Writing Short Films: Structure and Content for Screenwriters

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This new edition has been completely updated and revised along with the addition of several new chapters. Currently, this title remains the best selling university text book on writing short film screenplays.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Lone Eagle; Second Edition edition (September 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580650635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580650632
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

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3 people found this helpful.
 on December 10, 2012
By Farscape1477
This under-appreciated book is far and away the best book on screenwriting I’ve ever come across, and I’ve read them all. Whether the author is a successful industry screenwriter doesn’t really matter, much more accomplished screenwriters have written books that don’t measure up to this one. This book is simple, concise, and and comes from a place of humility. A screenwriting book isn’t going to make anyone a great screenwriter, but this book can be a very useful tool for just about anyone trying to improve their craft.


 on June 20, 2017
By Nikki Cruz
This is the only book I’ve seen that even discusses how to write a short film, making it a must-have for students, filmmakers, or TV writers needing to work in this format. Although the emphasis is on the short film, the hidden value is really in the nuts-and-bolts approach the author takes in laying out the overall screenwriting process. The writing is clear and concise and the practical tips that Cowgill provides should help both the novice and the seasoned pro.

Good start

 on December 31, 2014
By ryry1
Useful…I now just do improves with actors and note dialogue I like, but if you want to write from scratch, this book will serve as a great start.

Four Stars

 on November 4, 2015
By Amazon Customer
I like it, it was very helpful to when I was writing my story for class

Five Stars

 on November 2, 2015
By Amazon Customer
Very helpful!

good stuff!!

 on November 16, 2014
By Thea
Great book, gives you many good tips and helps out any film student.

Writing short films, long films, or sny kind of film-this is a great resource guide.

 on December 8, 2014
By Aphraomega
Short films, medium films or/and feature length film scripts are covered in this book. This book is easy to follow especially for people like me who see scriptwriting as difficult as learning a foreign language. Yes, I do believe this book will be an asset to even a skilled screen writer. When those thematic uncertainties disrupt your progress THIS IS THE BOOK TO HAVE HANDY.

Great Book!

6 people found this helpful.
 on May 26, 2004
As a new and aspiring screenwriter, I have purchased many books on screenwriting. Next to “The Screenwriter’s Bible,” this is by far the best book I have read on screenwriting. The title of this book is misleading…this book isn’t just about writing short films, this book encompasses feature films too.

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