Sunday, June 12, 2005

Film Synergy's Recommended Reading to Screenwriters

STORY: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting
© 1997 by Robert McKee

Story is what makes a good movie, book, or play a great one with lasting significance. McKee's 'Story' shows how Structure is created of Character not plot, rules, and formulae. True emotional revelation for the audience is achieved by the interplay of Characters and Events impacting each other to resolution.

SCREENPLAY: The Foundations of Screenwriting; A step-by-step guide from concept to finished script
© 1979, 1994 by Syd Field

From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script... Here are easily understood guidelines to make film writing accessible to novices and to help practiced writers improve their scripts. Syd Field pinpoints the structural and stylistic elements essential to every good screenplay.

ART OF DRAMATIC WRITING: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives
© 1946, 1960 by Lajos Egri

This is an essential book for anyone pursuing the craft of fiction and drama. Egri's discussions of "premise" provide a solid foundation for understanding the techniques by which a commercial writer transforms feeling to the mechanism that moves an audience.

MAKING A GOOD SCRIPT GREAT: Writing is rewriting
© 1994 by Linda Seger

Ms. Seger covers Story Structure, Idea Development, and Character Development, then shows how it all comes together. Throughout the entire book, Seger introduces new aspects of writing and processes you can use to get you to that amazing script.

ON WRITING: A tough-love lesson for aspiring writers
© 2000 by Stephen King

If you're writing fiction, this is a book you'll find useful, even if you don't like Stephen King's work. Saying that, this book is not just a dry collection of teachings. It is full of wit and insight into King's life and writing.

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