Best Screenwriting Books
Here you will get Best Screenwriting Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.
1. Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
Author: by Blake Snyder
Here’s what started the phenomenon: the best seller, for over 15 years, that’s been used by screenwriters around the world! Blake Snyder tells all in this fast, funny and candid look inside the movie business. Save the Cat is just one of many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying, including: The four elements of every winning logline The seven immutable laws of screenplay physics The 10 genres that every movie ever made can be categorized by and why they’re important to your script Why your Hero must serve your Idea Mastering the 15 Beats Creating the Perfect Beast by using The Board to map 40 scenes with conflict and emotional change How to get back on track with proven rules for script repair This ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a showbiz veteran who’s proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat.
2. Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting
Author: by Robert McKee
Robert McKee’s screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni.
Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience. In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen.
No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the “magic” of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.
3. The Screenwriter's Bible, 7th Edition, A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script
Author: by David Trottier
The Screenwriter s Bible’s 7th edition marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most popular, authoritative, and useful books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold over 340,000 copies in its 25-year life.
Always up-to-date and reliable, it contains everything that both the budding and working screenwriter need under one cover five books in one! A Screenwriting Primer that provides a concise course in screenwriting basicsA Screenwriting Workbook that walks you through the complete writing process, from nascent ideas through final revisionsA Formatting Guide that thoroughly covers today’s correct formats for screenplays and TV scriptsA Spec Writing Guide that demonstrates today’s spec style through sample scenes and analysis, with an emphasis on grabbing the reader’s interest in the first ten pagesA Sales and Marketing Guide that presents proven strategies to help you create a laser-sharp marketing plan.
Among this book’s wealth of practical information are sample query letters, useful worksheets and checklists, hundreds of examples, sample scenes, and straightforward explanations of screenwriting fundamentals. The 7th edition is chock-full of new examples, the latest practices, and new material on non-traditional screenplay outlets.
4. The Writer's Journey – 25th Anniversary Edition: Mythic Structure for Writers
Author: by Christopher Vogler
Michael Wiese Productions
Originally an influential memo Vogler wrote for Walt Disney Animation executives regarding The Lion King, The Writer’s Journey details a twelve-stage, myth-inspired method that has galvanized Hollywood’s treatment of cinematic storytelling. A format that once seldom deviated beyond a traditional three-act blueprint, Vogler’s comprehensive theory of story structure and character development has met with universal acclaim, and is detailed herein using examples from myths, fairy tales, and classic movies.
This book has changed the face of screenwriting worldwide over the last 25 years, and continues to do so.
5. Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting
Author: by Syd Field
Hollywood’s script guru teaches you how to write a screenplay in “the ‘bible’ of screenwriting” (The New York Times)now celebrating forty years of screenwriting success! Syd Field’s books on the essential structure of emotionally satisfying screenplays have ignited lucrative careers in film and television since 1979.
In this revised edition of his premiere guide, the underpinnings of successful onscreen narratives are revealed in clear and encouraging language that will remain wise and practical as long as audiences watch stories unfold visuallyfrom hand-held devices to IMAX to virtual reality …
And whatever comes next. As the first person to articulate common structural elements unique to successful movies, celebrated producer, lecturer, teacher and bestselling author Syd Field has gifted us a classic text. From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script, here are fundamental guidelines to help all screenwritersnovices and Oscar-winnershone their craft and sell their work.
6. Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller
Author: by John Trudy
FABER & FABER
“If you’re ready to graduate from the boy-meets-girl league of screenwriting, meet John Truby … [his lessons inspire] epiphanies that make you see the contours of your psyche as sharply as your script.”LA Weekly John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood’s most successful films, including Sleepless in Seattle, Scream, and Shrek.
The Anatomy of Story is his long-awaited first book, and it shares all his secrets for writing a compelling script. Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting, The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby’s own unique approach to building an effective, multifaceted narrative.
7. Character: The Art of Role and Cast Design for Page, Stage, and Screen
Author: by Robert Mckee
Twelve (May 25, 2021)
The long-awaited third volume of Robert McKee’s trilogy on the art of fiction. Following up his perennially bestselling writers’ guide Story and his inspiring exploration of the art of verbal action in Dialogue, the most sought-after expert in the storytelling brings his insights to the creation of compelling characters and the design of their casts.
