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SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY?
BEFORE YOU DO, KNOW THIS: IT REQUIRES A GREAT DEAL OF EFFORT AND DEDICATION. A LOT OF THESE SCREENWRITING BOOKS LIKE TO FILL YOUR HEAD WITH FALSE PROMISES AND EASY TRICKS. BUT IT’S SO DAMN FAR FROM THE OBVIOUS TRUTH: BECOMING A TALENTED WRITER TAKES A LONG TIME AND A LOT OF HARD WORK.
THEY ALSO CONVENIENTLY FORGET TO MENTION THAT THE ODDS ARE AGAINST YOU. THERE ARE OVER A MILLION SCRIPTS ALREADY FLOATING AROUND HOLLYWOOD. HULK HAS READ, OH… A COUPLE THOUSAND OF THEM. AND NEARLY EVERY SINGLE PERSON HULK MEETS IN THE FILM INDUSTRY ALREADY HAS A SCRIPT OF SOME SORT. NOT ONLY DOES THE SHEER VOLUME OF SCRIPTS MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO DISTINGUISH ONESELF IN THIS CLIMATE, BUT SO DOES THE FACT THAT THERE ARE ALREADY A VAST NUMBER OF TALENTED, PROFESSIONAL WRITERS IN NEED OF WORK.
SO GIVEN ALL THESE CRIPPLING ODDS, WE SHOULD ALL JUST GIVE UP, RIGHT? WELL, NO. YOU’RE NOT HERE READING THIS BECAUSE THAT REALITY BOTHERS YOU. AND THAT’S THE THING ABOUT THE MOVIES: THEY’RE WONDERFUL. THEY’RE THE IMAGINATION OF STORYTELLING MADE TANGIBLE. THEY’RE OUR DREAMS MADE REAL. WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO BE A PART OF ALL THAT?
FILM CRIT HULK WAS CREATED IN A CHAOTIC LAB EXPERIMENT INVOLVING GAMMA RADIATION, THE GHOST OF PAULINE KAEL, AND TELEPODS FOR SOME REASON. NOW HULK HAS A DEEP AND ABIDING LOVE OF CINEMA WHEREIN HULK RECOGNIZES THE INHERENT VALUES OF POPULAR, NARRATIVE, OR EXPERIMENTAL STYLES!
THROUGH A UNIQUE JOURNEY, HULK HAS ENDED UP WORKING IN HOLLYWOOD FOR OVER A DECADE AND NOW WRITES ABOUT CINEMA AND STORYTELLING IN THOROUGHLY HULK-SIZED FASHION.
AND NOW YOU HOLD IN YOUR HANDS / HAVE ON YOUR SCREEN / WHATEVER IN YOUR WHATEVER, THE FIRST EBOOK BY FILM CRIT HULK.
My Dinner With Hulk (Dinner With Abed) (Dinner With Andre)
87 people found this helpful.
on December 12, 2013
By Tony S Zhou
This is my first review on Amazon. I am a recent fan of Film Crit Hulk, and I thought I’d say why.
Secrets of the Universe
on July 4, 2017
By Kindle Customer
This is what an evening with a professional feels like. I’ve had the pleasure of spending many evenings with professional screenwriters, directors, editors, VFX and musicians, comedians and producers. Great food. Fantastic wine. Sushi for days and stories. Many wonderful stories.
ALL THE STARS for the most helpful film book I’ve ever read
3 people found this helpful.
on January 28, 2014
By Anne E Kirn
I loved this book enough that I’m having trouble writing a short review about it. It made a huge difference for me personally, so I have to say that if you THINK you might want to read it, just buy it. It costs less than a cup of coffee and the benefits are going to last you a lot longer. But if you want more encouragement to do so, read on.
The best analysis of storytelling you’re going to find.
One person found this helpful.
on March 1, 2014
By J. Sellers
There is nothing I can say that hasn’t been said more articulately and at greater length by other reviewers. All I can say is, if you’re unfamiliar with the works of FCH, this is a great introduction, and if you’re familiar but unsure about this purchase, go ahead and throw the money at it. You’re looking at the cost of a couple cups of coffee for the most cogent and, yes, weirdly enough, humane discussion of storytelling you’ll find anywhere — and yes, this is mostly new content. While there is some overlap from previous essays that have appeared on BadassDigest and on the FCH blog, consider this book a coalescence of all of those ideas he’s been batting about for the last few years.
Not your average "How To" guide
on December 28, 2013
By Jacob F. Keller
Just a fair warning, this is not your standard “How To” screenwriting guide. You won’t find easy to follow charts or graphs or fill in steps. If you’ve never written a screenplay or are looking to write your first, than I would start with something that deals with formatting and the basics of screenwriting first. However, if you’ve got a pretty good idea of how a screenplay, and by extension, a story should be written than get ready to be schooled on what you thought you knew.
If you want to tell stories, read this now
on March 30, 2014
By J. Fuhrman
Anyone who is interesting in telling stories should read this book. I’m not an aspiring screenwriter, nor ever plan on writing a screenplay, but I read many great reviews and excerpts from this book that convinced me I could get something out of it. I’ve been writing a novel for some time, and a few short stories. I’ve read plenty of the “how to write a novel” books which have taught me what I was both doing right and wrong in my writing. This book echoes some of the major “rules” of successful fiction writing, but also brings new things I hadn’t encountered before, particularly with story structure.
Practical Help for Writers
on May 20, 2014
I love FILM CRIT HULK’s reviews. His constant championing of character, story, and structure is what got me curious about Screenwriting 101. It did not disappoint. Instead of the usual “do this, this, and that, and then your writing will look like a screenplay” approach, he gives insight into how to make a story that an audience can care about and also has a motivated tempo to it.
Free your mind…and the rest will follow.
on May 19, 2016
By Filip M. Lizanna
HULK SMASH! Truly. The Jade Giant’s grasp of writing screenplays is mind boggling. Being a puny human, I need to continue to train my pen game until I, too, become imbued with all of the screenplay gamma radiation necessary to take up the mantle. Seriously, though: this book is an incredibly informative and enjoyable read, and I’d recommend it to anyone who has even a passing interest in writing screenplays, or anyone who has been lucky enough to stumble upon one of HULK’s critical gems on the Internets. Thanks HULK. I’m excited, inspired and intimidated rolled into one. Can’t wait to apply the lessons to everything I’m working on!
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