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Screenwriter's Compass: Character as True North
Reviewed by
Edwin Millheim
on
Screenwriter's Compass: Character as True North Book Review. This book Screenwriter’s Compass: Character as True North, takes the time to be more of a sign post on the journey of writing a screen play with focus on the characters to drive the interest of the end product of your labors, and keep the interest of the eventual audience.
Rating:
3.75
Screenwriter's Compass: Character as True North
Guy Gallo
 
 

Review Information

Reviewer: Edwin Millheim
Review Date: April 2012

Book Information

Publisher: Focal Press
RRP: $19.95

7.5

out of 10

 

Guy Gallo takes the reader through a method of writing a screen play, with focus on the characters and how to make the reader or person watching your end product on the screen actually care about the characters. Rightfully so, if you do not care about the character, why care about the story at all.

The whole book throws meaty digestible information to the reader without a bunch of fluff filler on, not necessarily process for writing screen plays, more like some well thought out and proven habits that can accomplish results in a stories content.
While it goes over things from a screen play perspective, and all that is, is a really well done story for the screen…this can be used for writing novels, short stories and even stage plays, or the techniques can even work in a comic book script as well.

The pointers and glimpses of process the writer takes you on is a comprehensive journey, which may well cause you to go in different direction than what you planned for your screen play. Those directions may well be even better than you anticipated. Guy Gallo gives the benefit of his experience masterfully mixing screen writing techniques and assists the budding screen writer in bringing something out in their screen play.

From beginnings and groundwork for what your about to create, and onto the first draft and even revisions, and all the little things that make a good screen play great it’s all covered here from this writers proven thought process on the subject.
Guy Gallo also covers some of the things that a writer would want to stay away from, or better yet a way to spice it up so that the scene and the dialogue between characters does not come across as throw away material just to cover some time and pages. Gallo goes over different ways to deliver a scene and not always with static dialogue. It’s a cornucopia of knowledge and technique.

Just like anything with writing you do not want to become so stuck on an idea that you are not open to other possibilities. This book Screenwriter’s Compass: Character as True North, takes the time to be more of a sign post on the journey of writing a screen play with focus on the characters to drive the interest of the end product of your labors, and keep the interest of the eventual audience.

Edwin Millheim
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