19 Techniques for Professional Screenwriting

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The authors of previous books on screenwriting had no real industry experience as working screenwriters on produced movies. Or their experience was so old, what they had to teach was not relevant for today’s movie industry.
“19 Techniques for Professional Screenwriting” is the second primer written by a current working screenwriting professional (member of the Writers Guild of America) who knows how to craft a well written script that people in the movie industry will notice. His expertise comes from twenty years spent in the Hollywood studio system as a well-paid screenwriter and an independent film producer.
Richard Finney, is an award winning producer and screenwriter who has written screenplays for DreamWorks; Walt Disney; Sony; Warner Brothers; ABC; Fox TV; 20th Century Fox; Lion’s Gate; Lifetime; and CBS. He has sold movie pitches in the six figures which has landed him on the cover of "Variety" and the "Hollywood Reporter." As an independent film producer he has twelve produced movies to his credit.
The author unlocks the secret to his success for those who want to break into the movie industry as screenwriters. He also speaks to writers who are not getting the results with their previous screenwriting work. The words of wisdom in this primer are the first step toward understanding the process of professional screenwriting that could put you on the path to working in the movie industry.
The book is nearly 13,000 words and features the outline of a screenplay (written by the author) that led to a screenplay and novel which has been optioned by a major production company for production.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1488 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lono Publishing (January 29, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 29, 2014
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I566MTE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Instructional and informative book from a working screenwriter and producer

One person found this helpful.
 on August 13, 2014
By Tim Daiss
This is the second of Richard Finney’s books on screenwriting and it builds on an earlier work “20 Basic Rules for Professional Screenwriting” which I also reviewed for Amazon.com. “19 Techniques for Professional Screenwriting” also hits the nail on the head for aspiring screenwriters. Interestingly, the first four techniques address and elaborate on “plot spin” something also addressed in Finney’s first work. In doing so, the author hammers home a point that many others miss – the importance of “first act plot spin” — something that needs to be part of a script if it will catch the interest and command the respect of industry professionals.

Screenwriting Techniques that Distinguish the Pros

One person found this helpful.
 on November 21, 2014
By Evolving Knowledge
If you’re planning to make it as a screenwriter you’d better know the techniques the author shares. It’s advice from the trenches and the author readily admits that learning some of the techniques mentioned in the book were learned from experience. If you’re the kind of person who likes to learn by making your own mistakes, then you won’t need this book. If you’re the type of person who is willing to learn by someone elses screw ups, then this is a must read for you.

The Excellent Screenwriting Series Continues

 on February 11, 2014
By Dean Loftis
I read and reviewed the first book in Mr. Finney’s new screenwriting series (20 Basic Techniques)…and this second book “19 Techniques for Professional Screenwriting” builds off the techniques from 20 Basic…but takes a deeper dive…going a layer deeper. Almost like the first book was the course overview or the basic principals every working screenwriter today must know, from a birds-eye view, and this second book deepens your understanding and inspires, opens your eyes to see movies and your scripts in new ways. Like the first book, its an easy, highly enjoyable read that packs a big bang for your buck. Can’t wait for the next in the series!

Clear and Instructive

 on February 17, 2014
By Feeling English
It’s refreshing to read a book written by a professional writer. The topics are clearly illustrated at the beginning of each chapter, he then gives his reasons for providing such technique and always has examples of popular movies that use it. Quick read, recommended to anyone beginning screenwriting.

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