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A sampling from amazon.com
This wonderful book changed my career. Reviewer: A reader. My agent told me to buy this book, and it has helped me tremendously in breaking in. As a working writer, I am pleased to find something that is helping my career. (I sold my script.) The book is endorsed by an academy-award winning writer (William Kelly), some top agents, and other Hollywood types. As for me, it's the best screenwriting book I've ever read--bar none.
The writing primer section presents all of the screenwriting fundamentals. It's perfect for novices and a good review for professionals. The workbook asks hundreds of questions that I use to keep me on track. I love the Character/Action Grid--an excellent revision tool. The formatting guide is easy to understand--I like it much better than Cole and Haag's classic. The marketing plan is what's helping me the most right now; it's very focused. Obviously the author knows the business. The resources section includes all the contests, script consultants, software, etc.
It's not the last word on screenwriting, especially for old pros; but it guides you in every aspect of screenwriting in clear, concise language. And it covers the basics. The book is jam-packed with info you can use.
I sold my screenplay. Reviewer: A reader. I've been at this for three years and wasn't getting anywhere. Because of Dave's book, I finally sold a script for big money. The book is crisply written, easy to follow, and it's all meat. I used the worksheets and the marketing instructions and now I'm a working writer.
Highly Recommended! Reviewer: James Russell. As the author of Screen & Stage Marketing Secrets, I highly recommend screenwriters to read "The Screenwriter's Bible." This book solves many of the problems of properly formatting screenplays. The book solidly sets up the structure of the story you are writing in the proper script format -- precisely what agents and production companies need to submit a script to higher levels of management for a green light. If you follow the advice given in this book, you will have a screenplay with the major critical elements installed. This will satisfy story analysts. You'll be satisfied with the results, too! This book is of high value to the screenwriter, as a properly formatted script will be recognized as a professional submission in Hollywood. Professional submissions are a prime critical element that gets script's sold!
Simply the best. Reviewer: R. McRae Timjer. I find this guide to be the cream-of-the-crop when it comes to usefulness. Easy to follow, the best step-by-step source for anyone attempting to write a screenplay. For those writing Spec. scripts, doesn't boggle the mind with various camera angles that really don't concern your initial submissions. The basic needs are emphasized here. A real inspirational read for any aspiring screenwriter.
Done Deal's Review of "The Screenwriter's Bible." Reviewer: A reader. "Trottier's guide is absolutely indispensable. The 'six books in one' guide is for any screenwriter who wants to write their screenplay, improve their screenplay, format their screenplay, and market and sell their screenplay. "The Screenwriter's Bible gives you more information that you could get out of almost any other screenwriting book or seminar. You couldn't learn this much information if you kidnapped Syd Field and made him personally teach you the aspects of the screenplay."
An Invaluable Reference Tool for Screenwriters. Reviewer: Elvis Katzer. Want to know the difference between "O.S." (off-screen) and "V.O." (voiceover), and when to use each? How about that between "Intercut" and "Match Cut?" Then you want to buy "The Screenwriters Bible," script consultant David Trottier's encyclopedic reference on creating memorable characters, on storytelling, and especially on formatting. I am an optioned writer, who has written several scripts (and TV sitcoms), yet I find Trottier's work an invaluable reference.
"The Screenwriter's Bible" is also useful as a marketing tool, especially his sample project plan and action plan, which all writers will find useful as a template. Remember, your great spec script is a business proposal as much as anything else, for a project which will run well into 8 figures, in most cases. Approach it with the same care and attention to detail that you would if you were trying to sell your garage software development firm to Microsoft.
Unlike many "How-to" screenwriting books, Trottier's sample query letters are actually quite entertaining. If I were a Hollywood suit, I'd bite at the sample "Wizard of Oz" example.
This book won't tell you how to write a great story (that's something that really can't be taught), but it will help you get the mechanics of the trade down. There are many terrible scripts which have been made into movies, but virtually all of them (even those starring Pauly Shore) get the details correct.
In summation, if I had to pick just one screenwriting book, this would be my first choice.
A bible for all writers. Reviewer: J. Reimche. For those who are experienced writers - or if you are a beginner - David Trottier's The Screenwriter's Bible will be a reference book you want on your desk. It's not one of those books you'll read cover to cover, and then file. It's a book you'll want on your desk to refer to during the writing process. Trottier guides the writer through the process of developing characters on the page to formatting the pages into a script. He shows you, through example as well as plain instruction, how to include camera direction (without it being overblown), and how to get an agent to handle your work. It's the whole process, from your mind to the big screen. The format of the book is clear and easy to read, and provides examples of scripts that have been successful (and why).
