Secrets of the Screen Trade: From Concept to Sale
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Book ISBN: 9781580650601
Author(s): Allen B. Ury
Document type: Trade Paper
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Best of the bunch
I own just about every book ever written on screenwriting (at last count there were 4,689 of them), and I have to say that Allen B. Ury's SECRETS OF THE SCREEN TRADE is the most comprehensive, concise, and accessible of them all.
This book has been an invaluable resource for the script I am working on now, and I know it will be worn and dog-eared before too long as I refer back to it over and over again on future projects.
Oh, and by the way -- it's also a "GREAT READ" -- as a screenwriter, I can offer no higher praise.
A Screenwriter (Amazon.com)
A wittily written and highly recommended overview
Successful author and screenwriter Allen B. Ury presents Secrets Of The Screen Trade: From Concept To Sale, a practical guide to not only creating a screenplay that is coherent and salable, but also how to get it sold without getting ripped off. Writing tips, tricks, and techniques include a sample of overused premises to avoid (such as mysteries where the protagonist is the murderer), ten screenplay writing rules and when to break them (the first act should not occupy more than a quarter of the screenplay, unless there are so many funny jokes/action-packed events that the story is not dragging), and all too common errors to avoid, such as writing "at last he understands" in the screenplay description - the sure mark of an amateur, since "understanding" is an internal emotion and a screenplay must focus on external facets that a director can work with. Secrets Of The Screen Trade goes on to give the reader the basic low-down on submitting scripts, a process that has changed little in fifty years, and sharply warns writers not to be taken in by scam artists - such as agents who charge a flat rate instead of a sales commision, or internet sites that pretend they're doing you a favor by promoting your work online, when no serious film producer browses websites for his next movie script. A wittily written and highly recommended overview for anyone interested in the screenwriting trade.
Midwest Book Review (Amazon.com)
From the Publisher
What You Really Need to Know to Write, Sell and Survive as a Hollywood
Everyone in the industry -- from the just-hired "D-girl" to the
most powerful mogul -- is by now familiar with "the three-act paradigm" and
knows its rules and structure. Having sold screenplays to major studios and
read hundreds of others, Ury has developed his own set of rules and
guidelines for today's screenplays. Ury covers everything from developing a
marketable screenplay, to creating viable villains, to writing effective set
pieces, to how to please professional readers and studio execs. Most
importantly, Ury's advice is a no-nonsense analysis of the latest techniques
that will help you craft your own first-rate screenplays that sell.
The book is divided into four sections:
* Concepts in Writing and Storytelling
* Mechanics of Writing
* Secrets of Great Selling Scripts
* How to Pitch and Sell your Screenplay.
Whether you are a seasoned pro or a novice, Secrets of the Screen Trade will
help you improve your writing: You'll learn how to create truly
unforgettable characters, develop better structure for all movie genres, and
get the inside track to selling your screenplay to Hollywood.
Allen B. Ury is a staff writer for Fade In magazine. He has more than
fifteen books to his credit as well as scores of magazine articles. As a
screenwriter, he has sold several projects to major film studios,
including Disney and New Line Cinema. He has analyzed and written
coverage for well over 500 screenplays.
Book Reviewer (Amazon.com)
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