The Whole Picture: Strategies for Screenwriting Success in the New Hollywood

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From a leading teacher and lecturer on screenwriting comes a practical guide that explores the many aspects of the writer's relationship with the art of filmmaking and the world of Hollywood. Offering insider's advice and valuable words of counsel for any up-and-coming Hollywood player, Richard Walter focuses on the big picture behind "the whole picture.".

Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; First Edition edition (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452271797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452271791
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

Richard Walter on Screenwriting

 on November 7, 2004
By Pat Hauldren
I got to see Richard Walter do a seminar at SMU one weekend for our writer’s group. I was enthralled. The man is a creative dynamo. And it shows in his books. He puts in his books succinctly what Mckee tries to say in his tombs. I write fiction, not screenplays, yet I recommend Walter to all writers.

Five Stars

 on April 27, 2015
By Kevin Thomas
100%

THE ROSETTA STONE of screenwriting.

 on November 27, 1998
anyone wishing to hone their writing skills needs this book. if you read my script before and after i read prof. walter’s book, you’d see a tremendous difference. i once was blind…now i see exactly what he means. it’s essential.

Why this book a MUST READ

 on June 2, 2016
By Marc
The Whole Picture is the first book I read on the craft of screenwriting — probably because it was the only book on the subject in my local library (lucked out there, Mr. Walter). Not an avid reader, I begrudged the idea of reading on the subject of writing — after all, my intent was to produce and direct, not write — however, absent of the knowledge of film production, lacking gear, and poor as a beggar, I figured screenwriting was the cheapest place to start my career. It was mid-1999.

I Won’t Take Instruction From Anyone Else

10 people found this helpful.
 on January 24, 2003
By Amazon Customer
This book is so complete that, at this point, I won’t even consider taking instruction from any other source on the subject. I own both of Mr. Walter’s books and have found them to be both inspirational and invaluable during my journey into the screenwriting craft. I am currently working on a screenplay and have two others outlined and waiting. As a novice of the trade with no formal training, I honestly don’t beleive I would have grasped some of THE most important aspects of this craft were it not for Mr. Walter. The following principals, which can be found in this book, as well as his first, “Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television Writing”, are the reasons why:

Follow the Suitcases

5 people found this helpful.
 on August 1, 2000
By Theodora Di Passional
Married, harried, and crumpled Herb arrives with his suitcases to take up his assigned post at the Book Fair. He runs into an old flame. In no time at all, he’s stashed his suitcases in a locker at the trainstation; finds himself in a hotel tryst with this woman from his past; and after sex and cigarettes, returns from a trip to the bathroom to find the bloodied corpse of his illicit lover, and the aforementioned suitcases at the foot of the bed. From there, we follow the suitcases through the twists and turns in the tale Richard Walter, chairman of the screenwriting dept. at UCLA, has constructed to illustrate the elements of solid, artful storytelling.

An excellent guide to what makes compelling writing.

9 people found this helpful.
 on September 25, 1999
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read on the art and craft of writing. It explained to me what makes a page-turner a page-turner, whether it be a short story, a novel or a screenplay. Mr. Walter explains, then shows, how the basic structure of every great screenplay is the same (and the details that make them beautifully different). He explains in simple terms why some stories make the reader keep reading, and the moviegoer keep watching.

Direct from a UCLA Prof on Screenwriting

3 people found this helpful.
 on March 21, 2009
By Phil Lee
A humorous and sage book on the craft of screenwriting, by the only full Professor and the Dean of Screenwriting (MFA), Dept of UCLA Film school (there are lots of lecturers, visiting and adjunct professors on the faculty).

More advice than an actual manual

6 people found this helpful.
 on February 7, 2001
By N. A. Bhatti
There are many books out there about structure and where to put what plot points where and Richard Walter has made an addition to that field itself with “Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television Writing.

The Best Upper-Level Screenplay Editing Book Out There.

4 people found this helpful.
 on July 2, 1999
By Mark Burgh (mark.burgh@quantrexinc.com)
If you don’t know what’s wrong with your screenplay, this book can tell you. Richard Walter’s notes section is by far the best thing I’ve ever read on cleaning up your screenplay. I recommend this book mostly for people who have written more than one screenplay, but who are still puzzled about why they aren’t getting any attention. I also strongly recommend Walter’s earlier book, Screenwriting.

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