A Quick Guide to Screenwriting - Ray Morton

22.06.2013 14:51

A Quick Guide to Screenwriting by Ray Morton - Quick Guide series from Limelight Editions

The advantage of reading a compact short guide book is that there is not a lot of wasted words, ego fluff or meaningless meandering. "A Quick Guide to Filmmaking" hits the right points immediately - providing an essential outline of what is needed to develop and write an effective screenplay. This is an excellent tome for the beginning screenwriter - simple to understand and short enough to be absorbed in a single sitting.

Screenwriting is an unusual craft—one that combines the ancient traditions of dramatic storytelling with modern cinematic techniques into its own singular set of principles and protocols. A Quick Guide to Screenwriting (Limelight Editions, May 2013, $12.99) by Ray Morton lays out these conventions in a simple, easy-to-read fashion. It is the ultimate reference manual to the art, craft, and business of writing for the movies. Unlike many other screenwriting tomes, this is not a dense compendium of inflexible rules or rigid formulas. Rather, it is an explanation of a few essential concepts and formatting, a little history and business, and some helpful advice and food for thought that, when mixed with imagination and creativity, will help get readers started telling wonderful stories for the screen.

Covered topics include:

  • The history of screenwriting
  • Commercial vs. “personal” writing
  • The three basic types of screenplays
  • The seven basic steps to writing a screenplay
  • How to brainstorm ideas
  • Developing and structuring a story
  • The techniques of cinematic storytelling
  • Screenplay style and formatting
  • Important screenwriting dos and don'ts
  • How to get quality feedback and then use it to improve your work

Also covered is the business side of screenwriting, including copyright and registration of finished material, the function of agents and managers, the Writers Guild, contracts, the development process, and how to bring your work to the attention of the industry.

Written in smart, reader-friendly prose, A Quick Guide to Screenwriting is chock-full of the vital information, helpful tips, and keen advice that will help you make your script the best it can be.

Limelight Editions’ Quick Guide series are handy pocket-sized handbooks for all career paths in the performing arts. Each book tackles one specific field from the perspective of the most authoritative authors. Limelight released The Independent Filmmaker’s Guide by Glenn Berggoetz in 2012 and Getting Past Me: A Writer’s Guide to Production Company Readers by Mindi White in 2011.

Ray Morton (Los Angeles) is a writer, script consultant, and screenplay analyst. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Morton has written for television and the screen, pens the monthly “Meet the Reader” column for Scriptmag.com, and is the author of the books King Kong, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and A Hard Day’s Night and Amadeus in Limelight Editions’ Music on Film series.