CHARACTER explores the design of a character universe: The dimensionality, complexity and arcing of a protagonist, the invention of orbiting major characters, all encircled by a cast of service and supporting roles.
8. The Godfather Notebook
Author: by Francis Ford Coppola
THE PUBLISHING SENSATION OF THE YEAR FOR EVERY FILM FAN The never-before-published edition of Francis Ford Coppola’s notes and annotations on The Godfather novel by Mario Puzo reveals the story behind one of the world’s most iconic films. The most important unpublished work on one of the greatest films of all time, The Godfather, written before filming, by the man who wrote and directed itFrancis Ford Coppola, then only thirty-two years oldreveals the intense creative process that went into making this seminal film.
With his meticulous notes and impressions of Mario Puzo’s novel, the notebook was referred to by Coppola daily on set while he directed the movie. The Godfather Notebook pulls back the curtain on the legendary filmmaker and the film that launched his illustrious career.
Complete with an introduction by Francis Ford Coppola and exclusive photographs from on and off the set, this is a unique, beautiful, and faithful reproduction of Coppola’s original notebook. This publication will change the way the world views the iconic filmand the process of filmmaking at large.
9. The NEW Comedy Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Writing and Performing Stand-Up Comedy
Author: by Judy Carter
The New Comedy Bible is a step-by-step, no excuses manual for writing, performing, and launching your career as a stand-up comic. Written by Judy Carter, the author of The Comedy Bible (2001), which was called by The Washington Post and Forbes as a Comedy Essential.
This new book, penned in classic Carter’s style – part career coach and part comedy dominatrix – has 100% new content where you will:Partake in 48 new exercises to turn your problems into punchlinesCreate 60 minutes of new materialDiscover your authentic comedy personaConquer stage fright and slay hecklersPush part procrastination and get bookedWhether you’re a beginner just starting out or a pro looking to create new material for your next Netflix Comedy Special, Carter’s proven methods are legendary among today’s top performers.
Alumni of her workshops include: Seth Rogan, Hannah Gadsby, Sherri Sheppard, and Maz Jobrani among others. As Lily Tomlin says, “Judy Carter helps others find their authentic persona and communicate in a way that makes audiences laugh.” Interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, she said, Judy Carter can show you how to make your sense of humor pay off.
10. Pixar Storytelling: Rules for Effective Storytelling Based on Pixar's Greatest Films
Author: by Dean Movshovitz
Pixar Storytelling is about effective storytelling rules based on Pixar’s greatest films. The book consists of ten chapters, each of which explores an aspect of storytelling that Pixar excels at. Learn what Pixar’s core story ideas all have in common, how they create compelling, moving conflict and what makes their films’ resolutions so emotionally satisfying.
The book also examines Pixar’s character development, unique, intricate story structure and use of theme, all of which are key to the studio’s storytelling achievements. This book is great for writers interested in writing for animation or mainstream feature films, animators or aspiring directors who want to know how some of the best animated films work, and even Pixar fans or film buffs who are interested in learning more about the awesome world of storytelling.
11. Save the Cat!® Writes for TV: The Last Book on Creating Binge-Worthy Content You'll Ever Need
Author: by Jamie Nash
March 30, 2021
Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat!, the world’s top-selling story method for filmmakers and novelists, introduces The Last Book on Creating Binge-Worthy Content You’ll Ever Need. Screenwriter Jamie Nash takes up Snyder’s torch to lay out a step-by-step approach using Blake’s principles for both new and experienced writers, including: How to write and structure a compelling TV pilot that can launch both your series and your TV writing career-All the nuances, tricks, and techniques of pilot-writing: the Opening Pitch, the Guided Tour, the Whiff of Change, and more-The 8 Save the Cat!
TV Franchise Types that will improve your story and your pitch-The not-so-secret TV Pitch Template that turns your TV series into the necessary read-over-lunch industry document-a how-to in creating layered characters who are driven by complex internal struggles-Beat sheets of the pilots of Barry, Ozark, Grey’s Anatomy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, What We Do in the Shadows, Black-ish, The Mandalorian, This Is Us, Law and Order: SVU and more to help you crack your storyCreate your binge-worthy TV series with Save the Cat!Writes for TV.
