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This book pulls no punches.
Veteran screenwriter and script consultant Tom Lazarus shares his 30+ years of experience in this to-the-point collection of screenwriting advice. Loaded with hard-hitting feedback on more than a hundred topics, this comprehensive resource gives readers the last word on raising the level of their writing and the marketability of their scripts.
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“If you’re sitting down to write your first screenplay, you need to read this book. If you’ve written a couple of screenplays and are still trying to break in, you need to read this book. Hell, if you’ve been earning your living writing screenplays for the past six years, you should read this book.”
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— Scott Frank, screenwriter: Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report
“A stellar read. Recommended for every screenwriter’s bookshelf.”
— Bonnie MacBird, screenwriter: Tron, Emmy-winning producer, and former Universal Studios feature film story exec
“Some of Hollywood’s most successful writers whisper about learning it from Tom! His best book yet.”
— Sid Ganis, producer and past president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Tom Lazarus has directed five feature films, written more than 100 hours of television programming, and has had nine feature films made from his screenplays. He has taught screenwriting at various universities, and is presently teaching the Master Class in Screenwriting and the online Screenwriting Mentorship Program at UCLA Extension, Writers Program.