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SCREENWRITING: FILM CRAFT SERIES
Reviewed by
Edwin Millheim
on
SCREENWRITING: FILM CRAFT SERIES Review. It’s a fascinating and delightful book for anyone interested in the many aspects of film making.
Rating:
5.0
SCREENWRITING: FILM CRAFT SERIES
Tim Grierson
 

Review Information

Reviewer: Edwin Millheim
Review Date: July 2013

Book Information

Publisher: Focal Press
RRP:

10

out of 10

Writing a screen play is oh so much more than writing out ideas and any old dialogue onto the page. It’s a craft, one that does actually require some skills to put together a story that will be the template of inspiration for the creation of a film. Well written it’s a force that inspires every other department on the project. Giving them a better mental picture of the world the project takes place in.  The very strong Film Craft series has another gem in its crown with the book “Screenwriting” by Tim Grierson and published by Focal Press.

Grierson is a film and music critic and has had writing pieces appear in Screen International, L.A. Weekly, Blender, Revolver, Vulture, Wired, and The Village Voice.  He is the Rock Music guide at About.com and the author of the forthcoming book "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations: The Story of Eels." Tim has spoken at the Palm Springs International Film Society and the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle. He is currently vice president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.  So here is a guy that has been around the block in regards to writing, and is a good choice as the guiding force for the book “Screenwriting”.

If you have not yet plunged into the Film Craft line of books from Focal Press, then “Screenwriting is a good start. Though I will venture to say you will be hooked by the format and the valued information to be gleaned from the book line. Again, the book line is not a teaching series. It’s more like insights from different disciplines in the craft of film making.

The book is filled with interviews and insight from Screenwriters from around the world. Mostly USA Screenwriters are covered, though other countries are represented such as Iran/UK, Mexico, France, South Korea, UK, Denmark, Austria and Romania.

The formats of the books remain for the most part the same throughout the series.  It’s a pleasing format and an easy read.  Printed on a strong paper with a bit of gloss to it, it’s almost like photo paper.

The interviews from the different writers are something that any film buff or student would be very pleased to get ahold of. The talk is candid and the look at the thought process and stories of full screenplay script writing and even coming in as a screenplay doctor of sorts and shoring things up come across as real eye openers.

In several sections as the stories are told of how this came about, or why they went in the direction they did with the story…There are times that the featured screenwriter offers a story of how they first realized this is what happens in the business. For instance coming in to rework something’s in a script; but finding nothing wrong with the script that you see. The realization was like a splash of ice water in the face.  The script issue was not what the writer could do with the script…but what the director wants done.

The reader gleans some advice from the pros that are there and making this craft seems so darn simple when it really is not.  There is a lot of behind the scenes information in the book series and “Screenwriting” brings it to the reader in a big way.

From the stand point of a film buff wishing to gather things as a film historian the book is invaluable for the history insights alone.  We get to see spectacular photographs and writers original notes and sample shooting script pages. It’s a fascinating and delightful book for anyone interested in the many aspects of film making.

Have fun play games, Read a Book!

Edwin Millheim

United States Editor

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