The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Screenwriting, 3rd Edition

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Now updated and revised…includes a CD-ROM!

Here is an updated and revised edition of the practical and popular guide to realizing the dream of succeeding as a screenwriter. Insider Skip Press gives novice screenwriters a cook’s tour of the industry, then leads them through the process of picking a winning idea, structuring and writing a screenplay, and packaging the final script for sale.

• Includes a CD-ROM packed with sample screenplays, Hollywood contact information, screenwriting software demos, and more
• Chapters on writing for television, including a sample TV script segment

• A new chapter on sources for screenplays and movies, including how Asian films are acquired and adapted

Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot’s Guide
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 3 edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592577555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592577552
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

A superb book for the aspiring screenwriter!

19 people found this helpful.
 on December 17, 2000
By Bruce Weinstein
“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Screenwriting” is a phenomenal overview of the increasingly popular field of screenwriting, and it is written with care, compassion, and expertise by Skip Press. Like his earlier book, “Writer’s Guide to Hollywood Producers, Directors and Screenwriting Agents,” this volume is chock-full of helpful advice, thoughtful analysis, and best of all, LOTS of website resources that would take hours to find on your own. Like the very best books, it will inspire you, as it has me, and I know that the screenplay I’m writing now will be better as a result of my having read this book.


8 people found this helpful.
 on March 18, 2001
Beginning screenwriters… this is a must!

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Screenwriting, 3rd Edition

3 people found this helpful.
 on September 8, 2008
By C. Dickerson
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Screenwriting, 3rd Edition Covers the topic of screenwriting very thoroughly, and clearly, and is packed full with tidbits of helpful information. It is creatively infused with a caffein of mixed media including clever cartoons, examples of speculative scripts, ample sidebars, and creative summaries at the end of each chapter. The CD included with the book adds another dimension of practical information stacking this book near the top of the list of must-have learning tools for the personal library of the budding screenwriter.

Great Screenplay writing book

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 13, 2009
By R. Sutton
The Complete Idiots guide to screenwriting, by Skip Press, is a great book for the beginner or novice writer, wanting to do some brushing up. For the reviewer, that mentioned that Skip really didn’t get into the proper formating of the screenplay, there are pc programs that do that automatically, the great thing also about this new edition, it comes with a CD of trial programs, and some sample scripts.

Excellent source for a beginning screenwritier

6 people found this helpful.
 on March 22, 2002
By Harold C. Hutchison
Skip Press’s book on screenwriting had been the most redable book I have has, particularly compared with other books. As a result, there has been much more improvement in my writing since getting this book than there was from all the other books I have read combined. This book has been the one I constantly refer to when I want to double-check something as I am writing.

Another great tool for your toolbox

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 29, 2002
By michael egenolf
OK. So you want to be a screenwriter. Two important things have to happen besides having some creativity to begin with. First, you have to watch everything! How can you compete if you don’t keep abreast of the competition! Second, you have to READ everything. Again, for the same reasons of keeping up. Yes, there is an abundance of info available to the beginning screenwriting. Some may get confusing. Linda Seger is great as is Robert McKee. But for my money, the beginner needs the basics. There is no other book out there to better help you on your way than Skip Press’s “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Screenwriting”. First off, the idiot’s guide are wonderful, in any incarnation. Skip does a wonderful job. Insight! That’s the key word here. An insider’s peek at the cogs at work. An absolute must read. An a pretty good refresher for a more experienced writer as well. Remember… watch everything and read everything. But start with this book! Thanks for the wisdom Skip! You are my guru.

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