Movie Theatre Butter

4 Apr

Michael says, “I read screenwriting books like I’m munching popcorn.”

I love reading them, too. Most screenwriting books cover the same ground, trying to present formulas, systems and attitudes designed to cheer writers across the finish line. Not too many of these books dwell on the mysteries of talent and the importance of contacts in the industry. Novice screenwriters as a group would rather receive a roadmap to the completion of a script and how to market it through query letters.

As alike as these books are, there is always a point or two that distinguishes one from the other, which is only natural – there certainly isn’t a consensus on what makes a perfect painting or short story or piece of music, why should there be a consensus on what makes a perfect script?

One of the inescapable facts about the authors of screenwriting books is their unimpressive list of credits for produced screenplays – some have never made a sale.

The real pros are banging out scripts. They’re not worrying about the virtues or pitfalls of using “We see” or on what page “Plot Point Two” should appear.

(2004)

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One Response to “Movie Theatre Butter”

  1. JCF4612 April 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Those that can, do. Those that can’t bang out a “how-to” or design a course at a local community college. Ditto on the ubiquitous “creative writing” courses.

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