Visual Storytelling (Screenwriting Blue Books)

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Show Don't Tell – But *How* Do You Do That?

Film is a visual medium, and screenwriting is *writing for the screen* – in this Blue Book we look at various techniques to tell your stories visually, using Oscar Winning Films and Oscar Nominated Films as our primary examples: from the first Best Picture Winner "Sunrise" (1927) to the Oscar Nominated "The Artist" (which takes place in 1927) with stops along the way Pixar's "Up" and Best Original Screenplay Winner "Breaking Away" (a small indie style drama – told visually) as well as "Witness".

Our other primary example is "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" – which creates a thinking and feeling chimpanzee through actions, situations, and many other techniques. Seeing is believing – and this Blue Book is filled with 63,000 words of techniques you can use today to turn your words into pictures… and learn how to tell your stories visually.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: First Strike Productions (February 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 11, 2012
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078FXAMA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Insightful and Helpful

4 people found this helpful.
 on May 24, 2013
By Robert A. Byrne
First off, you cannot find a more useful screenwriting aid for $2.99. Period.

Best Book on the Subject

4 people found this helpful.
 on June 3, 2013
By Brian
Clear and concise in explaining visual storytelling. Excellent examples. So far, this is the best book available on the subject. I have already recommended it to other writers.

Blew My Novelist Mind

 on April 11, 2015
In essence such a simple concept – make everything visual – Martell breaks this idea down into specific, actionable techniques screenwriters (and novelists) can use. I love the blue book series so it came as no surprise that I loved this one, too. So much grreat content for such a low price.

Great practical approach to screenwriting

3 people found this helpful.
 on April 13, 2012
By bookreader
Inspiration and guidance to enable screenwriters to create imagery in the readers mind. Film is a visual medium but the screenwriter is required to portray that world and those characters using a condensed and word efficent approach. Practical advice as in all of these blue books.


One person found this helpful.
 on April 9, 2013
By Joe MacGregor
Visual Storytelling ,as well as,all the other Screenwriting Blue Books are no frills, to the point, and very instructional tools to be cherished. They are very helpful. Yet, they are very trimmed and not stuffed with meandering self importance. Brief. To the point. Filled with good stuff.

Always enjoy a WcM Screenwriting Blue Book

 on January 5, 2017
By Kindle Customer
Always enjoy a WcM Screenwriting Blue Book, as there is always at LEAST one tasty nugget to take away from EACH time you read them. These are worthy of a few reads over the years as your writing & experiences develop. What may seem surface information on a first read, suddenly becomes a pearl in later years …

A Great Guide for Writers

One person found this helpful.
 on November 23, 2013
By John Carl
I got this book for no other reason than I love William Martell’s books. But, let me tell you, it blew my freakin socks off. This man gives us everything we need to know and more – with great examples and awesome advice. In fact, there’s so much great advice in this title, I almost felt guilty for not paying more. If I were a teacher, I’d made William’s books required reading.

Five Stars

 on February 24, 2016
By Amazon Customer
This Blue Book explains in an interesting and fun way the nature of cinematic storytelling. This is my favorite Blue Book because it goes deep into an understanding of how movies work. Some of my favorite visual tools are: CONTRAST IN LOCATIONS which shows character by putting the character in a very contrasting location. The TWITCH and TOUCHSTONE which are visual elements that elucidate character. And ECHO SCENES which show character change by either showing the same location later on or the same sort of event.

Absolutely Great Read

One person found this helpful.
 on March 20, 2014
By Amazon Customer
No matter how much you think you know about your idea or concept, read this book and find that you know little about your craft. This book teaches you how to write creatively and visually, which is what Hollywood demands in this age of cinema. Get the Book!!!!

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