Screenwriting From the Soul: Letters to an Aspiring Screenwriter

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How often have you gone to the movies and come out of the theater thinking, "I could have written that!" Many of us believe we have what it takes to turn out a Hollywood blockbuster, if only we had the right tools to help us do it. Screenwriting from the Soul is that tool. It simplifies the process, and at the same time acknowledges that writing, especially screenwriting requires a great deal of patience, stamina, and faith.

There are many books on the art of screenwriting, but none approaches the subject from the unique perspective of a dialogue between expert and novice. Screenwriting from the Soul is geared to instruct the user in the practicalities, discipline, and emotional resources required to produce that winning screenplay.

Written with wit and style in the form of an ongoing series of letters between a highly experienced, successful, but tired professor and a screenwriting novice, Screenwriting from the Soul is a heartfelt exploration of the screenwriting world that will become a mainstay of writing program curriculums across the world. It goes far beyond the textbook market to appeal to anyone who has ever wanted to write, or understand Hollywood and the creative process.

This master guide helps the reader to:
· gain new insights and knowledge about screenwriting and the filmmaking industry
· gain the necessary skills, techniques, discipline, and mindset to produce successful screenplays
· touch upon the crucial spiritual aspects of the craft

Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Renaissance Books; 1st edition (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580630367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580630368
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

Customer Reviews

at its core and in its heart

3 people found this helpful.
 on December 24, 1998
WOW! Richard Krevolin has written a screenwriting book that actually practices what it preaches. For, like a good movie, once you sit down with popcorn and drink, you won’t get up until the final credits roll (no matter how full your bladder gets).

Definitely worth it and useful.

3 people found this helpful.
 on September 2, 1999
There are a lot of straightforward, practical, Step A, Step B, Step C books on how to write a screenplay. This book is not exactly that, although it definitely gives a lot of great insight. The best thing about this book is that it takes you through all the emotions you feel as a new screenwriter, all at the exact stages when you’d feel them. So many times I’ve wished I could call up Lawrence Kasdan or some other great mentor/screenwriter and see what he’d have to say, but Richard Krevolin does this for us! It’s a really helpful book and he seems like a great guy.

self-help/motivational book geared for the aspiring screenwriter

 on November 15, 2014
By Joe C
Essentially this is a self-help/motivational book geared for the aspiring screenwriter. If anything, it stresses the importance of seeing the process pragmatically. Quick read and useful if you’re looking for supplemental reading while working on a script.

Better than a How-To-Book

 on October 3, 2013
By Li Lily Hsu
I’m surprised that some reviewers thought this book was lacking in substance.

This was the book that started it all for me …

 on November 11, 2014
By Rick Eager
This was the book that started it all for me. Richard Krevolin is an incredible wealth of knowledge when it comes to anything regarding screenwriting. He has been here and is an anchor in the industry. I expect that the industry will change, but Richard’s theories will be around for a longtime. He has taught me the basics and here I am fifteen years later with seven completed scripts and a new book. Richard was the inspiration that got me pointed in the right direction. I was a newby with a spiral bound first script that I worked long and hard on when Richard began to teach me the basics and beyond.

Expert Advice For the Aspiring Novice

One person found this helpful.
 on November 7, 2000
By FL101
In Screenwriting From the Soul, the author, Richard Krevolyn, employs a classic, narrative technique for his teaching approach. In the tradition of Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, Krevolyn takes the novice screenwriter, by hand, through the arduous processes of not only learning her or his craft, but of learning about themselves as well. As a student of The Cinema, Krevloyn’s method is well-taken; if one lacks true knowledge of oneself, if one does not possess a moderate level of true life experience, aspiring she will remain. Better suited for the beginner; also lacks a detailed exemplification of format.

Buy this book!

One person found this helpful.
 on May 7, 2000
By Marisa D'Vari, author of "Script Magic"
As a screenwriting instructor, students are constantly asking me the “secrets” of making a million in Hollywood. Krevilin’s book focuses on the reality of Hollywood today. This is an excellent resource for all aspiring screenwriters as well as instructors in need of content-rich reference material.

"Tuesdays with Morrie" except more useful

One person found this helpful.
 on May 24, 1999
What a great book. It should be read by hopeful screenwriters as well as anyone else who recognizes the need for good stories.

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