The Starter Screenplay: An Executive’s Perspective on Screenwriting

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Unlike many titles that teach formal elements of screenwriting such as structure, The Starter Screenplay teaches you the rules of the entertainment industry as they relate to new screenwriters. The book tackles questions like: What type of script should you write next? What essential elements are studio executives looking for in a spec? How can you tell if someone likes your writing? What should you ask for in a free option? What questions should you ask an agent interested in representing you? Assembled in a blunt, direct fashion THE STARTER SCREENPLAY provides unique insight into the world of filmmaking that is unlike any other book you've read.

Product Details

  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Capable Media; Kindle Edition edition (February 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 8, 2012
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077DYOJG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

A Must-read for Aspiring Screenwriters!

8 people found this helpful.
 on July 22, 2014
By Warren Wilson
The primary reason I got The Starter Screenplay was on a recommendation in a screenwriting forum where someone posted that it was a good source of information regarding the business side of selling a spec script. It demystifies the world of Hollywood agents, managers and production companies, and spells out how to handle optioning and selling a spec script.

99% of the people writing screenplays need this book

7 people found this helpful.
 on April 7, 2011
By zee-Scotten zee-destroyer of duplicitous white collar criminals
This is one of three or four screenwriting books that most aspiring screenwriters need to own. Adam Levenberg takes great and sincere effort to help new, inexperienced and unrepresented screenwriters. He gives an honest appraisal of what a screenwriter realistically faces in Hollywood, in screenwriting and especially the fringe industry outside of Hollywood that exists to “help” screenwriters.

The Starter Screenplay

6 people found this helpful.
 on April 9, 2011
By Freddy Robinson
As an aspiring screenwriter and contest award-winning screenwriter, I must say that Adam’s book is the cream of the crops. Had I read his book and worked with him prior to submitting to certain film festivals and production companies, I’d be a lot further in the industry with success, than I am now. Adam puts things into perspective that you don’t learn in film school, writing seminars, or any other screenplay book. He tells you like it is to the point where you save both time and money, without losing your creative drive and passion for screenwriting. His in depth knowledge of the industry and how things work are priceless, and anyone thinking about writing their first screenplay or even re-writing screenplays, must read this book first. I loved the book and truly hope Adam writes another one.

Good insider’s guide to how Hollywood works

2 people found this helpful.
 on July 7, 2014
By SkinsFan
Sometimes, Levenberg can come off as a bit brash, so I tried to take this with a grain of salt, which is why I didn’t give it 5 stars. That said, his insight into what will and won’t make it past an executive’s desk in Hollywood is invaluable. Also great were the “don’ts” he lists for the “starter screenplay,” which are basically the topics and elements he recommends using — and, importantly, staying away from — in your first attempt to write a movie and sell it to Hollywood.

The perfect companion piece to "Save the Cat" by Blake Snyder and "Story" by McKee

3 people found this helpful.
 on October 8, 2011
By robokaz
Even though I have a film degree from USC, even though I’ve gotten coffee for some of the biggest names in Hollywood, even though I’ve read about a dozen books on how to write a screenplay, my education did not feel complete until I read this book.

It’s a good and easy read

 on August 30, 2015
By Vik Capella
If you looking to be a screenwriter, this is a must read, Adam puts Hollywood into a clear cut picture of what is needed to make it there. It’s a good and easy read, I read it quickly and also picked up a few more books from his suggestions.


7 people found this helpful.
 on April 8, 2011
By Dwight Gibson
I’ve went to film school. I currently work in film and television. I’ve read many books on screenwriting. I’ve attended numerous writer workshops here in Los Angeles. I’ve even read three seasons worth of television scripts and re-writes, but I’ve never read anything that compares to Adam Levenburg’s book, “THE STARTER SCREENPLAY”. Just when I thought I knew it all, Adam came and slapped the sh-t out of me with knowledge and understanding about screenwriting that was never before told in such a very straight forward, and detailed manner. I am glad to add Adam amongst those who I consider the best when it comes to the subject called screenwriting. My list goes a little something like this, Syd Fields who I consider the God Father of Screenwriting, Blake Snyder one who understood how to teach structure in it’s simplist form; may peace and blessings be upon him. Michael Hauge and Chris Vogler, these guys are simply amazing, they will definitely take you a true hero’s journey. I’m glad to add ADAM LEVENBURG and his new body of work that is filled with so much informative information that you will be force to highlight the majority of the book. Although there are other books out there that I like, these are the ones that I keep on my desk at all times while I’m on my writing journey. One of my favorite lines for the book is when Adam blatantly tells you, me, and whoever else that reads the book that, “It doesn’t matter if you’ve been churning out spec’s for ten months or ten years, wether you’ve written a single script or have twenty on the shelf. If you’ve never sold a script for six-figures or had major agency representation, you fit the definition of a “new writer” from here on in.”

I read "The Starter Screenplay" and then read it again. YES, it is that helpful.

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 27, 2012
I read “The Starter Screenplay” and then read it again. YES, it is that helpful. Adam Levenburg’s book, shares countless insights of a seasoned Hollywood Executive. It is a screenwriter’s compass to help you from stepping on landmines… wasting time writing scripts that won’t sell.

BUY "The Starter Screenplay" with confidence…

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 25, 2011
By Matt Barnett
After seeing Will Ferrell’s latest movie “Everything Must Go”, I’ve given my review of Adam Levenberg’s book “The Starter Screenplay” a complete rewrite.

A must for EVERY beginning screenwriter.

 on June 7, 2012
By Jack of all Reads
After spending a weekend listening to pitches at the Great American Pitchfest, I realize a LOT more screenwriters need to read this book. It cuts to the chase, letting you know just what the first time, fledgling screenwriter should be writing. If more aspiring screenwriters read this book, learned the BUSINESS of screenwriting, and then started writing, more screenwriters would be asked for their script instead of just the the “one sheet.”

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