Trottier gets his message across through clear, concise and no-nonsense writing that never talks down to the reader. It's a book I will use, not just for screenwriting, but in all my writing.
Buy this one first. Reviewer: Shawn Rodenbough. I've read over a dozen screen writing how-to books, and this is one of the best. As an aspiring screenwriter, you need to have firm grounding in the fundamentals of the trade. David Trottier gives you that. The best way to learn screenwriting is to read the scripts from movies you love. But if you're looking for more, like structure theory and the art of the logline, then this book is a great start.
We recommend it. Reviewer: Anne. We recommend it to many of our customers using our email query service Scriptblaster.com. It's a great tool for any screenwriter.
Outstanding Manual for Aspiring Screenwriters. Reviewer: John Nolley II. Of the many "bibles" published on subjects from gardening to beer drinking, Trottier's Screenwriter's Bible is the most deserving of that lofty designation.
In great detail, Trottier covers issues from story ideas to screenplay formatting. Of particular use is his breakdown of the typical screenplay story structure into definitive events, offering examples from modern movies most readers can easily identify with. My curse is that now every time I see a film I overlay his structure notes onto the film onscreen, picking out each plot checkpoint like some kind of giant formula--and when I find a movie that simply didn't seem to work for some reason or another, I am usually able to identify where it deviated from that structure and why!
If you have aspirations of writing screenplays for the big screen or television, this book is of invaluable reference and educational merit. Even if you simply want to know more about why good movies "work" and bad ones fail, this book is a great resource. Give it a shot!
The best book out there...and now I have an agent. Reviewer: A reader. I've read over 20 screenwriting books, and this one is clearly the best for at least two reasons: 1) It covers every possible topic including a selling plan (with worksheets), a list of writing contests, an explanation and examples of the new spec style (this really helped me), query and pitching examples--everything. 2). By applying the information, my script has come alive! What's more, I finally found an agent. You can't go wrong with this wonderful book.
Finally! Reviewer: Stephen L. Priori. The only reason I gave this book 5 stars is because, frankly, I couldn't give it 6 stars. As a beginning screenwriter, I became very discouraged when I could not find any reference manuals on spec scripts. Many were formal production script manuals that gave you everything you didn't need to know for getting a spec script formatted properly. I began thinking anyone interested in screen writing is already working for the production company who already buys scripts for production (There must be a "spec script fairly" out there somewhere). Before this book, there were actually times when I put my writing off for the simple fact that I would have a fear of getting stuck trying to figure out what to include and what not to format-wise and have it interfere with the creative process.
But know thanks to this "Bible," it gives every answer to every to every question asked by a beginning screen writer trying to get his or her spec script in the proper format to get into the market. And that's just for formatting. I haven't even started to look at the last two books of the Screenwriter's Bible on marketing and references and if it's anything like the previous ones, I should be able to find every avenue available for getting my script at least read.
The Screenwriter's Bible is sectioned off into different parts for the different processes of the getting your screenplay off the ground and does a great job doing it. Can't think of anything that was missed. Thank you David Trottier! I only wish that Hollywood will be as fair as you are.
Excellent. Very practical and useful. Reviewer: A reader. This book has been more helpful than any writing book I've read. The marketing section is terrific and it helped me find an agent. Everything is explained in understandable terms. It inspired me to get off my duff and write. I feel empowered. I'm always referring to the formatting section and resource directory. At last, a book that delivers on what it promises.
Everything you need to know in one book! Reviewer: Jamie. This book was awesome! For someone like me, who knows nothing about how to write a script, this is the perfect book. I bought several others, but found I didn't need them because the same information was already in "The Bible". Don't waste your money on anything else, Mr. Trottier tells all here!
Absolutely the best -- helps me immensely. Reviewer: A reader. This is easily the best book on the market. Clear, concise, and accurate. As a working writer, I refer to it almost daily. It helps me focus and provides valuable information that has helped me further my career. This is particularly true for the marketing, formatting, and resources sections. I am absolutely amazed at how much usable information is contained in this book. Kudos to the author! This is a must-have book for every writer.
The Screenwriter's Bible--A Complete Guide to Writing,
Formatting, and Selling Your Script. FIFTH EDITION. By Dave Trottier. 425 pages. Retail: $23.95. Your price only $19.95 (postpaid)