“No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story.” —Will Smith

“Michael Hauge is a story master, and this book is an absolute must have for anyone serious about telling great stories for the screen.” —DeVon Franklin, Vice-President of Production, Columbia Pictures

Concise, authoritative, and comprehensive, Writing Screenplays that Sell is the most complete guide available on the art, craft, and business of screenwriting for movies and television. Renowned Hollywood story consultant Michael Hauge—considered “one of the most sought after lecturers and script consultants in the U.S.” by Scriptwriter magazine—covers every aspect from concept to deal: screenplay development, artistry versus commerciality, adaptations, copyright protection, living and working outside Los Angeles; finding an agent; and more.

Reflecting the latest trends and scripts, Writing Screenplays that Sell includes insight and detailed information on:

  • Finding and selecting commercial story concepts
  • Guidelines for story structure, including:
  • Opening scenes that immediately grab the reader
    – The five most common goals in Hollywood movies
    – Why most adaptations fail
    – The most effective use of flashbacks
    – Creating emotionally powerful endings
  • Tips for marketing a script—script consultants, script competitions, pitch fests, virtual pitching, e-mail blasts, log-line listings, audio script readings, and Internet resources for screenwriters
  • A complete, in depth analysis of the screenplay for Avatar, the biggest box office success of all time
  • Whether you’re an aspiring artist looking to break into the business or a seasoned pro looking for tips to boost your skills, Writing Screenplays that Sell is the one essential guide you need.

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This article has 3 comments

  1. William

    I highly recommend it to anyone who is seriously interested in getting … If you have any ambition to write screenplays, this is a wonderful book, beautifully typeset, with extraordinary insight into what makes characters and stories work, and what makes them fail. If you want to get a preview, check out Michael Hauge’s dissection of “A Few Good Men” which you can see on YouTube.My screenwriting ambitions may never become more than ambitions, but I can honestly say that this book has already immeasurably increased my enjoyment and understanding of the…

  2. Just Me

    Best Screenplay book “Outstanding tutoral for the Experienced and the new dcreenplay writer. I highly…

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