500 Ways to Beat the Hollywood Script Reader Writing the Screenplay the Reader Will Recommend

ISBN-10: 0684856409

ISBN-13: 9780684856407

Edition: 1999

Authors: Jennifer M. Lerch, Jennifer Lerch

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If Your Screenplay Can't Get Past the Hollywood Reader, It Can't Get to Hollywood This ultimate insider's guide to screenwriting is designed to get you past the fiercest gatekeepers in Hollywood: the Hollywood script readers. This small army of freelancers will be among the first to read and evaluate your script and then to recommend it -- or not -- to the studios, directors, and stars. Designed for quick and easy access, these 500 points are a step-by-step recipe. They cannot guarantee success, but failure to follow them can almost certainly guarantee failure. Tips include: * Get your foot in the door: 23 ways to make a good first impression on the Hollywood Reader * Screen talk: why it is essential to write dialogue that looks good on the page * Your goals in each act: how to make your story unputdownable from beginning to end * Specific genre issues: writing a romance? a mystery? a thriller? Learn their special requirements and pitfalls * The final scenes: how to go out with a bang that will wow the Hollywood Reader * Still didn't get positive coverage? Inside info on what to do and how to do it Written by an industry insider who has recommended scripts that have sold for as much as one million dollars, this is the only book to show you what the Hollywood Reader wants to see. Clear, smart, and completely authoritative, 500 Ways to Beat the Hollywood Script Reader is by far the simplest, most practical book ever to hit the entertainment shelf.
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List price: $13.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 7/13/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Jennifer Lerchhas been a Hollywood Reader for more than a decade, including eight years at the William Morris Agency. She lives in Los Angeles.

Writing to Sell
Scripting It Like the Pros Do
A Reader May Judge Your Script by Its Cover
23 Ways to Make a Good First Impression on a Reader Eliminating Page 1, 2, 3
Tip-offs That You're Not Yet a Pro
Putting It on the Page
Pulling the Reader out of Her Office and into Your Story with Setting
Burning Your Characters into the Reader's Imagination
Screen Talk That Looks as Good as It Sounds
Style That Turns On a Hollywood Reader
Creating a Concept and Characters That Will Sell Your Script
20 Tips on Creating a Concept That Sells Itself
Characters the Hollywood Reader Recommends to Top Stars
Create a Protagonist and Antagonist Who Will Start a Casting War
Acts 1-3: Writing for the All-Important Audience of One
Act 1 Goals
Goals to Achieve in This First Act
Setting Up Your Story for Success in Act
Grab the Hollywood Reader with Your Opening Sequence and Don't Let Her Look Back
Fulfilling the Reader's Expectations as You Open Your Genre
Conflict: A Reader Can't Recommend a Screenplay That Doesn't Have It
Prevent Reader Whiplash: Handle the Backstory with Care
Your Act 1 Checklist
Act 2 Goals
Goals to Achieve in This Second Act
Structure Tips to Help You Scale the Mt. Everest of Your Script
Tips to Keep Subplots Working Hard for Your Story
How to Avoid the Second Act Story Stall
You Don't Have to Fall into These Act 2 Genre Traps
Stay One Step Ahead of the Reader with Your Act 2 Story
Avoid Common Flaws That Show Up in Act 2
Your Act 2 Checklist
Act 3 Goals
Goals to Achieve in This Third Act
Wowing the Reader as You Pay Off Your Story
It's Do or Die for Your Characters
The Kind of End That Can Get You a Reader Recommend
Your Act 3 Checklist
Correct Common Flaws Related to Genre
Feedback-Driven Revision
Still Didn't Get Positive Coverage?
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