Scriptshadow Secrets (500 Screenwriting Secrets Hidden Inside 50 Great Movies)

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Scriptshadow Secrets is the first book from popular screenwriting blogger, Carson Reeves. The book was written as an answer to the glut of tired A-Z screenwriting books that have flooded the market over the years. Instead of another extensive How-To guide, Scriptshadow Secrets looks at 50 popular movies from the past six decades and offers 10 (give or take) screenwriting tips from each. The idea is to not only teach screenwriters valuable lessons, but show how those lessons have been incorporated into successful films. This way, writers learn by example, instead of having to take the author's word for it. From Aliens to Pirates Of The Caribbean to The Hangover to The Empire Strikes Back, Secrets teaches you screenwriting lessons from the greatest films of all time.

Author Carson Reeves began as a screenwriter himself, yet struggled to figure out the elusive formula for writing a successful screenplay. Then, about seven years ago, he started getting his hands on spec sale scripts and reading them. Within weeks, he'd learned more about screenwriting than he had in the past seven years combined. He then turned his attention from writing to helping others write. This was the genesis behind the Scriptshadow website – a way to teach screenwriting through reading professional screenplays.

The site blew up but quickly became controversial, due to Reeves breaking down material that Hollywood considered private. As such, the site's become a "love it or hate it" fixture in both Hollywood and the screenwriting community. Still, the site has tens of thousands of aspiring screenwriters who visit daily and make it the most popular screenwriting site on the web. The site's most popular feature, the "What I learned" section at the end of each review, was the main inspiration behind Scriptshadow Secrets, as Reeves saw how positively writers responded to quick context-relevant tips.

Product Details

  • File Size: 603 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2012
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ADZRJ7Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Sharp. Simple. Honest. Humble.

5 people found this helpful.
 on December 8, 2012
By Jiff Divingboard
I’ve read a number of screenwriting books, but none has done such a great job of backing up its suggestions with real-movie examples as “Scriptshadow Secrets.”

Great script writing advice for newbies – can be a bit overwhelming though!

3 people found this helpful.
 on December 8, 2012
By Yeebarr
Scriptshadow Secrets is a great book. It’s full of amazing tips that can be used by all screenwriters, whether you are an amateur writer starting out, or someone needing advice on how to give your script that edge to break into Hollywood. By using a casual, conversational tone, Carson breaks down big Hollywood screenplays and helps you understand what makes them so great/got sold in the first place.

Fresh and engaging must read for screenwriters

3 people found this helpful.
 on December 8, 2012
By BrandonMac
Scriptshadow for the score.

A first-rate tool for your writer’s shed !

3 people found this helpful.
 on December 8, 2012
By Lady Reanimator
Another book about screenwriting, you might say ? Yes, but this one is right up there with the most helpful ones I’ve read myself such as Writing for emotional impact by Karl Iglesias, Save the Cat by Blake Snyder and Syd Field’s Screenwriting.

Better than I thought

3 people found this helpful.
 on December 8, 2012
By akhiles
After reading Carson’s book, I was surprised to see the level of detail and how much carson seems to hold your hand through out the process. This is a great book for beginners or amateurs and while still trying to show something new to the seasoned scriptwriter, most of what was said in the book were things that i all ready knew yet reading them and analyzing them again seemed to help me with my own feature screenplay in ways i had never imagined. I think what Carson has created here is a guide to the craft yet the writer himself must not take everything carson says or shows with consideration but must instead see what works to their specific style. All in all, a good read.

Scriptshadow, Redux

5 people found this helpful.
 on December 8, 2012
By SC
While I didn’t always agree with the author’s analyses of the films in this fast-read e-book, I can say this without equivocation: silver screen storytellers out there — be they novices gawking at the industry through the front store window or insiders with credits for days and offices on lots — should consider Scriptshadow Secrets, particularly its so-called TIPS, to be a helping hand. Backed yourself into a corner with your script? Open SS and read a few pages, doesn’t really matter which ones, and likely the answer to your unsolvable problem will probably lie therein. (KYFC, essence, painting the period, etc) And this is because the author has sifted through so many scripts, bad and good, that he’s amalgamated a warp zone to success here, of sorts. I’d recommend to any screenwriter.

Readable and Right-on!

2 people found this helpful.
 on December 7, 2012
By Student
I’ve been reading Carson’s blog for over three years and so I was excited to read the Scriptshadow Secrets book. However, if I’m honest, a part of me was worried that it would all feel a little like deja vu. After all, the man can only formulate so many ideas and secrets on screenwriting and you would think he might have exhausted himself writing 5 blog posts a week.

I shouldn’t be surprised….

2 people found this helpful.
 on December 3, 2012
By Gary Murphy
But I am.

One of the best screenwriting books out there

2 people found this helpful.
 on December 7, 2012
By Fallen Alice
There are a few good books on writing and screenwriting out there…

Despite controversy, an important figure in the world of screenwriting.

2 people found this helpful.
 on December 7, 2012
By Jack Dillon
As an assistant in the film industry, its always been an important to understand the process of screenwriting. I’ve read everything from Blake Snyder to David Trottier. They left me wanting something more. I found these books to be rather cold, and another reminder of how difficult it is to get in the film industry.

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