A Quick Guide to Screenwriting

A Quick Guide to Screenwriting

by Ray Morton
Quick Guide series from Limelight Editions

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MONTCLAIR, NJ—Screenwriting is an unusual craft—one that combines the ancient traditions of dramatic storytelling with modern cinematic techniques into its own singular set of principles and protocols. A Quick Guide to Screenwriting (Limelight Editions, May 2013, $12.99) by Ray Morton lays out these conventions in a simple, easy-to-read fashion. It is the ultimate reference manual to the art, craft, and business of writing for the movies. Unlike many other screenwriting tomes, this is not a dense compendium of inflexible rules or rigid formulas. Rather, it is an explanation of a few essential concepts and formatting, a little history and business, and some helpful advice and food for thought that, when mixed with imagination and creativity, will help get readers started telling wonderful stories for the screen. Covered topics include:

  • The history of screenwriting
  • Commercial vs. “personal” writing
  • The three basic types of screenplays
  • The seven basic steps to writing a screenplay
  • How to brainstorm ideas
  • Developing and structuring a story
  • The techniques of cinematic storytelling
  • Screenplay style and formatting
  • Important screenwriting dos and don’ts
  • How to get quality feedback and then use it to improve your work

Also covered is the business side of screenwriting, including copyright and registration of finished material, the function of agents and managers, the Writers Guild, contracts, the development process, and how to bring your work to the attention of the industry.

Written in smart, reader-friendly prose, A Quick Guide to Screenwriting is chock-full of the vital information, helpful tips, and keen advice that will help you make your script the best it can be.

Limelight Editions’ Quick Guide series are handy pocket-sized handbooks for all career paths in the performing arts. Each book tackles one specific field from the perspective of the most authoritative authors. Limelight released The Independent Filmmaker’s Guide by Glenn Berggoetz in 2012 and Getting Past Me: A Writer’s Guide to Production Company Readers by Mindi White in 2011.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARay Morton (Los Angeles) is a writer, script consultant, and screenplay analyst. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Morton has written for television and the screen, pens the monthly “Meet the Reader” column for Scriptmag.com, and is the author of the books King Kong, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and A Hard Day’s Night and Amadeus in Limelight Editions’ Music on Film series. Ray Morton is available for interview.

May 9, 2013
120 pages
5.1″ x 7.5″
Limelight Editions is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

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Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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