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How do you learn to write a screenplay?
There's a ton of
books out there and a whole lotta rosey-faced teachers (and a whole lotta crappy movies
anyway) so how do you decide on who to learn from?
Well, we at Planet MegaMall
recommend the gentlemen above.
The man on the left is John Truby. John has a book and about
fifty-'leven software titles on learning screenwriting. But is he for real?
Mr. Truby wrote and directed All American Boy, which won Best Dramatic Film at the
Houston International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Picture at the Hollywood
Truby's classes are somehow dense yet completely accessible at the
same time. He's like the nice, reserved professor that knows - his - sh*t. Just
great information on storytelling from its beginnings to last weekend's new blockbuster.
John Truby's site:
The guy on the right is William C. Martell. Nineteen produced
screenplays, my friend. Nineteen. Without an agent.
And his book,
Secrets of Action Screenwriting, is acclaimed by writers from Ken Wheat (Pitch
Black) to Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek).
Bill's book is currently out of print (not for long, prolly) but he teaches in Los
Angeles, London and at various other festivals and expos.
Here's Bill Martell's
website, with daily free tips and lots of information on breaking in:
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John Truby may or may not have heard of us, but we love that he speaks truth - there is no
such thing as the three-act structure - to power, and we're sure he doesn't mind the free
"Even though I'm a
highly-paid celebrity, my valet still puts my pants on me one leg at time."