The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting, Second Edition
Alpha Books, May, 2004.
Trade paperback, 390 pages.
There is nobody better suited to to lead aspiring screenwriters through the maze that is Hollywood than Skip Press. A popular screenwriting instructor and successful screenwriter, Skip has an insider's understanding of the business world of Hollywood. Skip is also a terrific writer and has no trouble translating his knowledge in a way the novice screenwriter can easily understand. Skip deftly explains the picky details that are unique to screenwriting, such as what brads are and why the first ten pages of your script are so crucial. He also teaches some of his insightful screenwriting tools like learning to read the newspaper like a screenwriter, designing screenplays using the "shaping force" in act one and the "midpoint change" in act two, and how to find problems and plot holes in your screenplays. For those who are short on time, each chapter in the book includes a section called "The Least You Need to Know" that summarizes the most important subjects. If you are new to screenwriting and looking for a book that can teach you how to find movie ideas, write a better script and pitch a screenplay then this is the book you want. Highly recommended.
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This review was published in the September-October, 2004 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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