presents the best filmmaking books and screenwriting books in
authors will teach you all there is to know about indie movie
making and film script writing. If you are writing screenplays
and want to sell them in Hollywood — or you want to develop
the skills to write, direct, and produce your own indie film —
you've come to the right place.
Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition
on the work of Joseph Campbell, The Writer’s Journey
is a must for all writers interested in further developing their
craft. This book is a true classic that is required reading for
movie executives, screenwriters, playwrights, and scholars all over
This is a book about the stories we write, and perhaps more
importantly, the stories we live. It is the most influential work
I have yet encountered on the art, nature, and the very purpose
—Bruce Joel Rubin, Screenwriter, Deep Impact, Ghost,
ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare
admit, told by a showbiz veteran who’s proven that you can
sell your script if you can save the cat.
You’d have to look far and wide to find a better book
to help you achieve your goals. Quite simply one of the most practical
guides to writing mainstream spec scripts on the market.
the sequel to his surprise bestseller, Save the Cat!, author
and screenwriter Blake Snyder returns to form in a fast-paced follow-up
that proves why his is the most talked-about approach to screenwriting
Designed for screenwriters, novelists, and movie fans, this book
gives readers the key breakdowns of the 50 most instructional movies
from the past 30 years. Snyder reveals how screenwriters who came
before you tackled the same challenges you are facing with the film
you want to write — or the one you are currently working on.
Storytelling: The 100
Most Powerful Film Conventions
Every Filmmaker Must Know
is one of the best known, and obvious, elements in a film. But the
language of cinema is more subtle and sophisticated than dialog
alone. From Metropolis to Kill Bill, this remarkable
reference guide reveals 100 of the most potent storytelling tools
of the medium, compelling cinematic devices beyond dialog for screenwriters
and directors to pump up action, develop characters and energize
a motion picture's plot.
Van Sijll understands what makes great movies work. A first-rate
roadmap and a veritable tour de force of succinct writing.
—Jake Eberts, Executive Producer: Hope and Glory,
Driving Miss Daisy, Dances with Wolves, A
River Runs Through It, Chicken Run
Your Story in 60 Second: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay
or Novel Read
repeatedly face the challenge of having only a minute or two to
convince the people in power to read their work. This proven approach
to revealing the key commercial components of a story in a succinct,
powerful way will insure that agents, producers and publishers will
insist on reading your screenplay.
Michael Hauge’s principles and methods are so well
argued that the mysteries of effective screenwriting can be understood.
—Phillip Noyce, Director: Patriot Games, Clear
and Present Danger, The Quiet American
Fire From The Gods: The Complete Guide to Story for Writers &
Filmmakers, 2nd Edition
the secrets of story reveals the secrets of the mind and awakens
the power of story within you. Work with that power and you can
steal fire from the gods. Master that power and you can create stories
that will live forever.
A lifetime’s labor of love, it provides the reader
with insight,and an overview of the creative process through the
history of story. I recommend it highly.
—Raymond Singer, Screenwriter: Disney’s Mulan
longer will you worry that a producer or story executive will toss
your script in the garbage at page fifteen because "Your Screenplay
Sucks!" Akers’ checklist will eliminate all the flaws
in your screenplay, guaranteeing a cover-to-cover read.
A book about screenwriting that reads like a good screenplay.
It is so full of great stories, examples and advice that I couldn’t
put it down.
—Tom Schulman, Academy® Award-Winning Screenwriter,
Dead Poets Society
the TV Drama Series: How to Succeed as a Professional Writer in
how the industry works from the experts who work in it, told with
insight and wit by today’s top television writers and producers
including Steven Bochco (Executive Producer: Hill Street Blues,
NYPD Blue, LA Law), John Wells (E.R., The West Wing, Southland),
and Damon Lindelof (Lost).
Right now is the golden age of TV drama and Pamela Douglas’s
Writing the TV Drama Series is far and away the best
resource I know of for any writer wishing to work in this tremendously
challenging and rewarding field.
—Daniel Petrie, Jr., President, Writers Guild of America,
West and Oscar-nominated writer
the Talk: A Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters
twenty lessons, Talk the Talk gives screenwriters and playwrights
a complete tool kit for mastering the art of dialogue and includes
more than eighty dialogue-writing exercises to guide classrooms,
writers’ groups, or independent study.
Hollywood wants great scripts. Great scripts must have great
dialogue. Great dialogue writing begins with this book.
—Brantley M. Dunaway, Producer, Love in the Time of
Virgin's Promise: Writing Stories of Feminine Creative, Spiritual,
and Sexual Awakening
a Foreward by Christopher Vogler, The Virgin’s Promise
demystifies the complexities of archetypes and explores the yin
and yang of the Virgin and the Hero as they journey to embrace their
power as individuals, and includes a practical guide to putting
this new theory into action.
For a work as thought provoking and even profound as this,
The Virgin’s Promise is thankfully accessible and
not for a minute esoteric during its read. The icing on the cake
is Hudson’s style and use of language. At once simple and
yet complex. The Virgin’s Promise is a bit like the perfect
haiku: Sparse and philosophical.
Your Business: A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide to Your
should you expect of an agent-client relationship? What should you
expect in meetings, negotiations, and social situations? What's
the difference between agents, personal managers, business managers,
and lawyers? How should you network successfully? How should you
write the right query letter?
Former Hollywood literary agent Michele Wallerstein answers all
these questions and more as she explains the secrets of maneuvering
in the world of Hollywood screenwriters.
• Images • Codes:
The Secret Language of Meaning
in Film, TV, Games, and Visual Media
• Images • Codes is an accessible collection of
visual images in a wide range of categories that will help you express
your message through the most powerful medium in existence.
Visuals cross all boundaries: language, geography, culture, age,
gender, income, and interests. From blockbuster spectacles to sensitive
art films, from MMORPGs to political campaigns, compelling visuals
tell and sell your story.
Use the universal language of visual imagery to reach worldwide
audiences. Whatever your genre or style, enhance your media product
with the proven power of symbols, images, and codes.