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Secrets of Film Writing

Tom Lazarus

St. Martin's Griffin

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ISBN10: 0312269080
ISBN13: 9780312269081

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256 Pages



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Most screenplay writing books instruct on three-act structure, character arcs, and how to format a script. But most screenplay writing books have been made obsolete by screenplay writing software. The Secrets Of Film Writing tells a working writer's secrets—how to get it down on paper, how to get it read, how to get it sold.

Moreover, Lazarus tells aspiring screnwriters why they shouldn't use montage sequences, why "cut to" is obsolete, why actors pick scripts out of a stack, and what to do when an idea doesn't work. Not to mention how to pitch, how to follow up, how to polish, and how to present your work. This is the nitty-gritty on writing for the silver screen from a popular UCLA instuctor.

About the author

Tom Lazarus

Tom Lazarus has had five feature films made from his original screenplays, including the number-one movie Stigmata, and has written six movies of the week and over thirty hours of network drama. He is also an award-winning educational filmmaker. He has taught screenwriting for ten years as a UCLA Extension Instructor and continues to write screenplays while writing and directing independent features.

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