Writing Screenplays That Sell, New Twentieth Anniversary Edition

Writing Screenplays That Sell, New Twentieth Anniversary Edition : The Complete Guide to Turning Story Concepts Into Movie and Television Deals

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"No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story." --Will Smith"Michael Hauge is a story master, and this book is an absolute must have for anyone serious about telling great stories for the screen." --DeVon Franklin, Vice-President of Production, Columbia Pictures

Concise, authoritative, and comprehensive, Writing Screenplays that Sell is the most complete guide available on the art, craft, and business of screenwriting for movies and television. Renowned Hollywood story consultant Michael Hauge--considered "one of the most sought after lecturers and script consultants in the U.S." by Scriptwriter magazine--covers every aspect from concept to deal: screenplay development, artistry versus commerciality, adaptations, copyright protection, living and working outside Los Angeles; finding an agent; and more.

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

Finding and selecting commercial story conceptsGuidelines for story structure, including: Opening scenes that immediately grab the reader- The five most common goals in Hollywood movies- Why most adaptations fail- The most effective use of flashbacks- Creating emotionally powerful endingsTips for marketing a script--script consultants, script competitions, pitch fests, virtual pitching, e-mail blasts, log-line listings, audio script readings, and Internet resources for screenwritersA complete, in depth analysis of the screenplay for Avatar, the biggest box office success of all timeWhether 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 one essential guide you need.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 26mm | 281.23g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 20th Anniversary ed.
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061791431
  • 9780061791437
  • 54,382

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For more than twenty years, Writing Screenplays That Sell has been hailed as the most complete guide available on the art, craft, and business of writing for movies and television. Now fully revised and updated to reflect the latest trends and scripts, Hollywood story expert and script consultant Michael Hauge walks readers through every step of writing and selling successful screenplays. If you read only one book on the screenwriter's craft, this must be the one.
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Review quote

"The craftsman's blueprint for anyone who is serious about writing or developing good screenplays."--Roger Birnbaum, Chairman, Spyglass Entertainment; former President of Production, Twentieth Century Fox
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