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

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.

Taught me a lot and I got really far into …

 on September 29, 2016
By Megan D.
Taught me a lot and I got really far into writing a screenplay but then stopped to work on a novel these past couple of years.

Skip’s book is ideal for beginners

5 people found this helpful.
 on April 7, 2002
By Stephen Zadarnowski
One has to assume that to buy a ‘Beginner’s Guide’ automatically places that person on the remainder of the world that does not know about Screenwriting. Indeed, I knew next to nothing about screenwriting but wanted to know more.

Five Stars

 on October 11, 2016
By Amazon Customer
A nice thumbnail reference to have on hand.

The best overview of screenwriting

 on January 13, 2012
By J.W.
When I have to recommend one book to someone who wants to know what’s involved in writing for film & TV I always recommend this book. Why? Because it covers not only the mechanics of writing a screenplay (premise, logline, 3×5 cards for scene development, script formatting, etc) but also has a history of how Hollywood and how the writer & screenplay came to be what they are today and some thoughts on where it’s going. His section on ‘What to Write’ covers what kind of stories sell as well as the kind of stories that don’t translate to the screen well. His ‘Top 10 Mistakes Made by Beginning Screenwriters’ is worth the price of the book alone. He also discusses why writing a book may be a better way to get into Hollywood than a screenplay (and you can always do the screenplay later).

Screenplay ready learning…

 on January 18, 2013
By JJ Barrera
This book is well written, explains many of the workings of how Screenwriting is accomplished. I recommend this book to aspiring screenwriters. Worth it.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Screenwriting

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 22, 2002
By Peggy Bechko
Skip’s book is a winner. It’s full of tips and tidbits; a wonderful compendium of information. Skip provides all the details to get a screenwriter moving, and then he gives sage advice on the dos and don’ts in Hollywood that’ll help you get off on the right foot. A great read full of practical advice, and when you’ve finished it, consider getting his 2003-2003 Writer’s Guide to Hollywood Producers, Directors and Screenwriter’s Agents to scope out the market and start finding a home for that screenplay.

This has been a good read so far…

 on February 3, 2010
By Capture Motion Staff
I have been paging through this book as I been working on projects and find some valuable information for the price of the book. Well worth the purchase!

Check out a copy from the library, then buy your own

 on October 9, 2013
By Ohio writer
I got a copy at the library and read what I could, deciding to buy a copy for the shelf. Good stuff for when your screenplay is done too and I wanted that for later, my own copy anyway. The book comes with a CD that has some valuable stuff. The author, Skip Press, presents the material in a no-nonsense manner. I was only a little offended by the fact I chose to read a book called “the complete idiot’s guide” even if it is about something I’m currently studying. I wasn’t too much of an idiot, though. I was able to buy a used copy for $1.99 plus nominal shipping.

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