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theworldinthewords
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Hello,

Is there anyone here who knows about screenwriting, and more importantly I think, how one goes about getting scripts to film producers? Admittedly, I am very new to this subject, but I am very interested in learning how to write scripts. I've already looked up some basics on those websites which I have been able to find and am trying my hand at a few simple trials. As for how one goes about getting a script turned into a movie, I'm clueless. I've tried researching at various film studio's websites, but those are all geared towards promoting movies. I didn't assume I would find very much pertinent information, but I did hope to find maybe an e-mail or something that would give me more information. Does anyone know anything about this? I would love to hear whatever you know, because I am completely at a loss. Thanks a lot!

Respectfully,
Kristopher


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Go get a copy of "The Complete Book of Scriptwriting" by J. Michael Straczynski. Recommended to me by a successful Hollywood screenwriter as being the only book on the subject worth reading. (No, it wasn't Straczynski.)
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I found STORY by Robert McKee to be very helpful.
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theworldinthewords
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I'm sorry, I'm obviously new to this. What is STORY?
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The title of Balthasar's recommended book

Last I heard, getting a Hollywood agent is an absolute must. As far as I've heard, the people at the studios and production companies and whatnots won't even look at anything over-the-transom---they're too afraid of getting sued if they do anything similar. And a lot of 'em are closed shops where you have to know someone to get something in to them.


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Sorry about the lack of clarity. The full title is STORY: SUBSTANCE, STRUCTURE, STYLE, AND THE PRINCIPLES OF SCREENWRITING. It's dense, and I'm not really interested in screenwriting (at least not at the moment) but it taught me loads about the basics of solid storytelling.



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Try http://www.wordplayer.com

This site is hosted and maintained by two professional screewriters, Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio. They give you step-by-steps of what a new screenwriter can expect in their lessons.


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check out CELTX for a free screenwriting tool.
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