Maybe you have a great idea for a movie, and you’re thinking to yourself, “Man, if I only knew how to write a screenplay.” Maybe you’ve started your screenplay already, but you get to a certain point where you JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT! Or maybe you’ve already finished your screenplay, read it over again, hated it, and smashed your hard drive, frustrated. Don’t give up on your dreams just yet—not until you’ve read this book.
Over the course of his successful career as a writer and producer, Josh Miller has learned plenty about the craft and art of screenwriting. There are no fancy tricks or shortcuts to making a great screenplay, just time-honored techniques, fundamental story elements, and one secret ingredient: you. Josh will show you how to create a compelling story and deploy advanced screenwriting techniques, but most importantly, he’ll teach you how to harness your unique voice, experience, and perspective to emotionally connect with audiences and give your screenplay real substance. Get this book—and get yourself unstuck.
Understand visual storytelling elements to tighten up your script and eliminate unnecessary dialogue.
See effective screenwriting elements in action with instructive examples from more than 200 classic and contemporary films.
Learn the secrets to creating unforgettable characters that drive the narrative forward and add depth to your story.
Create effective setups and payoffs to give your story internal logic, yet maintain the element of surprise.
Master elements of screenwriting craft, such as flashbacks and flash-forwards, time locks, subplots, twists, and more.