Hollywood’s top screenwriters look back at their early low-budget efforts and provide valuable tips, tricks, and advice on how to create a solid screenplay for a low-budget movie.
Includes in-depth interviews with 23 top screenwriters, with such credits as Academy Award®-nominated ﬁlms You Can Count on Me, Metropolitan, and Capote plus such classics as Living in Oblivion, Repo Man, Martin, Re-Animator, subUrbia, Love Letters, Personal Velocity, Roger Dodger, Hester Street, and Venice/Venice. Writers and screenwriters will learn from the pros how to write a low-budget movie, including these “tricks of the trade”:
- Re-write. Then re-write again. Repeat.
- Never over-explain.
- Listen to your script being read out-loud — either by actors sitting around a table or by yourself.
- Write parts actors will want to play.
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