Lew Hunter’s Screenwriting 434: The Industry’s Premier Teacher Reveals the Secrets of the Successful Screenplay

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For decades, Lew Hunter's Screenwriting 434 class at UCLA has been the premier screenwriting course, launching a generation of the industry's most frequently produced writers. Here, he shares the secrets of his course on the screenwriting process by actually writing an original script, step by step, that appears in the book.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Revised edition (May 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399529861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399529863
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

I picked this up some years ago and absolutely loved it. My boss asked about a book that …

 on September 28, 2017
By R.E. Ellison
I picked this up some years ago and absolutely loved it.

Excellent book!

One person found this helpful.
 on March 17, 2015
By Angie Blake
I have never learned so much from a book. I’ve asked several screen writers how to write a screen play. I always get the same answer “That’s a whole other animal all together.” Lew Hunter grabs you by the hand and gives you an organized, and simple guide on how to write successful screen plays. I loved the book, right down to the examples he uses as good screen plays and I am tickled that he mentioned the “Wizard of Oz” and “E.T.” as some of his examples. He is an excellent teacher, an awesome guide, and an even better writer! Hats off to you my friend and Bravo!

At the risk of differing with the consensus

18 people found this helpful.
 on June 17, 2003
By Marty Nemko
I’ve now written three screenplays my most recent work appears to be approaching professional caliber. Looking back, I have to say that I’m very glad I started the process of learning how to write a screenplay by reading “Screenplay 434.”

A Gold statue in you future ? Its up to you.

One person found this helpful.
 on February 14, 2015
By Lydia C.
Lew Hunter is amazing, and so is his book. If you are lucky enough to take his UCLA class in Calif, you may have an a Gold statue in your future. Many of his students already have more then one of the Gold Bad Boys on their fireplace mantel. Lew is the best Kick Start you could ever have if you just have, to be a screenwriter.

Get Kindle: too many people steal this book

 on February 2, 2012
By Ozzie
This book separates the trees from the forest and puts you back in the forest again. I love it. I got pc kindle; so I wouldn’t lose it again — had three for sure.

Serious about screenwritng? No, you aren’t. Not if you haven’t read

 on February 18, 2013
By Hallah Shepard
This was my first…my first introduction into the art of screenwriting. I followed Mr. Hunter’s instructions to the letter and produced my first script. Since then, I have discovered ScreenwritingU, with Hal and Cheryl Croasman. Since then, I have discovered InkTip. But it was Hunter’s UCLA Graduate level text, Screenwriting 434, that gave me the confidence that I, too, could do this. Now it’s your turn to have some real fun. Buy the book.

If you are an engineer you study & learn then …

 on June 7, 2016
By webwriterone
If you are an engineer you study & learn then do. If you are a chef you learn & study your craft. If you are a writer you read this book. It’s all about learning your craft.

A must have book for every screenwriter’s library.

One person found this helpful.
 on April 15, 2014
By The Lone Ranger
Lou was the founder of the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting, and also the Advanced Program. His book really tells it like it is…how to write a very solid screenplay. I strongly recommend you obtain a copy. You’ll be rereading it for years.

Finally got time to read it.

 on March 20, 2013
By K. Rowe
This book was recommended by a producer friend of mine. I’m a novelist and have always dreamed of seeing my work on the silver screen. Writing screenplays is an entirely different animal than novels, and this book was helpful in educating me on just what producers and directors are looking for in a screenplay. Unfortunately, the information is a bit outdated, but I found the majority of it helpful.

Five Stars

 on October 4, 2016
By JEMcreative
This is a great reference book for writers, highly recommended!

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