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.

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.

Screenwriters take note-get this book!

 on November 27, 2016
By mike6
I’ve struggled with screenwriting for three years. If you are doing this, or trying to do it, please buy this book. It will save you tons of wasted effort and enormous time. I wish I had read it before I ever wrote a single page. You must know what Hollywood wants, how to write the type of work which gives you the best shot at success. Mr. Levenberg gives excellent advice on what to do and most important what not to do. Lots of scams ie. contests and consultants abound in this field. You must steer clear of them. It’s a lonely and often heartbreaking

Start a career

One person found this helpful.
 on December 8, 2012
By Henry Sheppard
Here’s a screenwriting book that doesn’t talk about structure or “how to write.” It wasn’t written by a writer. It was written by a studio executive.

This book will immediately help your workflow

 on January 8, 2014
By gary keating
This is by far the most helpful book I have come across on the subject of screenwriting . It does not mislead anyone in any way anywhere -in fact Mr Levenberg dedicates part of his approach as a battle cry intended on protecting you from the many scamsters out there looking to cash in on your need for constructive criticism and objective feedback. The Starter Screenplay is hands on and practical which is exactly what I needed in this sea of approach. There is an old saying that goes something like…

Learning how to swim before getting into the water

One person found this helpful.
 on April 15, 2014
By F. Bluhm
There are plenty of books available to aspiring screenwriters to tell you how to format and write the next blockbuster; all guaranteeing your success. But Adam Levenberg’s book, “The Starter Screenplay” deals strictly with the true realties of the business. You’ll find no sugar coating on these pages.

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 LBB Company
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.”

Keep it Simple

One person found this helpful.
 on February 24, 2014
By UPB
I’ve read many screenplay books, yet none of them mentioned one invaluable piece of advice Adam Levenberg writes in chapter 1. Keep it simple. A new writer without any credits needs to focus on the absolute basics. Pick a genre, minimize the number of characters, minimize the number of plots, etc. You’ll still get noticed even if you don’t write the most multi-faceted screenplay of all time. Once you’ve got a starter screenplay under your belt and have proven your abilities (no easy feat), then start thinking about advanced screenplay techniques.

What Not To Do…

 on August 18, 2013
By P. Bridges
This is a no-nonsense guide in what to avoid doing when writing a script as an unsold/unrepresented writer, and is absolutely indispensable as a result.

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