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Old 12-15-2004, 11:30 AM   #1
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Resources for Screenwriting

Just thought i'd share a few links i've found online whilst looking for screenwriting stuff. I spent a while trying to find some good stuff online about screenwriting, so i thought i may as well share what i've found so far. If anyone has better places, or other resources, please share!

http://www.wordplayer.com - loads of tips and writing columns from the writers of pirates of the caribbean... and also Aladdin. They give some good tips on writing for animation too. Heads up for australian visitors to that site - for some reason i cant access this site (although i've been assured its up by a friend in singapore). I think telstra's dns doesnt have a listing for it. I know its not a problem with my computer, cos another friend who's with Telstra cant access it either. grrr. so here's a direct link (be warned, its a bit slow using this link, and the images dont show for some reason: http://204.238.107.220/

http://www.scriptsecrets.net/

http://www.scriptsales.com/ - done deal, find out what scripts are being bought by the studios. there's also a good forum for writing and film too.

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Old 12-15-2004, 11:44 AM   #2
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Book to recommend:

The Complete Book of Scriptwriting - J. Michael Straczynzki
This is almost the bible of scriptwriting, covering everything from writing to selling screenplays, teleplays, theatricals, radio and animation scripts. J. Michael Straczynski wrote and produced Babylon 5 and Murder, She Wrote, so you're getting information right from the horse's mouth.
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Old 12-15-2004, 05:00 PM   #3
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Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting

does anyone know this book and give a little review
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Old 12-15-2004, 05:50 PM   #4
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Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting

does anyone know this book and give a little review
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yeah... I picked it up and got an instant injection of insight. There is a lot of useful information in it. It's an easy read and it breaks things down in easy to understand chunks. Buy it. Its worth it..
 
Old 12-15-2004, 06:52 PM   #5
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The Screenwriters Bible - David Trottier
Stephen King on Writing
Those are my recommendations, very good books, Trottiers provides a lot of examples in the book.
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Old 12-16-2004, 05:24 AM   #6
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Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting

does anyone know this book and give a little review
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I agree that there is lots of decent stuff in that book but - the author has never written anything for screen. He has made a HUGE career talking about writing though. The book is really heavy writing un the negative sense - the author is blabbering and repeating himself way too much. He likes to hear his own voice instead of keeping to the point. Besides that and some very conservative and one eyed views it is a book with lots of info. Would be a better book with 100 less pages and the same subjects.

The book mentioned before seemed good - I have semi read it. Also how not to write a screenplay is surprisingly good.

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Old 12-16-2004, 08:57 AM   #7
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A lot of professional software isn't free, and in fact is rather expensive (yup, even non-3D software costs loads!).Because of this you should use open source/free software when possible. To that end, I have used a program called RoughDraft for my last 3 scripts., fantastic little program. I have it on my 64 megabyte flash stick and can use it anywhere there is a windows based computer. Free, powerful, auto-formatting using the tab button (making holding to the script format easy) and the ability to take notes on the fly make it my choice. Heck, it even supports playwriting and traditional novel writing. Even when compared to the costlier "professional" programs, this is truely a gem. Hope you like it and I'll get some of my resouce links posted soon.


Link to software: http://www.rsalsbury.co.uk/rd.htmhttp://www.rsalsbury.co.uk/rd.htm

Please make a donation if you like it, he works for free and needs all the support he can get! And, Mr. Salsbury, Thanks man! Love your program.
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Old 12-17-2004, 06:38 PM   #8
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http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...=books&n=507846 - On Writing By Steven King - Recommended already, and geared towards novels, but great for writing narrative in general

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...=glance&s=books - Elements of style. - Essential to writing!

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/A...2971119-7427145 - How to write funny - Cool book, basically a collection of different authors and their thoughts on the topic.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...=glance&s=books - 20 Master Plots - Out of ideas? Start here!
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Old 12-17-2004, 09:58 PM   #9
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I found The Comic ToolBox to offer very good advice on writing humor, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...=books&n=507846

For Screen writing, 500 Ways To Beat the Hollywood Script Reader, is packed with a lot of good ideas (a lot of the other screen writing books that turn screen writing into a paint-by-numbers, do-such-and-such-on-such-and-such-page, did nothing more than kill my creativity).http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/A...0211384-1430226

It's an actor's handbook, but it was a good read on slapstick humor, The Physical Comedy Handbook: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/A...0211384-1430226
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Old 12-21-2004, 09:41 PM   #10
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A good insight is The difinitive guide to screen writing by Mr Syd Field.

Just finished it & also the video.
 
Old 12-22-2004, 01:29 PM   #11
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Hi,

The BBC have these free script templates for Mac & Win. http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/sc...downloads.shtml
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Old 12-26-2004, 01:16 PM   #12
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A great book that anyone who wants to write action or adventure films (or any other film in fact) need to have i "The Writes Journey" by Christoffer Vogler. This is one of the best books on screenwriting iv ever read (I'v read a lot of them) and should be a part of any screen writers shelf. It's a book I return to constantly to help me get isnpired and to attack problems in an easier way.

Another essential book is "Story" by Robert McKee. Everything you need to know about structure and dramathurgy in one not so small package. Also a book i find myself returning to often.

"Elements of style for screenwriters" by Paul Argentini is just a book that is woth owning. All the rules in formating scripts in a handy little book. Good for both reading through and reference. Get a sceenwriting software like Final Draft or Movie Magic and you dont have to think about most of these rules. It speeds up Writing a hell of a lot.

"How not to write a screenplay is quite a good buy too. It's not essential but it's a good read.

I can also recomend Magret Mehrings "The sceenplay"

Hopes this helps.

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Old 12-26-2004, 01:56 PM   #13
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A good insight is The difinitive guide to screen writing by Mr Syd Field.

Just finished it & also the video.

I've got it too and i've found it a useful reading, but it's targeted toward full-featured movies, so i'm wondering if the principles are good for short movies as well
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Old 12-29-2004, 05:05 AM   #14
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I'll list some books I hav ein my library since it is extensive.

The complete book of script writing (Straczynski)- great book on structure. I liked this over syd's book

Story - good book

Syd Field selling a screen play. some useful tips

Any of the writing magazines - great tips, ideas and other info
Draw or Sketch magazine. both on comics but some good character design and story info. find backissues at yur local comic shop.

Animation from script to screen (shamus culhane) decent book. really helpful for doing bar charts and other info on the process. - read some chapters of it.

Orson Scott card wrote some great books on writing. find them at all cost. I really liked his style of writing (well on the Abyss and ender's game trilogy) this has great info to learn from... if my friends would stop borrowing it from me I would of remembered the title.

I read alot of these books, pamplets, journels and scores of others and if you are tight on money then stick to the websites and gather your information there. If you read as much as I have you begin to see that alot of it is rehashed over and over and boils down to a few concepts and pearls of wisdom.

The best resorce for learning to write a script is to wander over to drews script-o-rama and find a script you like. I looked for well written screenplays and not the shooting scripts. I found Alien 4 and jerry maguire as well written scripts even if you don't like the movies http://www.script-o-rama.com/index.shtml
 
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A great book that anyone who wants to write action or adventure films (or any other film in fact) need to have i "The Writes Journey" by Christoffer Vogler. This is one of the best books on screenwriting iv ever read (I'v read a lot of them) and should be a part of any screen writers shelf. It's a book I return to constantly to help me get isnpired and to attack problems in an easier way.

Another essential book is "Story" by Robert McKee. Everything you need to know about structure and dramathurgy in one not so small package. Also a book i find myself returning to often.

I too would say these two books are essential.
 
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