write screenplays should read. One of them is Writing Screenplays That Sell, and the other four don't matter." — Terry Rossio, Oscar nominated Screenwriter

"The craftsman's blueprint for anyone who is serious about writing or developing good screenplays." — Roger Birnbaum, Producer and film industry executive

About the Author:

Michael Hauge is a screenplay consultant, screenwriter, and independent producer who has worked in Hollywood for the past fifteen years. He has taught screenwriting at UCLA, USC, and the American Film Institute (AFI), and has presented his two-day intensive screenwriting seminar to more than seven thousand writers and producers throughout the United States, Canada, and England.

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