Screenwriting for Teens: The 100 Principles of Screenwriting Every Budding Writer Must Know

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This books gives teens -who go to the movies more than any age group in the world – the tools to do more than just watch those movies. It gives them the tools to write their own films.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; New title edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907186
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Customer Reviews

Helpful book on screenwriting.

 on May 26, 2016
By Luv2read
Having had no experience with screenwriting but always having a fascination for wanting to learn, I searched and came across this book. What a great find. I guess the best I can say is I’m now motivated and ready to put to use what I’ve learned, to give it a try. What did I learn? From the 100 principles I think the most significant ones were a film tells a story differently than a book. That was particularly important to me because I tend to think in the “storyline” and not scenes, scenery, dialogue, the elements of a screenplay. The first shift for me had to be this big picture understanding and once that occurred the anatomy of screenplay writing, the principles, fell into place easily. This book was laid out to achieve that ends where a bunch of data is not just thrown out but rather it’s systematically approached for maximum learning. It’s so well written and fits with basic writing concepts that took the sting out of feeling overwhelmed to commence this new writing experience. For example, the conflict moves the plot along and needs a precipitating factor to set it in motion, locations are important and give depth to the action, and each action generates a reaction, lending to the relationship that sustains the conflict. There’s much more I could say but what’s important is now I’m excited to put it all to use. I feel motivated and encouraged thanks to Christina Hamlett’s sharp, comprehensive, and easy to follow book.

I wonder if the Kindle version is well put together.

One person found this helpful.
 on July 1, 2015
By Tdiggity
I’ve used this book on so many occasions, and I’ll most likely purchase quite a few more copies for the library I work in and organize. I’m curious to know if people liked the ebook version. Currently I have the paperback.

Not just for teens….

One person found this helpful.
 on March 20, 2014
By heypancho
Any kind of successful writing involves being able to cut out all the unnecessary stuff. An instruction book that really gets down to the bare bones of a subject is useful to people at all levels of skill and experience– because we all need to be reminded of what’s important: Some of us forget, some just missed that class. This is a great book on screenwriting with something for almost anyone. Just check your pride at the title page.

Absolutely a MUST read for ANYONE that Aspires to Screenwrite !!!

 on February 18, 2010
By Patrick Languzzi
Christina Hamlett does it again. Really, she’s just brilliant! This easy to read book is not just for teens. It’s for ANYONE that aspires to learn the craft of screenwriting. From A to Z, Christina Hamlett conveys it all to the reader. From the classic story structure, to themes, characters, compelling ideas, conflict, plot, loglines, synopses, screenwriters etiquette to bulletproofing your script for agents and producers. The information, brainstormer ideas and countless numbers of references and websites are priceless in and of themselves. Really a must read for anyone, especially just starting out. If you’ve never written or have little experience, even better. I would HIGHLY recommend you read this book BEFORE taking any screenwriting class or instruction of any kind. Had I read this book before I took my first screenwriting class, I would have been better for it.

This is a great book!

 on June 11, 2011
By MHart
I teach a screenwriting class at a middle school in Los Angeles and would have been lost without this great resource. Not only does Ms Hamlett present the material in a easy to understand and straightforward way, she follows each of her principles with activities and suggestions to make her points clearer.

Perfect for ANY AGE Screenwriter

 on March 24, 2016
By davebres
This is a great book for anyone who is starting out and wants to become a screenwriter. I got it for teens I am helping, but it is quite good for anyone getting started regardless of age.

Back to basics

One person found this helpful.
 on March 24, 2014
By WNCJPM
“Screenwriting for Teens…” is a book that provides a simple breakdown of the key elements for writing screenplays. The information is written for those on a teen reading level, however it is a concise review for any adult interested in screenwriting.

Great classroom resource!

 on October 7, 2010
By J. Merritt
I purchased this book over the summer so that I could have something to look to in creating a curriculum for an 8th grade screenwriting class. This book has been more than useful. Now, it drives my curriculum! There are brief explanations on 100 meaningful concepts as well as activities and assignments that allow my students to grasp what is being taught.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on January 18, 2015
By K. Cole
This is a very cool, informative and simple book. Useful exercises and important information for budding screenwriters.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on June 6, 2015
By Wayne G. Hankins
Great ideas that help me understand what goes into the finished product of a movie

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