12. The Hollywood Standard – Third Edition: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style
Author: by Christopher Riley
Michael Wiese Productions
Orion (January 21, 2021)
January 21, 2021
FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR’Dazzlingly inventive’Sunday Times’Gripping and powerful’Cara Hunter*FOUR WOMEN. Orly, Lenny, Mel and Thea have been best friends since school. But now it is 20 years later and inevitably they have drifted apart.ONE WEEKEND. It is Lenny’s 40th birthday, plus Orly and Mel need cheering up, so Thea suggests a weekend away at a festival in their hometown.
It’s a chance for them all to reconnect. NOT ALL OF THEM WILL SURVIVE. But their holiday soon takes a sinister turn, and not all of the friends will leave the festival alive…
14. The Science of Storytelling: Why Stories Make Us Human and How to Tell Them Better
Author: by Will Storr
March 10, 2020
The compelling, groundbreaking guide to creative writing that reveals how the brain responds to storytellingStories shape who we are. They drive us to act out our dreams and ambitions and mold our beliefs. Storytelling is an essential part of what makes us human.
So, how do master storytellers compel us? In The Science of Storytelling, award-winning writer and acclaimed teacher of creative writing Will Storr applies dazzling psychological research and cutting-edge neuroscience to our myths and archetypes to show how we can write better stories, revealing, among other things, how storytellersand also our brainscreate worlds by being attuned to moments of unexpected change.
Will Storr’s superbly chosen examples range from Harry Potter to Jane Austen to Alice Walker, Greek drama to Russian novels to Native American folk tales, King Lear to Breaking Bad to children’s stories. With sections such as The Dramatic Question, Creating a World, and Plot, Endings, and Meaning, as well as a practical, step-by-step appendix dedicated to The Sacred Flaw Approach, The Science of Storytelling reveals just what makes stories work, placing it alongside such creative writing classics as John Yorke’s Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey into Story and Lajos Egri’s The Art of Dramatic Writing.
15. Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story
Author: by John Yorke
Harry N. Abrams
The idea of Into the Woods is not to supplant works by Aristotle, Lajos Egri, Robert McKee, David Mamet, or any other writers of guides for screenwriters and playwrights, but to pick up on their cues and take the reader on a historical, philosophical, scientific, and psychological journey to the heart of all storytelling.
In this exciting and wholly original book, John Yorke not only shows that there is truly a unifying shape to narrativeone that echoes the great fairytale journey into the woods, and one, like any great art, that comes from deep withinhe explains why, too.
With examples ranging from The Godfather to True Detective, Mad Men to Macbeth, and fairy tales to Forbrydelsen (The Killing), Yorke utilizes Shakespearean five-act structure as a key to analyzing all storytelling in all narrative forms, from film and television to theatre and novel-writinga big step from the usual three-act approach.
Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story is destined to sit alongside David Mamet’s Three Uses of the Knife, Robert McKee’s Story, Syd Field’s Screenplay, and Lajos Egri’s The Art of Dramatic Writing as one of the most original, useful, and inspiring books ever on dramatic writing.
16. On Directing Film
Author: by David Mamet
A masterclass on the art of directing from the Pulitzer Prize-winning (and Oscar and Tony-nominated) writer of Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed the Plow, The Verdict, and Wag the DogCalling on his unique perspective as playwright, screenwriter, and director of his own critically acclaimed movies like House of Games, State and Main, and Things Change, David Mamet illuminates how a film comes to be.
He looks at every aspect of directingfrom script to cutting roomto show the many tasks directors undertake in reaching their prime objective: presenting a story that will be understood by the audience and has the power to be both surprising and inevitable at the same time.
Based on a series of classes Mamet taught at Columbia University’s film school, On Directing Film will be indispensible not only to students but to anyone interested in an overview of the craft of filmmaking.”Passion, clarity, commitment, intelligencejust what one would expect from Mamet.” Sidney Lumet, Academy Award-nominated director of 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, and The Verdict