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Beating Hollywood: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Screenplays

At a Glance

  • A must-read for anyone who writes screenplays
  • A comprehensive guide to crafting a memorable story for the screen
  • Think like a businessperson who can sell your writing

Steve Cuden's "Beating Hollywood" examines, piece by piece, how writers, directors, and producers create stories for extraordinary movies by breaking down forty classic films into narrative beats, plot points, and movements to uncover how magic was made.

More than a simple look at what others have done, this book also serves as a comprehensive guide to how you, too, can craft a memorable story for the screen. From Cuden's 150 invaluable tips, you'll learn how to: 

  • Master storytelling fundamentals 
  • Create unforgettable characters, dialogue, and scenes 
  • Build solid story structure
  • Develop plot 
  • Break your story into what Cuden calls eight essential chapters 
  • Cultivate a unique voice 
  • Think like a businessperson who can sell your writing, not merely a creative artist

This is a must-read for anyone who writes screenplays-new writers and seasoned pros alike-as well as an invaluable resource for film teachers and movie buffs.

"..so comprehensive, so well organized, so accessible and useful for writers at any stage of their career, I want to quote the whole damn thing... This is one gigantically valuable asset to the screenwriting community."

-Hal Ackerman, Screenwriting Co-Area Head, UCLA School of Theater, Film, Television and Digital Media

"If you're a lover of cinema, read it and be the smartest guy in the room at your next film society gathering."

-David Wise, Developed/Executive Story Editor/Writer, "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"; Story Editor/Writer "The Mighty Ducks"

"Cuden's text is a masterpiece of insight delivered with the ease and wit of a conversation with good friend, who just happens to be a life-long craftsman at the top of his game."

-Rick Hawkins, Emmy-winning Writer," The Carol Burnett Show, Mama's Family, Major Dad, Sister, Sister"

Product Details

  • Date available: 01/25/2016
  • Publication date: 12/23/2015
  • Return policy: 30 days

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Meet the Author: Steve Cuden

Steve Cuden is perhaps best known for co-creating the Broadway and international hit, Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical, writing the show’s original book and lyrics with noted composer Frank Wildhorn. Not only has Jekyll & Hyde been produced twice on Broadway, the show has been translated into more than 20 languages resulting in the staging of numerous productions throughout the United States and around the world. Cuden and Wildhorn also co-conceived the international hit musical, Rudolf: Affaire Mayerling. Steve is the author of two popular books on writing, Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That Get Standing...

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